Professional development

Since 2010 the AEJM offers a curatorial professional development programme for curators working at Jewish museums or with Jewish collections in Europe. Between 2010-2014 AEJM organised the Curatorial Education Programme (CEP) and between 2014 and 2018 the Advanced Curatorial Education Programme. In 2019 AEJM initiates a curatorial study visit.

 

The Advanced Curatorial Education Programme was a joined programme initiative by the Association of European Jewish Museums and the Jewish Museum Berlin and funded by the German Federal Foreign Office. The intensive 5-day course offered both theoretical and practical learning through lectures, hands-on workshops and field trips. The A-CEP was organized twice per year by Programme Director Dr Felicitas Heimann-Jelinek, assisted by Dr Michaela Feurstein-Prasser, and the AEJM.

The background of this initiative was on the one hand that in many Jewish museums the knowledge about their own Judaica collections – ritual objects, prints and manuscripts, as well as other material and intangible Jewish cultural goods – is very limited and that there is often a lack of scientific bases, which are an essential condition for research, preservation and conveyance of these collections and objects. On the other hand no educational courses that answer to the needs of Jewish museums and their specific collections are offered in Europe. In addition, Jewish art and the history of material Jewish cultural heritage are, with a few exceptions, not taught at European universities.

The AEJM aimed at taking appropriate measures to protect against research on Judaica objects stagnating, and to ensure that both the knowledge of the history, meaning and significance of Judaica, and Jewish and transcultural heritage is not increasingly being lost. The main focus of the training was on the correct identification, interpretation and documentation of Judaica objects of any geographical-cultural and temporal origin.

The work on material objects formed the crucial basis of the seminars. Hence, the  training courses first and foremost took place on locations where there are Jewish museums and where there are relevant collections that can be used as educational and illustrative material. The editions were organized in cooperation with hosting partners, The Israel Museum (A-CEP 2018), Jewish Museum Frankfurt (A-CEP 2018, CEP 2012), Jewish Museum Venice (A-CEP 2017), Izmir Jewish Community (A-CEP 2017), the State Museum of the History of Religion, the Centre “Petersburg Judaica” and the Russian Museum of Ethnography in Saint Petersburg (A-CEP 2016), the Hungarian Jewish Museum & Archives in Budapest (A-CEP 2015) Jewish Museum London (A-CEP 2015), the Jewish Museum Berlin (A-CEP 2014 and CEP 2011), the Jewish Historical Museum in Amsterdam (A-CEP 2014), the Jewish Museum Munich (CEP 2013), and the Jewish Museum Vienna (CEP 2010).

 

For more information about previous training opportunities, please visit our online curatorial activities archive.