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YOUR NEWLY ELECTED EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE AND COMMISSIONS MEMBERS

YOUR NEWLY ELECTED EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE AND COMMISSIONS MEMBERS

B'nai B'rith Europe is proud to publish the list of newly elected board and commissions members.Please find the list to be downloaded HERE

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Mathias Döpfner, CEO of the Axel Springer Group, a self-styled “non-Jewish Zionist”, receives the B’nai B’rith Europe 2014 Award of Merit

Mathias Döpfner, CEO of the Axel Springer Group, a self-styled “non-Jewish Zionist”, receives the B’nai B’rith Europe 2014 Award of Merit

At a star-studded Gala Dinner in the Frankfurt Inter-Continental Hotel on Tuesday, 10th June 2014, Ralph Hofmann, President of B’nai B’rith Europe, presented Mathias Döpfner with the BBE 2014 Award of Merit. In his…

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President Shimon Peres receives B'nai B'rith Europe Lifetime Award of Merit

President Shimon Peres receives B'nai B'rith Europe Lifetime Award of Merit

Jerusalem (18 May) Israeli President Shimon Peres received today (May 18) the first B'nai B'rith Europe Lifetime Award of Merit at a special ceremony at Beit Hanasi in Jerusalem.President Peres received a gold medal and a certificate that noted, in part: "You are the face of Israel and of the Jewish people and you bring together the highest Jewish values of ethics, morality, tolerance, culture and the national unity…

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Burgenland welcomes the European Day of Jewish Culture and Heritage

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There are practically no Jews today in Burgenland, this eastern most province of Austria. This is in sharp contrast to the years before the Anschluss of March 1938 when Jews lived relatively happily, notably in the well known seven communities, the sheba kehillot. Eisenstadt, one of these seven Jewish communities, and today the capital of Burgenland, is recorded as having a fully developed Jewish community in the Middle Ages with a synagogue, a mikveh and a rabbinate. At a time when Jews were being driven out of cities like Vienna in the 17th Century, they were welcomed in Eisenstadt and in the other towns of the sheba kehillot by Prince Paul Esterhazy from whom they received a letter of safe conduct in 1690. They became the Esterhazy Schutzjuden, in his protection, for which, of course, they had to pay a tax. The Esterhazy protection of the Jews passed down from generation to generation and resulted in Jews being attracted to the area in increasing numbers.

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KESHER DAY organized by B'NAI B'RITH in Geneva

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Participate. Learn. Debate. Meet. Share.
The event that brings together all Jews in the region!
Sunday, November 2, 2014, Geneva

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B'nai B'rith Europe condemn Belgian synagogue attack

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The Jewish Community of Brussels was once again attacked in an flagrant antisemitic effort

Although investigations are still ongoing, there may be no doubt that persons with racist, extremist and antisemitic intentions set fire at the Anderlecht synagogue. It happened only several hours after the reopening of the Jewish Museum of Brussels where, three months ago, four people were killed.

In the days leading up to Rosh Hashana, B’nai B’rith Europe and the  Brussels lodges are standing firmly behind the Jewish Community and, once again, urge the authorities to protect Jewish buildings and act strongly against the perpetrators.

B’NAI B’RITH COMMENDS GREEK LEGISLATURE FOR PASSAGE OF NEW ANTI-DISCRIMINATION LAW

B’nai B’rith Europe commends the Greek legislature for passing a law strengthening the country’s anti-discrimination laws and making it a crime to deny the Holocaust. This decisive action by lawmakers comes at a time of need as the rise of the neo-Nazi Golden Dawn Party has sparked anti-Semitic and xenophobic crimes throughout the country.

The law was passed by parliament on Sept. 9 after a year of debate. It increases jail time for offenders from two to three years and sets the fine at $26,000 as the maximum penalty for “inciting acts of discrimination, hatred or violence” based on religion, race or disability.

This change in policy, updating anti-discrimination legislation passed in 1979, is a positive and necessary step toward tolerance and inclusiveness in Greek society.

Brussels Jewish Museum suspect charged with 'murder in a terrorist context

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One day after his extradition from France, federal police said Wednesday that Mehdi Nemmouche had also been interrogated by a counter-terrorist unit
Nemmouche, 29, had fought with Islamic extremists in Syria.On May 24, a lone gunman walked into the Jewish Museum in the center of Brussels, unpacked a Kalashnikov rifle, killed four people including a couple of Israeli, a French retired woman and an emplyee of the Museum, with a burst of fire, packed up and walked away.

The man suspected of killing four people at the Brussels Jewish Museum in May has been charged with "murder in a terrorist context."

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