EJC holds Executive Meeting in Vienna

The European Jewish Congress held a meeting of its Executive Committee at the Maimonides-Zentrum of the Jewish Community of 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, 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.

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