This is Daniel Rubin's first year as chair of the NCSEJ Board of Governors. Each new board chair feels to me like a new beginning and I look forward to forging a close working relationship. NCSEJ has been extremely fortunate in its lay leadership. From the very beginning, I have worked closely with board chairs and presidents to steer the organization and to accomplish our mission.
As I write this, we are beginning to enjoy the long, bright days of spring. However, for many, especially in the conflict areas of Ukraine, the beauty of spring is darkened with uncertainties about the future. In the coming year, NCSEJ will face multiple challenges to promote the safety and well-being of Jews throughout the twenty-five countries of Eastern Europe and Eurasia.
During the past several years that I have been President of NCSEJ I have been privileged to play a leadership role in major events that affected Jewish life in the Eurasian countries. It hasn't always been easy. Sometimes we have spoken out boldly and other times we have had to negotiate quietly. I believe that we now face a situation as dangerous as any I remember. I am speaking about the rise of anti-Semitism throughout the region.
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