A message to all our friends and communities from the European Jewish Congress 

Formally, our communities may have closed their doors and events have been cancelled, but never have these communities been so open. There is an outpouring of warmth and generosity in our communities we can truly be proud of.

Statements

A message to all our friends and communities from the European Jewish Congress 

Formally, our communities may have closed their doors and events have been cancelled, but never have these communities been so open. There is an outpouring of warmth and generosity in our communities we can truly be proud of.

EJC expresses outrage at mass display of public antisemitism at Aalst Carnival

EJC expresses outrage at the appalling mass display of open antisemitism during carnival celebrations in the Belgian city of Aalst and stands in solidarity with its affiliate, the Coordinating Committee of Belgian Jewish Organisations (CCOJB).

Dr. Moshe Kantor bestows Golden Vision award on Pope Francis

In a private meeting with Pope Francis in the Vatican, EJC President Dr. Moshe Kantor bestowed the 2020 Golden Vision award on Pope Francis as a token of appreciation for his message of brotherhood between Jews and Christians and his unrelenting commitment to younger generations and promoting solutions to the moral and ethical challenges of our time.

Dr. Moshe Kantor addresses 48 world leaders gathered in Jerusalem for Fifth World Holocaust Forum

The President of the World Holocaust Forum Foundation and the European Jewish Congress, Dr. Moshe Kantor addressed 48 world leaders at the Fifth World Holocaust Forum. The historic event, titled “Remembering the Holocaust, Fighting Antisemitism,” was organised by the World Holocaust Forum Foundation in cooperation with Yad Vashem, under the auspices of the President of the State of Israel.

World leaders descend on Israel for World Holocaust Forum

48 world leaders arrived in Israel to attend the Fifth World Holocaust Forum, marking the 75th anniversary of the liberation of the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp.

EJC welcomes decision by Swedish PM to adopt international definition of antisemitism

The European Jewish Congress welcomes the decision by Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Löfven to endorse the working definition of antisemitism of the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA).

Events & Meetings

Greek Jewish leader David Saltiel awarded with Medal of Grand Commander of the Order of the Phoenix

The European Jewish Congress was represented by Raya Kalenova, Executive Vice-President and CEO at a ceremony honouring David Saltiel, President of the Central Board of Jewish Communities in Greece (KIS) with the medal of the Grand Commander of the Order of the Phoenix, by H.E. Mr. Prokopios Pavlopoulos, President of the Hellenic Republic.

Speech by Dr. Moshe Kantor at the World Holocaust Forum

Speech by Dr. Moshe Kantor, President of the World Holocaust Forum Foundation and the European Jewish Congress, delivered at Yad Vashem in Jerusalem on January 23, 2020.

“Antisemitism has infected all levels of society” Dr. Moshe Kantor, EJC and WHF President said

“We need the silent majority to stand up and stop antisemitism, not only for the Jews, but for their own society’s moral and physical wellbeing.” said Dr. Kantor at a keynote speech at the Yedioth Ahronoth “People of the Nation” Conference.

News from Communities

Liliana Segre: “Our biggest fear is to die alone”

In an interview with Pagine Ebraiche, Senator Liliana Segre shared some of her impressions on the coronavirus outbreak in Italy.

Dutch Jew who rescued hundreds in Vichy France finally recognised

The full story of the activities of Sally Noach, a Dutch Jew who issued false papers to 432 people registering them as Dutch and helping them escape from near-certain death, has now come to be told in an upcoming documentary.

UCEI commemorates Fosse Ardeatine victims online

On the 76th anniversary of the Fosse Ardeatine massacre, the Union of the Italian Jewish Communities (UCEI) has organised an online commemoration on its Facebook page. 

BOD President calls on new Labour leader to ensure all disciplinary cases are resolved in four months

Board of Deputies President Marie van der Zyl has called on the new Labour leader to ensure that all outstanding disciplinary cases are resolved within four months.

German foundation gives one million euros to help Holocaust survivors amid pandemic

A Berlin-based foundation pledged one million euros to support survivors of the Holocaust during the coronavirus pandemic.

EJC in the media

Jerusalem Post : Pope Francis and Dr. Moshe Kantor discuss future World Holocaust Forums

The two discussed about future World Holocaust Forums, and using the event as a platform to discuss ethical and moral challenges such as rising extremism, refugees, education, global inequality and more.

Op-Ed by Dr. Moshe Kantor in the Daily Telegraph: As the Holocaust fades from living memory, it is more urgent than ever to teach...

"Antisemitism fundamentally equates to extremism and extremism is a threat to us all. When we allow these forces to shake the pillars of our communities, society as a whole is imperiled. Any resigned acceptance of extreme prejudice will fuel other hateful philosophies emboldened by the absence of serious resistance," writes EJC President Dr. Moshe Kantor.

AP: Forum architect calls for halt to antisemitism

The chief architect of the World Holocaust Forum, Dr. Moshe Kantor, has called on assembled global leaders to work together to halt a rise in global antisemitism.

News & Views

Theo Klein, a European Conscience of Judaism

Le Taurillon, a publication for European youth, features an article about the late Theo Klein, eminent figure of French and European Judaism, former president of CRIF and founder of the European Jewish Congress. Klein passed away in January.

Between mourning and solidarity, Jewish communities battle the virus

As the coronavirus crisis intensifies all over the world, the outbreak is hitting countries and cities with a large Jewish population hard: among them the United States, France and the United Kingdom.

ADL: How to prevent Zoombombing

The Center for Technology and Society at the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) has published advice on how to prevent Zoombombing of online events.

Life in Israel

Heartening Photo shows Jewish and Muslim emergency responders taking joint prayer break

A heartening photo emerged in Israel on social media of two emergency responders — a Jew and a Muslim — standing alongside their ambulance vehicle and praying in their respective traditions.

Passover Seder can be held via videoconference, say Sephardic Orthodox Rabbis

In what may be one of the boldest rulings issued on technology in recent years, Sephardic Orthodox rabbis in Israel have declared that families may conduct their shared Seder over videoconference.

Iconic open-air markets closed because of coronavirus

Popular open-air markets in Jerusalem and Tel Aviv were closed by police after the Israeli government decided to tighten the country’s coronavirus lockdown.

Galleries

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Fifth World Holocaust Forum – History of the Forum

Video introducing the history of the World Holocaust Forum, presented at the Fifth World Holocaust Forum at Yad Vashem in Jerusalem on 23 January 2020.
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Fifth World Holocaust Forum – Holocaust and liberation

Video on the Holocaust and the liberation of the camps, presented at the Fifth World Holocaust Forum at Yad Vashem in Jerusalem on 23 January 2020.
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Fifth World Holocaust Forum – Antisemitism today

Video on antisemitism today, presented at the Fifth World Holocaust Forum at Yad Vashem in Jerusalem on 23 January 2020.

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.