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Chief Rabbi of Russia at the World Economic Forum

DAVOS, Switzerland — Chief Rabbi of Russia Berel Lazar is taking part in the World Economic Forum, January 23-27 in Davos, Switzerland.

The 38th annual World Economic Forum officially opened Wednesday evening. Among the world’s leading business leaders and diplomats, guests include U.N. Secretary-General UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, US Secretary of Sate Condoleezza Rice, Microsoft founder Bill Gates and British Prime Minister Gordon Brown.

Lev Leviev who serves as the president of the Federation of Jewish Communities of the CIS, is also attending the forum in his capacity as the Chairman of Africa Israel Investments.

The theme of the Annual Meeting, ‘The Power of Collaborative Innovation’ is the answer to all the big global challenges we are facing,” said Co-Chair Tony Blair, British prime minister from 1997 to 2007.

More than 2,500 participants from 88 countries are in Davos, Switzerland, including 27 heads of state or government, 113 cabinet ministers, along with religious leaders, media leaders and heads of non-governmental organizations. Around 60% of the participants are business leaders drawn principally from the Forum’s members – 1,000 of the foremost companies from around the world and across all economic sectors.

Chief Rabbi of Russia Berel Lazar is among the religious figures who are to represent the Russian Federation and the CIS and serves as a member of the World Economic forums council C-100. The C-100 is a community of business, political, religious, media and opinion leaders that promotes dialogue and understanding across different segments of society in the West and Muslim world.

A Friday night Shabbat meal with major Jewish, and international figures was organized by the World Economic Forum as well.

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