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Berlin - Leading German Jewish Group Elects New Head

Published on: November 30, 2014 01:50 PM
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Josef Schuster (C), newly elected President of the Central Committee of Jews in Germany and his deputy Mark Dainow (L) and Abraham Lehrer look into the round in the Ignatz-Bubis-Community Center in Frankfurt Main, Germany, 30 November 2014. Schuster has been elected as President for a term of four years at the council meeting.  EPA/ARNE DEDERTBerlin - A Bavarian doctor has been confirmed as the new head of Germany’s leading Jewish organization.


Josef Schuster was elected Sunday after standing unopposed for the presidency of Germany’s Central Council of Jews.

The 60-year-old was born in Haifa, Israel, and has led the Jewish community in the southern German city of Wuerzburg since 1998.

He succeeds Dieter Graumann, who in 2010 became the first person born after the Holocaust to take the job.

The Central Council of Jews represents some 100 Jewish congregations with more than 100,000 members in Germany.

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