Russian Jewish Congress
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The Russian Jewish Congress is a non-profit charitable fund and a Russian Jewish organization. It was established in 1996 by the initiative group of the Jewish businessmen, active workers and religious figures for revival of the Jewish life in Russia.
It unites some of the influential and prosperous Jews in Russia, high-standing state officers, businessmen and actors of science and culture. The RJC supports existing communities and fosters the creation of new communities. At the same time helps them to strengthen and to find their own sources of funding and stipulates terms for independently allocating funds for the local communities’ needs.
Its administrating bodies are the Presidium, Council of Directors and Public Council. Heads of the Congress include Vladimir Resin, Mikhail Fridman, Yevgenia Albats, Vitaly Ginzburg, Yuliy Gusman, Andrey Kozyrev, Berel Lazar, Henry Reznik, Vladimir Solovyov, Gennady Khazanov, Mikhail Berger, Matvey Ganapolsky, Mikhail Zhvanetsky, David Iakobachvili and others (data of the late 2004).
- 1996-2001 Vladimir Gusinsky
- 2001 Leonid Nevzlin
- 2001-2005 Yevgeny Satanovsky
- 2004-2005 Vladimir Slutsker
- 2005-2009 Viacheslav Kantor
- since 2009 Yury Kanner
Israel National Memorial to the Red Army
In 2011 - 2012 Russian Jewish Congress supported the construction of the Israel National Memorial to the Red Army in the city of Netanya a.k.a. Victory Monument in Netanya. The RJC donated $500,000 towards the construction of the monument which opened on June 25, 2012.
Despite many influential state officers, businessmen, actors of science and culture being members of RJC, since early 2000th, its authority before the Russian Government has been reducing, while the Government mainly supports Federation of Jewish Communities of Russia.
In regard of RJC, its most close ally at the moment is the Congress of the Jewish Religious Organizations and Associations in Russia