October 31st, 2014

Change at the head of the Central Council of Jews

There will be a change at the head of the Central Council of Jews in Germany at the end of the year. In a letter to the Directorate of the Central Council, its President Dr. Graumann announced that he would not run again as presidential candidate in the re-elections in November 2014.

“This was a very difficult decision to make”, Dr. Graumann explained. “The work at the Central Council has always been very close to my heart and I have always been committed to and passionate about it. But it is also an honorary office which demanded an exceptional amount of energy and time – particularly so in 2014, when I effectively also had to take over the day-to-day management. So after four years I am looking forward to having more time for my family and my private life.

We have achieved a great deal over the last years and I am certain that the Central Council will also be in excellent hands in the future, will meet all challenges and that our Jewish Community will have a good and secure future in Germany.”

The vice-president of the Central Council, Dr. Josef Schuster, declared: “The Presidium very much regrets Dieter Graumann’s decision. It would have been our heartfelt wish that he continue his successful work as President of the Central Council.

Dieter Graumann has done extraordinary work for the Central Council and the Jewish Community. During his term not only the funds of the National Agreement were doubled, but also outstanding events were carried out that invigorated and inspired German Jewry immensely. His work was always informed by the cohesion of the plural, Jewish Community, a matter close to his heart. In addition, he restructured and re-positioned the Central Council, making it the centre of competence in Germany. We would like to sincerely thank him for his extraordinary commitment and his immeasurable dedication. Following talks with my Presidium colleagues, I have decided to run for President on 30 November.”

„I greatly appreciate Josef Schuster, who has championed the Jewish Community all his life and with whom I have always cooperated closely and trustingly, and I welcome his candidacy. This would secure the continuity of the Central Council and I expect that this will be broadly supported”, Dr. Graumann commented.

On 30 November 2014 the Council Assembly will hold a meeting in Frankfurt/Main. On a rotating basis the delegates elect three people from their ranks to serve for a period of four years on the Presidium of the Central Council. The Directorate elects the other six members of the Presidium. Subsequently the Presidium elects the Board, consisting of the President and two Vice-Presidents.