JEP Unites 150 Young Professionals from Across Europe in Porto for a Dynamic Weekend of Networking and Learning

March 4, 2024

During the weekend, JEP (Jewish European Professionals) orchestrated an event that brought together 150 young professionals from across Europe in the dynamic city of Porto, Portugal. It was an enriching experience brimming with networking opportunities, learning, and enjoyment!

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CZECH « PERSONALITIES OF THE THIRD REICH » CALENDAR : CONDEMNATION IS MEANINGLESS IF SUCH ITEMS ARE NOT BANNED, SAYS EUROPEAN JEWISH HEAD

«Such items have no place in civil society, especially in a country that suffered so much under the nazi jackboot » – Rabbi Menachem Margolin.
As a storm erupted in Czech Republic diplomatic circles over the publication and sale of a calendar depicting « personalities of the Third Reich, the head of the Brussels based European Jewish Association said that in a time of rising antisemitism, condemnation was not enough and Czech authorities must ban all and any items that glorify the horrendous actions of the Nazis.
In a statement Rabbi Margolin, the Chairman of the European Jewish Association said :
«I find it incredible that a country that suffered massacres under the hard jackboot of the Nazis, and whose soldiers and airmen heroically fought the third reich from exile, would even countenance having such an item to buy in their country.
« The publisher states that there is demand for such items. We heard similar words from an auction house in Munich that was selling Nazi memorabilia in 2019. This is not an excuse.
« Words of condemnation whilst welcome are meaningless. The sale of such items is not only disgusting and an affront to the millions that perished under nazi ideology, but is very, very  dangerous in times of rising antisemitism. It glorifies murder, empowers those who hate the « other », and trivialises each and every abhorrent act undertaken by Hitler and his henchmen.
« I urge the czech government, for the sake of decency, for the honour of their fallen heroes and to send a messgae to Jews in the Czech Republic and across the world, to outlaw and ban the sale of any and all nazi memorabilia. »
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COVID Diary- Reflections from Our Advisory Board Member Rabbi Binyomin Jacobs

Every Day during the Corona crisis our Advisory Board Member Chief Rabbi Binyomin Jacobs (NL) writes a diary, on request of the Jewish Cultural Quarter in Amsterdam, which is published on the website of the NIW, the only Jewish Dutch Magazine. Rabbi Jacobs is the head of Inter Governmental Relationships at the Rabbinical Centre of Europe. We will be regularly publishing a selection of his informative, sometimes light hearted, but always wise pieces.
For our Dutch readers you can follow the diary every day at NIW home page: https://niw.nl
“This message comes from Wollongong, Australia where we have a small Jewish community.
I wanted to ask you if Hijman Jacobs (1843-1872) might be in your family line? His great-grandchild who was once a student at our local university (~ 1970) is told that his great-grandfather was a Rabbi in Amsterdam. ” Thus the email I received this morning from Wollongong-Australia.
Never heard of a Rabbi Jacobs from Amsterdam, but what is not may yet come. I do not mean that I have ambitions to become the rabbi of Amsterdam, but it could just be that I have discovered an ancestor whose existence I did not know. Maybe he was not a rabbi and was only called a rabbi because he was a teacher. I am certainly not a descendant in the direct line, but perhaps he was a cousin of my father and therefore a real Jacobs. And if it is even slightly correct, I should definitely share that with Claire as well. Claire, I hear you ask. Who is Claire?
Claire and I share the same great-grandparents Salomon Levie Jacobs and Froukje Jacobs-Leek, who both passed away about a hundred years ago. About ten years ago we stood together in the cemetery of the Jewish Community in Muiderberg. We look alike and according to my wife have the same facial features. I also think that we both have mixed feelings about Aletta Jacobs with whom we both have the same family relationship. Proud of her commitment to equal rights for women and the prevailing discrimination, but we both also have difficulty with certain parts of her struggle / life vision in the field of ethics.
Claire and I are both from the orthodox core of the Jewish community. My dear caring and overprotective father has always told me that there must be one more person alive from the Jacobs family. A great-niece named Claire, granddaughter of his Aunt Bella, his father’s sister. My grandfather Jacobs had a sister and three brothers. All murdered with children, children by marriage and grandchildren. A cousin, Sampe, had survived the war but lost his wife and child in one of the camps. He was the only member of Jacobs’s side at my parents’ wedding in 1948. Sampe, my father told me, was deeply depressed and remarried a woman from Manchester. A girl is born who is named Claire. Sampe dies shortly after birth. Claire’s mother remarries. With whom and where my father did not know. But I have not forgotten the name Claire.
About ten years ago I received a phone call from the Jewish Community of The Hague. A certain Claire is looking for her origins. She lives in Melbourne. I didn’t have to think long, took the phone and talked to Claire, my grand-niece, the only still alive Jacobs. She wanted to know who her grandparents had been and also details about her father. Her mother had been married to him for only a short time and, in fact, knew very little about him. Because my father was on the verge of dementia at the time, I told Claire that if she wanted to hear more details from my father about her grandfather and grandmother, she should come now. And so I met Claire a week later. That feeling was very special. Even now, when I think back, tears come to my eyes. My grandfather and her grandmother were brother and sister. After she met my father, we went to Muiderberg together and stood before the graves of Salomon Levie Jacobs and Froukje Jacobs-Leek, our joint great-grandparents. Claire was raised by her mother and second father. But she was not told that her stepfather was not her real father. That stepfather never distinguished between Claire and the children born later. Mother and stepfather did not want to burden her with the real father who was no longer there.
Whether that was ethically correct or incorrect is no longer relevant. So her mother and stepfather had decided with the best of intentions in the world. Two weeks before her chuppah wedding, they told her husband-to-be that Claire’s real father is no longer alive. He, the husband-to-be, wanted Claire to find out, too, but because of the potential emotional blow, they decided to wait until a week after the wedding. She heard it, absorbed it, processed it emotionally, but did nothing with it. She was just married, building a family, then children … and then, ten years ago, when the children had left home and she and her husband had the wealth to themselves, she wanted to know: “Who were my grandparents and who was my father? ”
I was able to find someone who knew her father very well. We found the graves of her father’s parents and we found each other. Actually, we are just distant relatives, two people who had never met each other before. But we are both descendants of the same great-grandparents, we live in their footsteps, are both known to be the only survivors of that large Jacobs family. We both thanked G-d for being allowed to stand there together in the cemetery of the Jewish Community of Amsterdam, because we realized that most of the graves in the Jewish cemeteries will never be visited by anyone, because there is no one left. And while I was close to closing my diary, I received an email invitation from Claire to the chuppah of one of her grandchildren on January 5th in Monroe New York.
And now that e-mail from Wollongong, Australia. Maybe another Jacobs will turn up after all: Hijman Jacobs. I’m waiting!

בעקבות המאבק באנטישמיות: מועדון הכדורגל צ'לסי זכה באות "המלך דוד"

לארון הגביעים של מועדון הכדורגל של צ’לסי נוסף אתמול (שלישי) אות ייחודי שהוצב כבר הלילה בגאווה בין הגביעים על הישגי הקבוצה על כר הדשא.

היוזמה ארוכת הטווח מהווה חלק מעבודה מתמשכת של המועדון, באמצעות קמפיין Building Bridges של קרן צ’לסי.
יו”ר איגוד הארגונים היהודיות באירופה (EJA), הרב מנחם מרגולין, מציין: “ספורט מוציא את הטוב ביותר מאנשים, אך למרבה הצער הוא יכול גם להוציא את הגרוע ביותר. כמה מהדוגמאות הרעות ביותר של אנטישמיות מתבטאות לעתים קרובות ביציעי האצטדיונים השונים ברחבי העולם. צ’לסי לא היתה, כמובן, חריגה ממקרים אלו. אלא שבניגוד לאחרים, הם החליטו לעשות משהו בנידון”.
הרב מרגולין הדגיש כי “זה באמת מעורר השראה לראות לא רק את ההשקעה המשמעותית שנעשתה במאמץ הזה, אלא גם את המחוייבות האמיתית של צ’לסי להקשיב, לפעול ולעשות שינוי. מלמטה, מהיסוד, מחדר ההלבשה, יציע האוהדים ועד לאתר האינטרנט והרשתות החברתיות של המועדון אליהם נחשפים מיליוני אנשים. מועדון הכדורגל צ’לסי הוביל את הדרך. הם דוגמה ומופת לא רק עבור מועדוני כדורגל אחרים, אלא עבור כולם.
להעניק את הפרס הזה, בשם הארגונים היהודיים והקהילות הרבות שאנחנו מייצגים ברחבי אירופה, הוא המעט שאנו יכולים לעשות כדי להכיר בתנועה הזו לשינוי. הכוח הזה מעניק תקווה ליהודים מכל העולם שהלקחים שלמדנו מהשואה לעולם לא ישכחו, והאנטישמיות תגונה בכל מקום בו היא באה לידי ביטוי. בשם כל החברים והקהילות שלנו, אנו מוקירים ומודים לכל השותפים במועדון הכדורגל צ’לסי- הבעלים מר אברמוביץ’, היו”ר, הדירקטורים, הצוות והשחקנים על שהפכו את המאבק באנטישמיות למובן מאליו בדרך חד משמעית וחסרת הפחד”.

חבר חדש לארון הגביעים של צ’לסי (במרכז התמונה), צילום: דינה ארליך,

ברוס באק, יו”ר מועדון הכדורגל צ’לסי, שקיבל את הפרס מטעם המועדון אמר: “אנחנו גאים להיות הזוכים בפרס המלך דוד של איגוד הארגונים היהודיים באירופה (EJA). מאז שבעל המועדון שלנו, רומן אברמוביץ’, יזם את קמפיין Say No To Antisemitism בינואר 2018, אנו מחויבים לעבוד עם ארגונים יהודיים ברמה לאומית ובינלאומית כדי לסייע בסילוק האנטישמיות מהחברה. נמשיך לרתום את מגוון הפלטפורמות הגלובליות שלנו בצ’לסי כדי להגיד לא לאנטישמיות ולהיאבק בכל שאר צורות האפליה”.

מר עבדאללה שאטילה, איש העסקים הלבנוני שעלה לכותרות ברחבי העולם כשנענה לקריאת הרב מרגולין נגד סחר בפריטי מורשת נאציים ורכש מזכרות נאציות שנמכרו במכירות פומביות בגרמניה בשווי 600,000 אירו ותרם אותן ליד ושם – ומאז תמך ביוזמות רבות למאבק באנטישמיות, חתן פרס המלך דוד של EJA לשנת 2020, ציין בטקס המרגש על כר הדשא כי: “אנטישמיות מכוונת אמנם ליהודים אך מדביקה את החברה כולה. לבורות, שנאה ושנאת זרים אין מקום בעולם שבו הגבולות נעשים יותר ויותר חסרי משמעות, שבו הערכים הם אוניברסליים ושבו יש להוקיר זהויות שונות.
אני גאה להיות כאן הערב בצ’לסי, להיות חוליה מתמשכת בשרשרת המחויבים למאבק באנטישמיות. למועדון הכדורגל של צ’לסי יש קהל אוהדים עצום. הם יכלו כמובן לבחור במסלול הקל, אך הם החליטו באופן מעורר השראה להתמודד עם הנושא חזיתית”.
https://www.israelhayom.co.il/sport/world-soccer/article/5873477

Chelsea awarded prestigious King David Award by the European Jewish Association

Last week Chelsea Football Club was presented with the prestigious King David Award from the European Jewish Association (EJA). Chelsea Chairman Bruce Buck hosted a delegation from the EJA for the Juventus match, during which the award was presented.

It was given in recognition of the club’s Say No To Antisemitism campaign, launched in 2018 under the direction of our owner Roman Abramovich. The campaign was developed to raise awareness of and educate players, staff, fans and the wider global community about antisemitism and to do all we can to combat it.

‘On behalf of all of our members and communities, we applaud and thank everyone at Chelsea Football Club,’ said EJA Chairman Rabbi Menachem Margolin.
‘It is truly inspiring to see not only the significant investment made in this effort, but the genuine commitment to listen, to act and to make a difference. From the ground up, from grassroots initiatives to a website visited by millions, Chelsea Football Club has led the way, a shining light and example not just for other football clubs to follow, but for everyone.’
Rabbi Binyomin Jacobs, Chief Rabbi in the Netherlands and Chairman of the EJA committee on combatting antisemitism, underlined that ‘the Chelsea model is one to be replicated everywhere, and we will let governments and organisations know about the great and important work you are doing here. King David is a Jewish hero. Chelsea are now heroes to the Jewish community.’
‘We are honoured to be the latest recipients of the European Jewish Association’s King David Award,’ said Bruce Buck, who received the award on behalf of the club.
‘Since our club owner Roman Abramovich initiated our “Say No To Antisemitism” campaign in January 2018, we have been committed to working with Jewish organisations nationally and internationally to help stamp out antisemitism from our societies.
‘We will continue to use our global platforms at Chelsea to say no to antisemitism and keep up the fight against this and all other forms of discrimination.’
To learn more about Say No To Antisemitism, visit the website here

https://www.chelseafc.com/en/news/2021/11/29/chelsea-awarded-prestigious-king-david-award-by-the-european-jew

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