European Jewish Congress

European Jewish Congress

Goals

  1. To foster the unity of the Jewish people, strive for the fulfilment of its aspirations and ensure the continuity and development of its religious, spiritual, cultural and social heritage
  2. To combat the resurgence of anti-Semitism and xenophobia through education, justice and security, in cooperation with national governments and European institutions
  3. To monitor legislative initiatives that can threaten Jewish life and traditions on European and national levels and take immediate actions to protect Jewish interests
  4. 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
  5. To enhance inter-religious dialogue and understanding

The European Jewish Congress (EJC) is the democratically-elected organization representing 42 national Jewish communities in Europe, encompassing approximately 2.5 million Jews. Its main office is located in Brussels. The EJC was founded in 1986.

The President of the European Jewish Congress since 2007 is Moshe Kantor. He has been re-elected in December 2008 and in November 2012.

The primary mission of the EJC, which is deeply involved in the integration processes in Europe, is to promote European democracy based on good relations between neighbours, mutual understanding and tolerance.

The EJC maintains close cooperation with European governments, leading international institutions and European integration associations, including the United Nations, European Union, the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe. The EJC has a participatory status with the Council of Europe.

The EJC’s goal is to address the most pressing issues faced by today’s world, i.e. protecting human rights, fighting xenophobia and anti-Semitism, promoting interfaith dialogue, implementing cultural and educational programmes, and remembering the Holocaust and other tragedies that claimed millions of human lives throughout the world.       

Another important issue on the EJC’s agenda is preventing one of today’s most dangerous threats, that of nuclear terrorism. The EJC was a co-organiser of the International Conference on Preventing Nuclear Catastrophe, which took place in Luxembourg this May and brought together a unique team of more than 50 experts in nuclear non-proliferation from 14 countries, led by Director General of the International Atomic Energy Agency Mohammed ElBaradei. Taking into account the number and calibre of participants, the conference was the largest and most authoritative gathering to discuss issues of nuclear safety within the past decade.
The European Jewish Congress’ Security and Crisis Center (SACC) opened its first office in Vienna in 2016 with the attendance of over 70 security experts from 28 Jewish communities in Europe.

The SACC trains and prepares Jewish communities to handle crisis and security management by coordinating all the various arms of the community – leadership, security, medical and psychological in crisis management teams.

SACC purposes:To assess and analyse the needs and gaps in terms of security and crisis management of European Jewish communities and to assist in improving their security.

SACC activities: organisation of trainings, seminars and conferences, sharing of best practices, creation and management of a control room and mobile application.

The President of SACC is EJC President Moshe Kantor.

“This is a watershed moment for the cooperation and synergy between security officials in European Jewish communities and local law enforcement agencies,” Dr. Moshe Kantor, President of the EJC said. “At a time of heightened security risks not only for our communities but for all European citizens, it is vital that we share information and best practices with each other and maintain a very high coordinated level of alertness to the growing risks. This center is also ready to share its best practices with any minority or group which feels threatened".

“We are also working in concert with European authorities, and we would like to send the message that together with European governments, everything possible is being done not only to preserve individual freedoms but also the right of Jews to live in a secure environment.” Dr. Kantor added.

At the opening of the new office, a two day conference was held which provided the security experts from the Jewish communities training, expertise and information about the growing threats in parts of Europe. 

Mr. Ariel Muzicant, President of the Board of SACC and EJC Vice-President, stressed that security has become the major issue in European Jewish life and should be treated with the highest importance.

"This was an extremely constructive seminar in which we discussed many important practicalities about security procedures and communications, learning from each other and consolidating our partnerships." David Delew, Chief Executive of Community Security Trust (CST) said. "The expertise of external lecturers brought in to discuss issues of Crisis Management will surely help European communities increase their own capabilities."

Website: https://sacc-ejc.org/