Major leadership transition at ELNET-US

Incoming board chair Tom Flesh says his role comes at a time of "great peril and opportunity" for Israel.

Tom Flesh. Credit: Courtesy of ELNET, the European Leadership Network.
Tom Flesh. Credit: Courtesy of ELNET, the European Leadership Network.

The board of directors of ELNET-US has unanimously voted to appoint Robert T. “Tom” Flesh as the new chair of the board. 

ELNET-US co-founder and outgoing chair Larry Hochberg will continue to serve on the board as chair emeritus where he will continue to mentor the next generation of ELNET leaders. As only the second chair in ELNET’s history, Flesh will build on Hochberg’s and co-founder Newt Becker’s legacies to further ELNET’s reach in the United States and throughout Europe and the Middle East. 

“It is my honor to be serving in this role at a critical organization,” says Flesh. “From defense ties to trade and diplomacy, Europe is critical to Israel’s security. I am committed to working with our professionals and community of supporters to strengthen these bonds at a time of great peril and opportunity for the Jewish state. As the son of Holocaust survivors, I could not think of a better way to honor my parents’ legacy.” 

Flesh serves on the boards of several real-estate companies and philanthropic organizations. A past president of Sinai Temple of Los Angeles, Flesh remains a member of its board of directors. He and his wife, Judy, are active in interfaith unity efforts, Jewish and Israel-based institutions, and organizations focused on education and at-risk youth. Flesh has also served on several community boards and commissions. 

“We are very fortunate to have Tom on our team at ELNET,” says David F. Siegel, the president of ELNET-US. “He has been indispensable to our efforts to expand the community of ELNET supporters in Los Angeles and throughout the nation. I look forward to working with Tom and Judy to continue these vital efforts.” 

The European Leadership Network (ELNET) is the most influential Israel-advocacy organization in Europe dedicated to broadening and deepening Israel-Europe relations. ELNET has affiliate offices in six European capitals and one in Israel. ELNET US provides financial and strategic support to all affiliate offices. Formally registered as Friends of ELNET, the organization is tax-exempt under Internal Revenue Code Section 501(c)(3).

To schedule an interview with ELNET-US President David F. Siegel contact: Joe E. Carmean, 410.845.0715, joe@orwellgrey.com.

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The European Leadership Network (ELNET) is a non-governmental, nonpartisan network with offices in France, Germany, Italy, the United Kingdom, Belgium (European Union and NATO); Central and Eastern Europe (CEE); and Israel. Its programs provide platforms for senior European and Israeli policymakers to gain deeper insights into the mutual benefits of close relations; discuss geopolitical challenges; better understand the security threats faced by Israel; explore Israeli solutions to European needs; and pursue new opportunities for partnerships in defense, trade, energy, food security and tech innovation.
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