Seymour Saideman is 81 years of age. He is an Honorary Life President of BBE and he first joined the organisation in 1991. He was the first President of BBE (November 1999 – November 2003) and has also been the President of BB UK (District 15) during the period of 1997 – 1999. He was the Senior International Vice President of B’nai B’rith International during the period of 2006 – 2009. He was a Member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales but is now retired.
Mr. Saideman was initially involved in developing BB in the UK, and setting up its first bureau of Public Relations and International Affairs in 1997. Involved in establishing B’nai B’rith Europe in 1999, with the merger of Districts 15 & 19, he held conventions in Berlin & Milan, established relationships with the European Union offices in Brussels, and among other activities, carried out a two year program of humanitarian work in the Ukraine, Russia, Latvia, Romania and Lithuania. The program was funded with a grant of US$ 1.2 million, by the Dutch government from its Nazi Persecutee Relief Fund. It saw the expansion of the European wide program ‘European Days of Jewish Culture’, put on a major exhibition titled ‘Jewish Resistance against the Final Solution’, commissioned by BBE, at the Royal Army and Military Museum in Brussels (2001), the Deutsches Historisches Museum in Berlin (2002) and the Volkshalle in Vienna (2003).
Seymour Saideman reopened several Lodges in the Balkans & Eastern Europe (forcibly closed by the Nazis) and participated in several BBE solidarity missions to Israel working on several projects fighting antisemitism and in support of the State of Israel.