Leonid Nevzlin is an active philanthropist who has been involved and supportive of Jewish educational and academic projects. Before immigrating to Israel, Mr. Nevzlin was a principle player in various projects of studying and preserving the Jewish people’s history, including the establishment of the Moscow Jewish Cultural Center, the International Center for Russian and East European Jewish Studies in Moscow, as well as many other Jewish educational programs of ORT, the Jewish Agency for Israel, the Joint Distribution committee and the „Holocaust Fund“.
Mr. Nevzelin’s first project in Israel was The Leonid Nevzlin Research Center for Russian and East European Jewry in the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, which was later networked to similar centers, supported by Mr. Nevzlin, in Moscow, in Vilnius and in Kiev. He is also one of the big supporters of „Masa Israel Journey“ program and of „Birthright Israel-Mifgashim“ project which allows meetings between Birthright participants and their Israeli peers.
In 2004, Leonid Nevzlin, together with the Government of Israel, created a „salvation package“ to help preserve „Beth Hatefutsoth“, The Diaspora Museum. He has been recently elected as Chairman of its International Board of Governors. In collaboration with prominent figures in Israeli society and with leaders of the Jewish communities, he is working to make Beth Hatefutsoth a vibrant world-class center of knowledge and understanding of Jewish Peoplehood, and an innovative showcase of Jewish civilization.