Tuesday, August 19, 2008

European Day of Jewish Culture meeting set

According to the web site of the European Association for the Preservation and Promotion of Jewish Heritage, a meeting of national coordinators of the European Day of Jewish Culture will be held in November, probably in Spain. (Heritage Day is on the first Sunday of September, this year Sept. 7.)

The meeting, the web site states, "not only will allow the different coordinators to get to know each other personally, but it will also offer a forum for the exchange of experiences, projects and ideas, thus contributing to enhance and strengthen the collaboration between countries."

All of this is much needed. Due to funding and sponsorship issues as well as local interest and possibilities, there is little consistency in the organization of the European Day of Jewish Culture. Some countries, such as Italy, have public sponsorship and a skilled organizational team that enables about 50 cities and towns to program events. Other countries manage only token participation.

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