NEW YORK, July 12 /U.S. Newswire/ — The World Jewish Congress today hailed a unanimous vote of the Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany re-electing Israel Singer as president.

“Israel Singer’s re-election as President of the Claims Conference is a testament to his record of success and central leadership in ongoing negotiations,” said Edgar M. Bronfman, President of the World Jewish Congress. “Israel Singer is a tireless advocate of moral justice for Holocaust survivors, and his leadership is needed now more than ever to ensure that every survivor can live in dignity.”

Roman Kent, President of the American Gathering of Holocaust Survivors, added, “There is no better person for this position than Israel Singer. He has done so much for the Jewish people and indeed all mankind.”

Noach Flug, President of the Holocaust Survivors in Israel, said, “Holocaust survivors around the world are very glad that Israel Singer has been re-elected. In the coming years, we know Israel Singer will continue his important work on behalf of Holocaust survivors with the same energy and success as in the past. Israel Singer has contributed an immeasurable degree to Holocaust survivors around the world and we are grateful.”

“We are indeed thankful that Israel Singer will continue in his role at the Claims Conference, providing the continuity of the important relationship of the World Jewish Congress in negotiating with governments and other institutions for justice and restitution for Holocaust victims,” said Stephen E. Herbits, Secretary General of the WJC. Herbits served with Edgar M. Bronfman during the latter’s role as Chairman of the President’s Commission on Holocaust Assets in the United States under President Clinton.

Since the early 1990s, Israel Singer with others has led and participated in negotiations for a small measure of justice with government and industry, bringing over $15 billion in Holocaust restitution to support Holocaust survivors, heirs, memory and education.

The vote came as the Claims Conference’s Board convened in New York at its annual meeting, held at the Museum of Jewish Heritage. Also re-elected were Claims Conference Chairman Julius Berman, Treasurer Roman Kent, and Executive Vice President Gideon Taylor. Zeev Bielski, Chairman of the Jewish Agency for Israel, was elected First Vice President, and Ambassador Reuven Merhav was elected Chairman of the Executive.