Daniel Citone of Rome was elected senior vice 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. He currently serves as one of B’nai B’rith Europe’s representatives to the B’nai B’rith Board of Governors and is the vice president of the B’nai B’rith Rome Lodge.
In this leadership position, Citone takes an active role implementing B’nai B’rith’s policies and programs during a three-year term.
Citone has been involved with B’nai B’rith since 1994, when he was a founding member of the young adult lodge in Rome. As vice president of the adult lodge, he was part of the senior B’nai B’rith leadership delegation that met privately with Pope Benedict XVI at the Vatican in May 2011. He has also been involved with B’nai B’rith Europe’s Young Jewish Adult Forum.
Throughout his B’nai B’rith service, Citone has remained committed to supporting Israel, fighting anti-Semitism and involving young adults in the Jewish community. In addition to being a member of B’nai B’rith Europe’s Israel Commission, he served on the executive board of the Jewish Community of Rome from 2008 to 2011, working on behalf of international relationships and youth policy. Citone also served on the steering committee of the 2007 European Maccabi Games, held in Rome, where he was in charge of the information technology department.
Citone is noted for creating the “Comitato per Shalit,” a committee that organized petitions and demonstrations in Rome asking for the release of Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit from Hamas captivity.
Citone has a law degree from La Sapienza University and currently works as a business manager at Gruppo Hassan in Rome.
Joining Citone in B’nai B’rith’s leadership administration under re-elected President Allan J. Jacobs are senior vice presidents Ira Bartfield, Arlington, Va.; Leon Birbragher, Bogota, Colombia; 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.