All of our work is based on our belief that continued success is integral to the future of the Jewish People.
We are dedicated to offer programmes as gathering places, where people of all ages
and from all walks of Jewish life, can meet, more inspired by their Jewish heritage
and more connected to their communities and to one another.
Based on the Talmudic precept of "Kol Israel arevim ze le'ze" (all Israel are responsible for each other), ECJC provides the opportunity for every Jewish Community in Europe to act with solidarity and responsibility and to ensure that fellow Jews in Europe will never be denied the most basic rights: to leave in times of war, or to receive food supplies, care and medical treatment in dire economic crises such as in 1995 in Ukraine or in 1997 in Bulgaria.
Social welfare is a multi facetted key issue in Europe today covering among other subjects: migrants, old age, disabilities, inherited diseases, child wellbeing, home care, volunteerism, end of life and palliative care, Shoah Survivors and services management.
From 2005, a New Area of Child Wellbeing was created to develop awareness and promote exchange of best practises on issues of Child Care, special needs and learning disabilities.
Best practice professional exchanges of different target groups have conducted field visits to other communities. Exchange visits have included: Krakow (volunteering) Paris (child welfare) London (Elderly care) Amsterdam (Senior Care) Prague (Old Age Homes) Paris (Alzheimer & Dementia Care) Bucharest (working with isolated populations) and London (Socialisation for Seniors).
Conferences have included: What's Jewish in Jewish care? London, Children with Special Needs, Paris, Living with Dignity – Senior Care, Prague, Active Ageing, Vienna, 8th Conference of European Social Welfare in Budapest, Nurturing Supportive Communities in London and the 10th European Conference on Jewish Social Welfare, held in Amsterdam with inclusion of professionals of the University of Amsterdam and Hogeweyk, the revolutionary Dementia Village in Wesp, Netherlands.
A revolutionary Think Tank was held in Oxford in April 2012 with collaboration of JDC and JDC-ICCD to plan for the future of the Jewish Social Services in 2025 – Envisioning the Future, Planning Scenarios.
The ECJC social welfare track leadership has seen that professional and volunteer exchanges build cooperation, promote consideration of alternate styles of solution-finding, provide avenues for professional development and will ensure that social and welfare services retain Jewish values and ethics.