Allan J. Jacobs of Lake Forest, Ill., was re-elected president of B’nai B’rith International, the world’s oldest and most widely known Jewish humanitarian, human rights and advocacy organization, by the Board of Governors at its annual meeting in Washington, D.C.
Jacobs immediately begins a three-year term.
During his first term, Jacobs led numerous B’nai B’rith delegations on global missions that included meetings with Israeli President Shimon Peres, Pope Benedict XVI and Jordan’s King Abdullah II, among others.
Jacobs has spoken out against Iran’s relentless quest for nuclear weapons as well as the Iranian infiltration into Latin America. He has called for the fair treatment of Israel at all U.N. venues, spoken out against global human rights abuses and advocated for senior citizens.
Jacobs has been an active B’nai B’rith member for nearly 50 years. Beginning at his local lodge, Jacobs has advanced within the organization to serve as international treasurer, chairman of the Executive Committee and a senior vice president prior to ascending to the international presidency.
“I’m honored to continue leading an organization that means so much to me,” Jacobs said. “During my time as president, I have been steadfast in my commitment to the values and mission of B’nai B’rith. I pledge to continue the nearly 170-year B’nai B’rith mission, promoting human rights around the world, speaking out on behalf of the global Jewish community and Israel, providing humanitarian aid and disaster relief and advocating on behalf of seniors.
A CPA by training, Jacobs works as counsel at Evoy, Kamschulte Jacobs and Co., LLP Certified Public Accountants, in Lake Forest. He is also chairman of the board of Northern States Financial Corporation and NorStates Bank, a member of the American Institute of CPAs and past president of the Lake County Estate Planning Council. Jacobs also served as chairman of the audit committee for the city of Lake Forest from 2006 to 2012.
Joining Jacobs in B’nai B’rith’s leadership administration are senior vice presidents Ira Bartfield, Arlington, Va.; Leon Birbragher, Bogota, Colombia; Daniel Citone, Rome; Haim Katz, Jerusalem; Charles Kaufman, Austin, Texas; Rosalind Klein, Northridge, Calif.; Chairman of the Executive Committee Gary P. Saltzman, Centennial, Colo.; Treasurer Seth. J. Riklin, Sugar Land, Texas; and B’nai B’rith International Court of Appeals Chief Justice William K. Peirez, Great Neck, N.Y.