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Rabbi Arthur Schneier is the Spiritual Leader and Senior Rabbi of Park East Synagogue. He is internationally known for his leadership on behalf of religious freedom, human rights and tolerance, with specific interest in China, Russia, Central Europe and the Balkans. He is the Founder and President of the Appeal of Conscience Foundation (1965). Rabbi Schneier was born in Vienna, Austria, on March 20, 1930. He lived under Nazi occupation in Budapest during World War II and arrived in the United States in 1947. He is married to Elisabeth Nordmann Schneier. A Holocaust survivor, Rabbi Schneier is known for his pioneering role in the struggle on behalf of Soviet Jewry and the rebuilding of Jewish religious life in Russia, the Ukraine and Eastern Europe. He successfully negotiated the return of the Moscow Synagogue to the Jewish community and was instrumental in the restoration of the Ohel Rachel Synagogue in Shanghai. Rabbi Schneier was privileged to present the expatriate Jewish community of Shanghai with the first Torah scroll in more than 50 years, donated by Park East Synagogue. Rabbi Schneier was one of three American religious leaders appointed by President William J. Clinton to start the first dialogue on religious freedom with President Jiang Zemin and other top Chinese leaders (1998.) Rabbi Schneier initiated the Resolution for the Protection of Religious Sites, adopted by the U.N. General Assembly (2001) and was a member of the U.S. delegation to the Stockholm International Forum for the Prevention of Genocide, Sweden (President George W. Bush, 2004). He was appointed a member of the High-Level Group, United Nations, Alliance of Civilizations, by the Secretary General Kofi Annan and Ambassador of the AoC by Secretary General Ban Ki-moon. The Rabbi is a member of Council on Foreign Relations; Asia Society; United Nations Development Corporation; United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, Committee on Conscience; Conference of Presidents of Major Jewish Organizations; Joint Distribution Committee; HIAS; Honorary Chairman, World Jewish Congress American Section; Honorary President Religious Zionists of America. Rabbi Schneier was awarded the Presidential Citizens Medal by President William J. Clinton, citing him for "his service as an international envoy for four administrations" and as a Holocaust survivor, "devoting a lifetime to overcoming forces of hatred and intolerance." He was the recipient of U.S. Department of State Special Recognition Award for "...his ecumenical work in favor of mutual understanding, tolerance and peace...." The Rabbi has received eleven honorary doctorates from U.S. and European universities. His alma mater, Yeshiva University, honored him by establishing the Rabbi Arthur Schneier Center for International Affairs in 2004. He is Officer of the Legion of Honor, recipient of The Grand Decoration of Honor in Gold with Star for Service to the Republic of Austria; Order of the Republic of Hungary; Dr. Karl Renner Prize of the City of Vienna; Order of St. Daniel of Moscow (Moscow Patriarchate, Russian Orthodox Church); Religious Liberty Award.

ARTICLES BY: Arthur Schneier


November 5, 2013 5:08 pm
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A Message to Hungary: Resist the Dissemination of Hatred

The below speech was delivered on behalf of Rabbi Arthur Schneier at the Conference on Jewish Life and Anti-Semitism in Contemporary Europe in Budapest, Hungary...

August 1, 2012 9:26 pm
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Salzburg Music Festival Address by Rabbi Arthur Schneier

The following is a transcript of an address given by Rabbi Arthur Schneier at the Salzburg Music Festival in Austria, 2012. Your Eminence, Cardinal Schönborn,...

Culture

Jewish Professional Dancer Maksim Chmerkovskiy Wears Tefillin in New Instagram Video

Professional ballroom dancer Maksim Chmerkovskiy shared a video on Tuesday of him putting on...

German Festival Cancels Scottish Band’s Concert Due to Its BDS Support

A German arts and music festival announced on Wednesday it was cancelling a concert...

Miss Israel and Miss Iraq Share Message of Peace at AJC Global Forum

Miss Israel Adar Gendelsman and Miss Iraq Sarah Idan together gave a speech about...

Features

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Beat your plowshares into swords, and your pruninghooks into spears: let the weak say, I am strong. -- Joel 4:10 My first...

‘Fauda’ Creators Talk BDS, Critics, and Whether There Will Ever Be Peace

When Lior Raz and Avi Issacharoff pitched their TV series about an undercover...

World

South Korea, US to Announce Suspension of Major Military Drills This Week

South Korea and the United States are expected to announce the suspension of "large-scale" military drills this week, with the provision that they would restart if North Korea failed to...

Israel

Israel Launches More Air Strikes Against Incendiary-Balloon Launchers in Ga...

The Israeli military on Sunday continued its effort to thwart ongoing cross-border kite bomb and incendiary balloon attacks being conducted...

Middle East

Turkey Says Its Airstrikes Kill 26 Kurdish Militants in Northern Iraq

The Turkish military said on Friday airstrikes its forces carried out killed 26 Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) militants in northern Iraq's Qandil mountain region on June 12, the state-run news...

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