2nd WJC National Community Directors' Forum

The top Jewish community professionals from 40 countries world-wide met in Lisbon on Sunday for a two-day conference organized by the World Jewish Congress (WJC). The second gathering of the WJC’s National Community Directors’ Forum was aimed at fostering cooperation between Jewish communities on issues of common concern, such as fighting hatred, strengthening the security of Jewish institutions and effective communications on social media.

World Jewish Congress CEO Robert Singer, who initiated the meeting, said: “The year 2016 will be a challenging year for Jewish communities everywhere, and everybody is aware of the gravity of their responsibilities. This meeting left no issues untouched, and subjects such as the worsening security situation for Jews in many countries were discussed.

“Exchanging best practices and providing Jewish leaders with the necessary tools are key missions of the World Jewish Congress, and I am glad that the group feels that a network is now in place and producing results,” Singer declared.

Condolences to France over Paris terror attacks

The participants signed a joint letter addressed to French Prime Minister Manuel Valls in which they express their condolences to the French people over the Paris terror attacks.

“These attacks represent one of the most sickening forms of human violence one can imagine. We are saddened and troubled by this grotesque violence, and we grieve with you. We must remain steadfast. Now more than ever, the people of the civilized world must stand together against this wave of terror and violence.

“Please know that we will do our part to stand alongside you and your countrymen. We are in this together, and we will overcome it together,” the letter concluded.

  • Mr. José Oulman Carp President of the Jewish Community of Portugal
  • Robert Singer CEO & Executive Vice President, WJC
  • H.E. Mr. Jorge Sampaio Former President of the Portuguese Republic, Former UN High Representative to the Alliance of Civilizations
  • H.E. Mrs. Tzipora Rimon Ambassador of Israel to Portugal

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