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16 September 2016 - Welcome to Kol Europe, the only news bulletin dedicated to bringing European policy news to Jewish communities. 
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Who's who

Lela Sadikario serves as the Director for Junction at the JDC (the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee), an initiative that seeks to empower young Jews to take part in the pan-European Jewish community. Since she assumed her position with the JDC, her main focus has been offering innovative and creative frameworks for Jewish young adult engagement across international borders. For almost a decade now she has pioneered various programs that have enabled thousands of young Jews to reconnect and engage in the Jewish world. After years of shuttling her life between different cities, today Lela lives in Milan, Italy with her husband and son.

Fight against Antisemitism

Ban Ki-moon at the High-level Forum on Global Antisemitism

On 7 September, the Permanent Missions of Canada, Israel, the United States, and the Delegation of the European Union to the United Nations, jointly hosted a full day forum on global antisemitism. The forum built on the January 2015 UN General Assembly meeting on Antisemitism. The event was recorded and can be watched on UN Web TV. In this clip, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon addresses the forum.

Fundamental Rights

Human Dimension Implementation Meeting 2016

The Human Dimension Implementation Meeting (HDIM) of OSCE participating States is Europe's largest annual human rights and democracy conference. It is organized every year by the OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR) as a platform for 57 OSCE participating States, Partners for Co-operation, OSCE structures, civil society, international organizations and other relevant actors to take stock of the implementation of the OSCE human dimension commitments, discuss associated challenges, share good practices and make recommendations for further improvement.

OSCE/ODIHR delivers workshop on hate crime for representatives of intergovernmental organizations

Understanding how to counter hate crime, exchanging experiences and identifying avenues of co-operation were at the centre of a two-day workshop organized by the OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR) in Warsaw. The event, which takes place annually, brought together 19 participants from intergovernmental organizations and OSCE field operations.

The cynical thinking behind Hungary’s bizarre EU referendum

Encouraged by Brexit, Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán has decided to run a vote of his own, The first thing to note about this vote is the question on the ballot paper. It is so biased and misleading, it’s hard to imagine how it was even allowed:
Do you want the European Union to be entitled to prescribe the mandatory settlement of non-Hungarian citizens in Hungary without the consent of parliament?
The European Union is not forcing Hungary to accept mandatory settlement of refugees. Brussels is only requesting that Budapest should process their applications and to decide whether they are eligible for asylum. Read the full article on The Conversation.


Counter-Terrorism specialists team up to take down online terrorist propaganda

For the first time since its launch, Europol’s Internet Referral Unit (EU IRU) organised and joined forces with the IRUs on a 48-hour joint action to secure the removal of terrorist propaganda material as quickly as possible. The teams jointly targeted accounts used by terrorist groups to radicalise, recruit, direct terrorist activity and glorify their atrocities.


2016 European Education, Training and Youth Forum

This year's forum, taking place on 20-21 October 2016, will focus on how to best deliver on the New Skills Agenda for Europe adopted by the Commission on 10 June 2016. The New Skills Agenda aims to ensure that people develop a broad set of skills from early on in life in order make the most of Europe's human capital. Improving skills levels, educational attainment and promoting transversal skills are essential to improving people's employability, their chances in life as full citizens and creating fair, inclusive and sustainable societies.

International symposium and book launch “Education for Change”

HREA and partners will organise an international symposium and book launch “Education for Change”: Combining History Learning and Human Rights Education in Formal, Non-formal and Higher Education at the Freie Universität Berlin, Germany on 29 and 30 September 2016. The symposium on combining history learning and human rights education offers opportunities for exchange with international experts on practices and concepts, for presenting your work and for discussing ideas for continuous exchange.

Community News

Connect: September 23-25, France

Connect is a modern and innovative gathering of French-speaking Jewish young adults and professionals that provides a space for enrichment, inspiration, and networking, ultimately highlighting the positive elements of French-speaking Jewry. 3 days for personal and professional growth in a relaxing atmosphere. Connect is for French-speaking Jews ages 25-45 from all over the world - you can find out more about Connect on the Junction website

European Union allocates $1.5 million to expand Lodz train station museum

The European Union has allocated $1.5 million for the expansion of the museum at the Radegast train station in Lodz, from which Jews were shipped to death camps during the Holocaust. The money will be used to modernise the building and construct a multimedia model of the Lodz Ghetto, which existed from April 1940 to August 1944.

The 7th annual Muslim Jewish Conference (MJC)

Over one hundred and forty young Jews, Muslims and friends (non-Jews, non-Muslims) from all around the world attended the 7th Annual Muslim Jewish Conference in Berlin in August to discuss together various aspects of Jewish and Muslim identity in the modern world. Find out more about the Muslim Jewish Conference.

European Day of Jewish Culture

The European Day of Jewish Culture organised on and around September 4, 2016 has seen a record number of events across 35 countries participating in this year’s theme of Jewish languages. The annual event is coordinated by the European Association for the Preservation and Promotion of Jewish Culture (AEPJ), the European Council of Jewish Communities, B'nai B'rith Europe and the Network of Jewish Quarters in Spain. The aim of this day is to promote and raise awareness of Jewish culture to  wider society in the countries where this event takes place, in the belief that a greater awareness of the culture, tradition and life of the different communities living in the same country or city helps people to know the "other", and thus, strengthens communication and dialogue between cultures in the country. Further upcoming events will be held in the UK and in Italy.

Lviv remembers its Jewish past

Residents of the Ukrainian city of Lviv are learning about and coming to terms with one of their most painful chapters: the annihilation of their Jewish community during World War II.

Lithuanian town marks 75th anniversary of massacre of Jews

Lithuania's president has joined hundreds of people marking the 75th anniversary of the massacre of about 2,000 Jews by Nazi occupiers and their Lithuanian collaborators in the town of Moletai. It was the first such high-profile event commemorating the massacre, which President Dalia Grybauskaite said shows the Baltic country is becoming more "open and tolerant."

Czech factory once home to 1,200 Jews saved by Schindler to be turned into Holocaust museum

The old textile factory in the central village of Brnenec now lies in a state of rack and ruin after shutting down 12 years ago but in 1944 it was the destination of the hundreds of Jews Schindler saved from almost certain death in the Holocaust. Now the factory is about to be turned into a Holocaust museum.

France to restore oldest Jewish monument in Europe

The French authorities have allocated 360,000 euros for the restoration of what is considered the oldest known Jewish construction in Europe. Discovered by chance in 1976 in the parking lot of Rouen courthouse, the building was inaugurated in 1980 and recognized by representatives of the Jewish community as one of the most important archaeological discoveries ever made in the French Judaism.

CEJI Events

Generate - youth programme - free activity download

Download a free sample from 'Generate' – the new CEJI 'train-the-trainer' programme for a Jewish life based on everyone’s contribution. Generate originally emerged out of a partnership between CEJI and EUJS responding to the needs expressed by Jewish communities throughout Europe: lack of interest and involvement of young Jews in community life. The project aims to transform community members from passive “consumers” into active contributors.  The vision of ‘Generate’ is a Jewish life built on everyone’s contribution, where people of any age are enabled to take initiative and shape their Jewish context.

EPTO and CEJI awarded a project on migration histories in Brussels

CEJI – A Jewish Contribution to an Inclusive Europe, in partnership with AIM and EPTO, are organising a project which aims to train and mobilise young people from Brussels to facilitate exchanges with other young people on issues such as identity, living together and diversity. Via a process of action-training, these young people (from all communities in Brussels) will be made aware of the role they play in the civic building of the city for today and tomorrow. 


Call for Participants: IPD Winter Programmes 2017 in Switzerland

The Institute for Peace and Dialogue (IPD) is currently looking for participants for the next "International Winter Programmes and 1 Year Visitor Research Programme (VRP)" which will be held in Switzerland. During the Winter Programme 2017, experienced experts of IPD will share with you professional and academic skills which will cover Peacebuilding, Conflict Resolution, Mediation, Security, Intercultural Dialogue and Human Rights topics. Find out more on the IPD website

Paideia Conference in Celebration of Achievement and Acceleration, 25-26 September 2016

Paideia, the European Institute for Jewish Studies, is proud to announce a conference in celebration of the completion of 15 programmatic years of building a European intellectual-activist community, consisting of 500 alumni in 40 countries. Paideia will celebrate the inauguration of a new Paideia institution: Paideia Folkhögskola, and the installation of its new Director: Fania Oz-Salzberger. The conference will be titled “Bayit”, Home, a subject appropriate to our new premises, and will deal with the theoretical, political, and textual complexities of this seemingly simple notion. Register for the Bayit conference


Research Report: Causes and motivations of hate crime

Research Report: Causes and motivations of hate crime

This report is the result of work commissioned by the UK’s Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) on the causes and perpetration of hate crime in Great Britain, based on the five protected characteristics covered by current hate crime law: disability, gender reassignment, race, religion, sexual orientation. The report gives an overview of hate crime evidence to inform criminal justice agencies in their approach, with thoughts from the law, policy and social science. Download the 'Causes and Motivations of Hate Crime' report

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