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

Dr. Moshe Kantor opens international medical conference on COVID-19 lessons

EJC President Dr. Moshe Kantor gave opening remarks at the online conference: "COVID-19: Sharing the international lessons learned", organised by the UK's Royal Society of Medicine, in partnership with the Kantor Charitable Foundation.

Statements

EJC President calls on the Portuguese Parliament not to harm the Sephardi citizenship law

EJC President Dr. Moshe Kantor has written to the President of the Portuguese Parliament calling on him to ensure that a law passed in 2013 which provides Sephardi Jews with the possibility to apply for Portuguese citizenship is not harmed by recent attempts to pass amendments which would damage the applicability, intention and spirit of the original law.

Antisemitic chants at anti-racist march in Paris shows how worthy cause is being hijacked to spread hate

EJC President Dr. Moshe Kantor called on anti-racist marchers and organisers to ensure that antisemitism is not being adopted by some within their ranks, after large groups of marchers at a rally in Paris's Place de la République shouted antisemitic slogans like “dirty Jew”.

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.

Events & Meetings

Dr. Moshe Kantor opens international medical conference on COVID-19 lessons

EJC President Dr. Moshe Kantor gave opening remarks at the online conference: "COVID-19: Sharing the international lessons learned", organised by the UK's Royal Society of Medicine, in partnership with the Kantor Charitable Foundation.

EJC Executive Vice President and CEO Raya Kalenova addresses webinar on the Double German Presidency

EJC Executive Vice-President and CEO Raya Kalenova took part in the Webinar "An accelerated push to tackle antisemitism: The Double German Presidency" hosted by MEP Nicola Beer and MEP Sergey Lagodinsky, Chair and Vice-Chair of WGAS.

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.

News from Communities

Holocaust survivor launches legal claim against German railway

A Holocaust survivor who successfully campaigned for the Dutch railway to pay compensation for transporting people to the Nazi concentration camps has tabled a legal claim against the German state over the wartime role of the Deutsche Reichsbahn.

Dozens of headstones smashed at Jewish cemetery in Russia

Dozens of headstones at a Jewish cemetery in the Russian city of St. Petersburg were smashed.

Lockdown results in slight decrease in antisemitic incidents in the UK

Antisemitic incidents in the UK have dropped by 13 percent in 2020 compared to the year before, likely due to COVID-19 lockdown regulations, according to the latest CST report.

Instituto Cervantes to open new centre in Thessaloniki to promote Sephardic culture

Thessaloniki’s Jewish community signed a deal with the Spanish government’s Instituto Cervantes to create a small centre where people will be taught modern Spanish while also learning about Sephardic culture and Ladino.

Holocaust denier Alain Soral indicted again for calling for a “fascist revolution”

Holocaust denier Alain Soral, who has multiple convictions against him, has been charged for hate speech, after calling for a "fascist revolution" on his website.

EJC in the media

Op-ed by Moshe Kantor: The interconnectedness of Jewish and Portuguese people

"The amendment to the Portuguese Nationality Law in 2015 to offer citizenship to the descendants of Sephardic Jews of Portuguese origin was so important. It reconnects what was disconnected, rights a horrible injustice, and extends a hand of warm embrace to those whose ancestors were forced out," writes EJC president Dr. Moshe Kantor.

Israel National News: EJC to Portuguese parliament : Don’t harm Sephardi citizenship law

EJC President Dr. Moshe Kantor has written to Portugal’s President of the Assembly of the Republic, Eduardo Ferro Rodrigues, calling on him to ensure that a law passed in 2013 which provides Sephardi Jews with the possibility of applying for Portuguese citizenship is not harmed by recent attempts to pass amendments which would damage the applicability, intention and spirit of the original law.

The Algemeiner : “The people who claim to march against hate and racism while shouting violent antisemitic statements are hypocrites”

Leading European Jewish organizations and personalities expressed outrage after video emerged of ostensibly anti-racism protesters in Paris shouting antisemitic slurs.

News & Views

European Commission statement on European Roma Holocaust Memorial Day

Ursula von der Leyen, President of the European Commission, Věra Jourová, Vice-President for Values and Transparency, and Helena Dalli, Commissioner for Equality published a statement ahead of the Roma Holocaust Memorial Day, on 2 August.

Survivors appeal to Facebook to remove Holocaust denial posts

Well-known survivors of the Holocaust from around the world began a new online campaign to urge Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg to remove Holocaust denial posts from the social media platform.

US hits Poland, others in Europe over Holocaust claims

The United States is criticising a number of eastern and central European nations, including Poland, for failing to compensate Holocaust victims and their families and communities for property seized during Nazi occupation in World War II.

Life in Israel

Israel Museum in Jerusalem to reopen with $4 million grant from US supporters

The Israel Museum in Jerusalem, which has been closed since the start of the coronavirus crisis, received a $4 million grant from supporters in the United States to reopen.

Beta Israel community in Ethiopia receives humanitarian aid from Israel

Mashav, Israel’s agency for international development cooperation, provided urgent humanitarian aid to the Beta Israel community in Ethiopia.

Immigrants arrive in Israel from Ethiopia despite pandemic

Thirty-four immigrants from Ethiopia arrived in Israel, bringing to 269 the total of Ethiopians to make aliyah since the start of the coronavirus pandemic.

Galleries

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.