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Mr. Will Recant

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Assistant Executive Vice Presiden...

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American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee , Inc.
711 Third Ave.
New York, New York 10017
United States

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Education

  • B.A.
    University of Louisville
  • doctorate
    George Washington University
  • Ph.D
  • M.A. degrees
    University of Louisville
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Will Recant, Assistant Executive Vice President, The American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC)
The Institute for Jewish and Community Research
www.jewishresearch.org, 1 Nov 2007 [cached]
By now, Will Recant knows the melodies sung in the Havana Synagogue -- that's Havana, Cuba -- better than those at his home synagogue in New Jersey.
Though no one's keeping track, he's probably celebrated more Shabbats in Havana than any other non-Cuban Jew. He's probably been to Ethiopia and Venezuela and China and Rwanda more than any other American Jew.
Repairing the world can really rack up those frequent flyer miles.
As a senior executive with the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (or the Joint, as it's affectionately known), Recant travels the world to carry out the 94-year-old organization's mission: rescue, relief and renewal of far-flung Jewish communities.
He was in the Bay Area last week to meet with supporters, appeal for funds and talk up the good work of the Joint.
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Although the people have made amazing strides in education and absorption, especially the younger generation, Recant laments their slow economic and cultural progress, noting, "In Jerusalem, the security guard at every restaurant is Ethiopian."
Though he's been all over the world, Recant has a fondness for the Jewish community in Cuba, which today numbers around 1,500. He says ever since 1992, when the country switched from being officially atheist to officially nonreligious, "There's been a renaissance of Jewish life in Cuba. The synagogue is open."
Making sure the Joint helped out in that effort, Recant has traveled to the island nation 50 times. His organization has special dispensation from the U.S. Treasury (the department that enforces the embargo), which allows him free travel.
Recant's portfolio also includes the Joint's efforts in general disaster relief. That covers everything from helping the victims of the 2005 Indian Ocean tsunami and rebuilding demolished mosques in Kosovo to rescuing Rwandan orphans.
One of Recant's pet projects is the $10 million Agahozo Shalom Youth Village in Rwanda, now under construction, which will house 500 orphaned children. "A lot of what we do is build bridges for Jews and Israel," he adds.
World traveler wasn't exactly what Recant had in mind after earning his doctorate in political science at George Washington University. The son of Polish Holocaust survivors, he hoped to teach but in- stead found work as a fundraiser for the American Association for Ethiopian Jewry. He later became director, and when that organization folded in 1993, the Joint snatched him up.
Somehow, with all the globetrotting, Recant has managed to maintain a family life. He and his wife, Nancy, have two college-age daughters, both of whom had their bat mitzvahs in Cuba. His eldest daughter, Rebecca, seems to have a feel for the family business: She is currently volunteering in Argentina.
Recant is quick to acknowledge the role Bay Area supporters have played in the recent success of the Joint. He especially credits Alan Rothenberg, Harold Zlot, Annette Dobbs, Nancy Grand and Roselyne "Cissy" Swig for their leadership over the years.
Though he's had his share of uphill climbs, Recant remains optimistic, not only about the Joint's mission, but the future of the Jewish people worldwide. With the last of the Falash Mura reaching Israel, Recant says, "There is no current need for rescue in the Jewish world."
After a few thousand years of global persecution, that's quite a statement, though he's quick to add, "That doesn't mean you let your guard down.
Speakers Program and Forum
www.nnjr.org, 15 April 2001 [cached]
William Recant, Ph.DDirector of Special Projects, American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee
His experience with projects dealing with the rescue, relief and reconstruction of Jewish communities worldwide has enabled Dr. Recant to act as a liaison to government agencies and Jewish organizations.This has given him an awareness of issues facing international Jewish communities, especially on issues relating to Ethiopian Jews in Israel and Ethiopia.
He earned his B.A. and M.A. degrees at the University of Louisville and his doctorate George Washington University.He also served as an instructor in Comparative Politics at American University.
"The Jewish community understands tikkun ...
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"The Jewish community understands tikkun olam, understands humanitarian responsibility," said Will Recant, an assistant executive vice president at the JDC.
Will ...
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Will Recant
Will serves as the senior staff person regarding all of the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC)'s non-sectarian disaster relief programs. In this capacity, he coordinates projects relating to the Rescue, Relief, and Renewal of Jewish communities worldwide and develops non-sectarian programs.
Will is also the Desk Director for Latin America and Europe Community Development at JDC headquarters in New York, a capacity in which he visited Cuba over 30 times. While serving as the Washington representative for JDC he helped secure JDC's license to work in Cuba, and he helped establish JDC's programs of community development and Jewish renewal.
Will has worked with U.S. Government agencies and Congressional members to brief them on issues specific to rescue and relief, and with Private Voluntary Organizations (PVOs) in program coordination, partnership development and cooperation. He has also acted as an intermediary to embassies and officials of countries in which JDC is active and has traveled overseas to coordinate and evaluate existing and potential JDC programs in Cuba, China, Somalia, Kenya, Kosovo, Ethiopia, Sudan, Israel, Turkey, the Gaza Strip, Egypt, Russia, Ukraine, Belarus, and Eastern Europe.
Before joining JDC, Will was the Executive Director of the American Association for Ethiopian Jews in Washington, DC, and in that capacity he briefed President George Bush on the condition of Ethiopian Jews in Israel and those remaining in Ethiopia; he worked closely with the Special Israeli Envoy as liaison to the U.S. Government in the planning and implementation of Operation Solomon; he established the Congressional Caucus for Ethiopian Jews; advised State Department officials and members of Congress on Ethiopian Jewry, and spoke to groups nationwide on the plight of the Ethiopian community.
Will has a master's degree and Ph.D. in Political Science.
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