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Festival of Jewish Cultures
The Festival of Jewish Culture in Paris offers an incredible cultural program each summer. The celebrations are aimed at discovering the richness and diversity of Jewish culture, combined with a spirit of openness, dialogue and intercultural exchange. The festival was created in 2005 by the Cultural Action Directorate of the Unified Jewish Social Fund. The Festival of Jewish Cultures offers a diverse program, including concerts, theater plays, conferences, exhibitions, screenings, and workshops. The festival provides a platform for local as well as international artists and musicians to showcase their talent. The Festival of Jewish Cultures is included in the official calendar of the City of Paris. It’s opened each year by Michel Legrand, a world-famous composer, and musician and one of the most renowned artists to ever come out of France. The festival hosts various exhibitions and art displays about the history of the French Jewish community. Last year, the exhibitions focused on the liberation of Jerusalem. The Jewish community of Paris has been shaken by recent spikes in anti-Semitism and acts of terror, prompting many Parisian Jews to emigrate to Israel. This unique and lively festival helps to reinforce Jewish identity and courage in the face of adversity. It’s also an opportunity for the community to connect with their neighbors in the city.