Celebrate Yom Ha'atzmaut with us: take part in the CJN Passport project

22. February 2018.

On the 19th of April, the Jewish world celebrates the foundation of the State of Israel 70 years ago. For this occasion, we organize a project in which all Jewish schools can take part, and celebrate together!

We would like to remember those who decided to leave their country, began a new life Israel, and helped to shape the country as it is. We ask students to remember by choosing people who migrated to Israel from their country, and create creative passports for them.

For more information about the project, visit our website: http://cjn.centropa.org/Student_Projects

If you have any questions, contact Bori at pal@centropa.org.

Take part in our project - let's celebrate together!

CJN workshop in Zürich

25. January 2018.

On the 23rd of January, the Centropa team was invited to hold a workshop in the Noam Jewish School of Zürich, Switzerland. The 40 teachers who came together learned about the Centropa database and our resources, as well as our special programs for Jewish schools and the unique Centropa Jewish Network. Teachers also worked together in groups to brainstorm about how they could use the Centropa films in class. 

We had a really nice time in Zürich, and welcome the Noam school in our network!

If you are interested to organize a simialr workshop in your school, do not hesitate to contact Bori Pál at pal@centropa.org.

CJN workshop in Zagreb

10. November 2017.

On the 8th of November, we had the pleasure the visit the Lauder Hugo Kon Elementary School in Zagreb, Croatia, and organize a workshop with 15 teachers of the school. During the session, the teachers watched Centropa films, learned about our educational materials, as well as the programs and opportunities the Centropa Jewish Network has to offer.

We thank very much Tomislav Simic and Silvia Heim to help us organize this workshop. We are looking forwatd to visit more partner schools in this school year!

If you are interested in organizing a Centropa workshop in your school, do not hesitate to write to Bori Pál at pal@centropa.org.

CJN seminar in Krakow

05. November 2017.

Between 29-31 October, we organized our 6th professional development seminar for teachers in European and Israeli Jewish Schools in Krakow. 26 educators from 15 countries and 17 schools came together to discover Jewish Krakow, learn about Centropa resources, and share experiences and ideas with each other. 

We thank for all the teachers to be with us, and our wonderful partner, the Galicia Jewish Museum for granting us a seminar venue. 

CJN workshop in Frankfurt

08. September 2017.

From this school year, we offer special workshops for European Jewish schools: if a school or faculty is interested, we can hold a one-day or an afternoon workshop in the school. Our first workshop was in Frankfurt, and we had a really nice time - it was great to meet enthusiastic new colleagues. We hope to see you in our other programs as well.

If you are interested to organize a centropa workshop in your school, do not hesitate to contact Bori Pál: pal@centropa.org.

Upcoming CJN seminar: 29-31 October, Krakow

01. September 2017.

Dear teachers from European and Israeli Jewish schools,

we are happy to invite you to our upcoming professional development seminar, taking place between 29-31 October in Krakow, Poland. 

Similarly to last years, the seminar will be a sparkling environment where 30 educators from all over Europe and Israel come together to learn about Centropa and our materials - with a special focus on Poland - learn about the programs and projects we have to offer for this year, and brainstorm together about new ideas.

Start the year with inspiration, join our seminar!
Application until the 30th of September on this link

The 3rd CJN video competition - 2017/18!

01. September 2017.

After last year's success, we organize the CJN video competition for students of Jewish schools in Europe, US and Israel for the 3rd time! Students are asked to submit short films in 4 categories:

  • Virtual Jewish Cookbook: find a Jewish recipe, research its history, make the dish, (eat it), and show the process to us!
  • Family History: research the history of a Jewish family member, a person who went to your school, or a person from the Centropa database.
  • Jewish Holidays: show us what is your favorite holiday and why - what is its history? How is it celebrated?
  • My Community: Tell us an interesting story about the Jewish community of your town - its history, a famous person in it, or show us the important Jewish places - schools, synagogues - in your town.

The deadline for submitting the videos is 27. April 2018.

More information about the competition can be found here.

Click here to watch the videos from last year. 

CJN and the Centropa Summer Academy

28. July 2017.

Centropa's annual Summer Academy (CSA) was organized in 2017 between 4-12 July in Budapest and Belgrade. More than 75 teachers from up to 18 countries came together to discover the cities as their classrooms, learn about Jewish history in the region, and work together on lesson plans, projects, and new ideas. 

Six teachers from Israel and four teachers from European and US Jewish schools participated in the Summer Academy from the Centropa Jewish Network. During one afternoon session, they had an opportunity to meet and discuss ideas for a possible cooperation in the future, and their expectations and needs towards Centropa.

It was great to meet these dedicated teachers during the summer, and we hope to work with you in the upcoming school year!

The 2nd CJN video competition – here are the results!

29. May 2017.

In the 2016/2017 school year, we announced the CJN video competition for the second time. Students from Jewish schools in Europe, US and Israel could compete with their short films in 4 categories: Virtual Jewish Cookbook, Family History, Virtual Walking Tour and My Community.

We are very proud to announce that this year we received over 80 videos (which is the double of what we received last year) from 12 countries and 15 schools.  All videos can be found on our Border Jumping page by filtering according to Centropa Jewish Network and video competition 2016/17. 


Virtual Jewish Cookbook Category

Runner Ups



Family History Category

Special Prize

Runner Ups



Virtual Walking Tour Category

Runner Ups



My Community Category

 Special prize


Runner Ups



 We would like to specially thank the work of our most active teachers,  who motivated their students and submitted more than 5 videos:

  • Sofija Pavinskaite (Vilnius Sholom Aleichem ORT Gymnasium)
  • Irit Hengel (Ahad Ha'am high school, Peh Tikva, Israel)
  • Hanna Kenner (Ahad Ha'am high school, petah Tikva, Israel)
  • Diana Gheracimiuc (Lauder-Reut Educational Complex, Bucharest, Romania)
  • Ivalio Ivanov (Dimcho Debelyanov- Hebrew and English Langugage School, Sofia, Bulgaria)
  • Nance Adler (Jewish Day School, Bellevue, USA)
  • Sami Levi (Ulus Jewish Schools, Istanbul, Turkey)
  • Engin Arik (Ulus Jewish Schools, Istanbul, Turkey)

We also owe a special thanks to our wonderful coordinators: Dorothea Fecske (Frankfurt, Germany), Nance Adler (Bellevue, USA), Diana Gherasimiuc (Bucharest, Romania) and Stella Kalle (Thessaloniki, Greece) for coordinating the competition, be in contact with teachers and evaluating the videos. 

We are very proud of this Centropa competition and all the teachers and students who participated in it. Watch the videos, learn from them, enjoy them – and hope to see you next year!

Centropa at the 8th Arachim Conference

29. May 2017.

Between the 20th and 23rd of May, Centropa participated in the 8th Arachim conference in London. For the conference, more than 40 educators came together from European Jewish schools to talk about common challenges and share good practices.

During the session of Centropa, teachers could learn about our materials, about the Centropa Jewish Network, and our competitions and project opportunities. We are happy that we could met with so many inspiring teachers, and we hope to see them again during our CJN seminar in 2018!

Video competition for students - sign up now!

21. February 2017.

After last year's success, Centropa anounces the second video competition for students of Jewish schools in Europe, US, and Israel!

Students have to find a topic, research it, and make a maximum 5 minute long video about it in one of the following categories:

- Virtual Jewish Cookbook: Find a Jewish recpie, research its history, make it, bake it, taste it, and of course - document the whole process and share it with us!

- Virtual Walking Tour: Guide us through the Jewish district of your town, tell us about its past and its present!

- Family History: Tell us a bout the history of your family, a Centropa interviewee, or someone who went once to your school. How did history shape the life of hese people?

- My community: Tell us about your Jewish community, or another community from your country. Show us your school or synagogue, or the people who were (are) important in shaping this community.

More information about the competition, video making guidelines and prizes can be found here.

Deadline for submitting the videos: May 8, 2017.

CJN seminar in Berlin, 12-14 February 2017

21. February 2017.

Between 12-14 February, Centropa organized the fifth CJN winter seminar for teachers and educators of European and Israeli Jewish schools. 28 participants came together from 16 countries to learn about Centropa materials and the various ways they can be used in the classroom. Teachers had the opportunity to work together in smaller groups, think about cross-border project ideas together, and share lesson plans with each other. We also invited three guest lecturers, Sammy Morhaim from the Jewish Interactive, Karen Ettinger from the National Library of Israel, and Mariano Schlimovitch from the European Council of Jewish Communities to share new resources and teaching methods. 

The fifth CJN seminar was a sparkling and inspiring event - many great project ideas were born, which we hope to see to unfold in the future. Thank you for coming, and let's stay in touch!

CJN Seminar 20-22 March, 2016 Budapest

02. April 2016.

Between the 20th and 22th of March, 2016, 34 educators from 20 Jewish schools (or educational institutions), 16 countries attended at our fourth annual winter seminar for European Jewish schools. The Seminar was held in Budapest, at the Federation of Hungarian Jewish Communities (MAZSIHISZ).

During those two and a half days, participants worked together on cross-border projects, exchanged ideas and best practices, created lesson plans based on Centropa films and our web-based content, and brainstormed on how to strengthen European Jewish identity by connecting Jewish students with each other. 

CJN Video-competition for students in Jewish Schools (2015-2016)

30.October 2015.

For the first time CJN announces an international student competition based on cross-border projects that were developed during our CJN seminars for EU Jewish schools. These border-jumping projects will connect your students with Jewish students in other countries (including also Jewish schools in the US and in Israel), and they will add to their knowledge base on Jewish life and culture, history, gastronomy, doing research, or the art of storytelling.

Students have to make a 5-10 minute video choosing one from the four topics below:

-          Virtual Walking Tour

-          School Tableau

-          Family History

-          Cookbook

For each type of project there will be a winner and two runners-up, plus extra prizes for honourable mentions.

To see more about the competition and the four projects, go on this link: http://centropa.wix.com/cjnprojects