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Ukrainian Jewish Leaders: Chaos In East Driving Immigration To Israel

05/16/2014
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Chaos and criminal activity in eastern Ukraine are causing anxiety and increased emigration by Ukrainian Jews, according to Ukrainian Jewish leaders.

Elan Steinberg, Former WJC Head, Dies At 59

04/06/2012

Elan Steinberg, the former World Jewish Congress executive vice president who helped lead efforts to obtain restitution for properties stolen during the Holocaust, has died.

WJC Conflict Seen As Intensifying

11/26/2004
Staff Writer
Two months after apparently squelching an insurrection, the leadership of the World Jewish Congress is facing renewed calls in its ranks for an independent audit and increased accountability. Isi Leibler, a senior vice president of the organization whose public appeals for improved governance and transparency regarding WJC financial dealings prompted his dismissal in September, has refused to step down, and he seems to have found allies among the leadership of the Swiss branch of the WJC.

Spitzer Set To Urge WJC Reforms

06/10/2005
Editor & Publisher
In late February, Joel Sprayregen, a national Jewish lay leader, briefly met New York State Attorney General Eliot Spitzer at an American Jewish Committee dinner in Chicago. Sprayregen, a Chicago attorney and honorary national vice chairman of the Anti-Defamation League, recalled that when he told Spitzer he was glad to have learned that the attorney general’s office was investigating the World Jewish Congress, “the attorney general replied, in effect, that to call it an investigation would be an overstatement.”

Independent WJC Audit Said Under Way

12/17/2004
Staff Writer
An independent audit of the World Jewish Congress is being performed now for presentation at the group’s plenary next month in Brussels, according to the president of the WJC’s American section. “It is an outside, independent audit,” said the official, Evelyn Sommer. “It is very important to make it very clear that the allegations of Isi Leibler have no basis. … I would hope that everything would be public. There is no reason it should not be.”

WJC Probe Explores Possible ‘Slush Fund’

10/28/2005
Editor and Publisher
Attorney General Elliott Spitzer’s investigation of the World Jewish Congress has focused of late on statements attributed to Israel Singer suggesting that the chairman of the group’s governing board had a personal $2 million “slush fund” provided to him each year by Edgar Bronfman, the WJC president.

WJC Probe Explores Possible ‘Slush Fund’

10/28/2005
Editor and Publisher
Attorney General Elliott Spitzer’s investigation of the World Jewish Congress has focused of late on statements attributed to Israel Singer suggesting that the chairman of the group’s governing board had a personal $2 million “slush fund” provided to him each year by Edgar Bronfman, the WJC president.

Spitzer Demands WJC Reforms

02/03/2006
Editor and Publisher
In a stinging report detailing a long history of fiscal improprieties and lack of accountability at the World Jewish Congress, New York State Attorney General Eliot Spitzer concluded this week that the charity “lacked appropriate financial controls to safeguard charitable assets.”The 35-page report, issued as a signed agreement between the attorney general’s office and the WJC, barred Israel Singer, who ran the organization almost single-handedly for many years, from any position of “financial management or oversight.”It stipulated that he pay back “inapp

Pressure Growing On WJC

12/03/2004
Staff Writer
A top official of the World Jewish Congress said Tuesday that he is now “open” to the possibility of hiring an outside firm to conduct a new audit of the embattled organization even as prominent Jewish leaders defended the integrity of its chairman, Israel Singer. Demands for a complete and independent audit of the WJC made by its senior vice president, Isi Leibler, and representatives of the Swiss and Australian Jewish communities following Leibler’s dismissal in September from the organization’s steering committee have been resisted.

WJC Set To Back Singer

09/17/2004
Editor and Publisher
The leadership of the World Jewish Congress appears prepared to rally around its president, Edgar Bronfman, and governing board chairman, Israel Singer, against internal charges of possible improper financial dealings. A steering committee composed of nine heads of the international organization is due to meet at Bronfman’s office here Monday to determine how to respond to a number of pointed questions raised by senior vice president Isi Leibler, a former leader of the Australian Jewish community now living in Israel.
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