The following workshops will be held. The order will be determined nearer the time.
1 Antisemitism in Europe and our response
An opportunity to explore, interrogate and develop the theme of our first plenary session on the subject of antisemitism across the political spectrum in Europe with our guest speaker, David Hirsch, and other members of a panel. An opportunity as well to learn about „Not in our Town“, a grass roots campaign which started in the USA and has become highly influential in Slovakia.
2 Never again
We said “Never Again”, but how do we ensure that we “Never Forget”? In a country so closely connected to the atrocities of the Shoah, there is no better place, or time, to remember and to educate in order that we can with confidence repeat the words “Never Again”. The workshop offers an exploration of this topic against the geographical and political context of the conference’s host country and includes the very personal presentation of a diary which was kept on the backs of photographs in the Theresienstadt Ghetto and to this day remains a poignant testament.
3 It’s “Central Europe”, not “Eastern Europe”
From communism to capitalism to … who knows what. The history of Czechoslovakia and the emergence of the Czech Republic and Slovakia contain lessons for us all and will be fascinating and captivating. Looking to the future, we need to understand our past and our present.
4 For better, for worse
Many of us enjoy tolerance and acceptance towards mixed faith marriages and partnerships, but then again, many do not. Listen to the experiences of our panel and share views, opinions and ideas so that people of different faiths can make their contribution to a society where religious respect and tolerance is the norm.
5 Leadership across the generations
We will look at texts from our tradition to fond out how our Jewish leadership sits between the past and the future and how we can benefit from both to find continuity and to create room for a diversity of generations and experiences.
6 Back to basics. What you can do for your community
A community is for co-operation and kinship, provides us with identity and spirit and represents a group of people sharing open, unrestricted friendship. Does this describe your community? To discuss.
7 Progressive Judaism: A global case study in social entrepreneurship
By all accounts, progressive Judaism is a (highly successful) start-up within the history of the Jewish people. Understand what important concepts from the world of social entrepreneurship translate to our constantly evolving global movement, and uncover why now is perhaps the most exciting time to be a leader within the movement. We will use the space as a laboratory to unpack and expand upon the World Union for Progressive Judaism’s new strategy for youth and young adult engagement.
8 Ensuring we have a sustainable future
If “Regeneration – Building the Future” is to mean anything, we must first protect the future, environmentally, socially and ethically. In November 2017, the EUPJ Executive Board decided to make sustainable development one of the central points of the movement’s strategic development. This workshop is the first opportunity to learn about this new approach. Add your voice in helping to develop a sustainability plan for the EUPJ and its communities.
9 Does Israel have lessons for Europe on immigration?
10 The future is bright – emerging communities
Progressive Judaism is on the march and nowhere more so than in our emerging communities in such places as Italy, Spain, Poland, the Czech Republic and Hungary. A great opportunity to learn of the activities that are giving fresh impetus to the growth of our movement.
11 Love, peace & harmony
How do we promote understanding, cooperation and good relations between organisations and persons of different faiths? Learn how to link and share good practice, provide advice and information to help the development of new inter faith initiatives and raise awareness within our wider society of the importance of inter faith issues.
12 Education matters
This workshop offers a comprehensive exploration of why education is important in Jewish contexts and at all stages of life and it allows us to learn about some of the programmes available to educators and aspiring leaders of our movement. The session also provides an opportunity to discuss the varied educational needs of both our well established and emerging communities.
13 Whatever happened to the European ideal?
Let us try to understand what, how and why change is happening in Europe and what we can do to preserve the best of the European ideal and bring it to our communities. Learn about the latest EUPJ initiative in Brussels and discuss with the directors of the EUPJ’s EU Office what new perspectives are opening up in Europe.
14 Reimagined. 45 years of Jewish art
Following on from his address at our opening ceremony, this is an opportunity to learn how a trained physician was unable to control his passion for drawing and painting. For over nearly 50 years, Mark Podwal has been inspired by political upheaval and world events to produce art which, in the words of author Cynthia Ozick, joins “metaphysics to physics” with astonishing results.
15 The lost years?
For many of us, the years between our children growing up and our parents growing old are called the sandwich years, or should that be tears? For mothers and fathers left alone by design or circumstance, caring for and raising children present challenges which are just as great, but different. Whether we attend to the needs of our children and parents willingly or reluctantly, one thing is certain. Everyone is faced with this responsibility at some time in their life. How will you manage?
16 EUPJ and WUPJ 101
Our movements have come far since their creation and have developed by evolution and sometimes revolution. Our organisation is designed to represent our beliefs and our principles. In this intensive introductory course learn about who we are and what we stand for and have your say on how you see our future and let us discuss how can we improve.