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Press Release - Major European-Jewish conference of young adults successfully concluded Print E-mail
Brussels, Belgium – November 03, 2008 – B'nai B'rith Europe (B.B.E.), a leading international Jewish organization, in association with the Benè Berith Giovani Sezione “Stefano Gaj Tachè”, the young B’nai B’rith Lodge in Rome, are proud to announce the successful conclusion of the Second Young Jewish Adult Forum that took place in the Italian capital between October 31 and November 2...  

The Forum brought together 180 Jewish students and young professionals from 24 different countries in Europe for a weekend of intense discussion and personal exchange under the motto: “What can I do?” It thereby followed up on the First Young Jewish Adult Forum in Frankfurt on the Main in November 2007, which had stood under  the  motto “Where  do I belong?” and  which had drawn much attention among young Jewish adults among Europe’s Jewish communities.

The aim of these Forums has been to encourage debate and reflection upon modern Jewish identity in Europe and to give young European Jewish adults a voice. John Reeves, International Vice-President of B’nai B’rith International and Chair of the Forum commented: “We bring together young Jewish men and women with different levels of Jewish involvement for purposes of intellectual stimulation and social intercourse in Harmony with the aim to pursue a common cause of our Order to assist  our  fellow  Jews  and  to bring to the realisation of the Mission of B’nai B’rith – Tikkun Olam – for the betterment of the world.”

This year’s event featured outstanding speakers such as Arno Klarsfeld, leading Jewish human rights activist and son of famous Nazi-hunters Serge and Beate Klarsfeld; Israel’s Ambassador to the Holy See, HE Mordechay Lewy; Rabbi Awraham Soetendorp of the Liberal Jewish Community in Holland; Rabbi Michael Ascoli of the Jewish Community of Rome; and Moishe Smith, President of B’nai B’rith International. 

Graham Weinberg, President of B’nai B’rith Europe, concluded: “Our future depends so much upon these young people who will become the future leaders of B’nai B’rith Europe and the wider community. I am confident that the Jewish people of Europe will  not  be disappointed  by our  young  adults  who  clearly  show  a  dedication and commitment well beyond the immediate call of duty.”

Representing over 5000 members in more than 150 Lodges in 29 European countries, B’nai B’rith Europe is part of the worldwide Jewish organisation B’nai B’rith International, which was established in 1843. It aims at the following goals:

  • To help people in distress.
  • To improve Jewish identity.
  • To broaden knowledge about Jews and Judaism across Europe.
  • To fight racism and antisemitic tendencies in particular.
  • To strengthen the relations between Jews in Europe and the State of Israel.
  • To promote understanding and good relations between European institutions and the State of Israel.
  • To support knowledge about Jewish presence and heritage in Europe.


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