of Studies Zakhor has ceased its activities.
This site gathers the result of work done during the period 2008
Why the Center of Studies ZAKHOR?
We see the importance today of presenting to the civil society,
the scientific world, the universities and research centers, the
public administration and the Jewish collectivity at large, the
contribution of a Jewish dimension to the reading of history and
the interpretation of legacy, for its better understanding and comprehension.
This Center of Studies will take care of research and work in issues
related with Jewish heritage, tangible and intangible, from a perspective
that accounts for the collective Jewish memory and its capacity
We propose to take the experience of the Jewish people as a primordial
element to explain its transcendence. By raising the knowledge of
Jewish presence at all times -including today- we seek to contribute
to the cultural diversity of our society, bringing in elements for
this new phase of respect and coexistence in Europe.
From this position, we will ask meaningful questions
for our times, such as: what is the value of heritage? who are we
preserving for? what use should be given to heritage? what are the
ethical limits of scientific research? how do we interpret historical
Center of Studies ZAKHOR was created to
- Sensitize the society in general, the Jewish communities and
the public administration, about the value of a heritage common
to us all and the benefits of transmitting it at national and
- Encourage the preservation and appreciation of sites with historic,
cultural or religious Jewish interest.
- Protect ancient cemeteries from any kind of abandonment, damage,
exhumation, destruction or improper actions.
- Propose actions to raise their significance based -among others-
on local directives and national regulations about citizen’s
rights as well as agreements between the nations and the Jewish
communities, according to which cemeteries are inviolable.
- Offer an expert Jewish participation to bring in contents for
the use of heritage that will help its better understanding.
- Facilitate communication among different interested agents (national
and local administrations, museums, Jewish communities, universities
and private entities) to interpret and transmit the development
and contributions of Judaism and Jewish culture in these lands
as well as in the Diaspora.
- Collaborate with the public administration in its tasks to study
and preserve the national historic heritage, seeking solutions
for complex situations in a way that they are compatible with
- Collaborate with local and international experts on the subject,
in their tasks to study and preserve the national historic heritage,
seeking solutions for complex situations in a way that they are
compatible with Jewish tradition.
- Study and analyze the process of reinsertion, development and
contribution of Jewish culture to the Catalan and Spanish societies,
since its return at the end of XIX c., after four centuries of
All actions and activities will be oriented towards the fulfillment
of these objectives.
Center of Studies ZAKHOR is a not for profit entity, whose main
area of activity is Catalonia and any other geographic reference
be it national or international related with its mission and interests.