World Jewish Congress

Pope Pays Silent But ‘Important’ Visit To Auschwitz

07/29/2016 - 11:03

Pope Francis visited the Auschwitz-Birkenau former Nazi death camp in Poland, in what the World Jewish Congress President Ronald Lauder said was an “important signal to the world.”

Pope Francis visiting Auschwitz, July 29, 2016. Screenshot from YouTube

At Anti-BDS Event In New York, WJC Vows To ‘Commit All Resources’ To The Fight

06/01/2016 - 12:21

Echoing the government of Israel’s policy of vigorously opposing attempts to isolate the country through boycotts, the World Jewish Congress pledged to make the fight a top priority.

The United Nations hosted an anti-BDS summit at its New York City headquarters, May 31, 2016. JTA

Plunder-Filled Nazi Train Worth Millions Has Likely Been Found

08/30/2015 - 20:00

With evidence mounting that a Nazi train loaded with millions of dollars worth of plundered items has been found in Poland, the World Jewish Congress urged the Polish government to ensure any goods stolen from Jews be returned to their legitimate owners or their heirs.

Don’t Honor Nazi-Allied Gov’t Minister, WJC Urges Hungarian City

07/07/2015 - 20:00

The World Jewish Congress has called on a central Hungarian city to abandon plans to honor a World War II government minister allied with the Nazis.

International Red Cross Chief Slams Group’s WWII Record

04/28/2015 - 20:00

The president of the International Committee of the Red Cross attacked his organization’s World War II record, saying it “lost its moral compass.”

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If you're like me, you've been closely following the latest fighting between Israel and Hamas, and trying to dig out from under a flood of urgent appeals -- phone, snail mail and email -- from Jewish groups urging you to "show your support" for Israel.

How to show support? Send money, of course.

Some are soliciting for Israel Emergency Funds, as in prior crises, but most are collecting for their own coffers.

Edgar M. Bronfman, 1929-2013

12/23/2013 - 19:00

Born to a life of luxury, with admittedly little knowledge of Judaism growing up, Edgar Bronfman could have achieved success and adulation simply as the successor to his father, Samuel Bronfman, chairman of Seagram Ltd. The fact that in addition he became increasingly interested and involved in Jewish life as an adult — not only as president of the World Jewish Congress but as a student of Jewish text and issues — is a tribute to his capacity to both lead and learn.

An Investment In Souls

Rabbi David Ellenson remembers the legendary philanthropist whose eye was trained on the future.

12/23/2013 - 19:00
Special To The Jewish Week

Many will surely speak of Edgar Bronfman and his legacy — and deservedly so. I will leave it to others to describe his extraordinarily privileged background, his many achievements in the realm of business and commerce, and his manifold philanthropic works. Each area of his exceptional life is worthy of a full-scale treatise, and I have no doubt that a complete academic biography of the man will soon emerge — the temptation for an academic or graduate student to describe the history of Jewish life in our day through an exploration of this one man’s life is surely irresistible.

Edgar Bronfman: Hailed for candor, humor and curiosity.

WJC In Turmoil As Charges Fly

09/09/2004 - 20:00
Editor and Publisher

An internal dispute among the top leaders of the World Jewish Congress centered on power, personality and politics is threatening to implode the venerable organization amid calls for resignations and threats of lawsuits.

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