Casa Adret

Casa Adret, Jewish Cultural Center of Barcelona

Casa Adret is an innovative space born from the fusion of two identities and concepts. On the one hand, it reflects a tradition deeply rooted in our country, the cultural Ateneu, thus encouraging intellectual debate, training and dissemination of cultural fact. In addition, Casa Adret wants to become the meeting point for institutions and citizens who want to approach Jewish culture, both in its historical and contemporary aspects. In this way we will offer different spaces of work and debate by specialists, who will be referring to the study of Jewish history and culture, as well as an agenda of activities open to all the public, intense and varied. On the other hand, to give solidity to the foundations of the Casa Adret we choose a model that does not exist in our country with great development in the United States, we refer to the Jewish Community Centers, with which we identify in several aspects : Fostering and developing the values ​​of Jewish spiritual and cultural life; To undertake the commitment to redefine what Jewish life today means in its non-religious way; A space of interaction for all the Jews of the city, irrespective of their ideological and religious affiliation; Create a space of diffusion, participation, study and creation.

Casa Adret, Jewish Cultural Center of Barcelona, opened its doors to the public in January 2018. It currently functions as a cultural and educational center with a rich cultural program, including debates, workshops, performances, lectures and much more.

Formally created by Mozaika, is an unique and unprecedented initiative, spanning many fields of research and drawing on the expertise of scholars and researchers from around the world. We also work with the community at large to create a vibrant place of exchange and dialogue where all have the opportunity to express their views, ask questions and grow.

Casa Adret will be developed by a young and passionate team. Will be produced by Mozaika thanks to the support of donors from all over the world.

Casa Adret stands in what was once the heart of Jewish Quarter. This significant location, demanded extreme thoughtfulness on the part of the building’s designers, who carefully crafted a structure that has become a symbol of the new face of the old Call.

The Location: The Ateneo Casa Adret.

One of the affrontacions that took place to the call of Barcelona in 1393 leaves no room for doubt of the location of house, located at the corner of the present streets of Santo Domènec del call and Fruita. To the south, the house was limited to that of Salomó de Camprodon and, to the east, part with the house of Massot Avengenà and part with the house of Mahir Llobell. Astruc Adret, like so many other Jews from Barcelona, ​​will opt for conversion, since then appear to documents with the Christian name of Lluís de Junyent Comeria.

Historical renaissance

Next year the Jewish community of Barcelona will celebrate its first centenary in our country. This anniversary, it must be said, refers to the creation in the years 1917-1918 of a certain organizational structure (community) which has since served as a meeting point for the Catalan Jewish population as a social center, Culture and religious practice. Numerically it is a very humble population percentage, but as for its presence in Catalonia, it needs another consideration. For this, we have to go back many centuries ago, in time remote, since the Jewish population had settled in the wide and long of the Mediterranean lands fruit of the great Diaspora happened in Roman times. The medieval Jews were not forced to assimilate the Catalan language and culture because they were part of it. We can affirm that in those days they played a fundamental role in the progress of Catalan society, decisive, for example, in the expansion by the Mediterranean, in the credit activity, in the international relations, etc. We are not mistaken if we say that those Jews helped to consolidate the Catalan personality. Catalan Jews knew Hebrew and spoke Catalan as a vehicular language. Not only did Catalan Christians and Jews of the Middle Ages share a space, but also a language, a taste for commercial affairs, a characteristic form of government and affinities that were not enough to avoid the tragedy of the summer of 1391.

This legacy, added to the 100 years of Jewish presence in the contemporary era, let us draw a new scenario as regards the conception of Judaism and presence in Catalonia. We firmly believe that the Athenaeum House Adret allow not only enhance the exploration of a shared historical legacy, sadly unknown, but also placed back to Catalonia on the map in terms of thematic Jewish cultural production. Having a historical place in the middle of Barcelona’s call represents a significant advance, an opportunity that we can not escape.

Who we are?

Two associations promoting the project Casa Adret: Mozaika and the European Association for the Preservation and Promotion of Jewish Culture and Heritage (AEPJ). AEPJ supports the preservation, appreciation and promotion of Jewish culture and Jewish heritage in Europe. The Association also strives to encourage Jewish sites to be open to the general public. These goals are notably achieved through its two leading programmes – the European Days of Jewish Culture and the European Routes of Jewish Heritage.

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