What Are Heritage Days?
The B’nai B’rith UK Jewish Heritage Committee acts as a link between the UK and Europe through its coordination of the European Days of Jewish Culture and Heritage in the UK. Its aim is to reinforce Jewish identity and commitment and through its Open Days to present Judaism to the general public with its outreach, educational, social and cultural programmes.
Each year, since 2000, this committee has proudly organised Jewish Culture and Heritage Days in the UK. These events take place in September and are held all over the country as part of the European Days of Jewish Culture & Heritage which take place throughout mainland Europe during the same period.
Committee members are drawn from B’nai B’rith Lodges and meet on a regular basis.
The Jewish Culture and Heritage Days are not designed just to interest Jews. They are days to celebrate Jewish culture and to give non-Jews the opportunity to learn about Jewish life in an effort to create understanding and trust amongst the wider community.
On Heritage Days, selected synagogues and Jewish historic sites are open to the general public and related events including guided walks, lectures and exhibitions take place.
Each year a different focus is chosen as the theme.