As I look back over my first full year as Chairman, I am amazed at how much we have accomplished. From the very beginning I intended that we would try new paths, and we have. We joined with Hillel and established an award honoring the late Senator Lautenberg. We have developed a mutually beneficial relationship with the World Jewish Congress that recognizes the value of NCSEJ’s unique expertise. The office is about to move and we have changed our name.

As I look back over my first full year as Chairman, I am amazed at how much we have accomplished. From the very beginning I intended that we would try new paths, and we have. We joined with Hillel and established an award honoring the late Senator Lautenberg. We have developed a mutually beneficial relationship with the World Jewish Congress that recognizes the value of NCSEJ’s unique expertise. The office is about to move and we have changed our name.

As I look back over my first full year as Chairman, I am amazed at how much we have accomplished. From the very beginning I intended that we would try new paths, and we have. We joined with Hillel and established an award honoring the late Senator Lautenberg. We have developed a mutually beneficial relationship with the World Jewish Congress that recognizes the value of NCSEJ’s unique expertise. The office is about to move and we have changed our name.

As I look back over my first full year as Chairman, I am amazed at how much we have accomplished. From the very beginning I intended that we would try new paths, and we have. We joined with Hillel and established an award honoring the late Senator Lautenberg. We have developed a mutually beneficial relationship with the World Jewish Congress that recognizes the value of NCSEJ’s unique expertise. The office is about to move and we have changed our name.

As I look back over my first full year as Chairman, I am amazed at how much we have accomplished. From the very beginning I intended that we would try new paths, and we have. We joined with Hillel and established an award honoring the late Senator Lautenberg. We have developed a mutually beneficial relationship with the World Jewish Congress that recognizes the value of NCSEJ’s unique expertise. The office is about to move and we have changed our name.

Message from Alexander Smukler

President

As I look back over my first full year as Chairman, I am amazed at how much we have accomplished. From the very beginning I intended that we would try new paths, and we have. We joined with Hillel and established an award honoring the late Senator Lautenberg. We have developed a mutually beneficial relationship with the World Jewish Congress that recognizes the value of NCSEJ’s unique expertise. The office is about to move and we have changed our name.

As I look back over my first full year as Chairman, I am amazed at how much we have accomplished. From the very beginning I intended that we would try new paths, and we have. We joined with Hillel and established an award honoring the late Senator Lautenberg. We have developed a mutually beneficial relationship with the World Jewish Congress that recognizes the value of NCSEJ’s unique expertise. The office is about to move and we have changed our name.

As I look back over my first full year as Chairman, I am amazed at how much we have accomplished. From the very beginning I intended that we would try new paths, and we have. We joined with Hillel and established an award honoring the late Senator Lautenberg. We have developed a mutually beneficial relationship with the World Jewish Congress that recognizes the value of NCSEJ’s unique expertise. The office is about to move and we have changed our name.

As I look back over my first full year as Chairman, I am amazed at how much we have accomplished. From the very beginning I intended that we would try new paths, and we have. We joined with Hillel and established an award honoring the late Senator Lautenberg. We have developed a mutually beneficial relationship with the World Jewish Congress that recognizes the value of NCSEJ’s unique expertise. The office is about to move and we have changed our name.

As I look back over my first full year as Chairman, I am amazed at how much we have accomplished. From the very beginning I intended that we would try new paths, and we have. We joined with Hillel and established an award honoring the late Senator Lautenberg. We have developed a mutually beneficial relationship with the World Jewish Congress that recognizes the value of NCSEJ’s unique expertise. The office is about to move and we have changed our name.

As I look back over my first full year as Chairman, I am amazed at how much we have accomplished. From the very beginning I intended that we would try new paths, and we have. We joined with Hillel and established an award honoring the late Senator Lautenberg. We have developed a mutually beneficial relationship with the World Jewish Congress that recognizes the value of NCSEJ’s unique expertise. The office is about to move and we have changed our name.

As I look back over my first full year as Chairman, I am amazed at how much we have accomplished. From the very beginning I intended that we would try new paths, and we have. We joined with Hillel and established an award honoring the late Senator Lautenberg. We have developed a mutually beneficial relationship with the World Jewish Congress that recognizes the value of NCSEJ’s unique expertise. The office is about to move and we have changed our name.

As I look back over my first full year as Chairman, I am amazed at how much we have accomplished. From the very beginning I intended that we would try new paths, and we have. We joined with Hillel and established an award honoring the late Senator Lautenberg. We have developed a mutually beneficial relationship with the World Jewish Congress that recognizes the value of NCSEJ’s unique expertise. The office is about to move and we have changed our name.

As I look back over my first full year as Chairman, I am amazed at how much we have accomplished. From the very beginning I intended that we would try new paths, and we have. We joined with Hillel and established an award honoring the late Senator Lautenberg. We have developed a mutually beneficial relationship with the World Jewish Congress that recognizes the value of NCSEJ’s unique expertise. The office is about to move and we have changed our name.

As I look back over my first full year as Chairman, I am amazed at how much we have accomplished. From the very beginning I intended that we would try new paths, and we have. We joined with Hillel and established an award honoring the late Senator Lautenberg. We have developed a mutually beneficial relationship with the World Jewish Congress that recognizes the value of NCSEJ’s unique expertise. The office is about to move and we have changed our name.

Anti-Semitism is an old foe. As a Russian-born Jew I am all too aware of its power to hurt, maim, and distort lives. Historically, anti-Semitism was primarily a state-supported plague. Today is different. The ugliness of anti-Semitism is often outside the control of the state. Tied to an anti-Israeli agenda, it is a new face of our oldest foe.

 

I am proud that for NCSEJ, a single anti-Semitic incident has always been one too many. During my presidency, I have promoted the importance of NCSEJ's investigative role. We can ascertain if reports of desecrated burial stones, spray-painted synagogues, insulting placards, or offensive comments by public officials are rumor or fact. With accurate information in hand, NCSEJ consults with local Jewish leaders, drawing on more than forty years of experience in building relationships with the Jewish community.

 

We also go to the government. Decades of working with governments, individual ministers, and ministries have given us access that few can equal. We make senior government officials aware punish the perpetrators and to rectify the damage. We are tenacious. We monitor the government's response and never let the incident be forgotten or buried.

 

We are witnessing a growing number of Eurasian countries reporting anti-Semitic incidents. Anti-Semitism is generally part of the growing right-wing and ultranationalist resurgence in the region. However, it isn't a simple phenomenon, doesn't have an easy economic or social explanation, and may not even follow historical patterns.

 

In Poland, for example, a popular vote has brought in a ruling coalition dominated by the right wing, even though Poland has been relatively shielded from the more general economic malaise of EU countries. In Hungary, where there are more serious economic issues, the brazen idolatry accorded a fascist hero reveals a historical blindness to the consequences of anti-Semitism. What is to be applauded is that in Ukraine, where economic and social strains threaten the very existence of the nation, reported anti-Semitic incidents have been few. Not non-existent, but few.

 

No doubt for each country it is possible to offer a unique explanation. However, I feel a pervasive sense of unease from every newscast. Terrorism and random violence are on the rise. This past year's anti-Semitic incidents extend to France and England, which are bastions of European liberal tradition. As I watch the rising irrational passions and the racism, I wonder if the revulsion of the Holocaust has lost its power over younger generations? Never have I thought NCSEJ more important and never have I valued more my role as president.

 

 

Dear Friends,

 

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.