Josef Schuster remains President of the Central Council of Jews in Germany for another four years. The 68-year-old doctor was unanimously confirmed in office by the Presidium of the Central Council in Frankfurt/Main on Sunday, as the Jewish umbrella organization announced. The Würzburger has been at the head of the Central Council since 2014.
"In my third term as President, I would like to place more emphasis on the positive elements of Judaism in Germany," said Schuster. The Central Council "does not always want to be just a moral admonisher, but rather find answers to the social questions of our time and thus also create encounters and break down prejudices". The focus of this effort is the opening of the Jewish Academy of the Central Council in Frankfurt/Main, which is planned for spring 2024.
At the council meeting, Mark Dainow from Offenbach and Abraham Lehrer from Cologne were confirmed in their offices as vice-presidents. The Board of Directors also elected Vera Szackamer from Munich, Daniel Neumann from Darmstadt, Harry Schnabel from Frankfurt/Main, Bianca Nissim from Pforzheim, Barbara Traub from Stuttgart and Grigory Rabinovich from Bochum to the Executive Committee.
Schuster was born in Haifa, Israel. His family has centuries-old roots in Lower Franconia. His father David comes from Bad Brueckenau. In 1938 the National Socialists forced the family to leave Germany, in 1956 they returned to Würzburg. In the 1960s, David Schuster was the driving force behind the new construction of the Würzburg synagogue, which was inaugurated in 1970.