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The European Day of Jewish Culture is an event celebrated in several countries in Europe[1]. The aim of this day is to organize activities related to Jewish culture and expose them to the public, with the intention that it would reveal the cultural and historical heritage of the Jewish people[2]. The activities are coordinated by the European Association for the Preservation and Promotion of Jewish Culture (AEPJ), the European Council of Jewish Communities, B'nai B'rith Europe and the Network of Jewish Quarters in Spain. The aim of this day is to promote and raise awareness of Jewish culture to the society in the countries where this event takes place[3], as a greater awareness of the culture, tradition and life of the different communities living in the same country or city helps people to know the "other", and thus, strengthens communication and dialogue between cultures in the country.

HistoryEdit

The annual event was initiated in 1996 by B'nai Brith of Strasbourg in the French département Bas-Rhin together with the local Agency for development of tourism.[4] [5] It now involves twenty-seven European countries including Turkey and Ukraine.[6] The original aim of the day was to permit access to, and ultimately restore long abandoned synagogues of architectural value like those of Wolfisheim, Westhoffen, Pfaffenhoffen, Struth, Diemeringen, Ingwiller or Mackenheim. In 2000, a partnership was created between B'nai B'rith, and the other organizations who now co-operate in organizing the day.

ActivitiesEdit

On this day exhibitions, concerts, panels, lectures and excursions are organized in many European countries. Topics such as Jewish neighborhoods, the coexistence of cultures, exhibitions on sculpture, painting, print, music and Jewish religious objects are discussed.


Celebration DaysEdit

  • 1999: September 5th
  • 2000: September 6th
  • 2001: September 6th - "Judaism and the Arts" [7]
  • 2002: September 6th - "Jewish Calendar and celebrations in Art, Music and Gastronomy"
  • 2003: September 6th - "Pesach"
  • 2004: September 6th - "Judaism and Education"
  • 2005: September 6th - "The Heritage of Jewish Cooking"
  • 2006: September 6th - "The European Routes of Jewish Heritage"
  • 2007: September 8th - "Testimonials"
  • 2008: September 4th - "Jewish Music"
  • 2009: September 6th - "Jewish Celebrations and Traditions"


ReferencesEdit

  1. Segovia se suma a la celebración del Día Europeo de la Cultura Judía. "El Adelantado" Daily Newspaper
  2. La Jornada de la Cultura Judía propone viajes a Lucena y Toledo. "El Día de Córdoba" Daily Newspaper
  3. Sesh septembre, el Diya Evropeo de la Kultura Judiya. "Şalom" Newspaper
  4. European Day of Jewish Culture 2007
  5. European Jewish Press
  6. jewishheritage.org
  7. European Day of Jewish Culture: Themes
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