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Opening of the 14 European Annual Conference of Jewish Social Welfare

With welcome and remarks from:

Gabrielle Rosenstein, Chairwoman VSJF and ECJC JDC SW Track Co-Chair

Mario Izcovich, JDC Europe Director of Pan European Programmes and ECJC JDC SW Track Co-Chair

Mariano Schlimovich, ECJC Executive Director


Inspirational presentation


Post Covid-19 challenges

The Covid-19 pandemic has exposed shortcomings in many areas including health and long-term care and support. It has exposed gaps in the way we as individuals, families, communities and societies acknowledge and address risk and inequality, as well as discrimination.

However, in the post Covid-19 world, the opportunity is to strengthen our resilience and creativity, and to promote intergenerational solidarity to save and improve lives. Covid-19 presents us with an opportunity to build a new normal.

Many governments around the world along with WHO and other organisations are increasingly promoting healthy ageing, and this should be a key component of a strategy for the new normal.

Clearly, health (and other) inequalities, which have been present in our communities, have been brutally highlighted during the Covid-19 pandemic. The pandemic did not cause them, merely brought them into the open.

So let the overarching goal post Covid-19 be to ensure healthy ageing and to reduce health inequalities.

Keynote speaker Dr George Leeson, Oxford, UK interviewed by Aron Schuster, Frankfurt, Germany


Exchange Break

15:30 - 16:15

Crossing the Digital Divide

Beyond the pandemic:

One of the silver linings from the pandemic is the advances in technology and the ability of giving remote responses. But what was useful during the crisis, has set a new precedent which in some cases reduced expenses, improved arriving to clients further away and is enabling services to continue to deliver.

But can we learn from these new advances?
What can (and should) we keep and develop from Digitalisation of our services?

A conversation with Thomas Kamber, Daniel Casson, Care England (UK) and Ophir Ben Natan, Eshel (Israel), moderated by Mariano Schlimovich, ECJC



Group discussion triggered by previous presentations

How the issues we discussed affect our organisations?


Exchange Break

17:00 - 17:30

Successful responses in the field - Parallel Sessions

Services which are responding to these new trends through innovative answers

a)Remote rehabilitation - Eshel

b)Senior Virtual Community – Uniper + ECJC

c) Harnessing the power of technology for Older Adults

d) MSC Online - CASIP COJASOR-  Old Age home online

17:30 - 18:00

Successful responses in the field - Parallel Sessions

Services which are responding to these new trends through innovative answers

a)Remote rehabilitation - Eshel

b)Senior Virtual Community – Uniper + ECJC

c) Harnessing the power of technology for Older Adults

d) MSC Online - CASIP COJASOR-  Old Age home online


Time for us - Keeping Sane & balanced

The pandemic put the services to deliver non stop with a rhythm much higher than usual. A new reality brings an unusual community picture and we need to respond immediately.

The length of this pandemic is taking its toll on our teams, our mental health and directly on the quality of response we are able to offer.

Come and join this space for us : A non judgmental hearing space for service providers in the field of welfare.



After many of the countries started to vaccinate people in different orders, some hope is started to grow that we will be shortly back to normal.

Is the vaccine the solution? Join the discussion with Zeev Friedman, CEO Melabev, Israel and Moni Beniosev, JDC Europe Country Director for the Baltic Countries and India.

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

15:15 - 16:15

Parallel sessions

How did communities and services created specific services to answer arising needs.

a) Job Centers - Employment
The case of Work Avenue, UK - by Debbie Sheldon, Work Avenue CEO

b) Abuse Services - Hotlines
A discussion with Martine Mattatia, Paris and Naomi Dickson, UK moderated by Rabbi Rebecca Blade, Base Berlin

c) Teens' Mental Health
The impossibility of attending in person lessons and the lack of socialization with their own peers, in addition of being enforced to be enclosed with their own families 24/7 made a big impact on Teenagers. Come and hear Drew Fidler, from BBYO who will share with us some of their research and suggested actions.



Exchange Break


Group discussions

Groups Discussion - The new picture of our communities and how our services should be equipped to answer. Analysing the outcomes from lockdown for the different populations 

  • Children homeschooled.
  • Teenagers with no possibility of leaving home
  • Senior Adults with no socialisation spaces
  • Old Age Home Residents with no visitors


Tu Bishvat European Celebration

Celebrating our renewed commitment to take care of our world, we want to recognise the people taking care of our communities.

Even in the middle of the pandemic, we will take the time to celebrate together with a video-collage of clients talking about their favourite Tu B’Shevat memory, what the Holiday means to them or a short message to the rest of the communities, introduced by clients of many different services in Europe


Taking Care of our Communities

We are all facing unprecedented uncertainty, fear, panic, isolation, financial insecurity, disruption to our roles, routine and meaningful occupations. Although, the impact on people with little or no financial and/or social resources, is exponentially higher.  

How can we provide holistic support for the people we provide services to, inclusive of mental health?  

Join us to reflect together about how we all support the mental health of the community. We will explore some of the tools Jami use to provide holistic person-centred services, including initial assessments, having conversations about emotional health, and managing distress.  

By Louise Kermode, Jami, UK


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

15:15 - 15:45

Parallel sessions

Remembrance of the Shoah has been continuously kept in our different communities all through the time.

Many organisations had developed rituals and activities which can be held virtual and can secure the continuity of the activities even in lock down.

Presentation of activities - Parallel Sessions


Introduction to the Ceremony of International Remembrance of the Holocaust

by Greg Schneider, CEO Claims Conference, supporter of the 14 European Annual Conference of Jewish Social Welfare


Participation to the Ceremony of Remembrance of the Holocaust

International Holocaust Memorial Day.

This event, jointly hosted by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Ministry for Social Equality, will begin with an address by H.E the President of the State of Israel, Mr. Reuven Ruvi Rivlin and will be concluded with a live broadcast from the Terezin Concentration Camp.

Seventy six years have passed since the liberation of the Nazi concentration and death camp Auschwitz - Birkenau. As the years go by the number of Holocaust survivors declines, and those with us are elderly and in many cases in poor health. The COVID-19 pandemic has made them more isolated, and in many cases forced them to relive their fears and trauma associated with persecution during the war. This event will provide a platform for survivors and their families, those who support them, and are involved in remembrance as well as Jewish communities worldwide, to come together, remember, and send a clear message of "never again".



Is it only the trauma being transmitted  or does it come with embedded resilience?
Programmes for Second and Third Generation, individualities.

by Dr Yonit Hoffman

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