Building a network of Jewish leaders
I had been invited to attend a session of the Top leaders seminar in Venice in 1996.
I attracted to this session my friends Richard Prasquier and Jean-François Guthmann. Not only did we enjoy the thought provoking training, the mix of Judaism, board management, data findings and forward thinking about our communities, we also were given a rare opportunity to meet with our counterparts from other European cities/countries, to realize that we shared many issues if not in size, at least in essence, and to start building a network of Jewish leaders.
It’s interesting to track what people become after such a training session. Richard became a brilliant President for the CRIF, the French Jewish political body, and Jean-François became an equally brilliant President for OSE, the 2nd largest European social welfare organization. Not bad.
As for myself, I was very much involved in the French Jewish community (Executive Committee of the FSJU, CRIF, Alliance Israelite Universelle…). I then started a European lay leader “career”, becoming inter alia a vice-president for ECJC and the treasurer for Leatid.
I believe that Alberto Senderey who made Leatid what it is, inspired all of us and I take this opportunity to thank him again for what he achieved for the European Jewry as a representative of JDC.