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World Jewish Congress (WJC)

Website: http://www.worldjewishcongress.org/

Category: Religion

Year of Foundation: 1936

Location of Foundation: Geneva, Switzerland

Location of Headquarters: New York, USA

Brief Description: The World Jewish Congress describes itself as 'an international organization whose mission is to address the interests and needs of Jews and Jewish communities throughout the world.' (source: www.worldjewishcongress.org; accessed 19 April 2010).

Founding Rationales:

At the First World Jewish Congress held in Geneva in August 1936 Leon Kubowitzki outlined the following political roles for the organization: 'Jewish representation to the outside world ... the new emancipation ... economic equality ... immigration possibilities ... struggle against Hitlerism ... legal and economic defence'.

Source: Comité Exécutif du Congrès Juif Mondial, 'Protocole du Premier Congrès Juif Mondial, Genève, 8-15 Août 1936' (Genève: Comité Exécutif du Congrès Juif Mondial, 1936), pp. 84-87.

Evolution of Membership:

World Jewish Congress Membership Chart

Source: YIO