ESJF Concluding Programme
This virtual programme showcases the final results from the ESJF European Jewish Cemeteries Initiative's second EU-funded pilot project "Protecting the Jewish Cemeteries of Europe," presented in partnership with consortium partners Centropa and the Foundation for Jewish Heritage. The event covers the findings of ESJF’s Jewish cemetery surveys, carried out between 2018 and 2021, and includes addresses from European Commission Vice President Margaritis Schinas; Dr. Nachman Shai, Minister of Diaspora Affairs for the State of Israel; European Commission Coordinator on Combating Antisemitism, Katharina von Schnurbein; Ariella Woitchik, Director of European Affairs at the European Jewish Congress; and Charles Goerens MEP. We thank the European Commission for their support of this important project.
ESJF/Centropa Youth Storytelling Competition Awards Ceremony
Over the course of the 2020-2021 EU-funded project “Protecting the Jewish cemeteries of Europe: Continuation of the mapping process, stakeholders’ involvement and awareness raising (EAC/S10/2019)”, ESJF joined forces with NGOs Centropa and the Foundation for Jewish Heritage to raise awareness of Jewish cemeteries among teachers and students. Under the leadership of Centropa, the consortium organised seven interactive training seminars for 250 teachers in seven countries, put out a call for teacher lesson plans, and ran an international digital storytelling competition for youth. Despite COVID-19 restrictions and school closures, the consortium received 98 student entries to the competition. Congratulations to the winners, and job well done to all who participated!
ESJF Online Symposium: Mapping and Protecting Moldova's Jewish Cemeteries
On January 28th, 2021, ESJF held an online symposium to present their report on the state of Jewish cemeteries in Moldova, compiled under the EU-funded pilot project, “Protecting the Jewish cemeteries of Europe: A full mapping process with research and monitoring and individual costed proposals for protection (EAC/S10/2018)”. The event, which began with a statement from the President of the State of Israel, H.E. Mr. Reuven Rivlin, read by ESJF Founder and Chairman Rabbi Isaac Schapira, brought together a panel of experts and community leaders to discuss ESJF’s findings and their implications on the future of Moldova’s Jewish cemeteries.