Community Affairs

The World Jewish Congress would not be what it is without the communities in more than 100 countries across six continents it represents. Our communities, affiliated with WJC through their official national representative bodies, are as diverse as the Jewish people itself – ranging from the largest communities in Israel, the United States, France, Canada and the UK, to some of the most tiny, remote communities in countries such as Tajikistan, North Macedonia and Kenya. The communities themselves also straddle religious, ethnic and cultural differences which make up the rich tapestry of the Jewish people.

The WJC works tirelessly together with our communities and on their behalf to ensure that they are able to maintain and celebrate their Jewish religion, culture and heritage. Whether it is defending religious practices such as kosher slaughter (shechita) and circumcision (milah), preserving the memory of the Holocaust, educating new generations about the contribution of Jews to society or enabling communities to reach out to their young adults to promote their involvement in community leadership, WJC stands ready to assist. We do this in a number of ways, from diplomatic engagement to supportive campaigning.

The WJC is not blind to the challenges that our communities face, whether it is ensuring that all Jews, no matter what their background, have a voice, or in navigating the relationship between Israel and diaspora Jewry, the WJC provides a space for Jews to come together and work towards the future in the spirit of mutual respect and according to the Talmudic maxim:’ Kol Yisrael Arevim Zeh b’Zeh’ -- all Jews are responsible for one another.