Obama appoints NCSJ official to panel


WASHINGTON (JTA) — President Obama appointed an activist on behalf of Jews in the former Soviet Union to the Commission to Protect America’s Heritage Abroad.

The March 29 White House announcement said that Lesley Weiss, the community services director for NCSJ, "travels frequently to the region where she works closely with government, NGO and community representatives on the restitution and preservation of Jewish communal property, cemetery restoration, and Holocaust remembrance and memorialization."

The commission is an independent agency charged with identifying and reporting cemeteries, monuments and historic buildings in Eastern Europe and Central Europe that are associated with the heritage of U.S. citizens.

NCSJ:  Advocates on Behalf of Jews in Russia, Ukraine, the Baltic States & Eurasia was formerly the National Council on Soviet Jewry.

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