Ralph Lewin has been elected as the new president of the Swiss Federation of Jewish Communities (SIG/FCSI), following the 115. Assembly of Delegates held in Bern.
After 12 years in office, SIG President Herbert Winter and other long-serving members of the Board of Directors and the Central Committee passed the baton on to new hands. For the first time in its 116-year history, the election was contested by two candidates. Mr. Lewin, from the Jewish community of Basel, was elected as new SIG President by the Assembly of Delegates, ahead of Ralph Friedländer, from the Jewish community of Bern. Mr. Friedländer was subsequently appointed as Vice-President of the Federation by the Board of Directors.
Ralph Lewin, 67, has held leadership positions over the past few years, serving a member of the government of the canton of Basel-Stadt from 1997 to 2008, where he headed the economic and social department. He holds a PhD in economics and after his time in government presided among other things over the collective bargaining association Northwest Switzerland, and served as a member of the bank council of the Basler Kantonalbank. He is married, has two grown children and lives in Basel.