The Swiss Federation of Jewish Communities [SIG] was founded in 1904 to protect and foster the common interests of Jews in Switzerland. Today, 16 member communities have affiliated themselves with the umbrella organisation.
The SIG's main tasks are the representation of Jewish interests with the federal authorities, institutions throughout Switzerland and the media, dialogue with other religious communities, the promotion of knowledge on Judaism in Switzerland and the representation of Swiss interests in international Jewish organisations.
In addition, the SIG coordinates and complements the cultural, youth and social work of the member communities.
An important objective of the SIG is the prevention of any form of anti-Semitism and racism. Representatives of the SIG engage in a variety of education and information activities and take up a committed position on this subject in discussion groups with the churches and other religious communities. The SIG is also represented on the Federal Commission against Racism [EKR].
The SIG takes action in support of Jewish religious concerns, particularly the supply of kosher meat in Switzerland.
The SIG is linked with the Association of Swiss Jewish Welfare Organisations [VSJF]. The VSJF is an aid organisation recognised as such by the Confederation and is a member of Swiss Refugee Aid [SFH].
The whole of the SIG’s archive is deposited in the Contemporary History Archive of the Federal Institute of Technology [ETH, Zurich] and is accessible to interested parties for research purposes.