The European Jewish Congress (EJC) held its Enlarged Executive Meeting in New York on 23 April 2017. Over 25 presidents joined the EJC Executive Committee and more than 30 representatives of EJC affiliated Jewish communities were among the attendees. The meeting took place in the scope of the 15th WJC Plenary Assembly – Regional meetings.

President Moshe Kantor, in his opening remarks, greeted all delegates and especially those who were present for the first time and welcomed them in the EJC family. Kantor shared an overview of the Annual Report on Antisemitism Worldwide for 2016 issued by Kantor Center for the Study of Contemporary European Jewry that was released the same day in Tel-Aviv University.

Moshe Kantor presented the positive developments in 2016, including the adoption of the Working Definition on Antisemitism by IHRA and the British Government and the opening in Vienna of the headquarters of the new entity “SACC by EJC” which aims to improve the security of Jewish communities in Europe. Kantor also mentioned EJC’s continuous successful work with European Union institutions and the numerous meetings held with Heads of State and EU leaders in order to address current challenges faced by its affiliated Jewish communities.

Dr. Ariel Muzicant, EJC Vice-President, presented to the Executive the latest activities of “SACC by EJC” and keynote speakers discussed new technological ways to enhance the security of the communities. The session on security was followed by presentations by the leaders of the Jewish communities of France, Germany, Italy, Bulgaria and Malta.