Major Interfaith Group IJCIC Appoints First Female Chair
08/07/13
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Betty Ehrenberg, executive director of the World Jewish Congress - United States and North America, has been elected chair of IJCIC, the International Jewish Committee for Interreligious Consultation, which is widely recognized as the representative Jewish group for dealing with other world religious bodies.

Ehrenberg took office July 1 for a two-year term. Her election marks the first time that a woman has assumed the chairmanship since the group was founded more 40 years ago. The organization is comprised of the three major religious streams of Judaism, as well as major secular organizations.

For the previous two years, Ehrenberg served as vice chair. She succeeds Lawrence H. Schiffman, vice provost for undergraduate education and professor of Judaic studies at Yeshiva University.

 

 

The group’s other officers are vice chair Martin Budd and treasurer David Sandmel.

Ehrenberg has held many positions in Jewish communal organizations and has developed an expertise on such international issues as the United Nations, the Middle East, and anti-Semitism, as well as on interfaith, community and government relations. She previously served as executive director and director of international and communal affairs at the Institute for Public Affairs of the Orthodox Union, where she also served as a liaison to other religious groups and as a delegate to IJCIC.

 

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08/16/2013 - 09:45

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Betty Ehrenberg is eloquent, brilliant, and sincere in her love for Israel, the Jewish people and the wellbeing of the entire world. She enhances and assists in the work of the wonderful organization World Jewish Congress, its President Amb. Ronald Lauder and all those connected to World Jewish Congress. Gloria Landy

If only the various streams of Judaism could cooperate in this way in the UK as they do in the US. It is all the fault of the ultra-orthodox of course who put pressure on the United Synagogues not to cooperate with the progressive movement.

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