The XXI century has started with three main milestones: the Pandemic, the war in Ukraine and the rise of the extreme far right as a symptom of a new normal. However, nothing of this is new in Europe. Since the end of WWII, we have seen an amazing and unparalleled time of growth and peace (with the exception of the Yugoslav Wars) and it seems it is over. The uncertainty of the beginning of the century has shifted to times that show life in Europe is far from being easy and there are important clouds in the future.
Recognizing these dilemmas, after three years of not having in-person meetings among Jewish leaders, it is time, more than ever, to celebrate what we have achieved for Jewish life in Europe, by coming together to strengthen our bonds, as well as to learn and to discuss how we as Jewish leaders are dealing with many critical issues in our Communities.