EJC President Kantor expresses concern about a Jewish future in Europe after release of FRA report on young Jewish Europeans

EJC President Dr. Moshe Kantor has expressed great concern over the results of the FRA report “Young Jewish Europeans: perceptions and experiences of antisemitism.”

The study, at the initiative of the European Union of Jewish Students (EUJS), critically records the experience of antisemitism among young European Jews, who are all too often the target of anti-Jewish hate.

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EJC President Kantor expresses concern about a Jewish future in Europe after release of FRA report on young Jewish Europeans

EJC President Dr. Moshe Kantor has expressed great concern over the results of the FRA report “Young Jewish Europeans: perceptions and experiences of antisemitism.”

The study, at the initiative of the European Union of Jewish Students (EUJS), critically records the experience of antisemitism among young European Jews, who are all too often the target of anti-Jewish hate.

EJC sends its deepest condolences to President Reuven Rivlin on the passing of his wife Nechama Rivlin

EJC sends its deepest and most heartfelt condolences to the President of the State of Israel, Reuven Rivlin, on the passing of his beloved wife, Nechama Rivlin.

EJC calls comments by Polish PM on restitution a major distortion of the historic truth

EJC has called comments by Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki saying that to pay restitution to Jews who survived the Holocaust would equate to “Hitler’s victory after his death” a major distortion.

EJC calls on all Europeans to reject extremism and stand up for fundamental values and freedoms

EJC calls on all Europeans to reject extremism and populism and to stand up for fundamental values and freedoms ahead of the European elections, which will take place between 23-26 May.

EJC applauds the German Bundestag resolution on BDS, calls on other European parliaments to follow suit

EJC applauds the German Bundestag ruling that the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement is antisemitic and calls on governmental bodies not to support or finance any organizations that support BDS or question Israel’s right to exist.

EJC welcomes endorsement of the IHRA definition by the Islamic Religious Authority in Austria

EJC welcomes the announcement by the Islamic Religious Authority in Austria (IGGÖ) to endorse the working definition of antisemitism of the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA).

Events & Meetings

EJC joins round table discussion with UN Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Religion

The EJC, represented by Mike Whine MBE, took part in a round table discussion with UN Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Religion or Belief Dr Ahmed Shaheed organised by the Parliamentary Committee Against Antisemitism and the Antisemitism Policy Trust.

EJC attends first meeting on the implementation of the Council Declaration on the fight against antisemitism

The EJC attended the first meeting of the working group on the implementation of the Council Declaration on the fight against antisemitism and the development of a common security approach to better protect Jewish communities and institutions in Europe.

EJC Executive Vice-President Raya Kalenova addresses European Economic and Social Committee

EJC Executive Vice-President Raya Kalenova delivered a keynote speech at the Plenary of the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC).

News from Communities

Norway’s state broadcaster airs “Jewish swine” cartoon

Norway’s public broadcaster NRK defended a cartoon in which a Scrabble player forms the word “Jewish swine.”

Pillars and mikve found at destroyed Lithuanian synagogue

Two pillars of the bimah of the Great Synagogue of Vilnius, along with a mikveh, inscriptions and historic floor tiles were recently discovered in archaeological excavations of the compound in Lithuania.

Germany marks 75 years since Hitler assassination attempt

German Chancellor Angela Merkel urged Europeans to confront populism, nationalism, racism and antisemitism as she paid tribute to the Nazi resistance in her own country.

UK Labour launches antisemitism website to “educate” members

Labour has launched a website dedicated to educating its members about antisemitism so they are better able to "confront bigotry”.

Germany to compensate 8,000 Romanian Holocaust survivors

In a historic decision, the German government approved the recognition of around 8,000 Romanian citizens living in Israel as Holocaust survivors, a decision that allows them to receive a monthly stipend and retroactive compensation, an amount that could reach into billions of shekels.

EJC in the media

The Algemeiner : EJC expresses concerns on findings of FRA report on young Jews’ perceptions on antisemitism

“This report is of great concern because it clearly demonstrates that the position of our youth, the Jewish future of Europe, is tenuous at the moment.” said EJC President, Moshe Kantor

National Catholic Register: Pope Francis and the Fight Against Antisemitism

Two weeks after the Kantor Report was issued, on May 15, Pope Francis reminded the world that the Catholic Church’s response to antisemitism remains relevant and important.

Jerusalem Post : EJC called on EU States to adopt the IHRA working definition on antisemitism

As Europe grapples with a rising tide of antisemitism, the European Commission held its first-ever working group on the matter.

News & Views

Argentina brands Hezbollah a terrorist group

Argentinian authorities ordered the freezing of Hezbollah assets in the country and effectively designated the Lebanese Islamist group, which it blames for two attacks on its soil, a terrorist organisation.

Ursula von der Leyen elected European Commission president

The European Parliament elected Ursula von der Leyen as the next president of the European Commission — the first woman to hold the EU's top executive job.

German envoy likes antisemitic tweets including on David Duke’s page

Germany’s Foreign Ministry said it has opened an investigation after learning that the official Twitter account of the country’s mission to the Palestinian territories had “liked” anti-Israel tweets.

Life in Israel

Increase in Aliyah to Israel in 2018

A total of 28,099 new immigrants arrived in Israel in 2018, an increase of 6.6% compared to 2017, according to statistics published by the country’s Central Bureau of Statistics.

Israel joining forces with Arab states to save coral from climate change destruction

Scientists from Israel and neighbouring Arab countries are joining forces to save Red Sea coral reefs from the threat of climate change.

European corporations flock to Israel’s Silicon Wadi

A new report reveals that the gap is narrowing between the number of European corporate branches in Silicon Valley and Israel's Silicon Wadi.

Galleries

International Holocaust Remembrance Day ceremony 2019

Photo gallery of the 2019 International Holocaust Remembrance Day ceremony at the European Parliament, hosted by the European Parliament Working Group against antisemitism, in partnership with the EJC.

EJC General Assembly 2019

Photo Gallery of the 2019 EJC General Assembly.
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EJC President Dr. Moshe Kantor addresses WJC Governing Board Meeting

EJC President Dr. Moshe Kantor addressed the WJC Governing Board meeting in Ottawa, Canada on 14 May 2019.
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Raya Kalenova takes part in panel discussion on antisemitism in Europe

EJC Executive Vice-President and CEO Raya Kalenova took part in a panel discussion titled 'What is behind antisemitism in Europe?' for the Euronews show Raw Politics.
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EJC Executive Vice-President and CEO Raya Kalenova addresses 2019 IHRD Ceremony

Address by EJC Executive Vice-President and CEO Raya Kalenova at the official 2019 International Holocaust Commemoration Day Ceremony at the European Parliament.

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.