FROM OUR COMMUNITIES | ITALY | Noemi Di Segni, President of UECI

07 Apr 2020

ITALY | President of the Italian Jewish Community and WJC Executive member Noemi di Segni discusses the impact COVID-19 has had on her community and shares some of the resources they have consolidated in recent weeks to help their members contend with this pandemic and the accompanying uncertainty.

On Monday 6 April, Ms. di Segni gave the WJC and its community on Facebook further insight into the reality of life in hard-hit Italy, in a live discussion as part of the first installment of WJC's WebTalk. Each week, the World Jewish Congress invites a different guest to join us on Facebook Live to talk about a wide range of issues including the United Nations’ fight against antisemitism, the latest from the field of Holocaust education, Israel’s battle to end the bias at the Human Rights Council, the effects of COVID-19 on Jewish communities around the world, and more.


In the face of the COVID-19 pandemic, the World Jewish Congress is fully committed to supporting our Jewish communities across the globe as they confront the unprecedented challenges caused by this global crisis and are doing everything in our power to ensure that all Jews everywhere, individually and as communities, are secure, defended and protected as we all go through the vulnerabilities of what we hope and pray will be a short-lived new reality.

The COVID-19 crisis has forced Jewish communities across the globe to redirect their activities to the digital sphere to enable them to provide critical up-to-date information and resources on urgent matters: the supply and accessibility of kosher for Passover food; religious rulings pertaining to video conferencing to conduct a virtual Seder; guidelines for burials and mourning practices while in isolation; and important, potentially life-saving community updates.

Our communities and the members of the WJC’s Jewish Diplomatic Corps have truly embraced the ancient Talmudic principle of Kol Israel Arevim Zeh la-Zeh, all Jews are responsible for one another.

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