The Governing Board meeting will be chaired by David de Rothschild and attended by 150 heads of Jewish communities, delegates and young Jewish diplomats from around the world. Discussions will focus on the implications facing Jewish communities in light of the various conflicts in the Middle East, including the threat of jihadist terrorism, the aftermath of the nuclear agreement with Iran, the growing attacks on Israel by the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement, and the state of relations with other faith communities.
Some of the Board’s deliberations will be open to the media, while others will be closed discussions. Please contact any of the contact persons below for further information.
Photo opportunity: Photographers and TV cameramen may attend the opening session of the WJC meeting at the Westin Excelsior Hotel in Rome on 27 October 2015, from 9 am CET (09:00) to 10 am CET (10:00) upon prior registration.
The WJC will be marking the 50th anniversary of the Nostra Aetate declaration, drawn up by the Second Vatican Council and promulgated by Pope Paul VI on 28 October 1965, condemning anti-Semitism and markedly improving relations between Jews and Catholics.
On the anniversary of this important event, WJC delegates will take part in a public audience with Pope Francis on St. Peter’s Square, beginning at 10 am CET(10:00). Prior to that, the Catholic pontiff will receive WJC President Ronald S. Lauder in a private audience.
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