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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.

The 2019 B’nai B’rith UK European Days of Jewish Culture and Heritage will run from Sunday 8th September to Sunday 22nd September and this year will be celebrating its 20th anniversary.
Our theme will therefore will simply be Heritage’, which lends itself to a huge range of potential events. For example, cultural heritage includes ‘tangible culture’ (such as buildings, monuments, landscapes, books, works of art and artifacts), ‘intangible culture’ (such as folklore, traditions, language, and knowledge) and ‘natural heritage’ (including culturally significant landscapes and biodiversity), as well as an individual or group of people’s own heritage, where they came from, how their heritage shaped the person they came to be. All of these interpretations offer a wealth of opportunities for open days, talks, guided walks and exhibitions.