The Israeli Jewish Congress – a new initiative – will hold its inaugural
conference in Jerusalem on Wednesday.
The project is the brainchild of
Vladimir Moshe Sloutsker, a businessman, politician and Jewish community
activist from Russia who immigrated to Israel last year.
Sloutsker, who served as the chairman of the Russian Jewish Congress and the
deputy chairman of the European Jewish Congress, one of the main goals of the
new group is to strengthen ties between Israel and the Diaspora, particularly in
Earlier this year he told The Jerusalem Post
that the European
community “is thirsty for Israeli contact” which, he said, it currently
Some existing Jewish groups have nevertheless expressed
reservations about the need for another organization such as the
Among other issues the IJC seeks to address is Holocaust denial in
Europe, the advancement of solidarity between Diaspora Jews and Israel and the
“strengthening of Israel’s Jewish and democratic foundations.”
conference will be held at the David Citadel hotel in Jerusalem and will include
various panel discussions on issues facing Israel and the Diaspora.