The Centre for Jewish Identity is a committee of B’nai B’rith UK, which acts as a
link between the UK and Europe. Its aim is to reinforce Jewish identity and commitment
through outreach, educational and cultural programmes.
Committee members are drawn from B’nai B’rith Lodges and meet on a regular basis.
Its main activities are:-
European Days of Jewish Culture and Heritage
Since the year 2000, the committee has been deeply involved with the organisation
of European Jewish Heritage Days, celebrated across the country for the past twelve
years as well as throughout mainland Europe.
More recently, the title has been extended to include Jewish culture as well as architectural,
historic and religious heritage. On Heritage Days, selected synagogues and Jewish
historic sites are open to the public and related events include guided walks, lectures
This year’s Heritage Days events took place between Sunday 15th September and Sunday
29th September 2013.
We are delighted to announce that this year, for the first time ever, we had a media
partner on board for European Days of Jewish Culture & Heritage. The Jewish News,
which has a weekly circulation of almost 27,000, promoted EDJCH within the paper
in the weeks leading up to the start of Heritage Days on 15th September.
This coverage was in the form of editorial, comment pieces and advertising, as well
as photospreads after the events were over.
We, in turn, carried their logo and strapline on our new format A5 booklet, as well
as on the BBUK website, on press releases, on the downloadable PDF and, of course,
in our magazine, inTouch.
There was an excellent response from shuls and organisations around the UK to this
year’s European Days of Jewish Culture & Heritage and the theme – ‘Judaism and the
Natural World’. This encompassed anything from nature, ecology and the environment
to the four elements (water, air, earth and fire).
As Heritage Days fell over Succot this year, many synagogues across the country opened
up their Succah to the public and provided seasonal refreshments, as well as on-site
guides to explain about the meaning of the festival and the food that is eaten at
this time of year. In London, these included Bevis Marks, East London Central Synagogue,
Hampstead Synagogue, Lauderdale Road, Edgware & District Reform Synagogue, Stanmore
& Canons Park United Synagogue, the New West End Synagogue, Sandys Row and the West
Regionally, shuls in Brighton & Hove, Chatham, Cheltenham, Exeter, Liverpool, Ramsgate,
Oxford, Birmingham, Bradford, Glasgow, Cornwall, Thanet, Manchester, Reading and
Hull all opened their doors to the public.
Venues offering events this year included the Wiener Library, Ben Uri Art Gallery,
the London Jewish Cultural Centre, the Jewish Historical Society of England and the
Manchester Jewish Museum. There was even be a visit to the walled garden at Lambeth
Around the country, new Heritage Trails and guided walks offered visitors the chance
to explore towns rich in Jewish history, including the beautiful city of York. Our
walking tour guides from Go London Tours created bespoke walks for B’nai B’rith this
year, encompassing areas linked with high profile personalities who figured prominently
in the history of BBUK.
In the spirit of interfaith outreach and understanding of Jewish culture, everyone
All about this year’s Heritage Days events
You can download the PDF version of the printed programme by clicking