A Practical Guide to Judaism

The last few years have seen new threats appearing in Europe. The responsibility for the security of European citizens lies primarily with the authorities. Thanks to the essential work of law enforcement and prosecutors many attacks were prevented.

Although the cooperation between civilians and law enforcement has been of crucial importance, it requires to be developed even further. Jewish communities in particular have been facing additional pressure with targeted attacks and threats. With this guide, we aim to facilitate communication between law enforcement and Jewish communities.

The Security and Crisis Centre by EJC and CEPOL have joined their expertise to offer a guide, which aims to give the necessary knowledge of the traditions, holidays and other cultural aspects of Judaism. These traditions often prescribe some elements of the daily life of individuals in Jewish communities.

We strongly believe that it is essential to equip law enforcement officials with this information in order to have a better understanding of Jewish community life and to be more efficient on the field and ensure the security of their fellow Jewish citizens.

This guide offers answers to many interesting questions - Why do Jewish worshippers walk to the synagogue on Shabbat? What is Rosh Hashana? Why is there something affixed at the doorpost of some buildings? What is antisemitism and how to recognise it?

We invite all law enforcement officials to study this guide, to continue to improve her/his skills and to contribute to the security of our European society.

The Practical Guide to Judaism is currently available in six languages:

EN - English

CS - čeština

EL - Ελληνικά

FI - suomi

HR - hrvatski

PT - português



Office address

European Union Agency for Law Enforcement Training
1066 Budapest
Ó utca 27

Correspondence address

European Union Agency for Law Enforcement Training
1903 Budapest

Email address

Telephone: +36 1 803 8030/8031

Fax: +36 1 803 8032