2017 B’nai B’rith International/B’nai B’rith Europe Annual Leadership Forum Concludes In Prague, Czech Republic
B’nai B’rith International/B’nai B’rith Europe members and supporters from around the world gathered in Prague, Czech Republic, Oct. 29 to Nov. 1 to learn how B’nai B’rith is at the forefront of today’s most pressing issues; engaging with high-level speakers on topics such as leadership development in today’s busy world, anti-Semitism in Europe, Israel on the global stage, terrorism and radicalization in Europe and the future of minority communities in western societies; and making their voices heard on all things related to B’nai B’rith’s global agenda.
“We hold our annual leadership forum every year to provide our members and supporters a chance to engage with business leaders and key government officials to express their concerns over issues such as anti-Semitism and incitement, and to learn about issues Israel and Jews around the world face,” B’nai B’rith International President Gary P. Saltzman said.
The leadership forum was led by Saltzman and B’nai B’rith CEO Daniel S. Mariaschin, as well as B'nai B'rith Renaissance Prague President Tomas Kraus and outgoing B'nai B'rith Europe President Daniel Citone.
"With the many challenges confronting our community, the leadership forum in Prague gave B'nai B'rith leadership from four continents, an important opportunity to discuss strategies for action," B’nai B’rith International CEO Daniel S. Mariaschin said.
Speakers at the forum included: Czech Republic Minister of Culture Daniel Herman; former Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic Karel Schwarzenberg; Czech Republic Minister of Labour and Social Affairs Michaela Marksova; Director of the Transatlantic Relations Center and member of the Board of Directors of the 2000 Foundation Alexandr Vondra; and Director of the Institute of Empirical Research STEM and Presidential Candidate Pavel Fischer.
Attendees engaged in an in-depth and fascinating panel led by European Commissioner for Justice, Consumer Protection and Gender Equality Věra Jourová and the Coordinator of the European Commission on Combating Anti-Semitism Katharina von Schnurbein.
B’nai B’rith Europe also elected new officers and an executive committee. The new president is Serge Dahan of Paris, who previously served as president of B’nai B’rith France.
The leadership forum began with a boat cruise on the Vltava River, followed by educational panel discussions which challenged attendees to consider many angles on important topics. The B’nai B’rith leadership forum concluded with a gala dinner and musical performance at the prestigious premises of Rudolfinum.