Many of the humanistic principles engrained in Europe’s cultural and philosophical heritage, as enshrined in the European Charter of Fundamental Rights, are also core values of the Jewish tradition. As a leading European Jewish organisation, CEJI believes that the contribution of Jewish values, experiences and ideas is central to Europe’s future as a peaceful, integrated and just continent.
CEJI multiplies the ‘‘Jewish contribution to an inclusive Europe’’ by engaging individuals, local Jewish communities and European Jewish organisations in our activities. Intercultural engagement generates greater solidarity in times of crisis. The future of Jews in Europe will be secured by strengthening the resilience of communities and changing the wider environment in which they live. CEJI is successfully engaging non-Jewish communities in the fight against antisemitism.
CEJI is often a core partner and central voice at the table in bringing together Jewish groups to collaborate who otherwise would not. This fits well with CEJI’s aims to be ‘a bridge between Jewish communities and policy makers and other communities.
From early CEJI initiatives such as the European Encounters seminars and the Shiurim, to the youth-focused Generate: For a Jewish life based upon everyone’s contribution, to the participation of Jewish organisations in Facing Facts to improve hate crime monitoring, CEJI is strengthening the engagement of Jewish communities in the construction of an inclusive and democratic Europe.
CEJI’s most recent project is NOA – Networks Overcoming Antisemitism, that brings together major European Jewish organizations as B’nai B’rith Europe, European Association for the Preservation and Promotion of Jewish Culture and Heritage (AEPJ), European Union of Jewish Students (EUJS), European Union for Progressive Judaism (EUPJ) and World Jewish Congress (WJC) to fight antisemitism.
CEJI programmes for the Jewish community
Facing Facts aims to improve monitoring and recording of hate crimes throughout the European Union. The project standardizes criteria for comparable hate crime data collection. We train civil society organisations to gather, analyze and report incidents of hate crime and hate speech, be they anti-Jewish, anti-Roma, anti-homosexual or other. We believe that the experience of Jewish communities in monitoring such behaviour can play a vital role in marshalling government civic responses to better combat antisemitism and all forms of hatred.
Generate is our new ‘train-the-trainer programme for a Jewish life based on everyone’s contribution. The vision of Generate is ‘a Jewish life built on everyone’s contribution’, where youth are enabled to take initiative and shape their Jewish context. The project aims to transform community members from passive “consumers” into active contributors.
Find out more about Generate.
Overcoming Antisemitism Training
CEJI’s training programmes draw upon the lessons of the Holocaust. It is an essential reference to the dangers of hate speech, the escalation of prejudice and discrimination and antisemitism.
Engaging with the European Union – ‘Kol Europe’
We also bring issues affecting Jewish organisations to the attention of the EU institutions and act as a point of reference for matters related to the European Union, diversity education and anti-discrimination. Our ‘Kol Europe’ bi-weekly newsletter is the only news bulletin dedicated to bringing European policy news to Jewish communities. For more information on our work in this area, visit ‘Kol Europe‘ and also our Advocacy page.
Publications and articles
- Read the article A Jewish education approach to religious pluralism written by CEJI Director Robin Sclafani, as published in “Religious Literacy, Law and History: Perspectives on European Pluralist Societies”.
- Read the article on Fighting hate speech is a duty for Jews written by Melissa Sonnino, Facing Facts Coordinator at CEJI, published on the blog of Times of Israel.