His Excellency Mr. Klaus Iohannis, President of Romania, has recently honored members of the Jewish Community of Romania, members of the B’nai B’rith Forum of Romania, and survivors of the Holocaust for their important contributions to the cultural, religious, moral, economic and politic domains, as well as for their support and contributions to inter-ethnic relationships.
The President of B’nai B’rith Romania considers that the distinction he received is an honor offered to B’nai B’rith. President Klaus Johannis awarded to Mr. Jose Iacobescu the National Order “Faithful Service”, Knight Rank, in appreciation for his personal contribution as coordinator in Romania of the “Bridges of Tolerance” European Project (2013-2019). Other distinctions include the Prize for contribution to the development of economic cooperation between Romania and Israel, awarded by the Romanian Embassy in Israel in 1996, Honorary Member of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Romania, Bearer of the Gold Badge and many more.
Jose Iacobescu was born in 1932 in Bucharest, in a family of Jewish professionals. He had a difficult childhood characterized by material shortages, isolation and emotional hardship related to the difficulties suffered by his parents.
Following the completion of high-school studies, Jose Iacobescu graduated from the Technical School of Chemistry and subsequently pursued university studies in automobile engineering at a Military university. Afterwards, his professional life was focused on automotive manufacturing.
In 1990, Jose Iacobescu founded Romania-Israel Chamber of Commerce and Industry, which was instituted by government order and represented the first bilateral Chamber of Commerce and Industry in post-communist Romania. In 1995, he founded the Union of Bilateral Chambers of Commerce and Industry of Romania.
In 2005, Jose Iacobescu was elected President of B’nai B’rith Romania. In this capacity, he organized with the support of B’nai B’rith Europa, B’nai B’rith International and the Romanian Federation of Jewish Communities various international events. Thus, in 2006, B’nai B’rith Romania hosted in Bucharest the Conference of the B’nai B’rith organizations from Central and South-Eastern Europe. In the resolution of this conference, B’nai B’rith Europe offered its support for the integration of Romania in the European Union, which occurred in 2007. Also in 2007, B’nai B’rith Romania hosted the fellowship ceremony of the B’nai B’rith lodges from Romania, Bulgaria, Hungary and Serbia.
At the conclusion of Convention in Madrid, B’nai B’rith Europe decided that the following year Convention in May 2008, be held in Bucharest. The organizing of this Convention in Bucharest and the arrival in Romania of personalities from 30 European countries represented not only a major event, but also the consolidation of Romania’s position on a European and international level.