"You must not molest the stranger or oppress him, for you lived as strangers in the land of Egypt" (Ex 22,20)

"The Lord, your god... it is he who sees justice done for the orphan and the widow, who loves the stranger and gives him food and clothing." (Dt 10,18)"

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Piazza Giotti


Verdi Theater

feste ebraiche e tradizione


English (United Kingdom)
This extraordinary success was the result of the 10th anniversary of the European Jewish Culture Day, that has been celebrated on September 5th and 6th in the beautiful city of Trieste in italy.

This year’s celebration was particularly special due to the vast participation of public drawn to the relevant program, the rich and diverse cultural performances and exhibitions that were nationally and internationally web-casted live. The event was envisioned and produced by WEDOCARE founding president Ron Fremder in cooperation with Andrea Mariani the president of the Jewish community of Trieste and the support of Maria Nicoletta Gaida that worked on idea and content development.

Further contributing to the great success of this event was this year’s theme of "Knowing and Welcoming the Other" that inspired great participation of high profile international scholars, thinkers, spiritual leaders and artists who courageously voiced there thoughts and opinions in debates and through musical expressions to more then 10 thousand audiences gathering in the Big Synagogue of Trieste, the Verdi Opera Theater and the colorful Piazza San Antonio in the center of town, along with 30 thousands audiences that watched the event live through the web-cast in various languages, in four continents across the planet.
SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 5th, 2009 at 8:32 PM Big Synagogue - Piazza Giotti

On Saturday September 5th, 2009 at 8:32 PM in the Big Synagogue located and Piazza Giotti the official opening of the event in the presence of thousands of enthused audiences commenced with the ancient Jewish ceremony of 'Havdala' separating sacred from mundane; adorned with the celestial voice of David D'or and with a great lecture by the venerable biblical scholar prof. Haim Baharier. The audiences were mesmerized and deeply moved by the powerful content.

SUNDAY SEPTEMBER 6th, 2009 at 11:00 AM the Tent of Abraham

On Sunday September 6th, 2009 at 11:00 AM the "Tent of Abraham" that was built next to the Ponterosso (between the churches of San Antonio Nuovo and San Spirdione), opened its hospitality to the event participant and the general public. The tent have been exotically adorned with oriental furniture instilling an atmosphere of lush festivity. Accordingly delightful middle-eastern food was offered to all guests by the Jewish Community of Trieste. It was awe inspiring to see many participants from different religions and sects sitting together, breaking bread in an harmonious way. Special appreciation is due to the Muslim representatives that honored the 'welcome tent' with their dignified presence in the midst of their Ramadan fast.

SUNDAY SEPTEMBER 6th, 2009 at 12:15 AM the ecumenic prayer

On Sunday September 6th, 2009 at 12:15 AM the "ecumenic prayer" on a small stage near the ‘Tent of Abraham’ a very precious hour was facilitated in a most rare fashion of sacred prayer that crossed sects and bridged ancient diffrences and animosities. Catholic, Orthodox and Lutheran Christian spiritual leaders and religious authorities representing the Christian reality of the city of Trieste and the neighboring Slovenia, Croatia and Serbia gathered to create a common prayer in respect and acknowledgment of each other. In the spirit of the day, and the umbrella of the hospitality of the Jewish community. Thousand of mesmerized audiences were drawn to deep contemplation in awe of the ecumenical prayers, the sacred chants and the performance of bilja Krstic. This symbolic meeting, an historical encounter unprecedented with great religious and social implications in the name of mutual respect and the spirit of reconciliation.

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