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News and updates about Conference of European Rabbis

Hiding Judaism:

Jews in Europe are removing the mezuzah off their door

Rabbi Pinchas Goldschmidt, President of the Conference of European Rabbis (CER), responds to the concern of antisemitic physical threats, saying that, 'It never stops with words.'

Jews in Europe are removing the mezuzah off their door

Pope meets European Rabbis, denounces antisemitism in Europe

Pope Francis told a delegation of European rabbis that Christians 'need Judaism to understand ourselves better.'

Pope meets European Rabbis, denounces antisemitism in Europe

Europe and Azerbaijan:

Jewish communities hold prayer gatherings and solidarity rallies

Fear, anger, and bitterness: “This is not an attack only on the Jewish people, this is an attack on civilization.”

Jewish communities hold prayer gatherings and solidarity rallies

A rabbinical conference in Muslim Azerbaijan

The signs of a flourishing Azerbaijani-Israeli friendship abound, but a rabbinical conference in a Muslim country is a miracle. Op-ed.

A rabbinical conference in Muslim Azerbaijan

Conference of European Rabbis leaves UK after seven decades

Orthodox rabbinical alliance moving to new headquarters in Germany where they will also open Center for Jewish Life.

Conference of European Rabbis leaves UK after seven decades

Citing Brexit

European rabbinical group moves HQ from London to Munich

One of Europe’s top associations of Orthodox rabbis is moving its headquarters from London to Munich after UK’s withdrawal from the EU.

European rabbinical group moves HQ from London to Munich

Challenges facing Europe's rabbis: preserving Jewish identity

An integral part of the discussion at the Conference of European Rabbis concerns dealing with the daily rise in anti-Semitism.

Challenges facing Europe's rabbis: preserving Jewish identity

Europe-wide halacha hotline launched

All-day Whatsapp-based halacha hotline launches, offering European rabbis answers to questions regarding Jewish law.

Europe-wide halacha hotline launched

Rabbi Pinchas Goldschmidt:

'Our religious freedoms are under threat across Europe'

Conference of European Rabbis head calls for greater protections for religious freedom in Europe ahead of conference on Shechita bans.

'Our religious freedoms are under threat across Europe'

'A life of service and faith'

Jewish organizations pay tribute to Queen Elizabeth II

Jewish organizations pay tribute following passing of British Queen at the age of 96.

Jewish organizations pay tribute to Queen Elizabeth II

Ukraine war:

Chief rabbi coordinating aid for refugees in Romania, Moldova

Chief Rabbi Goldschmidt visits Moldova to help Ukrainian refugees, confronting the city’s past, present, and future.

Chief rabbi coordinating aid for refugees in Romania, Moldova

Leading religious figure, Yemima Mizrachi, tapped for new role

Rabbanit Yemima Mizrachi to lead Jewish women leaders throughout Europe in CER's new Rebbetzin Programme.

Leading religious figure, Yemima Mizrachi, tapped for new role

'No justification' for not allowing minorities to mark holidays

Chief Rabbi Pinchas Goldschmidt responds to decision to sentence elderly Nazi, throws support behind Norway Jews.

'No justification' for not allowing minorities to mark holidays

European rabbinic organization expanding internationally

Conference of European Rabbis (CER) expanding to support rabbis in Americas, Asia, and Africa.

European rabbinic organization expanding internationally

CER President:

Antisemitism in Europe 'has to be fought on a daily basis'

The Conference of European Rabbis holds its first gathering since the pandemic in Munich.

Antisemitism in Europe 'has to be fought on a daily basis'

European rabbis honor those who saved Ukrainian refugees

The Conference of European Rabbis (CER) holds 32nd Convention, honoring rabbis who saved thousands of Ukrainian refugees.

European rabbis honor those who saved Ukrainian refugees

CER Convention:

'Education is needed to protect religious freedom in Europe'

Conference of European Rabbis hosts 32nd General Convention at in Munich.

'Education is needed to protect religious freedom in Europe'

Pesach for thousands of refugees

Conference of European Rabbis working to ensure that thousands of Jewish refugees from Ukraine can celebrate Pesach this year.

Pesach for thousands of refugees

New agreement names EBD official rabbinical court of Poland

Conference of European Rabbis Beth Din becomes the official Beth Din of Poland, following a historic agreement with Polish Chief Rabbi.

New agreement names EBD official rabbinical court of Poland

Leading rabbi: 'The displaced and endangered need our help'

European rabbinical group 'coordinating relief efforts, successfully absorbing thousands of people who have fled' Ukraine war.

Leading rabbi: 'The displaced and endangered need our help'

Special donation: $3m to help Jewish refugees from Ukraine

Renowned Israeli technology investor donates $3m to Conference of European Rabbis to help Jewish refugees from Ukraine.

Special donation: $3m to help Jewish refugees from Ukraine

Poland rabbi to coordinate relief for Ukraine refugees

Rabbi Michael Schudrich, Chief Rabbi of Poland, chosen to coordinate with other faith-based charities to help those fleeing Ukraine war.

Poland rabbi to coordinate relief for Ukraine refugees

Top European rabbi mourns European Parliament's Pres. Sassoli

'A true democrat, a gentleman and a passionate advocate for peace and integration.'

Top European rabbi mourns European Parliament's Pres. Sassoli

European Rabbis: Making conversion easier leads to assimilation

Leaders of Conference of European Rabbis warn in letter to PM, Kahana of potential disaster for tens of thousands of Israelis in Europe.

European Rabbis: Making conversion easier leads to assimilation

Conference of European Rabbis convention postponed due to COVID

The conference that was supposed to take place soon in Germany will be postponed until 2022 due to COVID-19 pandemic.

Conference of European Rabbis convention postponed due to COVID

EU's first Coordinator on Combatting Antisemitism receives award

Conference of European Rabbis presents Katharina Von Schnurbein with prestigious Rabbi Moshe Rosen Prize.

EU's first Coordinator on Combatting Antisemitism receives award

EU Rabbis: Bans on kosher slaughter 'hounding out' Europe's Jews

Conference of European Rabbis says the latest Greek kosher slaughter ruling "sends a shudder down the spine of Jews throughout Europe."

EU Rabbis: Bans on kosher slaughter 'hounding out' Europe's Jews

Top EU rabbi: 'End online anonymity to tackle hate crime'

Top European rabbi calls to end online anonymity. 'Direct link between online hate crime and physical violence in the real world.'

Top EU rabbi: 'End online anonymity to tackle hate crime'

Pandemic led to new wave of anti-Semitism online, study says

Pandemic hate: IFFSE research condemns wave of anti-Semitism and Islamophobia since COVID-19 outbreak

Pandemic led to new wave of anti-Semitism online, study says

EU court: Employers may ban kippot, headscarves at work

European rabbis decry 'step backwards from religious freedom', as top European Union court rules employers may ban religious clothing.

EU court: Employers may ban kippot, headscarves at work

Rabbinic group: Concern for Afghanistan's women and girls

'Distressing situation in Afghanistan demands compassionate, urgent, response,' Conference of European Rabbis says.

Rabbinic group: Concern for Afghanistan's women and girls

38 rabbis complete training for Europe's 'rabbinical reserve'

First two-year cycle of training completed for Rabbinical Reserve of Europe, prepping rabbis to handle challenges facing Jewish communities.

38 rabbis complete training for Europe's 'rabbinical reserve'

Countering religious hatred: The role of schools and education

the Institute for Freedom of Faith and Security in Europe (IFFSE) hosted a virtual meeting on religious hatred.

Countering religious hatred: The role of schools and education

French chief rabbi wins second term

Rabbi Haim Korsia re-elected with 75% of the vote, CER Pres. Rabbi Pinchas Goldschmidt says 'huge privilege to work with Rabbi Korsia.'

French chief rabbi wins second term

New President Herzog: 'Seasoned diplomat & political leader'

Conference of European Rabbis congratulates newly-elected Pres. Isaac Herzog, praises him as a 'seasoned diplomat and political leader.'

New President Herzog: 'Seasoned diplomat & political leader'

European Beth Din to align with Israeli Chief Rabbinate

Conference of European Rabbis agrees to align European Jewish court with Israel's Chief Rabbinate, easing bureaucracy for immigrants.

European Beth Din to align with Israeli Chief Rabbinate

European Council to mark ‘Day of Salvation and Liberation’

Events marking the day will be held in Moscow, Israel, China, Argentina, Australia, the United States, Tunisia, Sweden and other countries.

European Council to mark ‘Day of Salvation and Liberation’

Leading European Rabbis: Keep conversion status quo

Conference of European Rabbis issues statement warning against "irresponsible" efforts to change how conversions are handled in Israel.

Leading European Rabbis: Keep conversion status quo

Leading European Rabbis call on Jews to get vaccinated

Conference of European Rabbis calls on Jews of Europe to listen to their doctors about receiving the coronavirus vaccine.

Leading European Rabbis call on Jews to get vaccinated

European rabbis: Don't delay, get vaccinated

Leaders of Conference of European Rabbis call on communities on the continent: Listen to the doctors and get vaccinated against coronavirus.

European rabbis: Don't delay, get vaccinated

Conference of European Rabbis welcomes Israel-Morocco peace

CER releases statement praising Moroccan King Mohammed VI for normalizing relations with Israel, teaching Jewish history.

Conference of European Rabbis welcomes Israel-Morocco peace

'Freedom of faith for Jewish communities must be guaranteed'

President of Conference of European Rabbis responds to EU’s declaration to mainstream prevention and countering of anti-Semitism.

'Freedom of faith for Jewish communities must be guaranteed'

Providing a Hanukkah light for European Jewry

Delivery of menorahs organized all over Europe every year to Jewish communities. This year packages sent to COVID orphans.

Providing a Hanukkah light for European Jewry

How legislation led to 80 women being freed from agunah status

Israeli rabbinical courts can now impose sanctions on get refusers from abroad, if they visit Israel.

How legislation led to 80 women being freed from agunah status

Combating religious extremism, terrorism in Europe: What next?

Newly founded Institute for Freedom of Faith and Security in Europe initiated by CER holds first meeting.

Combating religious extremism, terrorism in Europe: What next?

'Feelings of discrimination against the Jewish people continue'

Conference of European Rabbis holds Standing Committee meeting alongside keynote speaker David Sassoli, president of European Parliament.

'Feelings of discrimination against the Jewish people continue'

European Rabbis hope Biden will fight racism & antisemitism

President of the Conference of European Rabbis: "We hope US Jewry will overcome its deep divisions and become united on all crucial issues"

European Rabbis hope Biden will fight racism & antisemitism

'Vienna terror attack was an attack on all Europeans'

Rabbi Pinchas Goldschmidt says religious leaders should have to prove their loyalty to the European states where they reside.

'Vienna terror attack was an attack on all Europeans'

European Rabbis offer support for French people

Conference of European Rabbis President Rabbi Pinchas Goldschmidt reacts to deadly stabbing attack in Nice, France.

European Rabbis offer support for French people

CER participates in international prayer meeting for peace

Rabbi Haïm Korsia, Chief Rabbi of France, participates in international Prayer for Peace initiative in Rome.

CER participates in international prayer meeting for peace

'Prevent extraneous and selective bureaucracy'

Conference of European Rabbis urges Israeli government to allow all Jews to enter Israel, regardless of whether they are Israeli citizens.

'Prevent extraneous and selective bureaucracy'

European rabbis begin rehabilitating synagogues

Conference of European Rabbis formulates plan for synagogue worship during the '3 weeks' as synagogues reopen in Europe.

European rabbis begin rehabilitating synagogues

'Bans on ritual slaughter are not justified'

Conference of European Rabbis leader issues joint statement with Muslim leader, protesting ban on religious slaughter methods.

'Bans on ritual slaughter are not justified'

'Jewish communities cannot rely on import of kosher meat'

Failure to overturn ban ritual slaughter sends message that Jews are not welcome, leading European rabbi says.

'Jewish communities cannot rely on import of kosher meat'

Torah class in the United Arab Emirates

Jewish communities of Dubai, Abu Dhabi, hold largest-ever Torah conference in Arab world.

Torah class in the United Arab Emirates

Conference of European Rabbis hosts Torah webinar

The Conference of European Rabbis holds a shiurim webinar series via Zoom for over 250 Rabbis from across the globe ahead of Shavuot

Conference of European Rabbis hosts Torah webinar

Amsterdam: Jewish community in great distress

Dutch authorities refusing to allow Jewish community to aid elderly coronavirus victims, Amsterdam rabbis say.

Amsterdam: Jewish community in great distress

CER: 'Support communities back into synagogues'

Conference of European Rabbis holds Spring Standing Committee meeting via Zoom.

CER: 'Support communities back into synagogues'

Neo-Nazis interrupt Torah lessons on 'Zoom'

On Holocaust Memorial Day, neo-Nazis break into online Torah lessons given by German rabbis.

Neo-Nazis interrupt Torah lessons on 'Zoom'

European rabbis 'meet' to discuss how to help communities

Conference of European Rabbis hosts emergency virtual Standing Committee meeting ahead of Passover.

European rabbis 'meet' to discuss how to help communities