The Executive Committee of the World Jewish Congress gathered in Prague for its biannual meeting, under the leadership of WJC President Ronald S. Lauder on May 8th and 9th 2022. The Executive Committee brings together the most senior leaders of Jewish communities and organizations from around the world.
As part of this meeting, WJC President Ronald S. Lauder called on the Czech government, which will assume the presidency of the Council of the European Union in the second half of this year, should act to “put a stop to Europe’s irrational hatred of Jewish people,” adding that “It is high time for the European Council to establish a permanent working group on combating the hatred of Jews as well as all forms of racism."
Discussion at the formal Executive Committee meeting focused on the humanitarian crisis resulting from the ongoing conflict in Ukraine, and the repercussions on the Jewish communities in the region.
Among its order of business, the Executive Committee adopted a series of resolutions outlining the importance of young leadership, rejecting the designation of Israel as an apartheid state, welcoming international and national steps to combat antisemitism and Holocaust denial, and reaffirming freedom of religious practice.
WJC Executive Committee members also met, in a side-session, with members of the WJC Future Leadership programs to discuss the role of young leadership in Jewish communities internationally.