As the umbrella organisation for the Jewish communities in Switzerland, the SIG maintains strong relations with international Jewish and non-Jewish organisations. It is a member of the World Jewish Congress (WJC), the European Jewish Congress (EJC) and also the European Council of Jewish Communities (ECJC). The President of the SIG is also a member of the board of the EJC.
The World Jewish Congress (WJC)
The World Jewish Congress (WJC) is the political representative of all Jews living outside the state of Israel. Jewish communities in over 120 states around the world belong to it. Its main tasks include its engagement in the process of coming to terms with the Holocaust, in particular in obtaining restitutions, and the struggle against anti-Semitism and terrorism. It is committed to Israel and to the dialogue with other religious communities. The WJC was founded in Geneva in 1936. The headquarters of the WJC are in New York. Associations on five continents belong to it, including the EJC.
The European Jewish Congress (EJC)
For more than 20 years, 40 Jewish communities in Europe with a total of 2,5 million members have been part of the European Jewish congress (EJC). The EJC represents the common interests of the Jewish communities in Europe, particularly with the European Union and the Council of Europe. The headquarters of the EJC are in Paris.
The European Council of Jewish Communities (ECJC)
The European Council of Jewish Communities (ECJC) acts as a network for the major Jewish communities, institutions and organisations in Europe. It was founded in 1968 to form a link between the Jews of Eastern and Western Europe, and today it unites 58 members from 37 European countries. In addition to the traditional community activities such as education, social welfare and culture, the ECJC increasingly focusses on community development, setting itself new goals such as leadership training and regional programmes, caring for Jewish heritage and working to obtain compensation for holocaust victims. The headquarters of the ECJC are in London.