August 18th, 2005
Arts and cultural activities
The cultural programme
adopted by the Central Council of Jews in Germany in 2004 reflects a new
approach to integration designed to complement established models such as
German lessons or lectures in Judaism. The aim is to acquaint members of the
Jewish communities and interested outsiders with Jewish culture in its many
facets. The programme also promotes cultural exchange within the Jewish
communities. The artists are people of the Jewish faith, usually members of a
Jewish community, who offer performances or displays with Jewish content.
Concerts of classical music, for example, will focus on works by Jewish
composers, plays will address problems of concern to Jews, and exhibitions will
be devoted to Jewish destinies, Jewish temples, Jewish history or Judaism.
The basic principle is that
every community can select and book up to three events. Of course, the number
of shows is subject to natural limits, so there is no guarantee that every
community will manage to host all its original choices. The Central Council
pays all the ancillary costs. The communities merely have to provide board and
lodging for the artists and take care of the technical details.
Proceeds from entrance
tickets are retained by the communities for the cultural work.