RICHARD PRASQUIER has been CRIF’s President since 2007. CRIF (Conseil représentatif des institutions juives de France) is an umbrella body comprising all French Jewish groups that was originally created in 1944 under the Vichy Regime. Nowadays, this national federation made up of 62 Jewish organizations is the voice of the organized French Jewish community in its dialogue with authorities and in the international media, including Le Monde, BBC and The Jerusalem Post. 2010 CRIF’s work topics include: French republican values and French Jewry; training for community leadership; remembrance of the Holocaust; fighting against anti-Semitism, racism, intolerance and exclusion; human rights; solidarity with Israel and support for a peaceful solution to the Middle East conflict; European and transatlantic relations.
Born in 1945, in Poland, Dr. Richard Prasquier arrived in France with his parents at age one. He studied medicine and completed a three-year residency in Cardiology in Paris hospitals. In 1974, he was Research Fellow at the Cardiovascular Institute of San Francisco University. He then became Head of Clinic at the University of Medicine in Paris. Involved in medical cooperation, he became President of Friends of Ichilov Hospital in Tel Aviv (Israel) in 1988. Since 1970, he has been active within the Jewish community. President of the French Committee for Yad Vashem, in 1998 he joined CRIF’s Executive Committee. From 2001 to 2007, he advised former CRIF President, Roger Cukierman. He was Head of the Commission on Solidarity at the Foundation for the Remembrance of the Shoah (FMS) from 2002 to 2007.
He is also a member of the International Auschwitz Committee and very active in the dialogue between Christians and Jews. He is Vice President of Yahad in Unum, whose President is Father Patrick Dubois. At CRIF, he directed the Commission for Relations with Catholics and the Commission for International Relations prior to his election as CRIF’s President.