I’ve had the suspicion for quite some time that Moshe Kantor became president of the European Jewish Congress (EJC) through electoral fraud- buying votes. I suspect that Kantor not so coincidentally created the European Jewish Fund (EJF) in 2006, only a year before his election, with the aim of funding various projects of European community leaders in return for the electoral support of their communities.
Yet Moshe Kantor is not one to generously spend his billions. You can see proof in the projects funded by the EJF. Micro projects such as one-off meetings and summer camps could scarcely be called substantial. I strongly suspect that by “donating” small amounts to art projects and the like he buys the individual votes of community leaders.
For example, the Mini-Limmud (“festival”) in Lithuania. The EJF website states that “Mini-Limmud is an event for 350 people of all ages from Lithuania that aims to revitalize and re-energize Jewish life in this former center of Jewish innovation, culture, and scholarship.”
This is not a serious contribution to communities. This is not building solid Jewish infrastructure. And neither is it pageantry. So why would a billionaire spend these insignificant sums? It appears to me to be the “funding” of individual community leader’s votes.
Though I leave the question open, I would like to stress the consequences of Kantor’s election. His position is one of importance to European Jewish leadership. His voice is the Jewish diplomatic voice, and in the wake of renewed anti-Semitism and Iranian nuclear proliferation….that voice is critically absent.