Prestige U.S. award for Colin Rubenstein

June 3, 2019 by J-Wire Newsdesk
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The Executive Director of the Australia/Israel & Jewish Affairs Council Dr Colin Rubenstein has been honoured for his advocacy on behalf of the Jewish people and Israel by the Board of Governors of the American Jewish Committee.

Dr David Harris and Dr Colin Rubenstein

At a session for the organisation’s national leadership prior to the formal opening of the Global Forum of the AJC in Washington, Dr David Harris, its Executive Director, described Dr Rubenstein as one of “the greatest Jewish leaders of our time” and said AIJAC and AJC were perfectly aligned “natural partners”.

The award was inscribed, “Presented to Colin Rubenstein, one of the world’s leading advocates on behalf of the Jewish people and Israel. In friendship and admiration.”

Accepting the award, Dr Rubenstein listed many areas of cooperation between the two organisations, particularly in the Asian region but also in terms of many global Jewish concerns.

He noted that the two organisations were ahead of the curve on many issues, including understanding Islamist extremism, noting important developments in geopolitics and exposing Iranian adventurism.

He outlined areas of cooperation over more than twenty years, with examples including the active participation of AIJAC’s Director of International Affairs, Jeremy Jones, in AJC’s global Interfaith activity, including at the Vatican last month.

Both Harris and Rubenstein emphasised that the close relationship between the two organisations had been constructive and productive, and predicted it would continue to deepen and strengthen in the years to come.

Colin Rubenstein told J-Wire: “I’m very moved by this gracious honour extended to me by David Harris and AJC, the inspiring gold standard for effective and responsible Jewish leadership and advocacy, but also grateful for the recognition of the efforts of all our dedicated professional and support team at AIJAC and the fruits of our successful  partnership with AJC which it represents”.

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