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Rabbi Michael Melchior is a member of the World Zionist Organization executive since 2009 and a former Knesset member. Since 1995, Melchior has been the chairman of Meimad, a modern-Orthodox party, and was elected to the Knesset in May 1999. From August 1999 until March 2001, Melchior served as Minister in the Office of the Prime Minister, responsible for Diaspora and social affairs; in the 17th Knesset he was Chairman of the Committee for Education, Culture and Sports. He lost his seat in 2009. Melchior has served as rabbi of a Jerusalem congregation since 1986, and has been the titular Chief Rabbi of Norway since 1980. Melchior has also served as International Director of the Elie Wiesel Foundation, as well as administrator of various human rights, immigration, and educational organizations. He is on the Elijah Interfaith Institute's Board of World Religious Leaders.