Read NCSEJ's latest updates on the crisis in Ukraine here.
It has been a busy and uneasy year. The international situation has taken a good deal of our attention.
The Russian and Ukrainian Jewish communities have been affected by the crisis in Eastern Ukraine. Internal displacement in Ukraine and Western sanctions against Russia have further exacerbated problems and tensions. In addition, Russia's exercise of military and economic might has left countries in the region uneasy with their powerful neighbor.
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Thirty years ago, as a member of the Young Leadership Cabinet of UJA, I went with NCSJ to support refuseniks in the former Soviet Union; last December I became the Chairman of NCSEJ’s Board of Governors. In the intervening decades, my understanding of international Jewry and appreciation for the role played by NCSEJ on the world stage of Jewish affairs has expanded and deepened.
This has been the most unusual and intense year of my presidency. In 2014, NCSJ became NCSEJ. The change in name was not simply a rebranding of the organization but an important step into the future. It marked the end of the Soviet Jewry era. The new focus on Eurasian Jewry is more inclusive. A single Jewish community has become many Jewish communities with different histories, traditions, political environments, needs, and problems.