CICAD is a non-profit organization founded in 1991 whose mission is to:
Fight against all forms of anti-Semitism and its contemporary version expressed as anti-Zionism
Enforce the application of Swiss legislation against racism
Preserve the memory of the Shoah
Additionally, CICAD develops and implements projects and tools for prevention and education (comic strip on the history of anti-Semitism, various books and supports, published or produced, annual study trip the Auschwitz-Birkenau extermination camp, testimonies of survivors, conferences and trainings).
CICAD represents in the above matters the affiliated Jewish communities and Jewish organizations, as well as their members in the French-speaking part of Switzerland. In particular, CICAD takes action vis-à-vis the media, authorities and organizations in conjunction with the CIG, the CJLG-GIL, the CILV, the CIN (Jewish Community of the Canton of Neuchâtel) and the CIF (Jewish Community of Fribourg), which retain, moreover, all their autonomy.
As a key player in Geneva, CICAD maintains regular contacts with politicians, authorities, opinion leaders and the media to raise awareness of any form of anti-Semitism.
CICAD is entitled to act in courts (civil and criminal) to ensure that Swiss legislation against racism is applied.
LISTENING AND ACCOMPANYING. CICAD offers personalized legal advice to targets or witnesses of anti-Semitism.
ACT. CICAD has a network of activists and volunteer lawyers ready to be mobilized when a case of anti-Semitism can be brought to justice or when prosecution is initiated
DIALOGUING. Awareness-raising, accountability and empowerment of editors, officials and politicians against antisemitism are essential in the daily struggle of CICAD. It is through these regular exchanges and dialogues that CICAD makes the authorities and the press aware of the necessity to be alert and take a stand against any racist and anti-Semitic remarks. Freedom of expression does not authorize anti-Semitic opinions and overtones. CICAD also acts in defense of victims of discrimination
REPORT. CICAD intervenes with the Swiss French-language newsgroups to prevent antisemitic texts and / or statements from being published in the media. It assumes a role of whistleblower, prompting journalists to remain attentive to titles, articles or comments of readers that could convey prejudices. CICAD also ensures that, where appropriate, any statement or opinion that discriminates or trivializes the Holocaust is reported and brought to public debate. The outrageous use of the Holocaust for the sole purpose of shocking public opinion inevitably leads to a reprehensible shift towards the trivialization of the genocide. Politicien must react.
EDUCATING AGAINST RACISM
Education is at the heart of CICAD's mission. CICAD intervenes in schools to build the younger generation’s awareness to the scourge of anti-Semitism and to fight the trivialization of the Shoah by preserving the memory of millions of Jewish victims. By educating young people to become citizens conscious of the dangers of anti-Semitism and preparing them to respect the values of our society CICAD promotes harmonious coexistence. CICAD also uses sport as a tool against antisemitism and to enhance the value of living together through shared ideals. That's why, since 2016, CICAD has been participating in the Escalade race in Geneva.
The Committee is made up of a maximum of 13 members plus the presidents of the communities and institutions mentioned in the following paragraph.
The presidents of the following communities and institutions are ex-officio members of the Committee: the IGC, CILG-GIL, CILV, CIN, CIF, FSCI (Swiss Federation of Jewish Communities) and PJLS (Platform of Liberal Jews of Switzerland).
Me Alain Bruno LEVY
M. Laurent SELVI
M. Elie BERNHEIM
Monsieur Marc BERREBI
M. Jean-Marc BRUNSCHWIG
Co-Président of PJLS (Plate-forme des Juifs Libéraux de Suisse)
M. Alexander DEMBITZ
Président of CJLG–GIL (Communauté Juive Libérale de Genève)
M. Maurice EPHRATI
Me Philippe A. GRUMBACH
Former Président of CICAD and Président of CIG (Communauté Israélite de Genève)
Me Lionel HALPERIN
M. Bertrand LEITENBERG
Président of CIN (Communauté Israélite du canton de Neuchâtel à la Chauds-de-Fonds)
M. François Leven
M. Claude NORDMANN
Président of CIF (Communauté Israélite de Fribourg)
Me Sabine SIMKHOVITCH-DREYFUS
Vice-présidente of FSCI (Fédération Suisse des Communautés Israélites)
M. Alain SCHAUDER
Président of CILV (Communauté Israélite de Lausanne et du canton de Vaud)
M. Emile SPIERER
The members of the Executive Committee are drawn from the Committee.
Included in the Executive Committee are the President, the Vice-President, the Treasurer and the Presidents of the IGC, the CILG-GIL, the CILV and the FSCI or their delegates.
Me Alain Bruno Lévy
M. Laurent Selvi
M. Elie Bernheim
Secrétaire général :
M. Johanne Gurfinkiel
Mme Réfaëla Trochery
Development Officer and Donor Relations
Mme Olivia de Villaine
Project Manager and Book Fair coordinator
Mme Danielle Benarroch
Assistant to the Secretary General and Project OfficerOscar Ferreira
Mme Audrey Landi
Mme Isabelle Démias
Administrative Assistant to the Secretary General
M. Oscar Ferreira
Mme Dahlya Fayon
Project manager and Donor Relations
Mme Nathalie Arnold
Project Manager and Book Fair coordinator
MEMBRES DES COMMISSIONS
M. Neil BERDUGO
M. Michael GHOUZI
Mme Paola HERSCOVICI
Mme Deborah LECHTMAN
M. Yarom OPHIR
Mme Caroline PUDER
M. Cyril RODITI