Simone Santoro, 24, from Turin, is the new president of the Union of Young Jews of Italy. The newly elected 2020 Council appointed him unanimously.
Santoro is a graduate student pursuing a master’s degree in engineering. In the past he studied in Barcelona.
After his appointment, he said that he intended to set a year of work dedicated to dialogue, “the art that induces people to discover how much they have in common”.
The idea therefore, through a “respectful, humble and proactive” dialogue, is to encourage aggregation between people from different backgrounds.
“We will work with people with all sorts of backgrounds, religious and otherwise, left-wing Zionists and right-wing Zionists, from small, medium and large communities. We will work – said the new president Ugei – with the goal of easing tensions.”
David Fiorentini will work alongside Santoro as vice-president, Daphne Zelnick as treasurer and Giulia Rachel Ciolli as head of HaTikwa and the Ugei site. On the Board were also elected Keren Perugia, Bruno Sabatello and Giulia Santoro.