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.

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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.

Latest CST report confirms worrying trend of spiralling antisemitism

EJC is deeply concerned by the latest CST Antisemitic incidents report, which saw the highest ever number of incidents ever recorded in the first half of a calendar year in the UK.

EJC President Kantor expresses concern about a Jewish future in Europe after release of FRA report on young Jewish Europeans

EJC President Dr. Moshe Kantor has expressed great concern over the results of the FRA report “Young Jewish Europeans: perceptions and experiences of antisemitism.”

The study, at the initiative of the European Union of Jewish Students (EUJS), critically records the experience of antisemitism among young European Jews, who are all too often the target of anti-Jewish hate.

EJC sends its deepest condolences to President Reuven Rivlin on the passing of his wife Nechama Rivlin

EJC sends its deepest and most heartfelt condolences to the President of the State of Israel, Reuven Rivlin, on the passing of his beloved wife, Nechama Rivlin.

EJC calls comments by Polish PM on restitution a major distortion of the historic truth

EJC has called comments by Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki saying that to pay restitution to Jews who survived the Holocaust would equate to “Hitler’s victory after his death” a major distortion.

Events & Meetings

EJC joins round table discussion with UN Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Religion

The EJC, represented by Mike Whine MBE, took part in a round table discussion with UN Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Religion or Belief Dr Ahmed Shaheed organised by the Parliamentary Committee Against Antisemitism and the Antisemitism Policy Trust.

EJC attends first meeting on the implementation of the Council Declaration on the fight against antisemitism

The EJC attended the first meeting of the working group on the implementation of the Council Declaration on the fight against antisemitism and the development of a common security approach to better protect Jewish communities and institutions in Europe.

EJC Executive Vice-President Raya Kalenova addresses European Economic and Social Committee

EJC Executive Vice-President Raya Kalenova delivered a keynote speech at the Plenary of the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC).

News from Communities

German city rescinds literary prize to author because of antisemitism

The city of Dortmund’s jury for the Nelly Sachs literature prize pulled the plug on its award for a British-Pakistani author because she supports the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement targeting the Jewish State.

UK Labour denounced for antisemitism debate scheduled for Shabbat

The British Labour Party’s latest attempt to shake long-standing allegations of anti-Jewish bias drew harsh criticism after it emerged that a planned meeting to discuss the issue was scheduled to be held on a Saturday, the Jewish day of rest.

Belgian Jews shocked by display of Nazi flag artwork in Brussels

The head of Belgium’s Jewish community said he was shocked by a display of an art work depicting a Nazi flag in central Brussels.

Archeologists find mass grave at former Nazi camp in Czech Republic

Archaeologists have uncovered a mass grave at the site of a former Nazi concentration camp in the Czech Republic, the Museum of Romani Culture said.

Spanish court annuls discriminatory Pamplona city council resolution

A Spanish court in has annulled a resolution issued by the City Council of Pamplona, which had denied Israelis access to public spaces and declared Israeli officials 'personae non gratae' in the city.

EJC in the media

Arutz Sheva : Poland’s Chief Rabbi against honoring accused Nazi collaborators

"We call on the authorities to take all necessary measures to protect the Jewish community" said Moshe Kantor, President of EJC

The Daily Telegraph : The watchers trying to protect Europe’s Jews

EJC's Executive Vice-President, Raya Kalenova : “Every year another community decides they can’t bear it any more, and wants to move to another place.”

The Independent: Holocaust survivors have home ransacked as antisemitic incidents hit new record in UK

Holocaust survivors had their home ransacked and sprayed with graffiti in one of a record number of antisemitic incidents reported in the UK.

News & Views

Iran suspended by International Judo Federation over Israel boycott

Iran has been suspended from international judo competitions because of its policy of boycotting bouts with Israeli athletes.

Right-wing activists vandalise EU mission in Israel

The EU's diplomatic mission in Israel was vandalised with graffiti railing against the bloc and its largest member state, in an attack claimed by right-wing anti-immigration activists.

EU calls Iran installation of new centrifuges “extremely worrisome”

The European Union censured Iran for installing advanced centrifuges, warning the move could boost Tehran’s enrichment capabilities and was “inconsistent” with the international accord meant to limit its nuclear program.

Life in Israel

Unofficial Israeli election results show Likud and Blue & White parties tied for first place

Israel’s Central Election Committee published the first results based on counted votes on Wednesday morning. At 10.48 a.m., 3,491,496 votes had been counted – or 54.61% of the casted ballots.

As Israel votes for the second time in five months, early figures show small bump in turnout

As israelis went to the polls for the second time in five months, turnout for the election was the highest in decades, election officials said.

Israeli President Rivlin turns 80

The President of the State of Israel, Reuven Rivlin, turned 80 on 9 September 2019.

Galleries

International Holocaust Remembrance Day ceremony 2019

Photo gallery of the 2019 International Holocaust Remembrance Day ceremony at the European Parliament, hosted by the European Parliament Working Group against antisemitism, in partnership with the EJC.

EJC General Assembly 2019

Photo Gallery of the 2019 EJC General Assembly.
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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.