BALTIC JEWISH HERITAGE STUDY PROGRAMME
BALTIC JEWISH HERITAGE STUDY PROGRAMME 2022
Online Learning Module & Travelling Summer School
Online Learning Module – May 2022
Travelling Summer School – July 2022
The Baltic Jewish Heritage Study Programme (BJHSP) consisted of two integral parts: the Online Learning Module and the Travelling Summer School. The Online Learning Module part comprised four online seminars that equipped participants with the necessary knowledge to understand the wider perspective and background of Jewish heritage in the Baltic region. The Travelling Summer School was a 10-day road trip through different Latvian and Lithuanian towns and cities, and was aimed at giving participants the opportunity to see how Jewish history has influenced local culture (and vice versa), to explore Jewish life and culture today and to immerse themselves in Jewish heritage and history.
The main aim of the programme was to build enthusiasm and to inspire, to increase knowledge and to provide the skills required to work with Jewish heritage. The programme included an impressive and diverse series of lectures, workshops, visits, cultural events and more, and combined the complementary subjects of Jewish culture, religion and heritage with history, covering the historical, textual, and linguistic contexts of Jewish heritage. The programme was coordinated and delivered by renowned organisations from Latvia, Lithuania and Sweden who are all active in academia, education and community activism. Preparatory work was provided to help build an understanding of what the school entailed. At the end of the programme, participants made presentations of their key findings and potential directions for future work.
BJHSP equipped participants:
- With the necessary skills required to work in the field of local Jewish heritage
- With a wider understanding of Latvian and Lithuania Jewish heritage and history as an integral part of Latvian and Lithuanian culture and history
- With an understanding of how Jewish heritage can play a significant role in tackling social challenges and addressing broad topics such as cultural diversity and integration
- With ways of using and utilising the rich and multifaceted sources of Jewish heritage
The programme was co-organised by:
- Center for Judaic Studies at the University of Latvia (Riga)
- Museum “Jews in Latvia” (Riga)
- Daugavpils University (Daugavpils)
- International Centre for Litvak Photography (Kaunas)
- Paideia – The European Institute for Jewish Studies in Sweden (Stockholm)
Online Learning Module
The Online Learning Module was made up of four, three-hour sessions that took place every Thursday between May 5, 2022 and May 26, 2022. Each session ran from 18.00 until 21.00.
Travelling Summer School
The Travelling Summer School took place between Friday July 8, 2022 and Sunday July 17, 2022. The Travelling Summer School started in Riga and ended in Vilnius, and took in at least 10 towns, cities and villages along the way.
BJHSP was financially supported by Nordplus and Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung.