European Jewish Association

About

It’s a challenging time for Jewish communities in Europe. Anti-Semitism is on the rise as populism and the politics of the lowest common denominator are gaining traction. Our communities often need round the clock protection and our practices and customs such as keeping Kosher are under pressure from increasing political interference.

The European Jewish Association was set up to deal with these and many other challenges.

Acting on your behalf, we are the leading, biggest and widest reaching Associations of Jewish organizations and communities in Europe.

Our associates represent hundreds of communities and thousands of Jews across the continent. We believe that there is strength and influence in numbers.

Our Mission

Our mission is simple:

  • • To strengthen Jewish Identity and expand Jewish activities in Europe.
  • • To defend Jewish interests in Europe.

We love being Jewish. We love the contribution we have made to the betterment of the world.

We don’t believe in a ‘behind closed doors’ Judaism, but instead one that reaches out across religious and cultural divides. A Judaism that engages, that influences, that matters.

We also seek to instill some pride and joy in people on their Jewish journey, from old hands to first timers and everyone in between.

In short, we exist for you.

Wherever you are in Europe and whoever you are; if you are a community or an individual we invite you to find out more about us, our work and why we do it.

Above all we invite you to join us and be part of the leading Jewish voice in Europe.

What we do

Based in the beating democratic and political heart of the European Union – Brussels, we have built lasting and meaningful contacts with the key decision makers and opinion formers in the Council, Commission, Parliament and various permanent representations and embassies. We also work closely with the Mission of Israel to the EU, standing up for Israel, promoting the world’s only Jewish State and creating political initiatives that run against Boycott Divestment and Sanctions (BDS)

We count Commissioners, special envoys, MEPs and ambassadors as our friends, colleagues and people who we can call on for help and support.

We also lobby on behalf of Jewish communities from Portugal to Ukraine and everywhere in between, whether that’s defending the rights of Jewish Students to observe Jewish holidays, fighting against bans on Shechita (Jewish ritual slaughter), promoting and supporting Jewish holidays and traditions, securing and safeguarding Jewish communities, schools, synagogues, Mikvot, and representing communities on Committees, at conferences and high level consultations within the European Institutions.

We also undertake events, celebrations and information sessions in the European Institutions. From Euro-Chanukah, Holocaust Memorial day, to cross community initiatives, we put Jews front and centre in any European conversation affecting minority groups and minority interests.

You can find out in much more detail about our work in the various sections of this website.

Thank you for dropping by and we look forward to welcoming you back soon.

Our team

Rabbi Menachem Margolin

Chairman and the founder of European Jewish Association

Since graduating from Yeshiva in New York, Menachem’s became program director at the Rabbinical centre for Europe in 2004, he uickly became general director in 2006, then four years later he became General Director of the European Jewish Association – Europe’s centre of Jewish activity.

Spearheading the direction and activities of this umbrella organisation and representing Jewish communities and organisations across Europe, Menachem ensures that the EJA effectively lobbies European and national politicians to raise the profile of and support its initiatives to fight against anti-Semitism and intolerance and preserve religious ritual practice across EU member states.

Alex Benjamin

Director of Public Affairs

Alex Benjamin has been Director of Public Affairs for the EJA in Brussels since March 2015. With over 10 years experience of working in the European parliament as a political adviser and communications director, he knows the EU Institutions, its main players and how to get things done for Israel and for Judaism. His tasks involve directing campaigns, liaising directly with key EU figures and generating positive outcomes for the Association membership.

No stranger to challenging political environments, he also worked for the former Prime Minister of Northern Ireland, David Trimble following the signing of the Good Fridayagreement and during the Northern Ireland Peace Process.