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

EJC President applauds EU declaration to fight Antisemitism at all levels

EJC President Dr. Moshe Kantor applauds the European Union Council Declaration on mainstreaming the fight against antisemitism across policy-areas, adopted unanimously by EU member states.

Statements

EJC President applauds EU declaration to fight Antisemitism at all levels

EJC President Dr. Moshe Kantor applauds the European Union Council Declaration on mainstreaming the fight against antisemitism across policy-areas, adopted unanimously by EU member states.

European Jewish Congress President slams decision by Austrian Freedom Party to appoint antisemite to upper house of parliament

Dr. Moshe Kantor has expressed outrage after the Austrian Freedom Party (FPÖ) appointed former foreign-affairs spokesman Johannes Hübner to the Bundesrat, which is the equivalent of Austria’s Senate.

European Jewish Congress remembers Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks as a towering figure of Judaism

The European Jewish Congress expresses its deepest condolences to the family of Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks, זצ״ל on the passing of the former Chief Rabbi of the United Hebrew Congregations of the Commonwealth.

European Jewish Congress congratulates President-elect Joe Biden on his election victory

The European Jewish Congress sends its congratulations to U.S. President-elect Joseph R. Biden Jr on his victory in the American presidential elections.

European Jewish Congress shocked and appalled at Vienna terror shootings

“The shooting reminds us that vigilance, commitment to fighting terror and assertion of our values is a constant necessity to rid Europe of this deadly scourge and it reminds us that terror targets us all,” said EJC President Dr. Moshe Kantor in the aftermath of the terror shootings that took place outside the Stadttempel synagogue in Vienna.

European Jewish Congress condemns barbaric terror attacks in France

The European Jewish Congress expresses its profound shock and outrage at the horrific terror attacks which took place in Nice and Avignon.

Events & Meetings

EJC holds online Executive Meeting

The Executive Committee of the European Jewish Congress held its first meeting of the new term following the 2020 General Assembly.

EJC and WGAS hold webinar on online hate speech, conspiracy theories and radicalisation

EJC Executive Vice-President and CEO Raya Kalenova addressed the webinar “Online hate speech, conspiracy theories and radicalisation", organised by the EJC and hosted by the European Parliament Working Group against Antisemitism (WGAS).

EJC Executive VP and CEO Raya Kalenova addresses European Council conference on online antisemitism

EJC Executive Vice-President and CEO Raya Kalenova addressed the conference "Antisemitism online –The role of prevention and education in tackling antisemitic hate speech", organised by the German Presidency of the Council of the European Union.

News from Communities

Prince Charles and Tony Blair to attend virtual memorial for Rabbi Lord Sacks

The UK's Prince Charles and Israeli President Reuven Rivlin will join former Prime Ministers Tony Blair and Gordon Brown, at a special virtual commemoration dedicated to Rabbi Lord Sacks.

Zemun synagogue returned to Jewish community ownership

The synagogue in Zemun, on the outskirts of Belgrade, has been restituted back to Jewish community ownership.

Hanukkah returned to Amsterdam’s Royal Concert Hall decades after WWII

Since 2015, Amsterdam's Royal Concert Hall has hosted an annual cantorial Hanukkah concert, a tradition that had been paused for 70 years after the Holocaust.

English Premier League and Premier League clubs adopt IHRA Definition of antisemitism

The English Premier League, together with 19 of its member clubs, has adopted the IHRA working definition of antisemitism.

Greece’s oldest Holocaust survivor, Esther Cohen, dies at 96

Εsther Cohen, Greece’s oldest Holocaust survivor, has died in Ioannina where she lived. She was 96 years old. May her memory be a blessing.

EJC in the media

The Jerusalem Post : Politician noted for antisemitic comments nominated to Austrian Senate

Johannes Hübner, who was the foreign affairs spokesman for the Austrian Freedom Party (AFP) until 2017, has just been appointed to the Bundesrat, the equivalent to the Austrian Senate, the European Jewish Congress (EJC) reported. 

The Algemeiner : “Jewish Groups offer condolences, condemnations in Wake of Vienna Terror Attack”

"The proximity to our main synagogue strongly suggests an antisemitic motive of the Islamist attacker,” he noted. “But what the incident also shows is that antisemitism, which is inherent in radical Islamism, is not only a threat to Jews, but to all those concerned with freedom, democracy, and human values," said IKG President Oskar Deutsch.

Le Figaro : “Attaque à Nice : la communauté juive européenne dénonce «le mal absolu»”

Le Congrès juif européen (CJE) s'est dit jeudi 29 octobre «bouleversé et indigné» par l'attaque au couteau qui a fait trois morts jeudi dans une basilique de Nice, dénonçant «la barbarie et le mal absolu» de l'attentat.

News & Views

US Holocaust Memorial, Iranian website launch Holocaust education project

The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum and Persian language news website IranWire.com have launched 'The Sardari Project: Iran and the Holocaust', an initiative that will broadcast articles and videos about the Holocaust.

European Commission VP welcomes Council Declaration on fighting Antisemitism

Margaritis Schinas, Vice-President for Promoting our European Way of Life welcomed the unanimous approval of a Council declaration mainstreaming the fight against antisemitism across all policy areas.

6 prominent Holocaust survivors have died in Europe over the past month

The constant stream of breaking news about American politics and the coronavirus pandemic has hidden a sobering fact: Six prominent Holocaust survivors who had dedicated much of their lives to educating others against hatred have died in Europe over the past month.

Life in Israel

More than 300 Ethiopian Jews make Aliyah after years separated from relatives

Hundreds of emigrating Ethiopian Jews have arrived in Israel after Benjamin Netanyahu finally made good on his 2015 pledge to reunite families.

Knesset committee “meets” with UAE Jewish community

In a unique meeting the Knesset Aliyah, Absorption and Diaspora Committee formally met via video conference with leading members of the Jewish community in the United Arab Emirates.

Netanyahu to Visit Egypt on Official Trip

Israeli and Egyptian officials are engaged in talks ahead of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s official visit to Cairo in the coming weeks.

Galleries

Webinar : ‘Online hate speech, conspiracy theories and radicalisation. Latest developments in the fight against antisemitism’

EJC Executive Vice-President and CEO Raya Kalenova addressed the webinar “Online hate speech, conspiracy theories and radicalisation, organised by the EJC and hosted by the European Parliament Working Group against Antisemitism (WGAS).

Address by EJC Executive Vice President and CEO Raya Kalenova, First ECJC e-summit of European Jewish leaders

EJC Executive Vice President and CEO Raya Kalenova addressed the opening ceremony the first e-summit of European Jewish leaders of the European Council of Jewish Communities (ECJC)

Halle Attack Commemoration Ceremony at the German Permanent Representation

The German Perm Rep together with the European Jewish Congress and B'nai B’rith International held a commemoration ceremony for the first anniversary of the Halle attack.

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.