WJC Program Department

The Jewish world is facing some very serious challenges: anti-Semitism is growing in many countries, and it often comes in the guise of unfair criticism of Israel. Young Jews often discover that they face a well-developed network of anti-Israel activists at school or at university, and they are looking for ways to counter such organizations.

WJC communities have very bright and capable lay leaders and professionals, but often they don’t know one another, making it hard to exchange ideas and best practices. The WJC Program Department aims to help overcome these barriers.

WJC Jewish Diplomatic Corps

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The Jewish Diplomatic Corps (JDCorps) is a worldwide network of outstanding young Jewish professionals acting in the fields of diplomacy and public policy. It now comprises a cadre of some 130 professionals aged 27 to 45, from more than 30 countries.

The JDCorps takes pride in the quality of its carefully recruited members, who are accomplished professionals in their own rights. Members, known as Jewish Diplomats (JDs), include attorneys, Jewish community lay and professional leaders, venture capitalists, international financial advisers, university professors, PhD candidates, parliamentarians, and entrepreneurs.

The International Council of Jewish Parliamentarians

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The International Council of Jewish Parliamentarians (ICJP) is a global network of Jewish legislators, government ministers, and other elected officials. Its aim is to promote dialogue, the principles of democracy, the cause of human rights and the rule of law, and to combat racism, anti-Semitism, xenophobia, terrorism and Holocaust denial. The ICJP supports Israel and contributes to the creation of enduring peace in the Middle East.

The ICJP provides a forum for exchanges of ideas and fosters greater knowledge and understanding of the challenges facing Jewish parliamentarians and communities in Israel and the Diaspora.

The Israel Council on Foreign Relations

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The Israel Council on Foreign Relations (ICFR) is a strictly non-partisan forum for the study and debate of foreign policy. Established in 1989 by the late Dr. David Kimche and a group of prominent practitioners and scholars of international affairs, the Council is a favored platform for distinguished foreign visitors who wish to present their views in a nongovernmental setting. The Council functions under the auspices of the World Jewish Congress Research Institute, and has, since its inception, hosted numerous heads of state, prime ministers, foreign ministers and other outstanding guests from abroad, as well as prominent local scholars and politicians. The Council publishes The Israel Journal of Foreign Affairs, which appears three times per annum.

Yiddish Center

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The World Jewish Congress views the revival of the Yiddish language and culture as instrumental in regenerating Jewish life in Europe after the tragedy of the Holocaust.

Yiddish language and culture are an integral part of the spiritual heritage of the Jewish people. For about 800 years, Yiddish was the spoken language of the majority of European Jews and Jewish immigrants to other countries. Until World War II, Yiddish culture thrived, producing a vibrant folklore, literature, music, theater, film and media.
Vilnius, Lithuania has been chosen as the location for the World Jewish Congress Yiddish Center because for centuries it was traditionally considered as the major center of Jewish culture in Europe that would have a lasting impact on world Jewry. For this reason Vilnius came to be known as "Yerushalayim De Lita" (the Jerusalem of Lithuania) or simply The Northern Jerusalem.

SACC

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SACC World provides Jewish communities around the globe with trainings in community crisis management and emergency response. Our mission is to make the communities stronger and ready to respond to any potential crisis - whether it is a natural disaster, security incident or a major accident. Part of our mission is also giving support during real emergencies. SACC World is run by the World Jewish Congress (WJC) – an umbrella organization with affiliated communities in more than 100 countries on 6 continents. In different parts of the world SACC World cooperates directly with its regional affiliated bodies and in Europe we coordinate with SACC Europe, run by the European Jewish Congress (EJC).