EUPJ Brussels

Supporting the EU’s Outreach to European Jews

In November 2018, the European Union for Progressive Judaism (EUPJ) opened an office in Brussels, the capital of the European Union (EU), and created the EUPJ Foundation based in the Netherlands.

Our goal in opening this office is to fight for equality for Progressive Judaism in Europe, make sure that our Progressive Jewish voice is heard in the corridors of European power, and to win EU funding for our projects.

The EU represents a natural ally for European Jewry. It emerged from the ashes of the Shoah (Holocaust) as a response to the antisemitic and racist Nazi nationalism, embodying respect for human dignity and human rights, freedom, democracy, equality, and the rule of law.

With its commitment to tolerance and protection of minorities, the EU has helped to make things easier for Jews and, in partnership with the respective European governments, has enabled us to live freely and safely in Europe.

The European Commission, which represents the interests of the EU, has done more to protect and promote Judaism in Europe than any of its predecessors.

Partnerships and Projects

EUPJ Brussels has forged some incredibly strong bonds with other Jewish groups in the two years since its inception. These partnerships have enabled EUPJ Brussels to gain acceptance within the EU institutions and organisations, and have been mutually beneficial to all parties.

We also have a few ongoing, successful projects, all of which involve our partners and other interested parties.

Our partnerships include:

  • Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society (HIAS) Europe
  • CEJI, A Jewish Contribution to an Inclusive Europe
  • European Union of Jewish Students

Our projects include:

  • Networks Overcoming Antisemitism (NOA), a joint project with the World Jewish Congress (WJC), The European Association for the Preservation and Promotion of Jewish Culture and Heritage (AEPJ), B’nai B’rith Europe, and the European Union of Jewish Students (EUJS)
  • The Holocaust Remembrance Report
  • The Interfaith Emouna Project