In the face of the COVID-19 pandemic, the WJC Jewish Diplomatic Corps is fully committed to supporting Jewish communities across the globe, as they confront unprecedented challenges caused by this global crisis.
As the flagship program of the World Jewish Congress, led by President Ronald S. Lauder, the WJC Jewish Diplomatic Corps is a diplomatic impact and leadership development program with over 300 selected members from 50 countries. Our members are passionate and proactive in their mission and determination, to ensure that all Jews everywhere stand united and strong in the face of this unprecedented threat.
Our Synagogues May Be Closed, Our Community Centers May Be Closed, But Our Hearts Are Open Wide, Please Be Safe And Healthy. Wherever You Are In The Word We Are All In This Together.
Virtual Advocacy During COVID-19
The COVID-19 crisis has forced Jewish communities across the globe to redirect their activities to the digital sphere. The WJC Jewish Diplomatic Corps recognizes that the need for advocacy on behalf of these communities remains as critical as ever, and we have undertaken a number of virtual projects to ensure that our work continues unabated.
Messages from our Members on COVID-19
As we turn inward inside of our homes, many are feeling isolated and longing for their communities and social circles. The WJC Jewish Diplomatic Corps (JDCorps) has undertaken on a video project as part of our digital outreach, detailing on video our own personal stories as well as a glimpse into the developments in our respective communities and countries. No matter what the challenges we face individually, wherever you are in the world, we’re all in this together.
Tikkun Olam Actions Against COVID-19
Across the globe WJC Jewish Diplomatic Corps members are doing what they can for Tikkun Olam – a concept in Jewish life that implores us to take action to improve the world. During this time of need, our members have swiftly reacted and shifted their business models and updated their focuses - for example from whisky production to manufacturing and providing free hand sanitizers for first responders, installing mobile hospitals in Peru to screen and treat patients for COVID-19, assembling and delivering Passover packages to the elderly across Israel, and more.
Tom Varzhapetyan (Armenia)
The Jewish Community of Armenia were close to not getting their matza for the first Passover Seder. Thanks to the efforts of the Euro-Asian Jewish Congress, the Jewish Community of Georgia, the Deputy Prime Minister of Armenia, and members of the Jewish Community of Armenia including Tom Varzhapetyan (Armenia), the matza arrived just in time. Read the full story here.
Terry Newman (Israel)
Terry Newman (Israel) is the Director of MCC London, a company that has recently completed the installation of ten mobile hospitals for the Ministry of Health in Peru where they have been used to screen and treat the people for COVID-19.
Jay Shultz (Israel)
Adopt-A-Safta, founded by Jay Shultz (Israel), launched the Seder in a Box initiative to help the elderly and vulnerable populations to have a warm Seder experience. Volunteers brought special boxes straight to their doors complete with a Seder plate, matzah, Haggadahs, and more.
Sonat Birnecker-Hart (US)
Chicago distillery co-founded and run by WJC Jewish Diplomatic Corps President Sonat Birnecker-Hart provide hand sanitizer amid coronavirus crisis
The members of the WJC Jewish Diplomatic Corps have enabled continued and strengthened WJC outreach efforts at this critical time. As part of WJC online advocacy efforts, a series of key experts are interviewed by our JDCorps members on Facebook Live, to discuss a wide range of issues including community response to COVID-19 in Italy, the United Nations’ fight against antisemitism, the latest in the field of Holocaust education, and Israel’s battle to end the bias at the UN Human Rights Council, and more. Through this digital platform, we can continue to share and discuss firsthand what is happening in the world, even from a distance, and reaching a broad audience in their homes.
Tomas Mojo (Argentina)
Interviewed Mr. Karel Fracapane, Senior Project Officer at UNESCO’s Division for Inclusion, Peace and Sustainable Development, on the topic of Preventing Genocide Through Education.
Caroline Berdugo (France)
Interviewed Robert Ejnes, Executive Director of the Conseil Représentatif des Institutions Juives de France (Crif), as he answers the question: How is this Passover different from all others?
Gadi Ezra (Israel)
Interviewed Noemi Di Segni, President of the Union of Italian Jewish Communities (UECI) joins WJC to talk about the impact of COVID-19 on the Italian Jewish community.
Ariel Rodal-Spieler (Israel)
Interviewed Ambassador Dani Dayan, Israel's Consul General in New York about the spirit of resilience that led to the establishment of the State of Israel.
Dr. Sonat Birnecker Hart (US), President of the WJC Jewish Diplomatic Corps
Interviewed European Union Commission's Coordinator on Combating Antisemitism Katharina von Schnurbein, as she discusses the EU's fight against antisemitism.
Randy Fried (US)
Interviewed Menachem Rosensaft, Associate Executive VP of the World Jewish Congress, on Holocaust remembrance in the time of COVID-19.
Asher Levin (US)
Interviewed Dr. Robert Williams of the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum and Chair of the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance Committee's (IHRA) on Antisemitism on the topic of Correcting the Record on Holocaust Denial & Distortion.
WJC Yom HaShoah Commemorative Ceremony
Reuven Rennert (Austria) and Yariv Nornberg (Israel)
Hosted the virtual WJC Yom HaShoah Commemorative Ceremony.
Click here to watch the WJC Jewish Diplomatic Corps’ moving ceremony