European
Jewish
Congress
Uniting European Jewish Communities
European
Jewish
Congress
Uniting European Jewish Communities

Five Jews who made a splash in Israel in 5780

The European Jewish Congress is proud and honoured to announce that Dr. Moshe Kantor has been recognised as one of five Jewish leaders who shaped the year 5780 by the Israeli newspaper Yedioth Ahronoth and warmly congratulates him for this outstanding recognition.

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Five Jews who made a splash in Israel in 5780

The European Jewish Congress is proud and honoured to announce that Dr. Moshe Kantor has been recognised as one of five Jewish leaders who shaped the year 5780 by the Israeli newspaper Yedioth Ahronoth and warmly congratulates him for this outstanding recognition.

Major Jewish organizations launch unified position on tackling antisemitism online

The European Jewish Congress, along with major Jewish organizations working with the EU institutions, has launched a unified position on tackling antisemitism online, in response to the Digital Services Act consultation by the European Commission.

EJC President calls on the Portuguese Parliament not to harm the Sephardi citizenship law

EJC President Dr. Moshe Kantor has written to the President of the Portuguese Parliament calling on him to ensure that a law passed in 2013 which provides Sephardi Jews with the possibility to apply for Portuguese citizenship is not harmed by recent attempts to pass amendments which would damage the applicability, intention and spirit of the original law.

Antisemitic chants at anti-racist march in Paris shows how worthy cause is being hijacked to spread hate

EJC President Dr. Moshe Kantor called on anti-racist marchers and organisers to ensure that antisemitism is not being adopted by some within their ranks, after large groups of marchers at a rally in Paris's Place de la République shouted antisemitic slogans like “dirty Jew”.

Kantor Center Antisemitism Worldwide Report 2019 – The Coronavirus Crisis is Reviving ‘Blood Libels’ Against Jews

EJC President Dr. Moshe Kantor said that already in the first few months since the global breakout of the coronavirus, there has been a rise in antisemitic manifestations relating to the spread of the disease and the economic recession triggered by the pandemic at the release of the Antisemitism Worldwide Report 2019. The total number of major violent incidents monitored in 2019 was 456, an 18% rise from 2018.

Message from Moshe Kantor

EJC President Dr. Moshe Kantor announced a series of important measures to provide support and assistance to Jewish communities and other people in need to mitigate the effects of the coronavirus crisis.

Events & Meetings

Dr. Moshe Kantor opens international medical conference on COVID-19 lessons

EJC President Dr. Moshe Kantor gave opening remarks at the online conference: "COVID-19: Sharing the international lessons learned", organised by the UK's Royal Society of Medicine, in partnership with the Kantor Charitable Foundation.

EJC Executive Vice President and CEO Raya Kalenova addresses webinar on the Double German Presidency

EJC Executive Vice-President and CEO Raya Kalenova took part in the Webinar "An accelerated push to tackle antisemitism: The Double German Presidency" hosted by MEP Nicola Beer and MEP Sergey Lagodinsky, Chair and Vice-Chair of WGAS.

Raya Kalenova in conversation with the Crif

EJC Executive Vice-President and CEO Raya Kalenova will take part in a conversation with the Representative Council of Jewish institutions in France (Crif) on the challenges of European Jewish communities after the crisis on 19 May 2020 at 6pm CET.

News from Communities

Friend of Anne Frank lays first stone at new Dutch Holocaust memorial

A friend of World War II Jewish diarist Anne Frank laid the first stone at a new memorial under construction in Amsterdam to honor all Dutch victims of the Holocaust.

British Jews show solidarity with Black, Asian communities in UK

The Jewish Council for Racial Equality (JCORE), an organization that focuses on social justice, in coordination with the Board of Deputies of British Jews, the country’s EJC affiliate, have signed a statement of solidarity with Black and Asian communities in the United Kingdom, according to a press release from the organization. 

Sir Keir Starmer reiterates commitment to ‘root out’ antisemitism

Sir Keir Starmer reiterated a commitment to “root out” antisemitism during his first speech to a Labour conference as leader.

Estonian Jews mark 76th anniversary of Klooga massacre

The Jewish Community of Estonia marked the 76th anniversary of the Klooga concentration camp massacre, in which as many as 2,000 Jews were killed.

Great German Schola of Venice to reopen on Yom Kippur

On Yom Kippur, the sound of the shofar will resonate for the first time after a century in the magnificent Great German Schola in Venice, the first of the five synagogues in the area of one of Europe first Jewish ghettos.

EJC in the media

Ynet News: Five Jews who made a splash in Israel in 5780

From changing the face of the Middle East to building a world-class cycling team, redefining our social media to recruiting world leaders in the fight against antisemitism - these five men have made an undeniable impact on Israeli life over the past 12 months

Op-ed by Moshe Kantor : A nuclear Iran means a regional hegemon and a global threat

"The Islamic Republic's aggressive actions over the past five years and its efforts to destabilize the region are clear and it would use its position as a nuclear power to entice countries seemingly beyond its reach to create a new world order," writes Dr. Moshe Kantor in an op-ed in Yedioth Ahronoth.

Op-ed by Moshe Kantor: The interconnectedness of Jewish and Portuguese people

"The amendment to the Portuguese Nationality Law in 2015 to offer citizenship to the descendants of Sephardic Jews of Portuguese origin was so important. It reconnects what was disconnected, rights a horrible injustice, and extends a hand of warm embrace to those whose ancestors were forced out," writes EJC president Dr. Moshe Kantor.

News & Views

Jews attacked in 3 incidents in Ontario over Rosh Hashanah

Three incidents described by a Jewish defense agency as antisemitic took place in the Canadian province of Ontario over Rosh Hashanah.

Palestinians quit Arab League chairmanship over UAE-Bahrain-Israel deal

The Palestinian Authority quit its rotating chairmanship of Arab League meetings, with Foreign Minister Riyad al-Maliki saying his government no longer wanted the position.

EU unveils anti-racism action plan

The European Commission has presented a series of measures aimed at tackling racism and discrimination, acknowledging a blatant lack of diversity among the European Union’s institutions.

Life in Israel

Tel Aviv set to become first city with electric roads that charge public transportation

The city of Tel Aviv is working on creating wireless electric roads to charge and power public transportation in the city.

President Rivlin wishes Jews around the world a happy New Year

Ahead of Rosh Hashanah, President Reuven Rivlin addressed his wishes to Jewish communities around the world remembering the Fifth World Holocaust Forum and wishing for a return to normal life in the coming year, and a strengthening of bonds between Israel and the Diaspora.

At Rosh Hashanah, Israel’s population hits 9.25 million

On the eve of the Jewish New Year, Israel’s population stands at 9.246 million people, the Central Bureau of Statistics reported, marking an annual population growth rate of 1.6 percent (150,000 people).

Galleries

EP WGAS – 5781 Rosh HaShana Greetings

In a video, Members of the European Parliament Working Group Against Antisemitism address their greetings for Rosh Hashana.

Shoah Commemoration

More than 70 years after the Shoah, the systematic murder of six million Jews by the Nazis and their collaborators, representing a third of the world’s Jewish population and a half of Europe’s, it is incumbent upon us as Jews and as Europeans to maintain the memory of this most unique of genocides and to draw the lessons from it for our own days.

We must seek different methods to convey the same message of where hatred and intolerance and antisemitism lead. The most important of these is through education and the EJC works with governments and local authorities to ensure the insertion and maintenance of Holocaust education in curricula and non-curricula activities.

About us

The EJC was created to give a unified voice to Jewish communities around Europe, representing their common interests and concerns, but at the same time allowing smaller Jewish communities a wider platform to express their specific needs.

It federates democratically elected national Jewish community organisations in over 40 European countries uniting 2.5 million Jews across the continent.