The newly elected Executive Committee of the European Jewish Congress (EJC) met in Stockholm on May 3, 2016.
On this occasion, an EJC delegation led by its President Dr. Moshe Kantor was hosted for lunch by the Prime Minister of Sweden Mr. Stefan Löfven. The issues discussed at the meeting included the situation of the Jewish communities in Europe and Sweden as well as the Swedish government's work against antisemitism and other forms of racism and intolerance.
The pressing issues for the Swedish Jewish community were in the spotlight of the EJC Executive meeting. The President of the Council of Jewish Communities in Sweden Ms. Lena Posner-Körösi gave an overview presentation on the general situation in terms of antisemitism coming from the far-right, the far-left and radical Islamism, after which leaders of the communities of Stockholm, Gothenburg and Malmö delivered detailed reports on the current challenges faced today by their respective communities. Report and updates were also delivered by the leaders of German, Finnish and Belgian Jewish communities.
Guest speaker Ms. Mona Sahlin, Sweden’s National Coordinator for protecting democracy against violent extremism, gave a comprehensive presentation which provided very interesting insights on the Swedish government’s work on the prevention of radicalisation and the fight against extremism.
The EJC office presented its activity report and future projects. Participants brainstormed and thoroughly discussed new initiatives and projects to be implemented by EJC till the end of this year.
The following Executive members were appointed as EJC Vice-Presidents: Dr. Joseph Schuster, President of the Central Council of Jews in Germany, Mr. Andras Heisler, President of the Federation of Jewish Communities in Hungary (MAZSIHISZ) and Dr. Herbert Winter, President of the Swiss Federation of Jewish Communities. Chief Rabbi Yaakov Dov Bleich of Ukraine was re-elected as EJC Treasurer.
The Executive members had the pleasure to meet prominent members of the Swedish Jewish community. They also got acquainted with the Jewish heritage of Stockholm and visited key community landmarks.Tuesday, May 10, 2016