The United Nations in New York 311.
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Say “privet” to a new Jewish organization.
The World Forum of Russian
Jewry, which seeks to give a voice to Russian-speaking Jews, was launched on
Wednesday in a ceremony at the United Nations in New York.
The group –
founded by Ukrainian businessman Alexander L. Levin, who also serves as its
president – laid out its ambitious objectives at the event, which also marked
International Holocaust Day.
“Our goal is to bring together
Russian-speaking Jews from around the world in order to save ourselves and other
people from the next catastrophe and genocide, to preserve the world peace, and
protect our national land [and] the State of Israel,” a press release quoted
Levin – who owns the real estate firm KDD Group – as saying.
Ambassador to the UN Ron Prosor and the American Jewish Committee’s David Harris
attended the event.
The organization also received congratulatory letters
from Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and Foreign Minister Avigdor
“I have no doubt that your activities will promote our shared
objectives of ensuring the future of the Jewish people and the Jewish state,”
the Prime Minister’s Office wrote.
Lieberman wrote that “knowing those
who created and support this initiative, I believe this forum will play a new
major role in supporting the State of Israel and uniting Jews around the world
in general and Russian-speaking Jews in particular.”
Since the fall of
communism, and especially over the last decade or so, Jewish organizations
founded by rich businessmen from the former Soviet Union have
Last year Ukrainian Jewish businessmen Igor Kolomoisky and
Vadim Rabinovich created the European Jewish Union. It joined a field that
includes the Euro-Asian Jewish Congress, the Russian Jewish Congress and the
Georgian Jewish World Congress, to name a few.