EJC holds Executive Meeting in Vienna

The European Jewish Congress held a meeting of its Executive Committee in Vienna on November 21st, 2018.

Members of the Executive were warmly welcomed by EJC President Dr. Moshe Kantor, EJC Executive Vice-President Raya Kalenova and Oskar Deutsch, President of the Jewish Community of Vienna (IKG).

The meeting took place in the aftermath of two conferences and a gala-dinner organised in cooperation with the Austrian Presidency of the European Council and Federal Chancellor, Sebastian Kurz.

EJC President Dr. Moshe Kantor presented  EJC Vice-President in charge of Security, Dr. Ariel Muzicant with a golden Jerusalem blessing, in order to thank him for the vital role he played in bringing these important events to fruition.

Thereafter, EJC Director of European Affairs Ariella Woitchik, gave a thorough presentation on the Austrian Presidency’s efforts to pass a declaration on combatting antisemitism in the European Council.

EJC President Dr. Moshe Kantor reminded the Executive of the necessity of communicating to governments that the rise of antisemitism and extremism is a pressing challenge not only for Jewish life in Europe, but also for society as a whole, and that financial operational support from governments for the security of Jewish communities.

Members of the Executive exchanged best practices from their communities, with Marie van der Zyl, President of the Board of Deputies of British Jews, addressing upcoming challenges for the Jewish communities in the light of a fast approaching Brexit.

Concluding the Executive Meeting, Yohan Benizri, President of the Coordinating Committee of Belgian Jewish Organizations (CCOJB) was appointed EJC Vice-President by acclamation.

With growing concerns over existing and upcoming restrictions to religious freedom in Europe, which already have nefarious effects on European Jewry, the newly created EJC Task Force addressing the state of Religious Rights from a Jewish perspective.

related

Subscribe to EJC newsletter

Get EJC's bi-weekly newsletter, including the latest statements and news from the European Jewish communities, direct to your inbox.

European Jewish Congress will use the information you provide on this form to contact you. We will treat your information with respect and will not share it with others. By clicking Subscribe, you agree that we may process your information in accordance with these terms.

Statements

EJC President calls on the Portuguese Parliament not to harm the Sephardi citizenship law

EJC President Dr. Moshe Kantor has written to the President of the Portuguese Parliament calling on him to ensure that a law passed in 2013 which provides Sephardi Jews with the possibility to apply for Portuguese citizenship is not harmed by recent attempts to pass amendments which would damage the applicability, intention and spirit of the original law.

Antisemitic chants at anti-racist march in Paris shows how worthy cause is being hijacked to spread hate

EJC President Dr. Moshe Kantor called on anti-racist marchers and organisers to ensure that antisemitism is not being adopted by some within their ranks, after large groups of marchers at a rally in Paris's Place de la République shouted antisemitic slogans like “dirty Jew”.

Kantor Center Antisemitism Worldwide Report 2019 – The Coronavirus Crisis is Reviving ‘Blood Libels’ Against Jews

EJC President Dr. Moshe Kantor said that already in the first few months since the global breakout of the coronavirus, there has been a rise in antisemitic manifestations relating to the spread of the disease and the economic recession triggered by the pandemic at the release of the Antisemitism Worldwide Report 2019. The total number of major violent incidents monitored in 2019 was 456, an 18% rise from 2018.

Message from Moshe Kantor

EJC President Dr. Moshe Kantor announced a series of important measures to provide support and assistance to Jewish communities and other people in need to mitigate the effects of the coronavirus crisis.