(Washington, D.C., Oct. 3, 2020)--B’nai B’rith International President Charles O. Kaufman and CEO Daniel S. Mariaschin have issued the following statement:
We are deeply saddened by the loss of our dear friend and colleague Ambassador Richard Schifter, the AJIRI (American Jewish International Relations Institute) chairman of the board of directors.
Ambassador Schifter was an inspirational leader, accomplished diplomat, public servant, staunch advocate for human rights, a resolute defender of Israel, a strong proponent of trans-Atlantic relations and of America’s place in the world.
Notwithstanding his immense achievements, Ambassador Schifter’s persona was one of humility and civility.
He was a great friend of B’nai B’rith, working with us for more than a decade on issues impacting Israel at the United Nations. We are proud to have honored him twice, most recently in April of 2018.
Most important to him was his love for his devoted family.
In September, we announced that AJIRI joined B’nai B’rith, formalizing the close working relationship between the two groups. AJIRI-BBI, as the new institute will initially be known, will continue to advance the groundbreaking work both organizations have undertaken separately in the realm of fair treatment for Israel on the world stage.
The loss of his sage presence will be felt by all who knew him.
May his memory always be for a blessing.