EJC Executive Vice-President and CEO Raya Kalenova addresses vigil in memory of Halle attack

EJC Executive Vice-President and CEO Raya Kalenova addressed a vigil in Brussels in memory of the terror attack on the synagogue of Halle on Yom Kippur, which took the lives of two people.

Statements

EJC expresses condemnation and concern after shooting which killed two outside Halle synagogue

EJC has expressed great concern and condemnation after two were killed in a shooting near a synagogue while the Jewish community was observing Yom Kippur in the eastern German city of Halle.

EJC President Moshe Kantor pays tribute to Serge Cwajgenbaum

EJC President Moshe Kantor pays tribute to Serge Cwajgenbaum z''l, who passed away on October 6th 2019.

Serge Cwajgenbaum z”l

EJC mourns the passing of our beloved founder and Secretary-General Serge Cwajgenbaum, z”l.

EJC welcomes first ever UN report on antisemitism, but says there is still much work to do

EJC has welcomed the publication of the first ever United Nations report on antisemitism. The report was published in conjunction with the U.N. Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Religion of Belief Ahmed Shaheed.

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.

Events & Meetings

EJC Executive Vice-President and CEO Raya Kalenova addresses vigil in memory of Halle attack

EJC Executive Vice-President and CEO Raya Kalenova addressed a vigil in Brussels in memory of the terror attack on the synagogue of Halle on Yom Kippur, which took the lives of two people.

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.

News from Communities

German synagogue gunman admits to antisemitic motive

The man accused of killing two in a gun attack near a synagogue in the eastern German city of Halle has admitted to the crime and to having a far-right, antisemitic motivation.

A music lover, a painter: Victims of Halle shooting identified

Two residents of Germany’s Halle who were shot dead during an attempted massacre at the city’s synagogue were identified in German media as 40-year-old music superfan Jana Lange and a 20-year-old painter worker Kevin S.

German Jewish community shocked and horrified following Halle attack

The Central Council of Jews in Germany is shocked and horrified following the attack in the city of Halle in East Germany on Yom Kippur, which took the lives of two people.

Romania to open its first Holocaust museum

Nearly three-quarters of a century since the end of World War II, Romanian President Klaus Iohannis has backed the creation of the country's first Holocaust museum.

Merkel attends Berlin synagogue vigil for shooting victims of Yom Kippur attack

German Chancellor Angela Merkel attended an evening vigil at a historic synagogue in central Berlin to honour the victims of a deadly Yom Kippur attack in the east German city of Halle.

EJC in the media

The Times: “The authorities have the prime responsibility and duty to protect all their citizens” says EJC President

“While we have confidence in the commitment of the German government to the fight against antisemitism, there are still serious security gaps", EJC President Moshe Kantor said.

Politico : German officials decry antisemitic shooting that killed two

by Emma Anderson and Louise Guillot (October 10, 2019) German officials decry antisemitic shooting that killed two German Interior Minister Horst Seehofer condemned what he called...

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

News & Views

Wikipedia page on Warsaw death camp was 15-year old hoax

A Wikipedia article describing a World War II Nazi death camp in Warsaw in which large numbers of Poles were gassed was full of falsehoods and may have been the online encyclopedia’s most enduring hoax before it was rewritten last Summer.

ECHR rules Holocaust denial not protected by freedom of expression

The European Court of Human Rights ruled that denying that the Holocaust ever happened is not a protected form of freedom of expression, in a case that stretched back nearly a decade.

Australian Jewish boy forced to kiss Muslim classmate’s shoes, drawing outcry in the country

Two reports of antisemitic bullying at schools in Australia are receiving widespread media coverage after photo showed a 12-year-old Jewish student being forced to kneel to kiss the shoes of a Muslim classmate was circulated on social media.

Life in Israel

Holocaust survivors reunited in Israel after 75 years

Two Holocaust survivors that were convinced that the other had been killed by the Nazis reunited in Israel after 75 years.

Israeli President Rivlin gives Netanyahu mandate to form new government

Israeli President Reuven Rivlin formally gave Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu four weeks to form a government.

Israel’s Central Election Committee announces “almost final election results”

Israel’s Central Election Committee (CEC) announced around the “almost final” results of the elections. The results confirmed the latest results reported, giving Benny Gantz’s Blue and White 33 seats and Binyamin Netanyahu’s Likud 31 seats.

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.