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On 26 – 28 May 2017, the traditional meeting of the lodges from Budapest, Košice, Prague and Bratislava was held in the capital of Slovakia. After Kabbalat shabbat, a festive dinner attended by the Ambassador of the State of Israel, Cvi Aviner Vapni, the Mayor of Bratislava, Ivo Nesrovnal, the President of B'nai B'rith Europe, Daniel Citone, and sisters and brothers of the Tolerances Lodge as well as guests from fraternal lodges was held. Our brother Mandelbaum from Vienna is a regular participant in our events.

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Obituary for Simone Veil


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JEWISH CULTURE 287 By Gilberte JACARET



"It rests on the principles that you affirm and, against all odds, without ever raising your voice, manage to convince everyone of. We can say this without airs: In the heart of political life, you offer a moral and republican image."
Jean d'Ormesson

by Douglas Johnson, The Guardian
Friday 30 June 2017 14.00 BST Last modified on Friday 30 June 2017 23.15 BST

Survivor of Nazi death camps who made her name as the French health minister responsible for legalising abortion.


In November 1974, the French minister for health, Simone Veil, rose to address the national assembly and to propose a law legalising abortion. For the next three days, she fought a tremendous battle under the eye of the media. Outside the assembly, "Let them live" campaigners distributed leaflets containing terrible illustrations, and a number of women, led by a priest, walked in procession reciting prayers.
The measure was the most controversial in France for many years, and the situation politically complicated. Within the government, the prime minister, Jacques Chirac, was not in favour of the projected law, and the minister for justice, who was absent from the assembly, had pronounced that, for him, "abortion means death". The president of the republic, Valéry Giscard d'Estaing, had insisted on the law, but not succeeded in persuading his followers. The project was passed only because the opposition endorsed it. This was considered a triumph for Veil, who has died aged 89, and, despite her protests, the law became widely known as "la loi Veil".

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More information as it becomes available at: BnaiBrith.org/LeadershipForum2017

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We are organising together with B'nai B'rith UK a week-end for Young Professionals (members and not members).
Please circulate around. You can find all details on Eventbrite.
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B'nai B'rith concluded its annual leadership delegation to the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva, where top staff and volunteer leaders advocated on important human rights issues and challenged the body's relentless bias against Israel.

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On Monday 30th January, students heard a testimony from Holocaust survivor, Ernest Simon, as part of a visit organised by the Holocaust Educational Trust (HET).

Ernest was born in May 1930 in Eisenstadt, Austria. Following the Anschluss in March 1938, Ernest and his family moved from Eisenstadt to Vienna, where they settled in a small flat in the Jewish quarter. As soon as they moved, Ernest's father began making desperate efforts for the family to leave the country.

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