CONFERENCE INFO

The Russian Jewish Congress, supported by the Government of Moscow and the World Jewish Congress, convenes an international conference on anti-semitism. Why? Because this is where we're going to live, and we wish to have certainty in the future of our people here.

However, knowing the truth is important not only to us. The attitude towards Jews, the level of anti-semitism — the most ancient and persistent type of xenophobia — is an important health indicator for society as a whole. In the recent words of Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks, addressing the European Parliament, “the hate that begins with Jews never ends with Jews”. Our role is that of a canary in a coal mine: we feel it before anyone else.

Nonetheless, feelings can be misleading. The RJC, conscious of its responsibility for the Russian Jews, has decided to rely on an unbiased scientific approach. For several years we've been engaged, along with the anti-fascist “SOVA” Center for Information and Analysis, in daily monitoring of anti-semitic incidents. We have the statistics. We needed a comprehensive analysis of the present situation and the current trends. To that effect, the RJC has commissioned an extensive and comprehensive research from the “Levada Center”, conducted in the years 2015-2016. (The previous evaluation of anti-semitism in Russia took place in 1997).

The findings of that research are quite dramatic. The common wisdom, both in our public opinion and abroad, is that Russia is a country with deep-rooted and widespread anti-semitism. Historical evidence of that is abundant. However, the “Levada Center” research of today's Russia refutes that persistent stereotype (in consistency with the operational statistics data). Presently, the level of anti-semitism in our country is at an all-time low.

We could feel relieved and content ourselves with that, but we need more. We perceive the research findings not as a conclusion, but as vast source material for analysis, reflection and evaluation. With that in mind, we convene the “Protecting the Future” conference, where we've invited public and political figures and world-class experts from Russia, Israel, the United States and the European Union. With a collaborative effort, we hope to understand the developments, foresee the coming events and identify the trends that shape the processes.

As stated earlier, this is not a purely Jewish issue, and not even an issue of Russia as a whole. It is a universal issue, because we come to this world not to laugh, not to weep, but to understand. And God willing, we will come closer to understanding during the conference.

ORGANIZER

The Russian Jewish Congress is a leading secular organization of Russian Jews and the largest Jewish charitable foundation in the post-Soviet space. The RJC marks its 20th anniversary this year.

The RJC brings together Jewish community representatives who have achieved success and public recognition in various fields: politicians and public officials, entrepreneurs, scholars and cultural figures. The solid reputation of the RJC and its influence on social processes unfolding in the country are recognized in Russia and beyond.

Exhibition

A multimedia exhibition titled “Antisemitism in the USSR and Russia” will open on November 1 in the lobby of Radisson Royal Hotel in Moscow. It will feature the originals of documents obtained from Russian archives, which shed light on major events in the history of antisemitism, such as the “Doctors' plot” of 1953. Visitors will be able to view examples of antisemitic literature, video recordings of antisemitism-inspired crimes, manifestations of antisemitism in movies and on television, and examples of perpetuated antisemitic myths. The exhibits are presented in a modern format with captions in Russian and English.

Speakers

Registration of the participants
Exhibition on the History of anti-Semitism in the registration hall
(Lobby)
Opening of the conference
Greetings.
(The Conference hall)
Coffee Break
The first plenary session
“Anti-Semitism in Russia and in the world: the history and forms of opposition"
(The Conference hall)
Lunch
The second plenary session
“The religion and anti-Semitism”.
(The Conference hall)
Coffee break
Roundtable
"Combating racism, xenophobia and anti-Semitism in the sport"
(The Conference hall)
Roundtable
"Anti-Semitism in the media and Internet space"
(The hall "Library")
Panel discussion
Antisemitism and Jewish Identity (Genesis Philanthropy Group)
(The Conference hall)
Opening of the conference
Greetings.
The first plenary session
“Anti-Semitism in Russia and in the world: the history and forms of opposition"
The second plenary session
“The religion and anti-Semitism”.
Roundtable
"Combating racism, xenophobia and anti-Semitism in the sport"
Panel discussion
Antisemitism and Jewish Identity (Genesis Philanthropy Group)
Roundtable
"Anti-Semitism in the media and Internet space"
Registration of participants
The third plenary session
"Modern forms of anti-Semitism: the way to counter".
(The Conference hall)
Coffee break
Roundtable
"Scientific edition of the Nazi leader's book: anti-Semitic propaganda and the fight against it?"
(The Conference hall)
Roundtable
"Authority, society and anti-Semitism: history and ways to counteract it"
(The hall "Summer")
Roundtable
"Methodology of the study of anti-Semitism and ways of the methodology’s improving"
(The hall "Library")
Lunch
4th Plenary Session
"Modern forms of anti-Semitism: techniques of countering" (continued)
(The Conference hall)
Roundtable
"Authority, society and anti-Semitism: history and ways to counteract it" (continued)
(The Conference hall)
Sections
"Authority, society and anti-Semitism: history and ways to counteract it"
(The hall "Summer")
Sections
"Holocaust denial as a form of anti-Semitism"
(The hall "Library")
Coffee break
Summarizing results of the conference
Reports from the sections’ and round tables’ moderators. The adoption of the resolution. Closing of the conference.
(The Conference hall)
The third plenary session
"Modern forms of anti-Semitism: the way to counter".
Roundtable
"Scientific edition of the Nazi leader's book: anti-Semitic propaganda and the fight against it?"
4th Plenary Session
"Modern forms of anti-Semitism: techniques of countering" (continued)
Roundtable
"Authority, society and anti-Semitism: history and ways to counteract it" (continued)
Summarizing results of the conference
Reports from the sections’ and round tables’ moderators. The adoption of the resolution. Closing of the conference.
Roundtable
"Authority, society and anti-Semitism: history and ways to counteract it"
Sections
"Authority, society and anti-Semitism: history and ways to counteract it"
Roundtable
"Methodology of the study of anti-Semitism and ways of the methodology’s improving"
Sections
"Holocaust denial as a form of anti-Semitism"

Venue

Radisson Royal Hotel (hotel Ukraina)
2/1 bld.1, Kutuzovskiy prospekt

Partners

CONTACT DETAILS:

Russian Jewish Congress
46 Bolshaya Pereyaslavskaya Street, Unit 2 (3rd floor),
Moscow, 129110, Russia

Tel: +7 495 777-65-75
Fax: +7 495 777-65-74
Email: info@rjc.ru