Shalom Life | October 22, 2014

Europe to Commemorate its Jewish Heritage

The topic this year will be “facing the future”

By: Sammy Hudes

Published: July 20th, 2011 in News » World

Europe to Commemorate its Jewish Heritage

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.

Jewish Author Naomi Wolf Compares Israel to the Nazis....Again Jewish Author Naomi Wolf Compares Israel to the Nazis....Again TrendingStudent: Disgraced Rabbi Took University Students On Unauthorized Field Trips to Ritual Baths Student: Disgraced Rabbi Took University Students On Unauthorized Field Trips to Ritual Baths TrendingUltra Orthodox Jews Vandalize Women of the Wall Ads in Jerusalem Ultra Orthodox Jews Vandalize Women of the Wall Ads in Jerusalem Trending
 

LeBron James Would Like to Visit Israel

October 22, 2014 | By Ashley Baylen
LeBron James Would Like to Visit Israel

The Cleveland Cavaliers star told Israeli reporters that he looks forward to visiting the country.

Read More

Mac Miller Signs With Major Label

October 22, 2014 | By Ashley Baylen
Mac Miller Signs With Major Label

The indie rapper has signed on with Warner Music

Read More

Canadian Sergeant Kevin Vickers Hailed as National Hero

October 22, 2014 | By Daniel Koren
Canadian Sergeant Kevin Vickers Hailed as National Hero

The 58-year-old New Brunswick native credited with saving lives of Canadians on Parliament Hill after this morning's shooting; President Obama has since offered his condolences to the victim's family

Read More

Shia LaBeouf Explains Crazy Behavior Before Exhibiting More Crazy Behavior

October 22, 2014 | By Ashley Ramnarain
Shia LaBeouf Explains Crazy Behavior Before Exhibiting More Crazy Behavior

The 'Fury' actor was spotted in a Los Angeles gym ranting and mumbling to himself.

Read More

Maya Rudolph and Sarah Silverman Star in Animated Alpaca Film About Economic Inequality

October 22, 2014 | By Ashley Ramnarain
Maya Rudolph and Sarah Silverman Star in Animated Alpaca Film About Economic Inequality

Adam McKay has directed a series of short films entitled 'We the Economy: 20 Short Films You Can't Afford to Miss'

Read More

Lizzy Caplan to Join 'Now You See Me' Sequel

October 22, 2014 | By Ashley Ramnarain
Lizzy Caplan to Join 'Now You See Me' Sequel

The 'Masters of Sex' star will replace Isla Fisher.

Read More

Orthodox Jews Delay Flight, Again, For Refusing to Sit Next to Opposite Sex

October 22, 2014 | By Daniel Koren
Orthodox Jews Delay Flight, Again, For Refusing to Sit Next to Opposite Sex

The passengers on the Delta Airlines flight eventually deplaned

Read More

Ferguson Protesters Shut Down CNN Because It's "Zionist" And "Supports Israel" [VIDEO]

October 22, 2014 | By Daniel Koren
Ferguson Protesters Shut Down CNN Because It's "Zionist" And "Supports Israel" [VIDEO]

As tensions escalate once again in Ferguson, protesters shunned CNN reporters because they're "run by AIPAC"

Read More

More Headlines