Dennis W. Glick of Huntingdon Valley was elected the new president of B'nai B'rith International at the 166-year-old organization's annual conference, held this week in Washington, D.C.
Glick, a 65-year-old CPA with his own private practice, was elected to a three-year term, and was officially sworn in on Monday evening. During his tenure, he plans to focus on combating rising anti-Semitism in countries outside the United States.
In January, he's slated to meet with Mexican President Felipe Calderon. Glick said that he aims to discuss the Iranian threat and problems with the Goldstone Report, which alleged that Israel had committed war crimes in its most recent campaign in Gaza.
"We're in 50 countries around the world. The biggest issue confronting membership outside of the United States is the rise in anti-Semitism," said Glick, adding that he also wants the group to have a greater voice in the national health care debate.
B'nai B'rith has about 120,000 members and supporters.
The native of Northeast Philadelphia became involved in the group's young-leadership division more than 40 years ago while a student at Temple University; he also met his wife via the group.
As he noted: "B'nai B'rith is in my blood."