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International Jewish Interreligious Body Welcomes New Officers

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Date Mon, 30 Jul 2007 15:47:15 -0400

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International Jewish Committee on Interreligious Consultations

165 East 56th Street . New York, NY 10022, USA

(001) 212-891 6768

Rabbi David Rosen, KCSG . Chair . (+972) 2-625-5281 .

Rabbi Dr. Richard Marker . Vice Chair . (001) 212-585-3332 .

Seymour D. Reich . Treasurer . (001) 212-935-3131 .


International Jewish Interreligious Body Welcomes New Officers

The International Jewish Committee on Interreligious Consultations (IJCIC) announced the recent election results appointing its officers for the next two years: Chairman, Rabbi David Rosen of the American Jewish Committee; Vice Chair Rabbi Richard A. Marker, of the Rabbinical Assembly and Treasurer Mr. Seymour D. Reich of B'nai B'rith International.

"IJCIC is a unique organization in its representation of World Jewry - religiously and organizationally - and in its role as the official Jewish interlocutor with the representative bodies of other world religious communities," said Rosen who is also Director of the Department for Interreligious Affairs and of the Heilbrunn Institute for International Interreligious Understanding for AJC. "I am grateful to my colleagues in IJCIC for their confidence in me to continue to lead this unique world Jewish body."

Chairman, Rabbi David Rosen, is also a member of the Chief Rabbinate of Israel's Commission for Interreligious Dialogue. He is an Honorary President of the International Council of Christians and Jews; an International President of the World Conference of Religions for Peace; and serves on the executive committee of the World Congress of Imams and Rabbis for Peace, the World Economic Forum's C-100 for West-Islamic World Dialogue, and on the World Council of Religious Leaders. He has previously served as Chaplain to the IDF in Western Sinai; as rabbi of the largest Jewish congregation in South Africa and as Chief Rabbi of Ireland. For his key diplomatic work in Catholic-Jewish relations on behalf of the State of Israel and world Jewry, Rosen was named a papal Knight Commander of the Order of St Gregory the Great in November of 2005.

Vice Chair, Rabbi Richard A. Marker, has been an active leader in academic and Jewish communal life for many years. His former posts include International Vice President of Hillel: The Foundation for Jewish Campus Life and CEO of the Samuel Bronfman/Seagram Foundation. Marker has taught at several prestigious universities including Brown, Loyola of Chicago, and currently at NYU where he serves as Senior Fellow in the Center for Philanthropy. Rabbi Marker is also co-principal of Marker Goldsmith Advisors, a firm which advises foundations and philanthropists on strategic giving. In addition to IJCIC, Marker has been an officer or board member of many national and international organizations including the Board of World Religious Leaders.

Treasurer, Seymour D. Reich, has twice served as Chair of IJCIC and was Co-Chair of the International Catholic-Jewish Historical Commission (1999-2001), a group of Catholic and Jewish scholars jointly appointed by the Holy See and IJCIC to critically examine archival material published by the Holy See with respect to the Holocaust period. Reich has held several of the highest positions in American Jewish life, including two terms as chairman of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations, a central coordinating body of 50 American Jewish organizations, as president of B'nai B'rith International and as president of the American Zionist Movement, representing more than one million American Jews. Mr. Reich is currently the President of the Israel Policy Forum and a Senior Partner at the New York City law firm of Gallet, Dreyer & Berkey LLP.

Founded in 1967, the International Jewish Committee on Interreligious Consultations (IJCIC) serves on behalf of and as an instrument of the organized Jewish community to maintain and develop relations with other world religious bodies including the Roman Catholic Church, the Orthodox Ecumenical Patriarchate and the World Council of Churches. IJCIC organizes consultations in collaboration with its religious partners and participates in many international conferences, forums and dialogues to promote interreligious cooperation and to represent the interests of world Jewry. IJCIC's members currently include the Anti-Defamation League, American Jewish Committee, B'nai Brith International, the Central Conference of American Rabbis, the Israel Jewish Council on Interreligious Relations, the Rabbinical Assembly, the Rabbinical Council of America, the Union for Reform Judaism, the Union of Orthodox Jewish Congregations of America, the United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism and the World Jewish Congress.

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