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.

Statements

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.

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.

Events & Meetings

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.

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.

News from Communities

694 antisemitic incidents recorded in the Czech Republic in 2019

There were 694 antisemitic incidents in 2019, according to the latest annualreport on manifestations of antisemitism in the Czech Republic, published by the Federation of Jewish Communities in the Czech Republic (FJC).

Serbia adopts IHRA Definition of Antisemitism

Serbia has become the latest country to adopt the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA) working definition of antisemitism.

Former Austrian Vice-Chancellor accused of penning antisemitic dedication in Nazi book

Heinz-Christian Strache, former Vice-chancellor of Austria was accused of having penned a handwritten dedication railing against the “Jewish lust for power” on the title page of an antisemitic screed from the Nazi era.

Austria will turn Hitler’s birthplace into a police station

Austrian officials unveiled plans to “neutralize” Adolf Hitler’s birth house by turning it into a police station, with the building receiving some cosmetic changes in the process.

Corbyn questions impartiality of body conducting antisemitism inquiry

Jeremy Corbyn has questioned the impartiality of the Equality and Human Rights Commission, which is conducting an inquiry into the Labour party’s handling of antisemitism claims.

EJC in the media

BESA Perspectives: “European Jewish Communities and the Coronavirus Crisis”

"The European Jewish Congress, through its Security and Crisis Centre provided training and education in crisis management and crisis communication for numerous communities across the continent to help communities cope with the coronavirus crisis," writes Prof. Shlomo Shapiro.

Washington Examiner : UN asks religious leaders to combat ‘inaccurate and harmful’ persecution of minority groups

"Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, there has been a significant rise in accusations that Jews are behind the spread of the virus or are directly profiting from it," said EJC President, Dr Moshe Kantor.

Times of Israel: Coronavirus crisis fueling antisemitism around world

EJC President Dr. Moshe Kantor warned that the coronavirus crisis had the potential to spark populist extremism, similar to what erupted after the Great Depression and contributed to the rise of Nazism.

News & Views

Rising conspiracy theory claims George Soros behind US unrest, ADL says

As mass protests rage across the United States over the police killing of an unarmed black man, right-wing conspiracy theorists have turned to a predictable bogeyman: George Soros, ADL says.

Never Again Education Act Signed Into Law

The Never Again Education Act was signed into law on Friday, May 29. The legislation supports Holocaust education across the country by bolstering the already expansive educational resources at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum.

79th anniversary of the Farhud massacre of Iraqi Jews remembered

Jewish leaders and organisations marked the anniversary of the 1941 Baghdad pogrom known as the “Farhud,” which began the ethnic cleansing of the millennia-old Iraqi Jewish community.

Life in Israel

Israel wants another 15 GW of solar energy by 2030

Energy minister Yuval Steinitz has announced the country’s 2030 renewable energy target will rise to 30%, with solar expected to account for the lion’s share. Approximately $23 billion more clean energy investment is envisaged this decade.

Cafes and restaurants begin to reopen in Israel – with restrictions in place

Wednesday 27 May marked the first day since mid-March that restaurants and cafes were allowed to open in Israel after the coronavirus lockdown.

On Jerusalem Day, a live virtual event to be broadcasted for Diaspora Jews

In light of the coronavirus, Jerusalem Day will be celebrated by way of a virtual tour for those living outside of Israel.

Galleries

Raya Kalenova, EJC Executive Vice President and CEO reacts on i24 News on the Covid-19 situation for European Jewish Communities (French)

Ms. Raya Kalenova, EJC Executive Vice President and CEO reacts on i24 News on the Covid-19 situation of European Jewish Communities (French)

Highlights of the Fifth World Holocaust Forum

Watch the Highlights of 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 and in the presence of 47 world leaders.

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.