Open call for participants: “Khetane Kadima” Study Session on Combating Antisemitism and Antigypsyism, November 20-26, Budapest

 

Call for participants

ABOUT EUJS

European Union of Jewish Students (EUJS) is a pluralistic, inclusie and non-partisan umbrella organisation. We support Jewish student unions throughout Europe and represent its members in international institutions and organisations. Founded in 1978, we currently have 35 member organisations, spanning from Russia to Scandinavia to the United Kingdom. More information www.eujs.org

 

ABOUT PHIREN AMENCA

 

Phiren Amenca is a network of Roma and non Roma volunteers and voluntary service organisations creating opportunities for non-formal education, dialogue and engagement, in order to challenge stereotypes and racism More information www.phirenamenca.eu

BACKROUND OF THE ACTIVITY

After a successful event Raise your voice for Roma – international seminar and European youth event 2016 organised by Phiren Amenca and European Union of Jewish students, we decided to organise the first study session by Jewish and Roma youth organizations in order to combat racism, antisemitism and antigypsyism together. We are highly concerned about the rise of antisemitism, antigypsism, xenophobia, racism and right-wing extremism in Europe. In 2015 we witnessed in Paris, Kopenhagen and Brussels violent terrorist attacks against Jewish communities. There have been series of killings of Roma in the past decade such as in Hungary, marches of neo-Nazi groups spreading hatred in Czech Republic, police violence, structural discrimination, as well as illegal forced evictions of Roma through local authorities. This rise of racism requires a strong response of civil society and institutions. Minorities are being made responsible for the difficult situation that they face, as the underlying causes are ignored and denied. We believe that this study session will clarify these phenomenas and will look into realities. We think there is a necessity of speaking about overlapping interests of Romani and Jewish youth and a need to address together discrimination as a whole with specificities of phenomenas.

AIM

The session aims to raise solidarity, awareness and capacity of Romani and Jewish youth activist and their organisations in combating racism and discrimination, especially antigypsyism and antisemitism

OBJECTIVES

to develop participants’ knowledge and understanding on the concepts, history and structures of antigypsyism and antisemitism;

to reflect on one’s own identity and to explore the Romani and Jewish culture;

to explore common interests and the opportunities to create alliances and cooperation; to develop participants’ competences to act as multipliers in their local communities;

to develop products ( campaigns, model local actions, educational activities and workshops) to be used in further actions at local and national level

PROFILE OF THE PARTICIPANTS

young Jewish, Roma and non-Roma being familiar with the topics related to Jewish and/or Romani communities

be committed to attend for the full duration of the study session be able to work and express autonomously in English

be aged 18-30 (exceptions possible)

be motivated to develop their competencies in the topic of antisemitism and antigypsyism

be resident in a member state of the European Cultural Convention of the Council of Europe

WORKING LANGUAGES

English

DATES OF THE ACTIVITY

The arrival and departure dates for this study session are as following

Arrival: 20 th November (Sunday) Departure: 26th November (Saturday)

Participants should organise their travel (arrival and departure) for these dates. Earlier arrivals and late departures will be an exeptions after discussion with the organisers.

PLACE

The study session will take place in the European Youth Centre in Budapest (Hungary, 1024. Budapest, Zivatar utca 1-3). The accomodation and meals will be provided at the European Youth Centre Budapest and will be covered by the organisers of the session.

PARTICIPATION FEE

For this study session the participation fee is 50 euro. The amount will be deducted from the travel reimbursement of the participant. If you have any concerns covering this fee, a limited number of scholarships can be offered. Please contact the organisers.

REIMBURSEMENT OF TRAVEL COSTS

The reimbursement of the travel expenses (based on economical prices, Apex, student price, special price) will take on the spot during the week in EURO or by bank transfer after the activity. Participants should bring with them the original invoices to prove the costs of travel (ticket and visa) as well the tickets.

APPLICATION AND SELECTION PROCEDURE

To apply for this study session, please download this form as a word document, fill in

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1XxcKcA2gC95v3pSS_o0sD0WbLfB8QROVPmu-aIdcc4w/edit? usp=sharing and send it to the following email address: khetane.kadima@gmail.com

NOTE: Download the application form first and then start to fill in. Do not fill in directly online, because the google disc might automatically save your personal information.

The deadline for receiving application is set for September 15th 2016, midnight CET. The application received after the deadline will not be reviewed.

The study session team will select 35 participants. According to the profile specified above, but also ensuring geographical and gender balance in the overall group composition.

This activity is disabled people friendly

ANY QUESTIONS OR CONCERNS?

Contact the team members:

Sára Szilágyi sara.szilagyi@phirenamenca.eu

Benjamin Fisher benny@eujs.org

Samuel Mago samuel.mago@romano-centro.org

Alina Brickman alina@eujs.org

Denisa Samková samkova.denisa00@gmail.com

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