January 16th, 2014

Stephan J. Kramer resigns from his post with the Central Council of Jews in Germany

The Secretary-General of the Central Council of Jews in Germany, Stephan J. Kramer, has decided to step down from his position after 15 years of work for the Central Council. His departure from the Central Council will take effect on January 31, 2014.

Kramer has been the Central Council's Secretary-General since 2004. During this period, he worked with three presidents of the organization: Paul Spiegel of blessed memory, Charlotte Knobloch and most recently with the current president, Dr. Dieter Graumann.

Prior to assuming the position of Secretary-General, Kramer served as the Chief Executive Officer of the Central Council and was the organization's head of administration. Until the death of former president Ignatz Bubis of blessed memory in 1999, Kramer served as Bubis's last personal aide.

Among his many achievements, Kramer dealt with negotiations leading to the treaty between the Central Council and the Federal Government in 2003, with the reform of immigration rules in 2005, the conceptual re-orientation of the work of the federal commemoration sites for victims of the Nazi regime in 2008, and with the German circumcision debate in 2012.

The president of the Central Council, Dr. Dieter Graumann, regrets Kramer's decision and thanks him, on behalf of the entire Presidium and the Board of Directors for his long outstanding and close cooperation and his contribution to the Central Council and the Jewish community in Germany. Dr. Graumann has wished Stephan J. Kramer much success in the future.

Frankfurt/Berlin, 16. January 2014