XIth Congress of the European Association for Jewish Studies

5-19 July 2018, Krakow – Poland

The Eleventh Congress of the European Association for Jewish Studies took place in Krakow in Poland, from 15th to 19th July 2018. The conference was held in four major Polish academic institutions, hosted by the Instytut Judaistyki Uniwersytetu Jagiellońskiego (Jagiellonian University). More than 800 scholars and students from Europe, the States, Israel and beyond attended the Congress. The congress theme was Searching for Roots of Jewish Traditions. Papers in all fields of Jewish studies were presented in parallel sessions. The European Association for Jewish Studies (EAJS) is the sole umbrella organisation for Europe representing this field of university studies. Its aims are the encouragement and support of the research and teaching of Jewish studies at university level in Europe, and other places of higher education and learning. The congress is held every four years.

The Jewish Museum of Greece (JMG) and its researcher Mrs. Anastasia Loudarou, archaeologist – MSc., Phd candidate in ancient Jewish History (AUTh) participated in the congress for the second time, thanks to generous financial support and assistance of the American Friends of the Jewish Museum of Greece (AFJMG). The JMG would like to express heartfelt thanks to the President of the AFJMG, Mr. Solomon Asser and its Board of Directors for their generosity and kindness of spirit, which is a source of encouragement and support enriching the Museum’s research and institutional values.

The JMG researcher attended several sessions throughout the congress and on Wednesday 18, July 2018, the JMG took part with a presentation in the thematic congress’s session under the title “Southeastern European Jewish History and Culture”: The Future Research in Jewish Studies in Southeastern Europe supported by the National Library of Israel. The session panel entitled “At the South East Europe: Meeting the Challenges for Archivists and Scholars” was organized by the Rothschild Foundation Hanadiv Europe, UK with participants from the Complutense University of Madrid, Spain, the Central Archives for the History of the Jewish People, Israel and the Jewish Community of Novi Sad, Serbia. The all-day session was concluded with a round table discussion among scholars and the participants.

The Jewish Museum of Greece

Athens, 26 July 2018