EJC bestows upon Vladimir Shternfeld the EJC Navigator to Jerusalem award

The European Jewish Congress bestowed upon Vladimir Shternfeld, President of the Federal Jewish National Cultural Autonomy (FENKA), the EJC Navigator to Jerusalem award in a ceremony in Moscow, in recognition his life-long commitment to fostering Jewish life in Russia and his continued service for the benefit of the Jewish community in the country.

EJC Executive Vice President and CEO Raya Kalenova delivered remarks and presented the award on behalf of EJC President Dr Moshe Kantor.

“You devoted your life to preserving Jewish traditions in post-Soviet Russia and supporting communities across this vast country. Having implemented hundreds of programs bolstering Jewish culture and identity, you played an invaluable role in revitalising Jewish life”, Dr Moshe Kantor said in his message to Vladimir Shternfeld read by Raya Kalenova.

“You have also made a significant contribution to the development of intercultural dialogue, to strengthening of solidarity and understanding between communities and peoples of multinational Russia”, Dr Kantor added.

The ceremony was also addressed by Georgy Golukhov, FENKA Vice President in charge of International Affairs and EJC Vice President, and Igor Dabakarov, FENKA Director General.

H.E. Ambassador of Israel to Russia Alexander Ben Zvi, Tatiana Vagina, Head of Ethnic Policy Unit at the Department of Home Affairs at the Russian President’s Executive Office, Chief Rabbi of Russia (CJROAR) Adolph Shaevich took the stage to congratulate the awardee.

The event was attended by representatives of Russian Jewish and public organisations and authorities.

 

 

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