Europe to Commemorate its Jewish Heritage
The topic this year will be “facing the future”
All across Europe this fall, the best of Jewish heritage will be celebrated in style. In Germany, France, Spain, Italy, Sweden, England, Norway and other countries, the annual European Day of Jewish Culture, also known as Jewish Heritage Day, will take place on Sunday, September 4.
This year, the theme of the day will be "EDJC 2.0: Facing the Future" and will shine a spotlight on new, innovative approaches to promotion and preservation using today's eclectic array of communication options.
“The new era of communication has opened up a world of new possibilities for presenting and highlighting Jewish Culture and heritage,” reads the European Association for the Preservation and Promotion of Jewish Culture and Heritage’s website.
“Whether it is graphic design, videos, films, internet forums, etc., they all offer the opportunity of both a new view on already known aspects, and of tackling the subject in a totally different way, using the ever increasing facilities for sharing information interactively in a social media dialogue.”
This is the 12th year of Jewish Heritage Day. Last year’s celebrations, which highlighted Art & Judaism, featured 880 events in 263 cities, spread out among 23 countries on Heritage Day and the following week.
In past years, Jewish Heritage Day has brought back the music, customs and art of people who used to live in towns and ghettos in Rome, Paris, Madrid, Krakow, Oslo and Sarajevo. The annual focus has varied from Judaism and Education to Jewish Cooking and Jewish Festivals and Traditions.
Past events have included a visit to restored, centuries-old tombs at a Sud-Ouest Bayonne cemetery in France, Italian tours featuring a Hebrew route through the art venues of Florence, and a trip to the synagogue in Casale Monferrato.
“Heritage day is a unique occasion to discover places that have played a major role both in terms of Jewish and local history, enabling visitors to learn about Jewish traditions and culture by visiting historic places that are usually not accessible,” François Moyse, vice president of the B’nai B’rith Europe Commission on Jewish Heritage, told the Chicago Tribune.
For more information regarding European Day of Jewish Culture 2011, please visit http://www.jewisheritage.org/jh/edjc.php?lang=1.