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Building caring Communities

One of the functions and even an obligation of a Jewish Community is to care for its members.

Historically, social welfare organisations and departments have been the tool communities created to deal with this, but it used to be only a concern of few with involvement of a small part of the community. For different reasons like social stigmas, caring was not at the core.
Probably because it was only about the elderly. The COVID-19 crisis had brought Care to a central place.

Suddenly in several communities many people have realised its importance, with the arrival of new community members volunteering to help.

After the Pandemic, are we going back to the past? or should we consider that Care is a matter for everyone?.
By creating caring communities, we can build a stronger Jewish life. For that probably the care services should be core to the Communities and not relegated as a second choice. What are the main challenges? And what are the opportunities?

With presentations from Neil Taylor, CEO Langdon, UK, Richard Odier, CEO FSJU, France and Taly Shaul, Director Masz Foundation, Hungary


Group Discussion

Caring services as a main tool to build communities.

How to work in partnership with other community areas?

How to educate for caring?

Whose responsibility is to guarantee the future of the services?

What are organisations doing to guarantee their sustainability beyond the crisis?

With the pandemic still felt in the different communities and without a clear end to the crisis, even if vaccination seems to be bringing a more clear picture of the ending, many sources of funding had disappeared or had their funds diminished. Is clear that services will still be required and even enlarged. 
What are potential new sources of funding or new techniques to enable us to continue?



Exchange Break


Opening of the Day

With the conference supporter, Claims Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany


Lockdown & Memory

Holocaust survivors, like other elderly citizens, are confined to their homes under the lockdown and find themselves far from their usual network of support.

“Loneliness is one of their greatest sources of distress,” “Every day there is an increase in survivors turning to us for help, but now, because of the coronavirus isolation, it’s different,” 

“Even a mere word like ‘curfew’ can bring back painful memories for some,”  because of its associations with draconian wartime restrictions in the ghettos and camps.

How is the pandemic impacting Shoah Survivors?

Dr Martin Auerbach, Clinical Director AMCHA, Israel


Exchange Break

14:00 - 14:15

Pandemic and domestic violence: by Viviane Teitelbaum

The Covid crisis and the lockdown have challenged our way of living together and have had a major impact on families, children, students, elderly, single mothers, etc., challenging the balance at home, at work and in social services, health and mental health care.  But it also has a problematic impact on the financial situation of persons already at the edge of poverty, or persons losing their jobs, for instance. The pandemic crisis also underscored or magnified many problems such as violence against women and family violence, but also the place of the elderly in our societies.
by Viviane Teitelbaum, Member of the Belgian Parliament.

Activist, Politician and writer, Viviane is active in social and health affairs, environment, gender equality and the fight against racism, antisemitism, homophobia


Inspirational presentation

No individual is isolated, and the pandemic has been felt in different fields in each one of the family units from our communities. The impact of lockdowns, the uncertainty of seeing a viable ending to the crisis are made worse by the impact and change of every day life.

How can we better deal with families, which had been strongly impacted by the pandemic?

Assisting families in financial distress will be the key issue on this inspiring presentation.

Key factors to take into consideration, by Adina Schwartz, Yedidut Toronto


Exchange Break