Will Recant, director for the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee’s nonsectarian and disaster relief programs, will speak on “The Meaning of the Arab Spring to the Jewish World” 3:30 p.m. today at the Everett Jewish Life Center. Recant will also address “Jewish Communities Around the World: An Update” at 12:15 p.m. Tuesday during the EJLCC Brown Bag.
As the JDC’s Washington representative, Recant was responsible for securing the JDC’s license to work in Cuba. He has visited Cuba over 50 times and has helped establish the JDC’s programs of community development and Jewish renewal there.
He has worked with U.S. Government agencies and Congress on issues specific to rescue and relief. He has helped provide disaster assistance to the tsunami-affected countries as well as to Kosovo and Africa. He has traveled to over 30 countries to coordinate and evaluate JDC programs.
Before joining the JDC, Recant was executive director of the American Association for Ethiopian Jews. He has worked closely with the Special Israeli Envoy as liaison to the U.S. government in the planning and implementation of Operation Solomon and has spoken to groups nationwide on the plight of the Ethiopian community.