Jewish tourists lucky enough to be in Europe in early September should keep an eye out for special events at synagogues and other Jewish sites across the continent. September 4 will serve as this year’s European Day of Jewish Culture, and will feature a variety of tours, commemorations and other activities in countries across the continent.
Cities ranging from Oslo and Paris to Krakow and Sarajevo will take part in the event, also known as Jewish Heritage Day, which started in 1997 in Alsace, France. Last year’s edition involved 880 events in 263 cities.
François Moyse, vice president of the B’nai B’rith Europe Commission on Jewish Heritage, told the Chicago Tribune, “The 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.”