From 29 April to 2 May, the Standing Committee of the Conference of European Rabbis (CER) met in Riga. More than 80 people, including 30 chief rabbis from European countries took part in the meeting. CER has chosen Riga as its annual meeting place to honor the 100th anniversary of the establishment of the Republic of Latvia, as well as the 30th anniversary of the restoration of the Jewish Community in Latvia.
The Conference of European Rabbis was founded in 1956 and is the primary Orthodox rabbinical alliance in Europe. It unites more than 700 rabbis.
The participants of the meeting discussed in Riga the issues that are relevant in Europe – religious freedom and practice of Judaism, as well as the preservation and development of the culture, education and traditions of the Jewish community.
The delegation of CER met with the President of Latvia Raimonds Vējonis and Foreign Minister Edgars Rinkēvičs. The President received the award for ensuring the freedom of religion and supporting the Jewish community in Latvia.
Members of the Latvian parliament, the European Parliament and the Riga City Council, ambassadors, representatives of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the heads of Christian confessions, attended the festive dinner in the Riga Jewish community.
Photo: Eli Itkin