The Impact of Global Antisemitism
Special Envoys to Combat Antisemitism:
The Impact of Global Antisemitism
Thursday, March 2nd at 7:30pm, in The Kislak Family Social Hall
The U.S. has much to learn as it creates its own national strategy to combat antisemitism in America. This will certainly include not only the practical steps that must be taken, but–equally important–explaining to the broader public why the unique phenomenon of antisemitism requires this special attention. With that in mind, AJC Miami invites you to join us for an important conversation with Special Envoys to Combat Antisemitism from Germany and the Organization for American States. It is vitally important that these Special Envoys hear directly from community members and leaders who are on the front lines. This will be invaluable in their understanding of how antisemitism is manifesting in local communities and the impact it is having.
Questions? Contact Michael Winograd, Assistant Director, Miami and Broward American Jewish Committee at [email protected].
Dr. Felix Klein was born in Darmstadt in 1968. He has served as Federal Government Commissioner for Jewish Life in Germany and the Fight against Antisemitism since May 2018. After attending school in Darmstadt, he attended the United World College in Duino, near Trieste, Italy, where he earned the International Baccalaureate school-leaving certificate in 1987. He studied law at the University of Freiburg and at the Freie Universität Berlin. Following his law studies, he completed a masters programme at the London School of Economics, receiving the degree Master of Public International Law (LL.M.). From 1994 to 1996, he trained for the German higher foreign service at the Federal Foreign Office training centre in Bonn. In 2001, he received a doctorate from the University of St Gallen, Switzerland, with a dissertation on a topic in the area of family law. He began his diplomatic career as desk officer for South America and served abroad in Jaunde, Cameroon and Milan, Italy. From 2007 to 2018, he held various posts at the Federal Foreign Office in Berlin, lastly as Special Representative for Relations with Jewish Organizations and Issues relating to Anti-Semitism.
Fernando Lottenberg recently was appointed as the first Organization of American States (OAS) Commissioner for Monitoring and Combating Antisemitism. Creation of the position was initially announced by OAS Secretary General Luis Almagro at the AJC 2021 Global Forum in June. “Secretary General Luis Almagro has long shown groundbreaking leadership in the global fight against antisemitism,” said former AJC CEO David Harris. “We are delighted he chose Fernando Lottenberg, one of Latin America’s foremost Jewish leaders, to fill this critical post, and look forward to working with the commissioner in fighting antisemitism throughout the region.”Lottenberg has been President of the Federation of Jewish Communities of Brazil and is currently a member of the Board of Trustees of the Institute of Latin American and Latino Affairs of the American Jewish Committee. A prestigious constitutional lawyer, his voice is recognized throughout the Americas as an active defender of democracy and human rights.
The Special Envoys will be accompanied by Holly Huffnagle, AJC’s Director for Combatting Antisemitism.