EJC holds Executive Meeting in London

The Executive Committee of the EJC held a meeting in London on November 5th, 2019.

Statements

EJC expresses condemnation and concern after shooting which killed two outside Halle synagogue

EJC has expressed great concern and condemnation after two were killed in a shooting near a synagogue while the Jewish community was observing Yom Kippur in the eastern German city of Halle.

EJC President Moshe Kantor pays tribute to Serge Cwajgenbaum

EJC President Moshe Kantor pays tribute to Serge Cwajgenbaum z''l, who passed away on October 6th 2019.

Serge Cwajgenbaum z”l

EJC mourns the passing of our beloved founder and Secretary-General Serge Cwajgenbaum, z”l.

EJC welcomes first ever UN report on antisemitism, but says there is still much work to do

EJC has welcomed the publication of the first ever United Nations report on antisemitism. The report was published in conjunction with the U.N. Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Religion of Belief Ahmed Shaheed.

World leaders will gather in Jerusalem to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the Liberation of Auschwitz and International Holocaust Remembrance Day

Heads of State from Europe, North America and Australia have been invited to attend the Fifth World Holocaust Forum, taking place on 23 January 2020, at Yad Vashem in Jerusalem.

The event, titled “Remembering the Holocaust, Fighting Antisemitism,” is being organised by the World Holocaust Forum Foundation, headed by Dr. Moshe Kantor, in cooperation with Yad Vashem, under the auspices of the President of the State of Israel, H.E. Mr. Reuven "Ruvi" Rivlin.

EJC calls on the Lithuanian government to provide stronger protection after community shutters institutions

EJC has called on the Lithuanian Government to take stronger measures and appropriate action to protect the Jewish community after its leaders made the decision to close the city's sole synagogue and community center following threats and a rise in antisemitism.

Events & Meetings

EJC holds Executive Meeting in London

The Executive Committee of the EJC held a meeting in London on November 5th, 2019.

Moshe Kantor addresses annual BOD dinner

EJC President Dr. Moshe Kantor addressed the annual dinner of the Board of Deputies of British Jews in London in the presence of distinguished members of the British Jewish community, Presidents of European Jewish communities, parliamentarians, ambassadors and representatives of different faiths.

EJC attends WJC Executive Committee meeting in Munich

EJC Executive Vice-President and CEO Raya Kalenova and EJC Director of European Affairs Ariella Woitchik took part in the World Jewish Congress Executive Committee Meeting held in Munich between 27-29 October 2019.

News from Communities

Antisemitism ‘neither human or Christian,’ says Pope Francis

Pope Francis has condemned antisemitism, describing the persecution of Jews as "neither human or Christian."

Dutch Government to grant 2.5 million Euros for the restoration of Jewish cemeteries

The Dutch government has granted a sum of 2.5 million Euros to the NIK – Organization of Jewish Communities in the Netherlands for the restoration and preservation of Jewish cemeteries.

Yellow stars appear in Scandinavia on Reichspogromnacht anniversary

Stickers shaped like yellow stars that Nazis made Jews wear during the Holocaust were placed on multiple Jewish sites in Denmark and Sweden on anniversary of Reichspogromnacht.

Swastikas and anti-Jewish graffiti found on cars and buildings in South-East England town

Vandals spray-painted cars and garages with swastikas and antisemitic messages in Canvey Island, Essex in South-East England.

French far-left leader says Jews provoke violent sectarianism

A leader of the French far-left accused French Jews of inciting violence against him and promoting “violent and aggressive sectarianism.”

EJC in the media

CNN: Op-ed by Moshe Kantor: How to stop the horrifying resurgence of antisemitism

"Eighty-one years ago, the disagreement, disunity and inertia of the international community allowed antisemites to act wantonly and freely. Today, while the perpetrators are largely private individuals and not state actors, the lessons that we must learn remain."

“Cultural practices, which denigrate, discriminate and promote hatred can never be considered Cultural Heritage”, says EJC President

"UNESCO should require no further evidence to remove the Aalst Carnival from its Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity immediately", said EJC President Dr. Moshe Kantor.

The Times: “The authorities have the prime responsibility and duty to protect all their citizens” says EJC President

“While we have confidence in the commitment of the German government to the fight against antisemitism, there are still serious security gaps", EJC President Moshe Kantor said.

News & Views

FBI: Jews were victims of more than half of all hate crimes in US

Jewish Americans were once again the religious group most targeted by religiously-motivated bias crimes, the Federal Bureau of Investigation disclosed.

EU court rules products from Israeli settlements must be labelled

The European Union’s top court has ruled that EU countries must identify products made in Israeli settlements on their labels.

EU condemns Gaza rockets fired into Israel

The European Union has condemned the firing of rockets by Gaza-based terror organisations into Israel.

Life in Israel

Holocaust survivors reunited in Israel after 75 years

Two Holocaust survivors that were convinced that the other had been killed by the Nazis reunited in Israel after 75 years.

Israeli President Rivlin gives Netanyahu mandate to form new government

Israeli President Reuven Rivlin formally gave Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu four weeks to form a government.

Israel’s Central Election Committee announces “almost final election results”

Israel’s Central Election Committee (CEC) announced around the “almost final” results of the elections. The results confirmed the latest results reported, giving Benny Gantz’s Blue and White 33 seats and Binyamin Netanyahu’s Likud 31 seats.

Galleries

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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.