The EJC addresses the many challenges contemporarily faced by European Jewry. The EJC’s agenda has evolved since its establishment to address the enormous diversity of Jewish communities within Europe. However, in spite of their cultural differences and dissimilar historic backgrounds, EJC’s members all share common needs and interests, which in turn become the EJC’s primary objectives:
Fostering Jewish Unity
To foster the unity of the Jewish people, to strive for the fulfillment of its aspirations and ensure the continuity and development of its religious, spiritual, cultural and social heritage.
Connecting Jewish Communities
To create opportunities for community leaders to establish ties with one another and share their experiences and ideas.
Helping the communities flourish
To assist in the revitalization of the once rich Jewish life in parts of Europe and to help small communities to develop and flourish.
To combat the resurgence of antisemitism and xenophobia through education, justice and security, in cooperation with national governments and European institutions.
Protecting Jewish life
To protect Jewish lives and to defend the individual rights of Jews to practice Judaism and its traditions freely and to monitor and combat all hostile legislative initiatives in this respect.
Preserving the Shoah memory
To ensure the memory and education of the Shoah and to fight against those who distort or deny its memory by organizing commemoration events, visits to the concentration and death camps, and promoting educational programmes.
To monitor developments in the legislative field that can threaten Jewish life and traditions on European and national levels and to take immediate action to protect Jewish interests.
To promote a balanced European policy towards Israel, to defend its image, which is continuously vilified by dangerous propaganda, and to assist in the construction of a healthy dialogue between Europeans and Israelis;
Enhancing inter-religious dialogue
To enhance inter-religious dialogue and understanding and to contribute to a democratic European society based on peace, understanding and tolerance;