European Days of Jewish Culture

This European-wide festival, dedicated to the knowledge and deepening of Judaism, and to the
encounter between cultures, will celebrate this year its 21st edition.  This year the coordinators of
the more than 20 participating countries have made a great effort to ensure that the Festival will
continue and guarantee the promotion of European Jewish history and heritage, through all kinds of
activities, especially designed for the general public. The central theme of this edition is Jewish
Journeys, and although it may seem contradictory, it may be more revealing than ever. The
Festival will offer all kinds of proposals that will make us reflect on a few Journeys, that are a big
part of the Jewish story.

Day of Remembrance for the Victims of the Inquisition

March 31st has recently been chosen as the date to commemorate the victims of the Portuguese Inquisition. On this day in 1821 the Inquisition in Portugal was officially disbanded. This day is to remember the expulsion of Jews from Portugal, the subsequent massacres of the Jews, as well as the Portuguese Inquisition. The Portuguese Inquisition began in 1526, ending with the sudden migration of tens of thousands of Jews from Portugal. While some Jews fled, others who were forcibly converted to Christianity continued to practice Judaism in secret for centuries.

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