Ira Bartfield of Arlington, Va., 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.
In this leadership position, Bartfield takes an active role implementing B’nai B’rith’s policies and programs during a three-year term.
Bartfield has been a member of B’nai B’rith for more than three decades, serving in a number of leadership positions. Currently, Bartfield is the chair of the Center for Senior Services and serves on the Executive Committee and the Board of Governors.
Early in his B’nai B’rith volunteer work, Bartfield won an award for best lodge president, and eventually served as the president of the Virginia State Association of B’nai B’rith and then as president of the Chesapeake Bay Region.
On Sept. 3 Bartfield retired after 41 years as a staff member at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. He worked in the education, visual services and publishing departments in various supervisory roles.
Joining Bartfield in B’nai B’rith’s leadership administration under re-elected President Allan J. Jacobs are senior vice presidents 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.