Communication of the AEPJ regarding the European Days of Jewish Culture 2020

First of all, let us express our wish that you, your families, collaborators, and surroundings are all fit and well. Like everyone, we are living through exceptional times, and from the AEPJ, we continue to adapt our projects and our response to this unprecedented situation as it evolves. Therefore, we believe it is important to report on the development of this year's EDJC, scheduled for September 6th, 2020, and the different measures being taken to contemplate the different scenarios of the Festival.

We are pleased to inform you that the EDJC 2020 will take place. We firmly believe in the capacity of the organisation and the institutions involved to adapt to the circumstances, as they have been demonstrating, by promoting for instance, activity through digital means. In this sense, national and regional coordinators are the agents that must evaluate the possibilities of carrying out physical activities or to opt directly for the organization of digital activities, while fully respecting all the containment measures taken at national level.

From the AEPJ's side, we have started to work on digital options and we will prepare a special online programme for the opening day. Likewise, the National Library of Israel is also adapting the content of the exhibition "Jewish Journeys" so that it can be presented online. This resource will be available to coordinators in the coming weeks.

Although the date of the kick-off of the Festival will remain, as usual, the first Sunday of September, we want to give maximum flexibility to coordinators so that they can establish their program of activities on the dates that best suit their reality, even if it is weeks after the kick-off date.

The AEPJ offers, and will continue to offer, its help and support to the coordinators of the EDJC at all times. In order to understand the needs and the changing scenario we are facing, the AEPJ team and the Task Force of the EDJC have prepared an online survey, which we are enclosing in this communication, to be able to work on different support measures for the coordinators. In case you are a coordinator, we strongly encourage you to participate in the survey, that will take no more than five minutes, in order to have the most complete possible mapping of the situation for each institution.

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We will work together to ensure that this Festival continues to promote Jewish heritage, acting as a channel for intercultural dialogue and to promote better knowledge and understanding of European history, creating awareness of cultural diversity and strengthening European citizens' cultural identity.

With the desire to meet again soon,

AEPJ Board
Luxembourg, May 15, 2020

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