Do you want your organization, project or community to be part of the diverse ecosystem of European Jewish heritage? In this email you will find some tips and ideas for your institution to participate in some very interesting projects.
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Are there Jewish Heritage sites close to your heart and memory? What are they? And what do they mean to you?
With our new #MyParallelTraces campaign, launched in cooperation with Jewish Heritage Europe, we ask you to send us a virtual post card and let us know.
Travel may be difficult now; museums, exhibitions, and heritage sites are closed. But that doesn’t mean we can’t continue to rediscover and explore Jewish heritage throughout Europe – and #MyParallelTraces is an exciting, interactive platform to help do this. Even though we can’t physically visit the places we hold dear, we can still engage with them – telling their stories and our own. It’s easy – and, we hope, fun.
Everyone likes to get postcards, and #MyParallelTraces lets you create, send and receive them online. We provide a fill-in form where you can post a picture of a Jewish heritage site and add both abrief explanation of its historical context and – importantly – a brief personal reflection on your own connection with that site. It can be a family connection, a historic connection, or a connection that is religious, urban, literary, or one rooted in memory, work, art, or – indeed – anything else. Think of it as a picture postcard with a printed caption and your own personal message you’re sending to a friend or loved one.
The postcards we receive – with their photos and reflections – will be uploaded to our web site as a growing gallery: an open and pluralistic approach to Jewish heritage that offers a more personal perspective. It will provide space to interpret and reinterpret the heritage, and to ask ourselves about the meaning of each site – not just in the past, but also in the present and future.
Following the guidelines of The Council of Europe’s Faro Convention, #MyParallelTraces is a new means of looking at heritage by reframing relations among stakeholders in a way that highlights the essential role of inhabitants and heritage communities alike.
Jewish heritage is both a source and a resource, and everyone’s opinion, interests and aspirations count. Including yours!
The #MyParallelTraces virtual mailbox is open – so fill in the form and send us your virtual postcards!
Nominate a project or a person to be featured in NOA's social media campaign!
The Noa Project, will feature regular social media campaigns that will focus on past and present Jewish contributions to Europe, representing contemporary role models, initiatives and stories that reinforce a positive narrative of European Jewry. By highlighting these stories, the project aims to bridge the gap of knowledge on Judaism, Jewish life and communities.
By nominating a person, a project or an event, you can put local initiatives that deserve much more attention than they receive now under the spotlight! All you need to do is to fill out the questionnaire below and wait for our nomination committee to get in touch with you and/or your nominee. This will be done on a rolling basis throughout the project so if you don't hear from us right away, don't worry. Please note that we might not be able to follow up each nomination. Thank you for your submissions!
To be considered for being featured in the NOA social media campaigns, the nominee must:
We are happy to share with you that the theme chosen for this year's edition is :
This topic was chosen by the majority of coordinators through an online survey in July 2019. At the moment, the production team of the European Days of Jewish Culture, together with the National Library of Israel, is developing the contents and the graphic proposal for this year's edition.
Even in many European countries all kinds of public activities have been cancelled and citizens are being kept at home, we will continue working and organizing everything to be able to hold it as planned, without losing sight of how the events will develop to adapt to them if necessary. If your organization is interested in being part of this European festival, which this year will probably have a big online component, you can start thinking about your activities. All available information can be found on the EDJC website.
European Routes of Jewish Heritage
The European Routes of Jewish Heritage is a project that invites you to travel and to discover the rich and diverse Jewish heritage of Europe, by bringing people and places together in networks of shared history and heritage, providing a wealth of leisure and educational activities for all citizens across Europe, while being a key resource for responsible tourism and sustainable development.
The certification “Cultural Route of the Council of Europe”, which was awarded to AEPJ in 2004, is a guarantee of excellence. The network implements innovative activities and projects pertaining to five main priority fields of action: co-operation in research and development; enhancement of memory, history and European heritage; cultural and educational exchanges for young Europeans; contemporary cultural and artistic practice; cultural tourism and sustainable cultural development.
The AEPJ coordinates this project with its members of the network and the support of its Scientific Commitee.
A digital genizah
As part of the National Library of Israel programme in Europe they are building a collection of contemporary Jewish ephemera – materials that people do not think to keep but which provide a unique and valuable record of our community and cultural life for future generations. In these extraordinary times, they include a whole new range of items reflecting halachic innovations, new forms of 'socially distanced' communal life, educational creativity, Jewish irony and mourning our lost one. These resources will tell a story of resilience, creativity and also tragedy .
We all hope that one day soon COVID-19 will be history, so we would really appreciate your help in recording this unique and historic time. You can send Jewish related COVID-19 digital materials that you receive to firstname.lastname@example.org