Moshe Kantor was reelected to a new four-year mandate as president of the
European Jewish Congress, the democratically-elected organization representing
European Jewry. Kantor received 73 percent of the votes, defeating his
challenger, Richard Prasquier, the president of the French Jewish
“We cannot rest on our laurels,” Kantor said after the vote.
“There are many challenges for the Jewish communities of Europe to face in the
Anti-Semitism is growing from both extremes, our traditions
are under assault and Israel is constantly under threat of
The EJC brings together the democratically elected
official leaders of national Jewish communities in over 40 European countries,
uniting 2.5 million Jews across the continent. At the same meeting, Vivian
Wineman, president of the Board of Deputies of British Jews, was elected
Chairman of the EJC Council.
Kantor, 59, was first elected president of
the EJC in 2007.