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Rabbi Arthur Schneier

Founder and President, Appeal of Conscience Foundation



Rabbi Arthur Schneier is internationally known for his leadership on behalf of religious freedom, human rights, peace and interfaith dialogue. “A Holocaust survivor who has devoted a lifetime to overcoming forces of hatred and intolerance,” he received the Presidential Citizens Medal from President Bill Clinton.

Rabbi Schneier is a Founder and President of the Appeal of Conscience Foundation (1965) and spiritual leader of New York's Park East Synagogue (1962) where, in 2008, he hosted Pope Benedict XVI, marking the first Papal visit to an American synagogue. Co-sponsored with the Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew the “Peace and Tolerance Conferences” on South East Europe, Kosovo and Central Asia (1994, 2005).

He was appointed a member of the U.N. Alliance of Civilizations High-Level Group, (2006) and an Ambassador of the UNAOC (2008).

U.S. Alternate Representative to the U.N. General Assembly (1988); Chairman of the U.S. Commission for the Preservation of America’s Heritage Abroad (1991-95); member of the U.S. delegation Return Crown St. Stephen to Hungary, Stockholm Prevention of Genocide Forum (2004).

Rabbi Schneier headed interfaith missions to Europe, Asia, Africa, Middle East and Latin America; convened six international conferences to halt ethnic conflict and foster reconciliation, peace and tolerance.

Awards bestowed upon him include the Grand Decoration of Honor in Gold with Star of Austria, Légion d'honneur of France, Order of Merit of Germany, high honors from Croatia, Hungary, Italy, Poland, Russia, Spain, U.S.

Ordained by Yeshiva University, he is the recipient of 11 honorary doctorates from U.S. and foreign universities. He is a member of Council on Foreign Relations and Asia Society.

Rabbi Arthur Schneier was born in Vienna, Austria and is married to Elisabeth Nordmann Schneier.

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