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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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It is hard to believe three years have passed since I became Chair of the NCSEJ board. They have been eventful years. We have faced new issues and demands, and we are today a stronger organization.
The international crisis in Ukraine has focused our energy. Our expanding engagement with the countries of Eastern Europe, especially Poland, has broadened our reach and enriched or programming, and work with the World Jewish Congress has provided an innovative model for the future.
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.