Executive Committee Meeting

Rome & Vatican City, 21-22 November

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The World Jewish Congress Executive committee gathered in Rome and Vatican City with the express purpose of celebrating the fellowship of humankind and most especially the mutual respect between Jews and Catholics, a relationship which has made profound advances in recent years.  For decades, and especially since the adoption by the Second Vatican Council of the Nostra Aetate Declaration, the World Jewish Congress has made great strides in forging stronger relations between World Jewry and the Catholic Church, with a focus on increased understanding and resolving differences between our people.  

We are therefore honored to be have been able to hold the WJC Executive Committee meeting in the Vatican itself – a first, as far as we are aware, for any international Jewish organization – where we had the opportunity not only to discuss topics of importance to the Jewish world, but also to have exchanges with religious leaders of the Catholic Church including Pope Francis.

In a period overshadowed by a global pandemic and war, it is important to recognize our common humanity and that the essential values we share vastly outweigh that which divides us for the benefit of civil society.  In short, all the noblest endeavors of which humankind is capable are united in these glorious cities, a reminder of all that can be achieved when we work together with a common sense of purpose.   


Ronald S. Lauder
World Jewish Congress President
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Cardinal Kurt Koch
Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity President
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Noemi Di Segni
Union of Italian Jewish Communities President, Member of WJC Executive Committee
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Ruth Dureghello
Jewish Community of Rome President
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Fr. Norbert Hofmann
Secretary of the Commission for Religious Relations with the Jews
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Lamberto Giannini
Chief of Police - Director General of Public Security
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Roundtable discussions between WJC Executive Committee Members and WJC Future Leadership programs – the WJC Jewish Diplomatic Corps and WJC NexGen
13:00 - 14:30

SESSION I: Inclusive Communal Leadership

Discussion on how communities can benefit from encouraging a more inclusive leadership
14:30 - 14:45

Remarks by Mr. Lamberto Giannini, Head of Italian Police - General Director of Public Security

15:00 - 16:30

SESSION II: Addressing Global Societal Challenges

Discussion on crucial topics (climate crisis, refugee crisis, minority rights, mental health, threats to democracy) facing our society, how they have and will affect and shift the environment for Jewish communities around the world, and, most importantly, how we can best prepare for our future in addressing these challenges.

Visit of the Great Synagogue of Rome

Greetings by Rabbi Riccardo Di Segni, Chief Rabbi of Rome



‘KISHREINU’: Beginning the Next Chapter in Jewish-Catholic Relations

Special Session of the WJC Executive Committee with invited dignitaries and Vatican officials

Addresses by

Amb. Ronald S. Lauder, WJC President

His Eminence Cardinal Kurt Koch, President of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity and President of the Commission for Religious Relations with the Jews

Ms. Noemi Di Segni, President, Union of Italian Jewish Communities & Member of the WJC Executive Committee


Audience with Pope Francis



Call to order by WJC President Amb. Ronald S. Lauder

Remarks by WJC Treasurer Mrs. Chella Safra

Matters of Business

Open Discussion on:

The Threats to Jewish Students on College Campuses

Efforts to Counter Mounting Jew-hatred Worldwide

Aftermath of the Israeli Elections and the Implications for World Jewry

Any Other Business

Concluding Remarks

Dress Code

Executive Committee Sessions & Meeting: Business Professional 

Vatican Sessions: Business Formal (no short skirts)

Other Activities: Casual


Beginning The Next Chapter in Jewish-Catholic Relations




The WJC secretariat is in the Le Méridien Visconti hotel, Ground floor, Farnese meeting room.  Telephone: Internal 868, External +39 06 368 4868
For general questions regarding the Executive Committee Meeting,
please contact Mila Stojanovic: protocol@wjc.org, +32 495 51 09 17


This event is being held in strict accordance with local COVID regulations and guidelines. The wearing of masks, and social distancing, are currently NOT mandatory in Rome / Vatican.  

If you experience any COVID symptoms, please take a self-test (available from WJC staff) and if you test positive, please inform WJC staff and remain in isolation. If you need a PCR test for your return flight, or any other assistance, WJC staff will be happy to help.


WJC SECURITY CONTACT - Frank Fischer: +49 171 3156131

In light of today’s increased threats against the Jewish institutions and events around the world, we kindly ask you to follow the outlined security instructions:

Please wear your WJC Access Badge in a visible manner at all times. In addition, please carry your passport with you at all times, especially for meetings at the Vatican.

In the event of a security emergency or threat please call the emergency services at 112 and then inform WJC personnel.

In the event that you misplace your WJC access badge, report it immediately to an identified member of the WJC staff or to identified security personnel.    

Do not leave your bags or personal effects unattended. All items are subject to search at all times. WJC reserves the right to bar entry of certain items.  

Do not accept anything from a person you do not know. Familiarize yourself with any item you receive from known persons.

In the event of an emergency – remain calm and follow the instructions of the WJC staff or identified security personnel.  

If you see something – say something: Immediately report anything suspicious to an identified member of the WJC staff or to identified security personnel.    

Thank you for your attention and cooperation!

All Food Provided is Kosher Under Orthodox Rabbinical Supervision