||The Jewish Community of Luxembourg
||Riga Jewish Community
||Federation of Jewish Communities in Czech Republic
Jiří Daníček was born in Liberec in 1948. He studied at the Law Faculty of Charles University of Prague. After he was imprisoned for “anti-state” activity in 1973–1974 he wasn’t able to find a job, and had to work as manual worker. By the end of the 70’s, he founded “Alef”—a samizdat edition, which was concentrated on publishing books on Jewish topics.
After the fall of Communist regime in 1989, he became a chief editor of the Jewish monthly “Rosh Hodesh”. Since 1991 he held several positions in Prague Jewish Community and the Federation of Jewish Community in Czech Republic.
He participated in negotiations with the Czech State about restitution of both communal and private Jewish property expropriated during the Nazi and the Communist era. He conducted negotiations resulted in returning the Jewish Museum in Prague to the Jewish Community. In the present time he is the President of the Federation of Jewish Communities and director of “Sefer” Publisher, which was founded by the Federation in 1991 and published more than 50 books on Jewish topics in various genres.
||Det Mosaiske Troessamfund The Jewish Community of Denmark
||Coordinating Committee of Belgian Jewish Organizations
Deputy Chair of the Board of Governors of the European Jewish Fund. In this capacity Vladimir was engaged in fundraising for various European-scale charity initiatives aimed to improve education, support youth, elder people and others.
- Member Governor of the Moscow Jewish Religious Community,
- Director General of the Leadel.net project, the initiative designated to improve online communication between bright personalities, international leaders and youth.
Vladimir has worked for several global trading companies, including Ameropa AG, Keytrade AG and Wittraco.
His work experience includes banking (Credit Suisse, international trading department) and sea freight (global shipping company Appenship).
- Since February 2009 – Vice President, Corporate Development and Business Sustainability, Acron and Dorogobuzh,
- August 2008 – February 2009 – advisor to Senior Vice President, Acron and Dorogobuzh.
Graduated from École hôtelière de Lausanne in Switzerland.
Vladimir was born in Moscow on May 20, 1985.
Married and has 2 children.
||The Jewish Community of United Kingdom
Commercial Solicitor and founder partner of David Wineman, a firm of solicitors in the City
Senior Vice President of the Board of Deputies
Past Chairman New Israel Fund and Peace Now
Past Lecturer Spiro and Limmud
Committee Member High Premium Group
Lloyd’s of London
City of London School
Yavneh Yeshivah (Rabbinical College)
Gonville & Caius College, Cambridge
Contracts (Rights of Third Parties) Act 1999
A Milestone in English Law
(Published by Estates Gazette)
||Swiss Federation of Jewish Communities
STUDIES / EDUCATION
Primary School and High School in Zurich - 1953 – 1965
University of Zurich, Faculty of Law - 1966 – 1970
Lic. iur. Magna Cum Laude - 1970
Admittance to Zurich Bar - 1972
Dr. iur. Magna Cum Laude - 1974
Summer Course in American Law, - 1975
University of Columbia, Amsterdam
Commercial Law Summer School, - 1982/1983/1984
University of London
Numerous courses and seminars - 1980 to date
in various fields of commercial,
corporate, succession and trust law
Winter & Partner Attorneys Senior Partner (practice areas: at Law, Zurich, Zug, Budapest commercial and corporate law with a special emphasize on mergers and acquisitions, trade law, trade finance, banking and finance, outside “General Counsel” practice for a number of corporate clients, succession law, estate planning, search for dormant Bank accounts and insurances from WW 2)
Philipp Brothers AG, General Counsel Europe – Philipp Zug, Switzerland Brothers/Phibro Energy (responsible for all European legal affairs of this substantial commodities trading group including but not limited to corporate structures, commodities trading and trade finance problems, employment law and shipping law including litigation and arbitration)
ITT Europe Inc., Group Counsel (drafting, negotiating large Brussels, Belgium international supply, construction and turnkey contracts, franchise and distribution networks, mergers and acquisitions)
Standard Telephone and Radio AG, Zurich Assistant Vice President, Deputy General Counsel and Contract Administrator (employment law including pension scheme law, international sale and installation contracts)
Private practice as attorney, simultaneously, teacher of law at Credit Suisse, Zurich, and assistant to Professor Rehberg at Faculty of Law, Zurich
District Court of Zurich Law Clerk
John P. Robertson & Associates Part time executive search
Julius Baer, Bankers, Zurich Commercial Practitioner
Zurich and Swiss Bar Association
International Bar Association
Swiss Arbitration Association
Association of Swiss Jurists
Association IAJLJ (International Association of Jewish Lawyers and Jurists)
Advonet - an informal association of European law firms
- President of the Swiss Federation of Jewish Communities
- Governor and Member of the Executive Council of the Weizmann Institute of Science,
- Chairman or Board Member of a number of philanthropic organisations
- Member of the Board of the L.A. Mayer Museum for Islamic Art, Jerusalem
- Former member of the Board of the Federation of Swiss Jewish Welfare Organisations
- Former Chairman of B’nai B’rith Zurich
- Former Chairman of the Arbitration Tribunal of B’nai B’rith Europe
- German: Mother tongue
- English: Spoken: fluent written: fluent
- French: Spoken: fluent written: good
- Italian: Spoken: reasonable (day-to-day language)
- Hebrew: Spoken: reasonable (day-to-day language)
1965/1966 Tel Aviv, Israel
1976-1981 Brussels, Belgium
1981 New York, USA
||Jewish Community of Norway
||Jewish Community of Tyrol and Vorarlberg
Dr. Esther Fritch
Born in Danzig
1948: immigration with parents to Israel
1948 – 1956: elementary- and high-school in Haifa, Israel
1957-1959: Military Service partly in „nachal“, then in Tel Haschomer Hospital
1960 -1969: Medical School at the University of Vienna
1966: marriage with Dr. Peter Fritsch
1968 und 1969: birth of the daughters Ruth und Claire
1970-1974: residency for General practitionar Tin Vienna (Ius practicandi)
1974/1975: moving with the family to USA. Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the ophthalmology of department in Yale University (Connecticut) und courses in
Walter Reed Hospital, Washington D.C.
1976: back to Vienna, and begin of the residency in radiology in the medical school in Vienna
1977: moving with the family to Innsbruck
1981: finishing the residency for radiology
Starting as an consultant in the department for radioonkology
1990 – 1993: as assistant professor acting as chairman of the department of radiotherapy in the medical school of the university Innsbruck
1993 - 2002: deputy chairman of the department (see above)
Active in the Jewish Community in Innsbruck since 1985
Elected as president of the Community in 1987, every 4 years till today
During these years raising of the New Synagogue on its historical place as well as a raising a monument (in form of a Menorah) for the murdered Jews in the pogrom night 1938 in Innsbruck, initiation of the Jewish religious lessons for the children etc.
For further information see our homepage http://www.ikg-innsbruck.at
||The Jewish Community of Turkey
President, Jewish Community of Turkey (Jewish Community of Turkey)
Born on 1963 in Istanbul
Communal Service (Volunteer)
2013 – President
2010 -2013 Vice President (JCT)
1991 - 2012 Member of Executive committee (JCT)
2000 - 2003 Head of informal Jewish Education (JCT)
1983 - 1986 Head of Youth Organisation
Founding Partner of several companies
Boshphorous University, Istanbul, 1986, BSc, Chemical Engineering
Gratz College, Philadelphia, 2013, MSc, Jewish Studies
Languages: English , French , Turkish
Married , 2 Children
||Jewish Community of Lisbon
Jose Oulman Carp
Birth: 26th of February, 1943, Lisbon.
Education: English ‘public school’, Millfield’, ages 9 - 18; passed my ‘O’ levels and ‘A’ levels.
- Lausanne University - Switzerland ‘HEC’ (Advanced Economics) - B.A., 1964.
- ‘Goethe Institut’ two courses in Freiburg-in-Breisgau - Germany, 1964.
Employment: apprenticeship at the Metallgeselschaft factory in Frankfurt-am-Main, which was founded by a fore-father, Abraham Cohen, 1964-65.
Additional Activities: Founded the ‘Grain Importer’s Association - ACICO’ in 1982 and the Portugal - Israel Chamber of Commerce in 1985, of which I am still Vice-President.
- Asst. Manager, ‘Louis-Dreyfus’ grain company in Paris, 1965. Left for Israel as a ‘mitnatdev’ on the 3rd of June 1967, just before the 6 Day War.
- After having been integrated by the Sochnut into an Agricultural school ‘Kanot’ and studying at ulpanim in Kibbutz Beeri, Sdot Yam and Ayelet Hashahar, as well as Ulpan Etzion in Jerusalem, worked for the Travel agency Peltours as a department director both in Jerusalem and Tel-Aviv.
- Returned to Portugal in 1971 to work as a partner at ‘Albert Oulman & Cia Lda’, founded by my grand-father Albert Oulman in 1923 which represented ‘Louis Dreyfus’ both in Portugal and Angola.
- Honorary Consul of the Republic of Singapore in Portugal from 1989 - 2000.
- Participated in the founding of the Abrahamic Forum of Portugal in 2006 and belong to the Turkish Business Council both presided by Dr. Abdool Vakil, President of the Portuguese Islamic Community.
- President of CIL - Comunidade Israelita de Lisbo since 2002.
||Cyprus Jewish Community
P.O. Box 3807, Nicosia
Tel: 357 2 441 085; m. 357 996 94 758
Fax: 357 2 445 995
||The Official Council of Jewish Communities in Sweden
Lena Posner-Korosi was born in Sweden. Her farther immigrated to Sweden from Germany in 1939. Her mother was born in Sweden from parents of Russian origin who arrived in Sweden in 1906.
Lena’s Jewish CV goes back to childhood and studies in Israel. Since 1999 she has been the President of the Stockholm Jewish Community and the Official Council of Jewish Communities in Sweden. In 2000 she founded Paideia, the European Institute of Jewish Studies in Sweden.
She is the Vice-President of the European Council of Jewish Communities, a member of the Executive of European Jewish Congress as well as a co-Chairperson of the Committee for Youth, Leadership and Continuity of this organization.
Psychologist by profession, she runs a consultant company as a marketing and organizational manager. Lena is married and has two sons.
||Federation of Jewish Communities of Romania
Aurel Vainer is the President of Federation of Jewish Communities of Romania, an outstanding economist who has made diverse contributions to Romania and the life of its Jewish community.
A magna cum laude graduate of the Academy of Economic Studies, Mr. Vainer is involved in a variety of economic activities, including commerce, statistics, research and marketing. In the period 1990-2004, he worked at the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Romania and Bucharest consecutively as vice chairman, prime vice chairman and prime chairman. Mr. Vainer was the member of the Managing Board of the Romanian Marketing Association from 1996 through 2004. In 2006, he was appointed vice chairman of the Romanian Statistical Society.
Mr. Vainer has a doctorate in economics and an additional specialization in extreme problems and mediation of commercial disputes. Mr. Vainer is an associate professor in the Finance and Accounting department of Spiru Haret University in Campulung Muscel and is active in scientific and research activities. He has published over 100 studies and articles on economics and authored five books on commercial and marketing issues.
Mr. Vainer is not a member of any political party, and he ran for a seat in Parliament in November 2004. He is also an Honorary President of the Romania-Israel Friendship Association.
In 2004, Mr. Vainer became a member of the Managing Board of the Federation of Jewish Communities of Romania (FEDROM), an organisation that promotes and coordinates Jewish communal activities. In 2005, Mr. Vainer was elected president of FEDROM. The same year, he became a member of the Executive Board of the European Jewish Congress.
Mr. Vainer was born on January 10, 1932 in Ştefăneşti, Botoşani county, Romania. Married to Anette Vainer.
||Coordinating Committee of the Jewish Communities in the Republic of Croatia
For the over 30 years of his medical career and Jewish activism, Dr. Ognjen Kraus has greatly contributed to the life of Zagreb and the Jewish community of Croatia.
Dr. Kraus has worked at the Sestre Milosrdnice University Hospital in Zagreb since 1977. At various times during this period he has led the Paediatric Urology, Intensive Care, Surgical Urology and Urology departments. He has also published over 120 scientific articles in the field of urology and actively participates in many urology symposiums.
Dr. Kraus has been president of the Jewish Community of Zagreb and president of the coordinating committee of the Jewish Community in Croatia since 1993. He was also a member of the executive board of the European Jewish Congress from 1997 through 2001.
For his outstanding contributions to medicine and public life, Dr. Kraus received the Zagreb City Award (Nagrada Grada Zagreba) in 2002.
Ognjen Kraus was born in 1945 in Zagreb. He is married, with two children.
||Jewish Confederation of Ukraine
Rabbi Yaakov Dov Bleich
Rabbi Yaakov Dov Bleich was born in New York on October 19, 1964. He received a Jewish upbringing and education, studying in Yeshivas in Chicago, Cleveland, Israel and New York. Rabbi Bleich is married and has seven children.
In January 1990, Rabbi Bleich came to Ukraine to help restore Jewish religious life and education in Ukraine. He has made tremendous efforts to bring about a renaissance in Jewish education and welfare. Rabbi Bleich founded many Jewish educational institutions, including Jewish Gymnasium and Boarding school #299, the Jewish Kindergarten, the Shuva camp, Yeshiva and Machon Orach Chaim, the Midrasha Tzionit Educational Centre for Adults, and the Orach Chaim international camp for American students. In 1997, the President of Israel honoured Rabbi Bleich with the International Award of Jerusalem for his contributions to the development of Jewish education in the Diaspora.
In 1992, Rabbi Bleich founded the Union of Jewish Religious Organizations of Ukraine. He currently serves as the organisation’s president. He was a co-founder of the Jewish Confederation of Ukraine in 1999. Rabbi Bleich is dedicated to expanding charitable activities and care for the poor, as well as securing the return of Jewish property that was confiscated by the Soviet Union. He is working on developing the infrastructure of Jewish communities, cultural, educational and religious organizations. He also coordinates the activities of other rabbis in Ukraine. Rabbi Bleich is extremely attentive to the needs of Holocaust survivors. He founded a special project for seniors, the Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Kiev Home with Assisted Living Facility for Holocaust Survivors, which opened in Kiev in 2005.
Rabbi Bleich is highly respected by the Ukrainian government and is often asked to participate in many official projects. In 1999, Rabbi Bleich was awarded the Medal for Outstanding Service, 3rd degree, for his outstanding contribution to the development of Ukraine. Rabbi Bleich has brought about significant advances in improving inter-religious and inter-ethnic relations in Ukraine and around the world. In 1996, he became a member of the Executive Board of the World Jewish Congress. In 1998, he was made a member of the Council of Churches and Religious Organizations of Ukraine. Since 2001, he has been vice president of the European Council of Jewish Communities, vice president of the European Jewish Congress and a member of the Standing Committee of the European Conference of Rabbis.
||The Jewish Community of Slovenia Judovska Skupno
||Federation of Jewish Communities in Slovakia
||Union of Jewish Communities in Poland
Mr. Kadlcik is President of the Union of Jewish Religious Communities in Poland.
An active member of the local Jewish community for decades, in the mid 1980s, Mr. Kadlcik joined the Social and Cultural Association of Polish Jews, where he established a youth division called Rising Circle.
In the early 1990s, he worked for the Ronald S. Lauder Foundation organizing many programs and activities for young Jews. He was also involved in Steven Spielberg’s Survivors of the Shoah: Visual History Foundation. At the same time, he joined the Mosaic Religious Union (later reorganized as the Union of Jewish Religious Communities in Poland).
Mr. Kadlcik has been a Member of the Council for Saving Remembrance of Warfare and Martyrdom, and a board member of the Foundation for the Preservation of Jewish Heritage in Poland.
After his tenure as Vice-President of the Union of Jewish Religious Communities in Poland, Mr. Kadlcik was elected President of the organization in 2003.
Born in 1962 in Warsaw, Piotr Kadlcik graduated from the Slavic Philology Department of Warsaw University. He also participated in the Bucher Family Leadership Programme organized by the Bucher Family Foundation (1989), and in the Leatid Europe programme for Jewish leaders (2000).
||Jewish Congress of Moldova
Businessman and Jewish cultural leader Alexander Bilinkis is an important investor in Moldova’s food and beverage industry and an ardent supporter of its Jewish community.
Bilinkis started his own business in 1995, and four years later Chisinau City Hall presented him with its Businessman of the Year Award. At present Bilinkis holds the positions of:
- Chair of the Supervisory Board of JSC Dionysos Mereni (producer and distributor of fine regional wines).
- President of the Development Group Holding Co. (investments in the food industry and agriculture).
- Vice-Chair of the Board of Directors of SA Orhei-Vit (producer and distributor of canned and baby food).
The Moldovan Jewish Congress (MJC) chose Mr. Bilinkis as General Director at its first meeting on June 1, 2003. In 2005, Mr. Bilinkis left office to run for president of the MJC, a position he currently holds.
In the autumn of 2006, Mr. Bilinkis presented a Torah Scroll to the KEDEM Jewish Cultural Center. The scroll was solemnly placed in the old synagogue’s Aron Kodesh, which had been restored and prepared to hold the Torah Scroll.
From the very beginning of his business career, Mr. Bilinkis has sponsored and provided financial support for Jews and regional Jewish organizations all around Moldova.
Alexander Bilinkis was born in 1968 in Kishinev. He attended an English-language school and was accepted to the Leningrad Mining Institute in 1986.
Mr. Bilinkis is married and has three children.
Berta Romano- Nikolikj
||Jewish Community of Lithuania
In 2013 Faina Kukliansky was elected as chairperson of the Jewish (Litvak) Community of Lithuania. She was born in 1954 in Vilnius in the family of Lithuanian Jews, survivors of the Holocaust. Faina Kukliansky graduated at Vilnius University Faculty of Law (Master’s degree) in 1977 and later had post graduate courses in Criminology Research Institute in Moscow and published about 20 scientific articles.
Faina Kukliansky is a member of Commercial Arbitrate and a member of the association of Jewish lawyers and jurists. She is the lawyer of the Jewish community of Lithuania and her law firm is Kukliansky & partners mostly practicing in the field of the restoration rights of ownership to the existing real property in Lithuania and restoration citizenship of Lithuania.
||Riga Jewish Community Latvia
||Jewish Community of Estonia
A member of the Estonian Bar Association since 1975, Alla Jakobson has represented clients in criminal and civil matters for over thirty years. She has been a member of the Management Committee of the Estonian Bar Association since 1994.
Ms Jakobson has been a member of the Board of the Jewish Community of Estonia since 1993. On November 1, 2005, she was named Chairwoman of the organization.
Ms Jakobson has degrees from the Law Department at St. Petersburg State University in Russia (1975) and the Culture Department of the Estonian University for the Humanities (1981). In 1995, she participated in the Buncher Leadership Programme for Jewish Communities, held in Israel. Ms Jakobson speaks Russian and Estonian fluently and is currently learning English.
||The Shalom Organization of Jews in Bulgaria
Maxim Benvenisti was born on October 21, 1953 in Sofia. He graduated from Technical University of Sofia in the department of Computer Sciences and received his PhD degree in management of industrial enterprises. Mr. Benvenisti served as a pro-rector on financial and business activities at the Technical University. In 1990 starts a private business and functions as a director and co-owner of one of the oldest and well-known Bulgarian companies in the sphere of technical security. Between 2001 and 2007 served as a Vice-President of OJB Shalom and as a President of Sofia Jewish Community. Since 2007and till present time is the President of OJB Shalom. He is interested in history of Balkan and Bulgarian Jews and works on saving the Bulgarian Jews heritage.
||Federation of Jewish Communities in Czech Republic
Born and raised in Prague, Tomas Kraus has served the Czech Jewish Community as a musician and executive for over 15 years.
As early as high school, Dr. Kraus was already active in the cultural life of the capital, mainly in the Jazz Section of the Musicians Union. He produced the Prague Jazz Days and other festivals and contributed articles and interviews to Jazz Bulletin and several other magazines.
From 1975 to 1979, Dr. Kraus studied law at Charles University in Prague.
After receiving his law degree, he worked for SUPRAPHON, the Czech national record company, where he was in charge of exports. Since 1984, Dr. Kraus has headed the company’s music video department.
In 1985, the ART CENTRUM agency for creative artists offered him a position producing the EXPO ‘86 World Exhibition. Later he was named assistant to the agency’s general manager and went on to lead the commercial department for audiovisual presentations, advertising, exhibitions and architecture.
Since 1991, Dr. Kraus has been executive director of the Federation, using his position to negotiate the return of Jewish property and compensation for Holocaust survivors on the national and international levels. He has also succeeded in re-establishing the entire infrastructure of the organisation.
Dr. Kraus comes from a family of Holocaust survivors and dedicated intellectuals. His father, František R. Kraus, was a journalist before the war, working with such newspapers as Prager Tagblatt and Prager Presse. He helped found the Czechoslovak News Agency (ČTK) and Czechoslovak Radio and was part of the famous Prague Circle, a group of Jewish intellectuals and writers that included Franz Kafka, Max Brod and Franz Werfel.
Tomas Kraus’ mother, Alice Krausová, survived several concentration camps (Terezín, Osvětim, Marzdorf, Kudowa). After the war, she was active in Czech education and schooling. She died in 1988.
Dr. Kraus was born on March 19, 1954 in Prague. Speaks English, German and Russian. He is married with three children.
||Jewish Community of Bosnia and Herzegovina
Mr. Jakob Finci was born immediately after liberation of his parents from Italian detention camp on October 1st 1943, in old Jewish Sephardic family, which arrived in Sarajevo in the mid of XVI century after expulsion from Spain.
After Gymnasium, he graduated from Faculty of Law in Sarajevo, and from 1966 was practicing lawyer, specialized in international commercial law.
All this time he was also active in Jewish Community and on beginning of 1991 has been one of the founders of reborn Jewish cultural, educational and humanitarian society LA BENEVOLENCIJA, and was elected as the First Vice President.
During recent war in Bosnia, in August 1993 Finci assumed his current position as President of La Benevolencija, and Vice President of co-ordination body of Bosnian NGOs, and in August 1995 he became first elected President of Jewish Community of Bosnia Herzegovina.
La Benevolencija was, during the war, the only Bosnian humanitarian organization working as implementing partner for UNHCR, and was one of most successful NGOs, helping all citizens of Sarajevo and Bosnia Herzegovina on non-sectarian basis.
From September 1996 till April 2000 Finci was Executive director of Soros Foundation - Open Society Fund for Bosnia and Herzegovina.
From 1994 he is member, and from February 2001 to April 2002 he was a President of Association of free intellectuals Circle 99.
In 1997 Finci was one of founding fathers of Inter-religious Council of Bosnia Herzegovina, and for two years the first President of IRC, assuming the same function again in 2003.
In February 2000, he was elected Chairman of the Association of Citizens “Truth and Reconciliation” established with main goal to establish Truth and Reconciliation Commission in Bosnia Herzegovina, and in February 2001 High Representative appointed him Chair of the Constitutional Commission of Federal Parliament.
In May 2002 Jakob Finci was appointed by High Representative to be first director of the State Agency for Civil Service. This appointment was confirmed by Council of Ministers.
Since 2004, as one of the founding fathers, he was elected to be a president of Association Bosnia and Herzegovina 2005, a think tank based in Switzerland, with special mission to develop new windows of opportunity for this country.
On professional level, Finci was working as corporate lawyer for one of the then biggest Yugoslav exporting companies - Energoinvest, in Bosnia Herzegovina, Ethiopia and Kenya.
On academic side, Finci was working as a tutor at UN University on ECMIR project between 1988 – 1990, and from 2001 is lecturing at interdisciplinary postgraduate studies at Sarajevo University.
As a only Bosnia representative, Finci is a member of Advisory Council of ODIHR’s Panel of Experts on Freedom of Religion or Belief.
At the same time he is frequently lecturing on different matters, including international commercial law, privatization, conflict resolution, interethnic coexistence, as well as different field of organization of humanitarian work, fund raising, Judaism, etc.
For his work, Finci was decorated several times, including Grand Cross of the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany and French decoration Chevalier Legion Of Honor.
Finci is married with two sons.
||Organization of Belarusian Jewish Organizations and Communities of Belarus
Leonid LEVIN was born in a Jewish family in the city of Minsk.
His father Mendel was a soldier at the World War II, received one order, four medals and three stripes for wounds. He died in 1969.
At 34 (in 1970) Leonid LEVIN was awarded the Lenin Prize for his Khatyn memorial, a monument to all the innocent people of Belarus who perished.
Leonid LEVIN began working as a professional architect at the MINSKPROEKT state institute and was given a perfect studio at the capital building.
The historical part of the town, the exhibition pavilion, the ministry of foreign affairs, metro stations, avenues and residential districts, a project of the detailed planning and construction of the centre of Minsk – all of these projects were blooming out of his creative energy.
In addition to KHATYN, he designed the YAMA monument to the Minsk ghetto, a monument to popular Belarusian poets Yanka KYPALA and Yakub KOLAS, the PRORYV monument to the Belarusian partisans, and monuments to soldiers who perished in Bukhara (Uzbekistan), Izum (Ukraine), Volgograd (Russia), and other locations.
However, for LEVIN the Jewish movement was a special assignment. He embarked on the reconstruction of the Jewish community. In 1991, the first republican congress of Jews elected him president. During his tenure, firmness of purpose, determination, straightforwardness and kindness have been his guiding principles.
Today Leonid LEVIN can be found in the courtrooms, where he defends the honour of the Jewish people, he also visits the hottest spots of Israel.
||Chairman of the Fund
Moshe Viatcheslav Kantor
Prominent public figure, international philanthropist, entrepreneur and investor. He is committed to progress and has greatly contributed to revitalising Jewish life in Europe and beyond.
Viatcheslav Moshe Kantor is known for his extensive involvement in community life:
- Since 2007 - President of the European Jewish Congress (EJC), re-elected in December 2008; 2004-2007 - Chairman of the EJC Board of Governors. The EJC is a leading Jewish secular umbrella organisation that co-ordinates 40 national Jewish communities in Europe, encompassing 2.5 million Jews. The EJC’s goal is to address the world’s most pressing issues: protecting human rights, fighting xenophobia and anti-Semitism, promoting interfaith dialogue, implementing cultural and educational programmes, and remembering the Holocaust and other tragedies that claimed millions of human lives throughout the world.
- 2005 – May 2009 President of the Russian Jewish Congress (RJC), a leading Russian secular organisation that represents the interests of the whole spectrum of modern Russian Jewry.
- May 2009 - elected to chair the RJC Presidium.
- Since 2008 – co-Chairman of the European Council on Tolerance and Reconciliation (ECTR), a non-governmental organisation established to monitor European countries’ adherence to the principles of tolerance, develop practical initiatives and make recommendations for promoting mutual understanding between cultures.
- 2005 - Initiated and organised the first “Let My People Live!” International Forum in Krakow, Poland, to mark 60 years since the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau. Among the participants and guests at the Krakow Forum were representatives from 40 countries, including 24 official delegations, led by their heads of state and government.
- Since 2005 - Founder and President of the World Holocaust Forum Foundation (WHF), established following the Krakow Forum. The Foundation’s goal is to support Holocaust remembrance activities for the sake of preserving the historical memory of nations all over the world and preventing future tragedies. The WHF convenes “Let My People Live!” International Forums on a regular basis.
- 2006 - The second “Let My People Live!” International Forum took place in Kiev, Ukraine, in September 2006 to mark 65 years since the Babi Yar tragedy. The Forum enjoyed great support from leading international institutions and organisations, such as the Council of Europe and its Parliamentary Assembly (PACE), as well as high-ranking politicians from many countries. The Forum’s participants adopted a joint World Holocaust Forum Declaration, aimed at preserving the eternal memory of the Babi Yar tragedy and its lessons, as well as the memory of the millions of victims of World War II, the Holocaust and its legacy for generations to come. The document expressed joint support for the initiative to hold the next “Let My People Live!” International Forum in November of 2008 to commemorate 70 years since die Kristallnacht.
- Since 2006 - Key founder and Chairman of the European Jewish Fund (EJF), which focuses on promoting Jewish life throughout Europe by supporting programmes to reinforce Jewish identity and Jewish pride, especially by re-connecting people with their rich and vital Jewish heritage. The Fund also focuses on addressing pressing concerns threatening Jewish life in Europe, such as assimilation, anti-Semitism and racism. The primary principle of the Fund is to maintain a round table where all members can speak openly and participate as equals.
- Since 2007 - President of the International Luxembourg Conference on Preventing Nuclear Catastrophe, the largest non-government expert institution of its kind uniting leading, world-renowned experts on non-proliferation of nuclear arms, materials and delivery vehicles. The Forum was established pursuant to the decision of the International Conference on Preventing Nuclear Catastrophe held in Luxembourg on May 24-25, 2007. The Conference hosted an unprecedented gathering of leading international experts on nuclear non-proliferation. Over 50 of the most authoritative experts from 14 countries took part in the Conference, including Director General of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Mohamed ElBaradei. The vital importance of pressing nuclear security issues, the growing danger of the existing non-proliferation system, which is drifting toward collapse, and the reality of the nuclear threat prompted the initiative to convene the Conference.
- Initiator and supporter of a pan-European programme for effectively counteracting the escalation of xenophobia, anti-Semitism and neo-Nazism in Europe, and for fighting extremism and other threats to civilisation. The programme brings together various spheres, including education, culture and religion, and is endorsed by many political leaders and prominent institutions, such as the Council of Europe and the European Union.
- Co-author and co-organizer of the European Week of Tolerance - a series of events held in November 2008 in Brussels, Prague, and Kaliningrad to fight against human rights violation, xenophobia, racism, anti-Semitism, and other forms of extremism. This initiative brought together European leaders and major NGOs who reiterated their commitment to promote tolerance throughout Europe.
Business and Science
- After graduation, Mr. Kantor headed a leading Soviet laboratory engaged in developing spacecraft. A reflector satellite was designed using his research and subsequently launched into Earth orbit to illuminate the planet’s surface with reflected sunlight.
- 1993 - Took the helm at Acron agrochemical company. Under Mr. Kantor’s supervision, Acron has become one of the world’s leading fertilizer producers and distributors. The Russian Chamber of Commerce and Industry and the Russian Union of Industrialists and Entrepreneurs have recognized Acron as ‘Best Russian Enterprise’ nine times.
- 1996-2000 - Economic Adviser to the Chairman of the Federation Council (the Upper House of the Russian Parliament) of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation.
- 2000 - Contributed to founding the National Institute of Corporate Reform (NICR), a non-profit organisation uniting renowned politicians, business leaders and scholars to provide effective support for corporate reform in Russian industry. Kantor is currently President of the NICR.
- Graduated from the Moscow Aviation Institute (1976)
- PhD (Spacecraft Automatic Control Systems, 1981)
- Honorary Doctorate from Tel-Aviv University (2004)
Government awards of several countries:
- Order of Friendship (Russia, 1998)
- Officer’s Cross of the Order of Merit (Poland, 2005)
- Order of Prince Yaroslav the Wise (Ukraine, 2006)
- Order of Leopold I (Belgium, 2009)
- Chevalier of the National Order of the Legion of Honour (France, 2012)
- Grand Cross of the Order of Merit of the Italian Republic (Italy, 2013)
- Grand Cross of the National Order For Merit (Romania, 2014)
- Officer of the National Order of the Legion of Honour (France, 2014).
Born on September 8, 1953, in Moscow, Russia.
Has 3 sons and a daughter.