The Israeli-Jewish Congress (IJC) is proud and honored that Vladimir Sloutsker, IJC President and Co-Founder, has been recognized for the second consecutive year by The Jerusalem Post as one of the Top 50 Most Influential Jews who have positively impacted the Jewish community and the world.
The award for Sloutsker was in recognition of his leadership of both The Israeli-Jewish Congress and the ‘European Friends of Israel’ (EFI) organizations, in helping to consolidate world Jewry, fight global Antisemitism and strengthen Israel-EU diplomatic ties.
You can read the full profile here in the Jerusalem Post .
May 22, 2015
44. Vladimir Sloutsker
Consolidating world Jewry, boosting Israel-EU ties
Vladimir Sloutsker is co-founder and president of the Israeli-Jewish Congress and chairman of the management board of European Friends of Israel, one of the largest and most influential pro-Israel parliamentary groups in Europe, with over 1,500 MPs from across the entire political spectrum.
From 2002 to 2010 he was a senator in the Russian Federation Senate, and from 2004 to 2006 served as president of the Russian Jewish Congress.
Through EFI, which was founded in 2006, Sloutsker has led the organization to cultivate relationships with parliamentary friends and potential new allies of Israel across the EU and member states, monitor legislation that impacts relations between Israel and the EU, and defend and promote the State of Israel in Europe.
EFI has also helped raise awareness of the Iranian nuclear threat, presented Israel’s perspective on the conflict with the Palestinians and helped ward off BDS efforts, while also working to strengthen trade, research and scientific cooperation between Israel and Europe.
The goal of IJC, an independent Israel-based organization, is to “promote the principle of Israel as the state of the Jewish people and strengthen ties between Israel and the Diaspora, especially in Europe, by creating a bridge to the Jewish state and giving the European Jewish community a voice with Israeli lawmakers and officials.”
Or, as Sloutsker puts it, “We need consolidation and consolidation and consolidation.”
IJC has led a number of solidarity gatherings and delegations to Israel by European Jewish leaders, and today is especially active in collaborating with them to combat surging anti-Semitism in Europe.
In 2013, EFI and IJC helped relaunch the European Forum of the Knesset, to strengthen relations between Israel and Europe on a diplomatic level. IJC has also established, together with the Jewish Federations of North America, a permanent trilateral dialogue between the Jewish communities of Europe, North America and Israel to address the pressing challenges of rising anti-Semitism and delegitimization, and strengthen Jewish life and connection to Israel, so that the “communities feel they are one people with Israel,” according to Sloutsker.
In June, the IJC will host its fifth international gathering and solidarity mission to Israel of senior European Jewish leaders and heads of communities, from over 25 countries.
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