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Liwerant Szclar, Daniel

LIWERANT SZCLAR, DANIEL (1945– ), Mexican community leader and activist in international Jewish organizations. Born in Mexico City where he studied in the Tarbut Jewish school and in a national high school, he was an active member of the Hanoar Hatzioni youth movement. Liwerant continued his studies at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, where he graduated in law.

Back in Mexico Liwerant's professional work was concentrated in the area of construction and real estate in which he founded and directed several companies. From the mid-1980s he served as vice president of the administrative council of Isal Investment Corporation which promoted investments in different areas of Israel's economy. From 1986 he was president of the board of Keren Fomento Atzmaut, México-Israel.

Liwerant focused his activities on the promotion of Diaspora-Israel relations. He presided over Keren Hayesod, Mexico (1990–94) and the World Board of Keren Hayesod (1997–2001). From 1995 he was an executive member of the board of trustees of Keren Hayesod, and of the board of governors and the Executive of the Jewish Agency. He was a member of the Joint Authority of Jewish-Zionist Education (1993–2003) and co-chairman of its Aliyah and Absorption Committee.

Liwerant was also active in Jewish education in Mexico, where he was a member of Reshut Hachinuch (Education Authority; 1993–97) and a member of the board of Universidad Hebraica (from 2000). He supported the Taglit-Birthright program in Mexico and was a member of its international consulting council.

Liwerant received many awards including an honorary doctorate from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem (1997). His wife, JUDIT BOKSER DE LIWERANT, is a recognized scholar in political science and a researcher of the Jewish community in Mexico. She is director of the Post-Graduate Program of the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México UNAM and a member of the Mexican Academy of Science. She was also very active in the development and improvement of Jewish educational and cultural enterprises.

Sources: Encyclopaedia Judaica. © 2008 The Gale Group. All Rights Reserved.