November 29, 2016            Cheshvan 28, 5776
 
 
 
 
 
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NCSEJ 2016 Highlights Bulletin 
 
 
 
 
Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations
February 14

NCSEJ leaders participated in the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations (CoP) annual overseas mission to Turkey, Egypt, and Israel. NCSEJ met with President of Turkey Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, President of Egypt Abdel Fattah el-Sisi, and in Israel, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, President Reuven Rivlin, Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon, opposition leader Isaac Herzog, and other high-level officials to discuss issues of importance to U.S.-Israel relations, Israel’s security, and the situation in the Middle East.
 
 
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Auschwitz trial in Germany 
February 18

NCSEJ Deputy Director Lesley Weiss went with her mother Irene Weiss, an Auschwitz survivor, to Germany, where the elder Mrs. Weiss testified against Reinhold Hanning, a former SS guard at the Auschwitz death camp. Hanning served as an SS guard from January 1943 to June 1944, when hundreds of thousands of Hungarian Jews were killed at Auschwitz.
 
 
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NCSEJ met with Mayor of Kyiv 
February 22

NCSEJ leaders met with Mayor of Kyiv, Ukraine Vitali Klitschko during his working visit to Washington. A number of issues were discussed, including plans for commemorating the seventy-fifth anniversary of the Babi Yar tragedy this year, building of a Holocaust museum and memorial in Kyiv, and the general situation in Ukraine.
 
 
 
 
NCSEJ met with Lithuania's Vice Minister
February 22

NCSEJ also met with Lithuania’s Vice Minister Mantvydas Bekešius and discussed a range of issues of importance to the Lithuanian Jewish community.
 
 
 
 
NCSEJ met with the Deputy Head of the Presidential Administration of Ukraine
February 25

NCSEJ Executive Vice-Chairman and CEO Mark Levin met with the Deputy Head of the Presidential Administration of Ukraine Dmytro Shymkiv and discussed the country’s progress on reforms. Mr. Shymkiv chairs the Executive Committee of the National Reforms Council, which prepares reform proposals and monitors implementation of reforms.
 
 
 
 
NCSEJ at AIPAC Policy Conference
March 19

NCSEJ Executive Vice-Chairman and CEO Mark Levin addressed two sessions at the annual AIPAC Policy Conference. Mr. Levin spoke on a panel titled "Russian Relations: Moscow and the Middle East."
 
 
 
 
NCSEJ met with President of Azerbaijan in Washington
April 6

NCSEJ and other American Jewish organizations met with President of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev who was in Washington for the 2016 Nuclear Security Summit. A number of issues were discussed, including the United States and Israel’s strategic relationship with Azerbaijan. We also discussed the vibrant Jewish community of Azerbaijan and thanked President Aliyev for the close relationship between Azerbaijan’s government and the country’s Jewish community.
 
 
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NCSEJ met with Georgia's Abashidze, Japaridze
May 3

NCSEJ hosted a meeting with Amb. Tedo Japaridze, chairman of the Georgian parliament's Foreign Relations Committee, and Zurab Abashidze, personal representative on Russia for the Prime Minister of Georgia. Georgia is committed, they said, to continuing to strengthen its democratic institutions and ties to the West, while cautiously rebuilding relations with Russia. Georgia also strongly supports its small but historic Jewish community.
 
 
 
 
NCSEJ met with Estonian leaders
May 10

NCSEJ hosted a meeting for representatives of member agencies and the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum with current and former Chairmen of the Foreign Affairs Committee of Estonia’s Parliament Sven Mikser and Marko Mikhelson, and Estonia’s Ambassador to the U.S. Eerik Marmei. Issues discussed included the situation in the Jewish community of Estonia, the country’s relations with the U.S. and Israel, and the ongoing challenges stemming from Russia’s actions in the Eurasia region.
 
 
 
 
NCSEJ at Nationals game
May 12

NCSEJ hosted members of the diplomatic corps at a baseball game at Nationals Park, in a suite donated by the law firm Foley & Lardner. Guests included the Ambassadors of Estonia and Ukraine and their families, the Deputy Chief of Mission from the Embassy of Israel, and two visiting Estonian parliamentarians. This was the first baseball game for most of our guests and it was a pleasure to introduce this American pastime to our Embassy friends.
 
 
 
 
NCSEJ visited Romania
May 24

NCSEJ Deputy Director and Chair of the U.S. Commission for the Preservation of America’s Heritage Abroad Lesley Weiss attended the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA) conference in Bucharest, Romania. She also met with Romanian Jewish community leaders. 
 
 
 
 
NCSEJ met with Ambassador of the Russian Federation to the United States
June 6

NCSEJ leadership met with Ambassador Sergey Kislyak to discuss the latest developments of the Jewish community in Russia. 
 
 
 
 
NCSEJ Board of Governors meeting
June 7

NCSEJ held a very successful Board of Governors meeting featuring U.S. Senator Chris Murphy (CT), Deputy Assistant Secretaries of State Bridget Brink and Kathleen Kavalec, a panel with Jewish community leaders from Georgia, Moldova, and Lithuania, and Hillel’s Director of Global Relations Yasha Moz. Guests included representatives of member organizations, Jewish Federations, and diplomats from countries in the Eurasian region. 
 
 
 
 
NCSEJ visited Lithuania

June 24

NCSEJ Executive Vice Chairman and CEO Mark Levin visited Vilnius, Lithuania and participated in discussions on Jewish property restitution issues, as a Board member of the Good Will Foundation.
 
 
 
 
NCSEJ visited Ukraine
June 19-24

NCSEJ Deputy Director and Chair of the U.S. Commission for the Preservation of America’s Heritage Abroad Lesley Weiss traveled to Ukraine. In the Ukrainian town of Berehovo, Lesley spoke at a Holocaust memorial dedication, which was attended by representatives of the Hungarian and Ukrainian governments. She also traveled to Uzhgorod, where she met Michael Galin, director of the Uzhgorod Hesed Shpira. In addition, together with Deputy Head of the Transcarpathian regional state administration Viktor Mikulin and Jewish community representatives, she visited a former synagogue that during Soviet times was converted into a concert hall. Issues discussed included a proposal to build a Jewish memorial and a museum of Transcarpathian Jewry to be housed in part of the former synagogue.
 
 
 
 
NCSEJ briefed Congressional staff on state of Azerbaijan Jewish community 
June 16

Azerbaijani Ambassador Elin Suleymanov and NCSEJ Executive Vice-Chairman and CEO Mark Levin briefed Congressional staff, discussing Azerbaijan’s Jewish community, and the country’s strong ties with the United States and Israel. Ambassador Suleymanov underscored the unique level of religious tolerance in Azerbaijan, which is a predominantly Muslim country, but has a vibrant and well-integrated Jewish community and maintains a strong friendship with Israel.
 
 
 
 
NCSEJ participated in the Babi Yar commemorative events in Kyiv, Ukraine
September 27-29

A leadership mission of over twenty NCSEJ officers, Executive Committee, and Board members traveled to Ukraine, to commemorate the seventy-fifth anniversary of the massacres at Babi Yar. The delegation also participated in the official government remembrance ceremony and met with numerous government leaders, including President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko. 
 
 
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NCSEJ moderated an evening of commemoration at the UN to remember the massacres at Babi Yar 75 years ago
October 13

NCSEJ Executive Vice Chairman and CEO Mark Levin moderated a program at the United Nations in New York, sponsored by the Ukrainian, Israeli, and U.S. Missions to the UN, commemorating the seventy-fifth anniversary of the Babi Yar massacres in Ukraine. The speakers included the UN representatives from the three countries, and it was attended by hundreds of dignitaries. 
 
 
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NCSEJ in Moscow, Russia 
November 1-3

NCSEJ participated in a three-day conference, sponsored by the Russian Jewish Congress (RJC), entitled “Protecting the Future: The Moscow International Conference on Anti-Semitism.” The event featured expert discussion about the history and current state of anti-Semitism. The conference was attended by hundreds of people, including government and NGO representative from fifteen countries. NCSEJ Executive Vice-Chairman and CEO Mark Levin co-chaired one of the plenary sessions: “Modern Forms of Anti-Semitism: Countering Techniques.”
 
 
 
 
NCSEJ hosted Moldovan Government leaders 
November 17

NCSEJ hosted a meeting with several Moldovan government officials. The group discussed Moldovan politics, Jewish community issues, and what to expect from the newly elected Presidents in both Moldova and the United States.
 
 
 
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