January 18th, 2005

Charlotte Knobloch elected Vice-President of the World Jewish Congress

Charlotte Knobloch, Vice-President of the Central Council of Jews in Germany, was elected Vice-President of the World Jewish Congress in January. The new incumbent is also Vice-President of the European Jewish Congress and has for many years presided over the Jewish Community in Munich and Upper Bavaria. Commenting on her new challenge she said: “My work for the World Congress will focus in particular on developing the network of German-speaking Jewish communities in Europe and building bridges to the Jewish community in the United States. Fighting the rise in anti-Semitism, especially in Eastern Europe, is a high priority.” The elections confirmed long-standing President Edgar M. Bronfman and Vice-President Israel Singer in office for another five years. The new Secretary General of the WJC is Stephen E. Herbits. As the vigorous public representative of national associations and other Jewish institutions, the World Jewish Congress has issued repeated warnings about growing anti-Semitism, xenophobia and racism. The Jewish umbrella organization intends to step up existing inter-religious dialogue and campaign for improved relations between Jews and Moslems.