The Conference of Presidents of Major Jewish Organizations, an umbrella group
representing over 50 American Jewish groups, will soon be arriving in Jerusalem
on its 39th annual leadership mission to Israel, the organization announced last
More than a hundred leaders of the American Jewish community
will be participating in the mission, which is being led by Mort Zuckerman, a
former chairman of the Conference of Presidents.
“We will hear from a
wide array of government officials, led by Prime Minister [Binyamin] Netanyahu
and President Shimon Peres; experts; analysts; and leaders from various segments
of Israeli society, to assist the conference in better understanding the context
and implications of the issues as we face the challenges ahead,” said Malcolm
Hoenlein, executive vice chairman of the Conference of Presidents.
to arriving in Israel, the mission is set to begin with a delegation to Paris
led by Ronald Lauder, another former head of the Conference of Presidents.
Participants are slated to meet with senior French officials, including the
president, prime minister, foreign minister and other leaders.
A visit to
Toulouse, where four Jews were murdered by an Islamic extremist Mohamed Merah
last year, is also on the agenda.
“The packed schedule will offer our
leaders the opportunity to explore in depth the internal and external issues and
challenges facing France and the French Jewish community.
which far exceeds our expectations, reflects the interest and commitment of the
American Jewish community to our counterparts in France, especially after the
horrendous event in Toulouse and the increasing anti-Semitism apparent in France
and other European countries,” said Hoenlein and Conference of Presidents
chairman Richard Stone.