WORLD JEWISH CONGRESS AMERICAN SECTION INC

REPRESENTING JEWISH COMMUNITIES IN 100 COUNTRIES ACROSS SIX CONTINENTS

NEW YORK, NY   |  www.worldjewishcongress.org

Mission

The World Jewish Congress is the international organization that represents Jewish communities and organizations in 100 countries around the world. It advocates on their behalf towards governments, parliaments, international organizations and other faiths. The WJC represents the plurality of the Jewish people, and is politically non-partisan.

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The World Jewish Congress American Section Inc has received the coveted four star rating from Charity Navigator for five consecutive years. This is the highest possible rating and shows that we follow sector best practices and carry out our mission in a financially efficient way. Only 11% of the charities evaluated by Charity Navigator have received this exceptional designation for five consecutive years.

Ruling year info

1953

President

Mr. Ronald S. Lauder

Main address

501 MADISON AVENUE

NEW YORK, NY 10022 USA

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EIN

13-1790756

NTEE code info

Civil Rights, Advocacy for Specific Groups (R20)

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WJC JEWISH DIPLOMATIC CORPS

The Jewish Diplomatic Corps of the World Jewish Congress (WJC JDCorps), is the flagship program of the WJC, and is a leadership development and diplomatic impact program. Our objective is to represent and strengthen the Jewish communities worldwide, to ensure that Jewish communities around the world have a voice in global affairs today - and for decades to come. WJC JDCorps activities focus on advocacy on WJC core topics, such as interfaith relations, combating the delegitimisation of Israel, antisemitism and Holocaust legacy, as well as safeguarding human rights and minority rights.

Population(s) Served
Jewish people

The World Jewish Congress’ Global Security Department began operating on April 1, 2015 to respond to the increasing levels of violence, hateful rhetoric and pervasive atmosphere of antisemitism that threatens a growing number of countries throughout the world. The Department was created to assess threats to individual Jewish communities, enhance the physical infrastructure of communal institutions and train corps of local volunteers to organize and respond effectively to a myriad of crises. Since its founding, the department has grown to have operational presence in Israel, Argentina, New York, Croatia and Moldova. The activities of the Security Department, in cooperation with the WJC’s affiliated Jewish communities, create a significant and unprecedented change in the way communities perceive their responsibility as well as their capabilities to significantly upgrade their security.

Population(s) Served
Jewish people

The Digital Advocacy Unit (DAU) is responsible for leading on WJC core issues in the fields of online activism and digital diplomacy. The DAU’s mandate is to lead global campaigns in support of WJC affiliated communities. The Unit also plays a role in confronting the BDS movement and supporting Israel’s efforts to counter the ongoing attempts at delegitimizing the only Jewish state. The Digital Advocacy Unit is responsible for managing and developing the Digital Ambassador Club, a network of 45,000 activist supporting WJC advocacy efforts. This interactive platform provides regular updates on issues regarding antisemitism and activities of the global delegitimization movement.

Population(s) Served
Jewish people

As the representative of over 100 Jewish communities worldwide, combating antisemitism is a core issue of the World Jewish Congress. The WJC is in a unique position to actively counter this phenomenon stemming from our thorough understanding of the situation on the ground and our extensive experience and strong ties with both international organizations and national authorities, as well as affiliated local Jewish communities. The WJC Counter Antisemitism Unit serves as the information base for the WJC on relevant matters, and as a specialized asset to coordinate both global and national initiatives through active monitoring, utilization of the WJC network to forge decisive movements and swiftly engage to reach desired results.

Population(s) Served
Jewish people

The Antisemitism in Sport Unit is responsible for leading WJC activities related to the fight against racism, antisemitism, xenophobia and discrimination in the field of sports with a focus on diplomatic, programmatic, and mediatic activities related to these issues, as well as the delegitimization of Israeli athletes around the world.One of the central roles of the Unit today is to lead the partnership between Chelsea Football Club and WJC under the banner “Red Card For Hate”, a three-part initiative for community involvement, educational materials, and preparation for a global forum to combat anti-Semitism in sports.

Population(s) Served
Jewish people

The International Council of Jewish Parliamentarians (ICJP) is a global network of Jewish legislators, government ministers, and other elected officials. Its aim is to promote an ongoing dialogue and a sense of fraternity among Jewish legislators and ministers; to promote the principles of democracy, the cause of human rights and the rule of law; and to combat racism, anti-Semitism, xenophobia, terrorism and Holocaust denial by all means available to parliamentarians and ministers. The ICJP also supports the State of Israel, contributes to the creation of enduring peace in the Middle East, and ensures the welfare, both material and spiritual, of Jews and Jewish communities worldwide.

Population(s) Served
Jewish people

The Israel Council on Foreign Relations (ICFR) is a non-partisan forum for the study and debate of foreign policy operating under the auspices of the World Jewish Congress. It is a multidisciplinary institution, established on the model of the New York Council on Foreign Relations and the British Chatham House. It aspires to stimulate public awareness of world events and insightful discussion of foreign policy issues, particularly regarding Israel, international Jewish affairs and the Middle East, and serves as a forum for the exchange of perspectives in the diplomatic, academic, and media communities.

Population(s) Served
Jewish people

The World Jewish Congress views the revival of the Yiddish language and culture as an instrument in regenerating of Jewish life in Europe after the Holocaust.
The Yiddish culture is an integral part of the spiritual heritage of the Jewish people. For most of the last millennium, Yiddish was the spoken language of the majority of European Jews and Jewish immigrants from the Ashkenazic lands to other countries. Until World War II, Yiddish culture thrived, producing a vibrant and world-class literature (now translated into dozens of languages), in addition to considerable achievements in music, art, theater, film, media and other realms of cultural creativity. Vilnius was chosen as the location for the WJC Yiddish Center, because for centuries it was considered as the major center of Jewish culture in Europe that would have a lasting impact on world Jewry. For this reason Vilnius came to be known as Yerusholáyim d’Líta (the Jerusalem of Lithuania) or the Jerusalem of the North, a title that uniquely applied to both the deeply religious and the modernistic secular achievements of one and the same civilization that was nearly destroyed completely in the Holocaust.

Population(s) Served
Jewish people

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WORLD JEWISH CONGRESS AMERICAN SECTION INC

Board of directors
as of 12/23/2020
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mr. David de Rothschild

Rothschild Group

Chella Safra