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Unveiling Ceremony of the plaque in memory of Erika van Gelder z"l

On Sunday 3rd July, on the occasion of a reunion of the BBE Executive Committee and a visit from BBI executive, BBE unveiled a plaque for our late and beloved President Erika Van Gelder.

Plaque Erika
David and Sarah Van Gelder, Erika's family, attended too.

Daniel Citone, BBE president, Garry Saltzman, BBI President, and Dan Mariaschin made moving speeches  followed by another inspiring speech by David Van Gelder. 


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B’NAI B’RITH MOURNS THE LOSS OF EMINENT VOICE OF THE HOLOCAUST, SURVIVOR ELIE WIESEL

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We mourn the passing of Elie Wiesel, whose writing gave voice to the millions who perished in the Shoah, and to the millions of Soviet Jews seeking freedom to emigrate. Eminent thinker and author, his books and lectures taught us with power and grace, but served also, in our own times, to teach us the lessons of history's darkest moments.


His passing leaves the world bereft of a profound moral conscience. 

Source: B'nai B'rith International.








When BB Berlin visits BB Athens...

Last week a group of 33 members of the Brotherhood of B'nai B'rith - Raoul Wallenberg Loge - Berlin Germany, visited Greece.

After passing by Thessaloniki, on 26, 27 and May 28, 2016, they visited Athens.

Escorted by their tour guide Mrs. Maria Passa-Kotsou, they had a historical tour with a special highlight on the Jewish part of Athens. The delegation attended a Cabalat Shabbat service in the synagogue, visited the Philon Lodge offices, the "Resteio" resting home, the Jewish Museum of Athens and lived the nightlife of Athens in a gathering at a tavern in Psiri.

They departed Sunday morning May 29 for Berlin with the best impressions for the excellent hospitality and the perfect organisation of their stay in Athens.


For B'nai B'rith
Lodge "PHILON"

Victor Batis

President

Visit Raoul Wallenberg in Athens

BBUK has a new board: congratulations!

Following the BBUK Annual General Meeting which was held last Sunday, 15th May 2016, a new board has been elected. You will find below the composition of the new board. Congratulations and good luck the new president Alan Miller and to the new board.

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  Alan Miller ( New President), Toni Port (Honorary Life President of BBUK) and Eve Swabe (Monitor)



 
 
PRESIDENT 
 
 
 
ALAN MILLER

 
 
VICE PRESIDENT
 
WENDY FISHMAN

 
 
MONITOR
 
EVE SWABE

 
 
INTERNATIONAL LIAISON
OFFICER
 
MARTIN KUDLICK

 
 
TREASURER 
 
 
 
TONY ETHERTON
 
 
SECRETARY
 
 
WENDY FIREMAN
 
 
MINUTES SECRETARY
 
JO BIEBER

 
 
Chairman – CJIC Committee
 
VALERIE BELLO

 
 
Israel Portfolio
 
WALTER BREINDEL

 
 

London Bureau of International Affairs  - Director
 
 
 
HELENE BRISKMAN
 

European days of Jewish culture: Ladino day at Philon Lodge

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In the framework of the European Jewish Days of Culture, which theme this year is Jewish languages, the Philo lodge, in Greece, is pleased to invite you to its 4th Ladino day on Monday 16th May 2016, 20:00.

The venue is at the Cultural Center of Athens, Sina & Vissarionos streets, Athens.

The evening will be dedicated to the language and culture of Sepharadic Jews. Brief historical references will be presented as well as recitations, music, ladino songs and of course a tasty feast with Sepharadic dishes and delicacies wil be provided.

B'nai B'rith Lodge "PHILON"
Athens - Greece

Happy Passover from Daniel Citone

Dear Sisters, Dear Brothers

On behalf of the Executive Committee of B'nai B'rith Europe I send you and your families my best wishes for a Joyful and Healthy Pesach.

Throughout the world, but particularly in Israel and in certain countries of Europe, Jews are facing difficult problems. In Israel our sisters and brothers are seeing an increased level of terrorist activity with tragic loss of life. In Europe anti-Semitism is on the rise, emanating from Islamist extremists, from far right groups, as well as from the far left, and often in the guise of anti-Zionism. Let us remember that Pesach is a festival which celebrates the Exodus from slavery to freedom, which brought our people to the land of Israel, one of the most advanced liberal economies of the world, a country whose constitution respects the rights of ALL its citizens.

Pesach is also a festival of renewal, so allow me to invite you all to renew your efforts in supporting the aims and principles of B'nai B'rith to achieve Benevolence, Brotherly and Sisterly Love and Harmony. Our work in Europe can only succeed if we move forward as a united and harmonious group.

Chag Pesach Vesameach

Daniel Citone
President, B'nai B'rith Europe

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