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Rebecca Neuwirth

Rebecca Neuwirth is director of special projects at AJC. In this capacity, she works closely with AJC's executive director on issues of international priority for the Jewish community in the United States and worldwide, with a focus on Germany and the Nordic countries.

Neuwirth is also leading AJC's efforts to bring in a "new generation" of Jewish leadership, working to identify and engage the interest of outstanding Jewish Americans in their 20s and 30s.

Other special projects include directing Thanks To Scandinavia, an institute of AJC that awards scholarships to Scandinavian students and educators in gratitude for efforts to rescue Jews during World War II; overseeing the AJC Fellows Program, an international internship for graduate and undergraduate students; and coordinating AJC's dialogue with German delegations.

 During her time at AJC, Neuwirth has administered AJC's international humanitarian relief projects for Kosovar refugees, Turkish earthquake victims, and families affected by the September 11 attacks. She has created an education and advocacy project, IKAR (Israel Knowledge, Advocacy and Responsibility), with Solomon Schechter High School of New York, a curriculum being used by educational institutions around the country. She has also coordinated AJC's Israel education and advocacy materials for college students.

Neuwirth earned her bachelor's degree magna cum laude from Yale University and was chosen to be a member of Phi Beta Kappa. After graduation, she was awarded a year research fellowship in Berlin from the German Academic Exchange Program, a Fulbright affiliate. She went on to complete her graduate studies at Berlin's Free University and translate a book by leading German sociologist Niklas Luhmann, which has since been published in English.

 A New York native, Neuwirth attended Stuyvesant High School, where she helped found High 5 Tickets to the Arts, now a non-profit organization focused on making the arts accessible to young people. She has participated in the Ronald S. Lauder Student Exchange Program in Austria, the first Young Jewish Leadership Diplomatic Seminar organized by the Israeli Foreign Ministry, and the International Nahum Goldman Fellowship for Jewish leaders. While in college, Neuwirth served as editor-in-chief of The Yale Herald.

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