Professional development

Since 2010 AEJM has been offering curatorial professional development opportunities for curators working at Jewish museums or with Jewish collections in Europe. AEJM organised various curatorial seminars between 2010-2014 and between 2014-2018 the Advanced Curatorial Education Programme was offered. In 2019 AEJM initiated a  study visit. From 2020 onwards AEJM will offer a new Curatorial Education Programme.

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

The Curatorial Education Programme (CEP) is a joined programme initiative by the Association of European Jewish Museums and the Jewish Museum Munich, funded by the German Federal Foreign Office. The CEP will offer two curatorial professional development activities per year: a 5-day seminar with hands-on workshops on Jewish material culture, lectures, and excursions and a 2-day study visit focusing on curatorial practice. The CEP is organized by Programme Director Dr Felicitas Heimann-Jelinek and Programme Coordinator Dr Michaela Feurstein-Prasser, assisted by AEJM and other partners involved.

12-16 October, 2020 
CEP Webinar
As a replacement for the activities that had to be canceled we are organising a CEP webinar this fall.
Regarding content, the CEP Webinar will have two thematic blocks:

  • As many important texts focusing on Judaica objects were written at the end of the 19th and in the first third of the second century in German but were never translated into other languages we have had a number of – as we believe – key texts translated into English. Participants will study these articles in advance and prepare in pairs or alone a summary and interpretation of what they have read. The resulting presentation should be accompanied by visual material, i.e. objects from their respective collections.
  • The second focus will be on the question of pre-war Judaica acquisitions. Since not all of the colleagues work in museums that had predecessor institutions, these will deal with pre-war Judaica acquisitions by regional private collectors or neighbouring municipal and other museums. The aim is to get an idea of dealer circles or individual sellers of Judaica objects and their expertise in this regard.

20-24 April, 2020 – Canceled due to COVID-19 pandemic
Seminar Hamburg (DE)
During the 5-day learning programme in Hamburg we will visit different institutions holding Judaica collections. The seminar will consist of hands-on workshops on Jewish material culture, lectures, discussions and excursions. Registration for the Hamburg programme will open in January. Stay tuned for more information on the tentative programme and travel support!

14-15 September, 2020
Study Visit Stockholm (SE) – Canceled due to COVID-19 pandemic
The 2-day study visit will be hosted by the Jewish Museum Stockholm, which recently reopened with a new permanent exhibition at its new location in a former synagogue in the centre of Stockholm

 

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 aimes 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, 2011), the Jewish Historical Museum in Amsterdam (A-CEP 2014), the Jewish Museum Munich (2013), and the Jewish Museum Vienna (2010).