May 3, 2017            Iyar 7, 5777
 
 
 
 
 
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NCSEJ 2017 Highlights Bulletin 
 
 
 
 
NCSEJ at Nationals game 
April 26-28

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 Bulgarian and Lithuanian ambassadors and their spouses, diplomats from Belarus and Georgia, and friends from the U.S. State Department. 

 
 
 
 
Meeting with Latvian government and Jewish representatives 
April 26-28

NCSEJ Executive Vice-Chairman and CEO Mark Levin led a World Jewish Restitution Organization delegation to Riga, Latvia to meet with government and Jewish organizational representatives about issues of restitution. Members of the delegation included WJRO Washington Representative David Feinman and Elie Valk, Chair of the Association of Latvian and Estonian Jews in Israel. They were joined by U.S. Department of State Special Envoy for Holocaust Issues Thomas Yazdgerdi, and Dmitry Krupnikov, Deputy Chairman of the Latvian Council of Jewish Communities. U.S. Ambassador to Latvia Nancy Pettit hosted a coffee with WJRO and ambassadors from Europe and Israel to discuss the status of Holocaust restitution issues in Latvia. 


Mr. Levin also attended Latvia’s tenth “Jews in a Changing World” conference in Riga. This year, the conference celebrated Latvia’s centennial anniversary and the contribution of Jews to Latvia’s founding and development. The conference was organized by Latvia’s Council of Jewish Communities, the University of Latvia’s Center for Judaic Studies, and the Museum “Jews in Latvia.” Financial supporters included the Latvian government and the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC).

 
 
 
 
Attended the Days of Remembrance ceremony 
April 25

NCSEJ Deputy Director Lesley Weiss joined her mother Irene Weiss, a Holocaust survivor, at the U.S. Capitol Rotunda for the Days of Remembrance ceremony, the nation’s annual commemoration of the Holocaust. President Trump attended with Vice President Pence and other members of his administration, and gave the keynote address. Irene Weiss, together with U.S. Congressman David Kustoff, lit one of six candles to remember the six million Jews killed in the Shoah.

 
 
 
 
Attended quadrennial WJC Assembly 
April 23-26

NCSEJ leaders attended the quadrennial World Jewish Congress Plenary Assembly in New York City, the first U.S. city to host the Plenary Assembly in the organization’s 80-year history. The Plenary Assembly drew 800 Jewish leaders from diverse communities across six continents, with substantial representation from Eastern Europe and Eurasia. NCSEJ CEO Mark Levin joined President Alexander Smukler and Vice-President Martin Goldstein at the conference, and Senior Program Officer David Shulman attended as a member of the Jewish Diplomatic Corps, WJC’s young leadership group.

 
 
 
 
Meeting with Russian Jewish community leaders
April 20

NCSEJ hosted a meeting with Moscow Chief Rabbi Pinchas Goldschmidt and Conference of European Rabbis Chairman Boris Mints at its offices in Washington. The community leaders gave an update on Jewish community issues in Russia and activities of the Conference of European Rabbis.

 
 
 
 
NCSEJ at the Embassy of Ukraine
April 9

NCSEJ Deputy Director Lesley Weiss met with U.S. Department of State Special Envoy for Holocaust Issues Thomas K. Yazdgerdi and Ambassador of Ukraine to the U.S. Valeriy Chaly. 

 
 
 
 
U.S. Global Leadership Coalition’s “2017 Appropriations Lobby Day”
April 5

NCSEJ joined other internationally-focused non-profits and businesses to educate Congressional offices. During meetings with Congressional staff, NCSEJ discussed how a strong U.S. foreign affairs budget promotes good governance and religious tolerance abroad, creating civil societies where Jewish communities can thrive.
 
 
 
 
NCSEJ at AIPAC's annual Policy Conference
March 26

Executive Vice-Chairman and CEO Mark Levin moderated a well-attended panel entitled “Strategic Interests in the Caucasus and Central Asia” featuring Azerbaijani Ambassador Elin Suleymanov, Dr. Svante Cornell, and Professor Brenda Shaffer. NCSEJ leaders attended several of the main sessions, and met with Jewish community figures and government leaders at AIPAC’s annual policy conference in Washington.
 
 
 
 
Meeting with Bulgarian immediate past president Rosen Plevneliev and Bulgarian Ambassador Tihomir Stoytchev
March 24

NCSEJ hosted a meeting with Bulgarian immediate past president Rosen Plevneliev and Bulgarian Ambassador Tihomir Stoytchev. Discussions ranged from regional concerns, to the new U.S. administration, to relations with the State of Israel.
 
 
 
 
Meeting with Republic of Moldova Minister of Foreign Affairs 
March 21

NCSEJ hosted a meeting with Moldovan Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs and European Integration Andrei Galbur. Issues discussed included the situation in the Jewish community of Moldova, and the country’s relations with the U.S. and Israel.
 
 
 
 
National Day of the Republic of Bulgaria
March 3

NCSEJ attended National Day of the Republic of Bulgaria reception at the Library of Congress. Bulgarian and U.S. officials and prominent business professionals and community members gathered in Washington, D.C. to celebrate Bulgarian National Day.
 
 
 
 
NCSEJ participated in roundtable discussion on anti-Semitism in the OSCE region
March 1

Executive Vice-Chairman and CEO Mark Levin and Deputy Director Lesley Weiss participated in a roundtable discussion on anti-Semitism in the OSCE region, hosted by U.S. Senator and OSCE Parliamentary Assembly Special Representative on Anti-Semitism Ben Cardin, and U.S. Helsinki Commission Chairman Senator Roger Wicker. Included in the discussion was the OSCE’s Words Into Action to Address Anti-Semitism project, which works to prevent and respond to anti-Semitism through security, education, and coalition-building. The need to nominate a new Special Envoy to Monitor and Combat Anti-Semitism to fill the position at the U.S. Department of State was also raised.
 
 
 
 
Luncheon and Meeting with Georgian officials
February 6

NCSEJ hosted a meeting with newly appointed Georgian Ambassador to the United States David Bakradze, and visiting Georgian members of parliament Tamar Chugoshvili and European Integration Committee Chair Tamar Khulordava. Leaders discussed the history of Georgia's Jewish community, its government's work to promote interfaith tolerance, and Georgia's relations with the United States and Israel. 

 
 
 
 
Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations overseas mission 
February 2

NCSEJ leaders participated in the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations  annual overseas mission to Morocco, Egypt, and Israel to discuss issues of importance to U.S.-Israel relations, Israel’s security, and the situation in the Middle East.
 
 
 
 
Save the date: NCSEJ Spring Board of Governors meeting 

Wednesday, June 7, 2017
10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Headquarters of American Jewish Committee
165 East 56th Street
New York City

Special Presentation by Thomas K. Yazdgerdi U.S. Special Envoy for Holocaust Issues. Additional speakers to be announced. 

 
 
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NCSEJ is proud to honor past Chairmen
Edward B. Robin
Richard B. Stone
Stephen M. Greenberg 

Wednesday, June 7, 2017
Reception: 5:30 p.m.
Program: 7:00 p.m.
The Harmonie Club
4 East 60th Street
New York City

 
 
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