WJC Webtalks

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

Program Calendar (December 2020)