Special Session for Presidents - by invitation only

The session will have the format of a conversation and will be facilitated by Minos Moisis, with triggering interventions of Ruth Dureghello, Alek Oscar, Petr Papousek and Alvertos Taraboulos

Covid-19 pandemic changes the world.

Sunday - November 22 - 10:30 CET

Today some 8 months after the breakout of the pandemic, it is common understanding that even when the health threats will be efficiently addressed via a vaccine, some repercussions of the crisis will be long lasting while other aspects will remain for good, marking serious changes to our lives.

Surveys show that some habits adopted during and because of the pandemic, will be part of the new normality. For example, traveling for business will be reduced considerably since technology has proven that virtual meetings are easily arranged and can be just as effective and efficient.

Personal traveling will also remain affected, people will consider other priorities before they decide to travel and not just the destination and the leisure. E-meetings, webinars, virtual boardrooms, education, remote working, etc., have all enhanced their substance and will be normal life habits
even when the pandemic ends. Socializing, physical gatherings, events, religious attendances will be impacted too.

Challenges facing Jewish Communities

The pandemic has and will continue to affect Jewish life everywhere. No matter whether a large or a small Community, challenges facing Jewish life are quite similar:

How can we stay resilient throughout the current crisis, and at the same time, what are we planning to do to recover and secure Jewish life and Community cohesion after the crisis?

What changes do we, leaders of the Community foresee, and to what degree are we working to prepare the ground for implementing these changes?

How do we plan to operate with reduced financial resources?
What is our call of action for fundraising and regular income at these times of

Is my Community sustainable? from a financial and operating model perspective?

How do we re-imagine membership commitments, youth activities, social events, bonding within our Communities post covid?

What did we learn during the pandemic regarding our Synagogues and religious life? Where is the border line raised between strict religious rules and limitations on the one hand and the “modernity” to reach out religiously to our members on the other?

Do we see the post covid Communities carrying the threat of changes or exploring opportunities for improving the mission of our Communities?

Are we sufficiently literate technologically and equipped for addressing a different operating model?

What do we foresee and do regarding cornerstone activities of our Communities like welfare, schools?

President, Jewish Community of Athens, Greece

Alvertos Taraboulos

Athens, Greece

President, Jewish Community of Rome, Italy

Ruth Dureghello

Rome, Italy

Chairman, Federation of Jewish Communities in the Czech Republic

Petr Papoušek

Olomouc, Czech Republic

President, Shalom Bulgaria

Alek Oscar

Sofia, Bulgaria

Mila Stojanovic

Brussels, Belgium

Moderated by Minos Moissis, ECJC Executive Member

Minos Moissis

Athens, Greece