The European Jewish Congress participated in the Civil Society Forum on combating antisemitism and fostering Jewish life organised by the European Commission in Brussels.
This was the first edition of the new flagship initiative fixed in the EU Strategy on combatting antisemitism and fostering Jewish life. The event brought together more than 200 civil society organisations active in the field.
EJC Executive Vice-President and CEO Raya Kalenova delivered a keynote address at the dinner alongside Sergey Lagodinsky, member of the European Parliament and Vice-Chair of the Working Group against Antisemitism.
‘It is vital for public institutions to work hand in hand with civil society organizations and local communities to strengthen the collective fight against antisemitism. To understand and comprehend the scourges that corrupt our societies, decision-makers must listen and be familiar with the daily struggles and concerns of the citizens and minorities they represent. This is what democracy is all about,’ Raya Kalenova said in her remarks.
‘As written in the strategy, combating antisemitism is a shared responsibility and it requires joint efforts and actions at every level. At the EJC we share this commitment, and we are sure we will continue working together as partners and allies to address the growing challenges that the European Jewish communities are facing,’ she added.
Raya Kalenova also commended the valuable work and long-standing support and commitment to the cause from the European Commission Coordinator on combating antisemitism and fostering Jewish life Katharina von Schnurbein and her team.
Civil Society Forum on combating antisemitism and fostering Jewish life was held in a form of a participatory networking event. Representatives of civil society organisations, Jewish communities, museums, research centres, the EU institutions and others came together to discuss the current challenges in combating antisemitism and fostering Jewish life, to learn more about EU funding opportunities, and to network and brainstorm about strategies, actions and projects that can be developed to further step up the efforts against antisemitism and to foster Jewish life.