European Council of Jewish Communities (ECJC)

Conseil européen des communautés juives (CECJ)

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History

1964, Geneva (Switzerland), as successor body to Standing Conference of European Jewish Community Services, which first met in 1960, Geneva. Name subsequently changed to European Council of Jewish Community Services (ECJCS) -- Conseil européen des services communautaires juifs (CESCJ). Widened to include further affiliates, 29-31 Jan 1993, Riga (Latvia); 12 Sep 1993, London (UK). Present name adopted 12 Sep 1993, London. Constitution amended 12 Sep 1993, London; July 2000, Milan (Italy); Apr 2002, Brussels (Belgium). 29 May 2011, new statutes adopted. Registered in accordance with Swiss law.

Aims

Strengthen Jewish communal life in an enlarged Europe through: social, cultural, educational and community building activities; fostering close cooperation among Jewish communities; initiating joint projects responding to common needs and planning their implementation. Provide a forum for inter-European planning and cooperation; enhance the quality of Jewish life through development of community institutions; provide specific training in skills to implement policy-making, budgeting, staff development and other communal management issues; improve communication throughout Europe and embody exchange of information and ideas among lay and professional groups, building a functional network among lay and professional leaders of Jewish NGOs throughout Western, Central and Eastern Europe, including the former USSR; promote coordination, cooperation and joint venture projects among Jewish and other NGOs and also partner institutions; develop relations on behalf of Jewish NGOs with the European institutions; alleviate poverty and distress for Jewish people in Europe; promote new communications media, information technology and training for Jewish communities.

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Activities

Formal and informal education, leadership training, social welfare, restitution and cultural activities ranging from local to pan-European scale. Priorities: (i) 'Network Development', Regional cooperation projects in Europe. (ii) 'Initiation and Coordination of New Programmes', through European Centre for Jewish Leadership (Le'atid Europe). (iii) 'Relations with European Institutions'. (iv) European Jewish Welfare Fund (Carelink). (v) 'Communication'. (vi) 'Foundations'. Organizes: European Conference on Jewish Education (Arachim); Conference on social welfare services and others. Co-organizes the European Day of Jewish Culture and European Jewish Cultural Itinerary.

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Languages

English.

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Relations with Inter-Governmental Organizations

Relations with 1 inter-governmental organizations.
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Relations with Non-Governmental Organizations

Relations with 9 non-governmental organizations.
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Members

Members in 40 countries
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Subjects *

  • Society
    • Communities
  • Theology
    • Judaism

UN Sustainable Development Goals **

GOAL 11: Sustainable Cities and Communities

UIA Org ID

D4461

Last News Received

2012
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