The WJC represents the interests of Jewish communities and organisations from over 100 countries throughout the world. Within the WJC, the SIG represents Switzerland.
The WJC, founded in Geneva in 1936, is the political representative of all Jews living outside the state of Israel. It represents their interests vis-à-vis national governments, parliaments, international organisations and other faith communities. Jewish communities from over 100 countries are affiliated to this organisation, which has its head office in New York. The five continental associations, including the European Jewish Congress EJC, are also members of the WJC.
Combating antisemitism and keeping the memory of the Holocaust alive
The main tasks of the WJC are keeping the memory of the Holocaust alive, which includes securing acts of restitution, as well as combating antisemitism and terrorism. The WJC is also committed to Israel and to dialogues with communities of other religions. It cooperates with governments, nations, organisations and individuals to achieve the above-mentioned goals in a spirit of peace, freedom, equality and justice.
The SIG represents the Jewish communities of Switzerland in the WJC
As the umbrella organisation of Jewish communities in Switzerland, the SIG maintains close ties with several national and international Jewish organisations. Representing Switzerland, the SIG is, in particular, a member of the WJC, the European Jewish Congress EJC, and the European Council of Jewish Communities ECJC. Ralph Lewin, President of the SIG, has been a Vice-President of the WJC since 2021.