Remaining engaged during this trying time is critical. With the closing of schools and institutions and much of the world practicing social distancing, the World Jewish Congress will be rolling out a number of new virtual programs designed to ensure that activists working from home have a steady stream of timely educational and enriching content about the issues that they care about.
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.
Previous Installments of WJC WebTalks
Middle East spotlight: Jewish community of Cairo and Safeguarding of Jewish heritage of Egypt
President of the Jewish Community of Cairo Magda Haroun and Professor Yoram Meital spoke about the modern Jewish community in Cairo and steps the community is taking to safeguard Egypt’s Jewish heritage.
24 November 2020
Middle East spotlight: Bahrain and the Kingdom's Jewish Community
H.E. Shaikh Abdulla Bin Rashid Al Khalifa, Ambassador of the Kingdom of Bahrain to the United States of America, discusses the history and future of Bahrain's relationship with its Jewish community.
19 November 2020
The Legacy of Yitzhak Rabin: A Conversation With His Son
Yuval Rabin discusses the life and legacy of his father, Former Prime Minister of Israel Yitzhak Rabin.
27 October 2020
A Changing Region: Building Bridges in a New Middle East
In the wake of the UAE and Oman normalizing relations with Israel, former Ambassador of the United States to the Sultanate of Oman Marc J. Sievers speaks the ever-changing geopolitics of the Middle East.
20 October 2020
Facebook's Updates Hate Speech Policy to include Holocaust Denial
Facebook's Vice President for Content Policy discusses Facebook’s recent decision to update its hate speech policy to include Holocaust denial.
14 October 2020
Building Bridges Through Sports: Stories From a Professional Basketball Coach
Former NBA, EuroLeague, and Israeli Professional Basketball Coach David Blatt discusses his experience serving as a cultural ambassador for Israel and the Jewish people around the world.
7 October 2020
State of Affairs: The Jewish Community of Belgium
President of the Coordination Committee of the Jewish Organizations of Belgium Yohan Benizri discusses the current state affairs in the Belgian Jewish community.
1 October 2020
The Fight Against Online Hate
Facebook's Head of Policy for Israel and the Jewish Diaspora Jordana Cutler speaks about recent changes to Facebook’s community guidelines related to identifying antisemitic hate speech.
26 August 2020
The Current Tide of Antisemitism
Vice-Chair of the Board of Trustees of the Museum of Jewish Heritage Abraham Foxman speaks about the current state of global antisemitism.
20 August 2020
Germany's Fight Against Antisemitism Goes Global
Ambassador Michaela Küchler speaks about the steps Germany is taking to combat antisemitism around the world.
13 August 2020
Why Iran Remains a Threat
United States Senator Ted Cruz speaks about the threat Iran poses around the world.
06 August 2020
State of Affairs: America's Alliances in the Middle East
United States Senator Benjamin Cardin discusses the current state of affairs of America’s alliances across the Middle East.
05 August 2020
The AMIA Bombing, 26 Years Later
Legal adviser to the Asociación Mutual Israelita Argentina (AMIA) Miguel Bronfman talks about the ongoing legal case 26 years after the bombing of the Jewish community building in Buenos Aires.
22 July 2020
Hezbollah: A Continuing Threat
Dr. Emanuele Ottolenghi of the Foundation for Defense of Democracies (FDD) talks about the continued threat posed by Hezbollah around the world.
21 July 2020
The Polish Roots of Zionism
Ambassador of the Republic of Poland to the State of Israel Marek Magierowski talks about the roots of Zionism within Poland.
14 July 2020
The Srebrenica Genocide: 25 Years Later
Commissioner for Human Rights of the Council of Europe Dunja Mijatović reflects about the upcoming 25th anniversary of the Srebrenica genocide during the Bosnian war.
07 July 2020
Driving engagement through Jewish Education
President of Hebrew Union College Dr. Andrew Rehfeld talks about the importance of engaging Jewish youth through education.
25 June 2020
State of Affairs: Israel and the Jewish Diaspora
Chairman of the Jewish Agency for Israel Isaac Herzog talks about the current state of Israel-Diaspora relations.
23 June 2020
How Greece Confronted COVID-19 Head On
Greece's Minister of Health H.E. Mr. Vassilis Kikilias speaks about Greece’s largely-successful handling of the COVID-19 pandemic.
18 June 2020
British Jews, Labour Party, Antisemitism: Has Anything Changed?
Chief Executive of the Board of Deputies of British Jews Gillian Merron talks about how the Jewish community has persevered through the turbulence of antisemitism within the Labour Party and the COVID-19 pandemic.
3 June 2020
Religious Practice During a Pandemic
Rabbi Elliot Cosgrove of New York’s Park Avenue Synagogue talks about how he has served as a crucial link between his congregants in a city that has suffered great losses over the past several months.
21 May 2020
The Impact of COVID-19 on Religious Observance
Rabbi Pinchas Goldschmidt, President of the Conference of European Rabbis and Chief Rabbi of Moscow, discusses how the pandemic has affected religious observances for Orthodox congregations across Europe.
21 May 2020
Why We Must Define Antisemitism
Rabbi Andrew Baker, Personal Representative of the OSCE Chairperson on Combating Anti-Semitism & AJC Director of International Jewish Affairs, explains why it is crucial for national governments to adopt a standardized definition of antisemitism.
14 May 2020
Fighting Antisemitism in the Age of COVID-19
U.S. Department of State’s Special Envoy to Monitor and Combat Anti-Semitism Elan Carr discusses how the U.S. government is continuing to remain vigilant against hate during the COVID-19 pandemic.
13 May 2020
The United Nations: Fostering Peace Through Diplomacy
Director-General of the United Nations Office at Geneva H.E. Ms. Tatiana Valovaya discusses the efforts of the United Nations in fostering peace through diplomacy, and the challenges of diplomatic engagement during COVID-19.
7 May 2020
Monitoring Antisemitism in the International Arena
United Nations Special Rapporteur on freedom of religion or belief Dr. Ahmed Shaheed speaks about his groundbreaking work in mainstreaming efforts to fight antisemitism within the UN system.
4 May 2020
Confronting Bias Through Diplomacy
Israel's Ambassador & Permanent Representative to the United Nations Aviva Raz Shechter speaks about the importance of confronting bias against Israel in international organizations, and the challenges Israel faces at the United Nations.
30 April 2020
Israel’s Spirit of Resiliencey
Israel's Consul General in New York, Ambassador Dani Dayan speaks about the spirit of resilience that led to the establishment of the State of Israel and how COVID-19 is impacting ceremonies commemorating the fallen and celebrating the country this year.
28 April 2020
Correcting the Record on Holocaust Denial & Distortion
Dr. Robert Williams of the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum and Chair of the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance Committee's (IHRA) on Antisemitism delves into the issue of Holocaust denial and distortion in this edition of WJC WebTalks.
23 April 2020
Combating Antisemitism Through Holocaust Education
Karel Fracapane, Senior Project Officer in UNESCO’s Division for Inclusion, Peace and Sustainable Development, tells us about the organizations efforts to bring Holocaust education to the main stream.
21 April 2020
Holocaust Remembrance in the Age of COVID-19
Professor Menachem Z. Rosensaft, WJC’s Associate Executive VP and General Counsel, reflects on his own personal story of being born in the Bergen-Belsen Displaced Persons Camp and explains how COVID-19 has impacted this year’s observance of Yom Hashoah
20 April 2020
How is this Passover different from all others?
Executive Director of the Conseil Représentatif des Institutions Juives de France (CRIF) Robert Ejnes discusses COVID-19's impact on the upcoming holiday os Passover.
14 April 2020
The EU's Fight Against Antisemitism
European Commission Coordinator for Combating Antisemitism Katharina von Schnurbein talks about steps the European Union is taken to combat antisemitism.
7 April 2020
Union of Italian Jewish Communities (UECI) President Noemi di Segni on COVID-19
President of the Union of Italian Jewish Communities Noemi Di Segni discusses the impact COVID-19 is having across Italy and in the Jewish community.
6 April 2020