Oy Vey is an outward-facing, inclusive, and unapologetically Jewish hub in Amsterdam. We are working towards creating a Jewish cafe, opening a co-creation project hub, establishing a Jewish art gallery space, facilitating a beautiful workshop location, and a funkadelic all-things-Jewish shop.
Currently we are building a community around our Ze Kollel program, Het Joods Manifest, monthly Havdalah Meditations, our radical European-Jewish calendar (Ma’agal) our social justice work with Oy Vey Acts and monthly shabbat dinners. We would love for you to get involved!
Our vision & inclusivity statement
We envision an open and inclusive space where positive, contemporary Jewish culture can thrive. Where community can grow around this vision for a Jewish cultural space; where all individuals – regardless of a religious denomination- can experience an inclusive and stimulating space in which they can be themselves – and meet others.
We believe that the ability to express, enjoy, celebrate, co-create, remember and relate to our cultural tradition and heritage is elemental to honest civic, creative and nurturing discourse and ultimately the well-being of our community. We are looking to be that easily accessible (open), inclusive space that connects people, initiatives, ideas and different expressions of contemporary Jewish culture.
With this we are addressing a profound need for coming together around Jewish culture in the broadest sense of the word.
Oy Vey believes that the ability to express, enjoy, celebrate, co-create, remember and relate to cultural tradition and heritage is elemental to honest civic, creative and nurturing discourse and the well-being of our community.
We acknowledge and honour the fundamental value and dignity of all individuals. We pledge ourselves to creating and maintaining an environment that respects diverse traditions, heritages, and experiences.
We strive to be inclusive of all who wish to engage with, learn about, and experience the diverse and rich global Jewish culture in our local Dutch Jewish hub – regardless of origin, sexual orientation, physical/developmental ability, or background.
Our partners across Europe
Working towards creating vibrant Jewish cultural life is not something one does alone. We have established valuable and amicable connections to some of the best forward-looking European Jewish socio-cultural projects. These folks are working on similar strategies for community building and participation and are simply talented human beings with a shared vision. Together we work towards creating a sustainable European Jewish community.
A shout out to our friends and colleagues
- Casa Adret – Mozaika and Toldot, in Barcelona (Spain)
- Crescas (Jewish educational centre ) (the Netherlands)
- Hillel Deutschland (Germany)
- JMW (Dutch Jewish Social Work) (the Netherlands)
- JCC Prague (Czech Republic)
- Judapest (Hungary)
- Junction Europe (Europe)
- Jüdisches Zentrum Synagoge Fraenkelufer, in Berlin (Germany)
- Paideia – The European Institute for Jewish studies, in Stockholm (Sweden)