Diplomatic Outreach

Ronald Klausner and Joel Negrin, Co-Chairs

Mission: To safeguard Jews around the world, by promoting American values of democracy and pluralism and by advocating for Israel’s security and status at the UN. The Region, situated in close proximity to Missions to the UN and Foreign Consulates, engages with diplomats to establish and improve friendly relationships, educate and build understanding on issues of mutual concern. The Region is responsible for diplomatic outreach to: Armenia, Australia, Bahrain, Belgium, Bhutan, Brazil, Canada, Chile, China, Colombia, Croatia, Czech Republic, Cyprus, Egypt, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Jamaica, Lithuania, Moldova, Mongolia, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore, Spain, Sweden, Turkey and Ukraine.

Recent Events:

August 2015-present:  More than 30 private formal meetings and numerous informal meetings with New York-based diplomats to present AJC's global campaign against Unilateral Recognition of Palestine, Delegitimization of Israel, and Anti-Semitism. Meetings were held at Missions and Consulates, AJC’s national office and lay leaders’ homes.

April 2016 - Participation in the bi-annual Diplomatic Model Seder at Congregation B’nai Jeshurun which attracted more than 100 diplomats. 

January 2016 - United Nations Holocaust Commemoration Programme. In coordination with the Jacob Blaustein Institute for Human Rights and the Region's Contemporary Jewish Values Committee, more than 50 diplomats and lay leaders attended a program in the U.N. General Assembly highlighted by remarks from UN Secretary-General Ban-Ki Moon, U.S. Ambassador Samantha Power and acclaimed activist and “Nazi hunter” Beate Klarsfeld.

December 2015 - Coordination and attendance at the opening event of the People's Republic of China photo exhibit “Jewish Refugees in Shanghai” featuring Shanghai Ghetto survivor at Jewish Community Center of Harrison.

August-September 2015 – Town hall meetings with AJC Chief Executive Officer David Harris and Associate Director of International Affairs Aaron Jacob concerning the implementation and implications of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action agreement with Iran.