The European Days of Jewish Culture is an annual celebration which takes place in dozens of cities and towns across the continent every fall, with each year focusing on a multifaceted theme like music, festivals, nature, art and even Jewish humor. Communities, arts organizations, churches and synagogues partner with AEPJ to produce concerts, tours, lectures, film screenings, art exhibits, theatrical productions and interfaith ceremonies that entertain and expand the perceptions of the topic for its audiences. In 2016, “European Days” will explore the myriad aspects of Jewish languages. Those interested in reading more about the past history of these observances can access eleven years of handsomely produced reports and documentary photos archived on a special webpage.
Designed and developed as art and culture tours, encompassing all the countries of Europe from Azerbaijan to the United Kingdom, the Routes of European Jewish Culture are a series of guides that highlight areas with significant Jewish architectural sites, including synagogues, cemeteries, ritual baths and other structures, as well as Judaica museums. Visible as PDFs on the “Cultural Routes” webpage, they are augmented with listings of participating organizations and companies that offer services ranging from the selection and hiring of tour guides with expertise in Jewish history, to listing participating organizations that sponsor enrichment events for tourists who want to experience the various Jewish cultural routes. Included are special trips to places associated with the history of the Holocaust.
Cheryl Kempler is an art and music specialist who works in the B'nai B'rith International Curatorial Office and writes about history and Jewish culture for B’nai B’rith Magazine. To view some of her additional content, Click Here.