Welcome to our latest newsletter, the tenth this year, all of which we hope have helped you to keep you updated on our latest news. From the AEPJ we continue working to develop cultural initiatives and educational programs to European Jewish sites. This month we bring you some updates on our work, some exciting news from our members, and a detailed look at our member of the month: Coopculture.
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The European Routes of Jewish Heritage meets the students from the University of Avignon.
One of the things that excites us most in our work is seeing the interest young people have in European heritage. On 17 November, Victor Sorenssen and Federica Pastoret had the opportunity to participate in a virtual meeting with students in Mediation, Museums and Heritage at the University of Avignon.
We presented the European Routes of Jewish Heritage and tried to highlight the reasons why the presence of young people is necessary in this type of projects.
An extremely interesting moment of dialogue and exchange both for us in the AEPJ and for them, whose questions followed one after the other. It was not a normal class, as the students of the master's degree programme are all involved in the young Muséocom agency and are used to collaborate with a variety of cultural and heritage projects.
If you want to discover more about the work of the Muséocom agency or you are looking for young and talented interns, don’t hesitate to contact them.
"Today, we are proud of post holocaust generations who are highly involved in preserving the Jewish heritage of their cities where sites are still standing across Europe. Some places could be half demolished, ruined, destroyed but all locations are recognized on the international maps."
We invite you to watch this video guided tour through the exhibition Parallel Traces in Sighet and to read the article Peninah Zilberman has written for the AEPJ website.
The European Days of Jewish Culture 2021 under the umbrella of the NOA project.
The European Days of Jewish Culture this year takes the opportunity to be under the umbrella of the European project NOA (Networks Overcoming Antisemitism). Being part of NOA will allow this pan-European festival coordinated by the AEPJ to strengthen its participants and grow as a festival. The theme of the festival to be held in September 2021 will be:
We will have a group of experts in multicultural dialogue who will assist, train and advise all the participating institutions to ensure the correct implementation of this year's theme, not only as an aim but also as a method. In addition, this year we will have a budget to ensure the deployment of the materials created by the National Library of Israel in at least 70 European cities.
Travel to Live is continuing its series of live online guided tours with the Fabric District in Timisoara, a part of the old city, with a complex history and rich Jewish legacy. Together with our expert and guide we invite you to listen to emotional stories about people and places, to imagine Jewish life centuries ago and to admire the jewel of Timisoara Jewish heritage, Lipot Baumhorn's legacy: the Fabric Synagogue.
They will broadcast the tour live on Facebook, so make sure to follow their page and subscribe to the event.
Establishing a jewish heritage visit center in Izmir, Turkey.
The Jewish Heritage project is about establishing a jewish heritage visit center on the basis of 9 synagogues of the old jewish Quarter of the city. When we talked about this Project in Izmir 10 years ago, it seemed a very improbable goal to reach, but step by step as we gained insight, experience and self confidence in the field things started to look possible.
We first restored the Rabi Chaim Palaggi's home as a memorial site. Later, as our application to the Turkish authorities was positively responded to, we rescued the Etz Chaim synagogue (17th century) from a certain collapse, made the implementation plans and finally restored it in a very unusual way in Turkey. The logic was to preserve every piece of information that the synagogue building had to offer to us. This work was done with the help of Israeli Wall paintings team sponsored by Kiriaty Foundation in Tel Aviv. The preservation work is about to end and we expect that very soon the synagogue will be in use as a part of the future Izmir jewish heritage visit center.
CoopCulture is a cooperative operating in the heritage and cultural activities sector in Italy. CoopCulture is a qualified partner positioned to offer answers and solutions to the increasingly complex needs of a continuously evolving sector, from the perspective of integration between cultural heritage and territory and between culture, tourism and local economy.
With the intention of bringing diverse audiences closer to art, it has developed user paths differentiated by language and method, taking advantage of the potentials offered by new technologies and paying special attention to local communities in all of their aspects, families, young people, children, the elderly and immigrant communities.
After a difficult but quite satisfying summer in which we recorded an unexpected number of entries despite the current pandemic, the almost total absence of non-European tourists and the considerable restrictions to be respected in order to guarantee everyone a safe visit, the Jewish Museum of Venice has changed its location.
Read the rest of this article by Michela Zanonby following this link.
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