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July 1-3, Berlin, Germany

Stories and narratives have always shaped the way Jews remember their past, interpret their present and imagine their future. In his book Zakhor, historian Yosef Haim Yerushalmi demonstrates how over the centuries, Jews developed their own particular way of utilizing memory and history to understand the present and to move forward into the future. In today’s modern context, we could say that Jews resorted to storytelling in order to understand themselves as a people and as a nation.

In this way, storytelling represents our collective search for meaning, and for self. A storyteller is someone who forms narratives, creates messages, expresses themselves to others, and searches for deeper meaning. The method of expression can vary, whether it is written, spoken, artistic, or through research, but its ultimate goal is to stir imagination, transmit a message, promote a creative spirit, or reflect on the past, and connect its meaning to the future.

What is the power of stories in general? Where do they come from? How can we use stories and storytelling to reshape our lives and communities today?

These are the kinds of topics and questions participants will be grappling with at Junction’s new event, D&A. Modeled as both a think tank and retreat, D&A will approach the topic of European Jewry - its image, history, and future - from the modern perspective of story and narrative-building.


By bringing together young storytellers from all over Europe, Junction hopes to provide a platform for discussion and debate surrounding pressing questions of today, such as what it means to be Jewish in Europe, how the world views European Jewry, and what inspires Jews to live and thrive in Europe.


For three days, D&A will gather 30-50 young European Jewish storytellers, such as bloggers, journalists, writers, researchers, and anthropologists to engage in a combination of lectures, workshops, and discussions surrounding these questions.


  1. Story of Self: Why is storytelling important? What is your story?
  2. Story of Us: Each of our stories is unique, and is one piece of a larger patchwork of Jewish history. What relationship do we as individuals have to this larger context? How are the stories, culture, journeys, and lessons of the Jewish People relevant to our present stories in Europe? How do I tell my own story?
  3. Story of Now: How does my story influence or affect my life, my community, and the world? How can storytelling empower me to shape Europe and the world around me?


Through the new D&A model, Junction hopes to foster a deep connection between participants that transcends borders and regions, based in their shared Jewish identity and appreciation for storytelling.

Participants will also leave D&A with an understanding of the power of storytelling in the context of Jewish life in Europe, as well as how their personal stories and storytelling fits within a Jewish context. They will grow to understand the multifaceted nature of stories, and gain an appreciation for the positive elements within the narrative of European Jewry as well. Moving forward, Junction hopes to empower participants to transmit their narratives and the narrative of European Jewry to others.

Why "D&A"?

“Definitions & Answers,” questions and answers.

That is exactly what storytelling and the Jewish narrative stand for – being able to both ask questions and provide answers. The Jewish narrative also can be “defined” and “redefined.”

This is process of redefinition is in the DNA, the lifeblood, of Judaism and its culture.

We hope you can join us at this one-of-a-kind event!

How much does it cost?

The participation fee for D&A is 50 euro, which covers the hotel stay, food, and program. Participants are responsible for their own travel arrangements.

A limited number of scholarships are available. If interested, please email junction@jdc.org.

How to Apply?

Fill out the form linked above and below by June 15, and you will receive a response soon afterward.