The ECJC is a network of Jewish communities, institutions and organisations in Europe. Its aim is to promote and enhance community life and mutual cooperation.
The ECJC was founded in 1968, originally with the goal of linking up Jews from Eastern and Western Europe. Nowadays it forms a network consisting of over 50 Jewish communities, institutions and organisations from more than 30 countries in Europe. The ECJC is domiciled in London and holds the status of NGO at the Council of Europe and the European Union.
Community building, networking and cooperation
Since its foundation, the ECJC has dedicated its efforts to traditional community tasks such as Jewish education, social welfare and culture. In the past few years, the ECJC has increasingly focused also on strengthening Jewish community life in Europe. With social, cultural and education-related activities, it aims to foster community building and offers a broad variety of further education programmes for community representatives. A further focal point is the promotion of networking and cooperation among Jewish communities and associations. The ECJC actively supports the initiation of joint projects at national and international level.
The VSJF represents Switzerland at the ECJC
The SIG cooperates with the ECJC both directly and, in particular, via the Association of Swiss Jewish Refugee Aid and Welfare Organisations (VSJF). The VJSF is an independent association, but is affiliated to the SIG and assumes social tasks on behalf of the SIG. The VJSF is a partner organisation of the ECJC and its President, Gabrielle Rosenstein, is also a Vice-President at the ECJC.