The European Commission
and
The European Jewish Congress
invite you to mark

International
Holocaust Remembrance Day

25 January 2021 | 16:00 - 17:00 CET

with the special participation of
Tomi Reichental
Holocaust survivor

Speakers

Margaritis Schinas
Vice-President of the European Commission

Moshe Kantor
President of the European Jewish Congress

Statements

EJC to host joint International Holocaust Remembrance Day event with the European Commission

The European Jewish Congress, will host an online event marking International Holocaust Remembrance Day on 25 January 2021 at 16:00 CET in cooperation with the European Commission.

The event will feature EJC President Dr. Moshe Kantor, Margaritis Schinas, Vice-President of the European Commission, and Holocaust survivor Tomi Reichental.

EJC welcomes practical handbook on the IHRA definition of antisemitism

EJC President Dr. Moshe Kantor welcomed the publication of a handbook for the practical use of the working definition of antisemitism of the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA) as a key tool in the fight against anti-Jewish hatred in Europe.

EJC President Kantor calls EU Court of Justice ruling “a heavy blow to Jewish life in Europe”

European Jewish Congress President Dr. Moshe Kantor has slammed the ruling by the Court of Justice of the European Union which allows member states to permit the requirement of stunning before religious slaughter of animals for meat, as a fundamental attack on the basic rights of Jewish religious expression and practice.

EJC welcomes reestablishment of full ties between Israel and Morocco

The European Jewish Congress has welcomed and lauded the reestablishment of full ties and warm relations between the State of Israel and the Kingdom of Morocco.

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.

EJC 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.

Events & Meetings

EJC holds online Directors’ Meeting

The European Jewish Congress held its annual meeting of Directors of Jewish communities online. Over thirty directors, professionals and experts from Jewish communities came together to discuss recent developments and exchange best practices.

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).

News from Communities

Nazi collaborators included in Ukrainian memorial project

A project of the Ukrainian Institute for National Memory memorialising Ukrainian national figures includes Nazi collaborators that carried out atrocities during the Holocaust.

Historic Synagogue in Benfeld, Alsace is undergoing fullscale renovation

The sumptuously decorated 19th century synagogue in Benfeld, near Strasbourg in Alsace, is undergoing a complex, fullscale restoration to safeguard the building and preserve its unique interior ornamentation.

Austrian Jews welcome national strategy against antisemitism

The president of the Jewish community of Vienna, Oskar Deutsch, welcomed the publication of a national strategy against antisemitism published by the country's Federal Chancellery.

Holocaust survivors in Austria to receive COVID-19 vaccine

Jewish Holocaust survivors in Austria will be able to receive a vaccine against COVID-19 within the next week, the Jewish community of Vienna and the Austrian Ministry of Health declared.

15 Years After Kidnapping, Remembrances Pour in for Murdered French Jew Ilan Halimi

Words of remembrance circulated on social media to mark the 15th anniversary of the kidnapping of Ilan Halimi, a 23-year-old French Jew who was murdered by an antisemitic gang in 2006.

EJC in the media

Euractiv: Member states reserve right to enforce mandatory stunning prior to slaughter

“This ruling is a heavy blow to Jewish life in Europe and in essence tells Jews that our practices are no longer welcome. Telling Jews that their ways are not welcome is just a short step from telling Jews that we are no longer welcome,” EJC President Moshe Kantor warned, adding that the group will “continue to fight this tragic decision.”

Politico: EU states can ban kosher and halal ritual slaughter, court rules

European Jewish Congress President Moshe Kantor labelling it “a heavy blow to Jewish life in Europe” in a statement. “The right to practice our faith and customs ... has been severely undermined by this decision”.

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. 

News & Views

Yad Vashem launches IRemember Wall ahead of International Holocaust Remembrance Day

To mark International Holocaust Remembrance Day 2021, Yad Vashem will once again launch the IRemember Wall, which is now available in six languages.

Biden administration to keep U.S. embassy in Jerusalem

U.S. President Joe Biden will not reverse the landmark decision by the Trump administration to recognise Jerusalem as Israel's capital.

Sudan protesters burn Israeli flag in anti-normalisation rally

Dozens of Sudanese protesters burned the Israeli flag during a rally against Khartoum’s recent signing of a deal on normalizing relations with the Jewish state.

Life in Israel

Sudan signs Abraham Accords with US, paving way for Israel normalization

Sudan signed the “Abraham Accords” with the United States, paving the way for the African country to normalize ties with Israel.

1.37 million Israelis vaccinated against the novel coronavirus

About 1,370,000 Israelis received their first dose of the coronavirus vaccine, according to Health Minister Yuli Edelstein. Almost 146,000 of them were inoculated on a single day.

Diplomat appointed to head Israeli mission to UAE

Former ambassador to Turkey Eitan Na’eh will be Israel’s top diplomat in Abu Dhabi, as Israel sets up its mission in the United Arab Emirates’ capital, a source in the Foreign Ministry confirmed.

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.