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EJF Leadership Program

bannerEJFThe European Jewish Fund was founded in February 2006 at the initiative of Moshe Kantor, chairman of the European Jewish Congress, with the specific goal of strengthening Jewish life in Europe.

The EJF focuses on young people and their connection to Judaism and their communities by supporting programmes aimed at building Jewish identity and Jewish pride, especially by re-connecting young people with their rich and vital Jewish past.

The European Jewish Fund funds The European Jewish Fund Leadership Program at Paideia, which consists of the Fellowship for Community Development in the One Year Jewish Studies Program and the Project-Incubator, geared towards educating Jewish European activists and professionals for the communities of the European Jewish Fund. The Fellowship for Community Development includes, in addition to the regular One Year Program, workshops on Jewish Community Development as well as seminars on European Jewish Communities. Fellows also work on project development in Jewish Community life. The Program Incubator serves to furnish participants with both the knowledge and tools they need to become driving forces in strengthening Jewish communities throughout Europe, and focuses on creating activism for the European Jewish communities.

The chairman of the EJF, Dr Moshe Kantor explains the program in the following way:

“The European Jewish Fund (EJF) was created to support and bolster three central aspects of Jewish life in Europe, the need to strengthen Jewish leadership and identity and especially Jewish pride. The leadership in many communities is ageing, and we don’t see many of our youth with a desire to become communally involved. The next generation is growing distanced from the European Jewish community and they appear less proud of their Jewish origins. I firmly believe that the two are connected and that the PAIDEIA program, supported by the EJF, succeeds in addressing these goals. The program trains young adults about not only what it means to be a Jew in Europe, but also to become proud Jews. Furthermore, it helps youth become involved in Jewish communal life and become future leaders of their community. European Jewry is currently facing enormous challenges. Dangers ranging from the rapid rise in anti-Semitism to the problem of assimilation are affecting the European Jewish community and we need today more than ever young blood to revive our communities.  The EJF sees PAIDEIA as a flag ship program to achieve this goal.”

Paideia is very grateful for the financial support from the EJF – and indeed for the spiritual support as well.