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"On the tenth day of this seventh month you shall have a holy convocation..."


Dear Sisters, dear Brothers, dear Friends,

A few hours before Yom Kippour, surrounded by your families and your closed ones,
I you wish you Hatima Tova.

May you be registered in the book of life
May this year bring to you happiness and health.

Serge Dahan
President of B' nai B' rith Europe




« Le dixième jour du septième mois, ce sera pour vous une sainte convocation... »

Chères Sœurs, chers Frères, chers Amis,

A quelques heures de Yom Kippour, entourés de vos familles et de vos proches,
je vous souhaite Hatima Tova

Que vous soyez inscrits dans le livre de la vie
et que cette année vous apporte bonheur et santé.

Serge Dahan
Président du B'nai B'rith Europe
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From left to right: Angelos Kolokouris, Theologos Symenonidis, Evangelos Valiotis,
Alkiviadis Stefanis, Adamantia Tzanetea, Stavros Argitakos, Dan Mariaschin, Victor Batis

B'nai B'rith Philon Lodge in Greece co-organised the conference
"SPARTA-ISRAEL – RENEWING AN ANCIENT FRIENDSHIP"

An international conference titled "Sparta-Israel: Renewing an Ancient Friendship" has successfully taken place in Sparta, Greece, on September 2 & 3 2018. The conference was organised by the Municipality of Sparta, B'nai B'rith Philon Lodge and the Greek-Israeli Cooperation Institute. In a broader sense, the Sparta-Israel Conference aimed at a deeper acquaintance and mutual understanding between Greeks and Israelis, following the historically recorded friendship between ancient Sparta and the People of Israel.

The participants were welcomed on behalf of the organisers by Dr. Angelos Kolokouris, President of the Greek-Israeli Cooperation Institute. The Mayor of Sparta, Mr. Evangelos Valiotis officially opened the conference. A welcoming address was delivered by the Deputy Regional Governor and one of the conference sponsors, Mrs Adamantia Tzanetea. The keynote speaker on the first day of the conference was Mr. Dan Mariaschin, Executive Vice President and CEO, B'nai B'rith International, Washington, DC.

Distinguished speakers from Greece and abroad presented the archeological findings and historical research that confirm the existence of an ancient friendship between ancient Sparta and the People of Israel. Ensuing discussions explored modern day issues such as the possibilities for further cooperation between Greece and Israel and the future of Greek-Israeli relations.
Among the speakers were the Former Chief of the Greek Air Force, ret. General Theologos Symeonidis, Dr. Angelos Kolokouris, CEO of the AI Initiative, Professor Sophia Zyga from the University of Peloponnese, George Zisimatos, Managing Director of the Directorate for the Hellenic Armed Forces Real Estate Development, Dr. Anna Lambropoulou, Director, Institute for Historical Studies, National Institute for Research, Dr E. Lianos-Liantis, Special Secretariat for Cultural Diplomacy, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Professor Noah Hacham from Hebrew University, and Professor Panagiotis Liargovas from the University of Peloponnese.
The conference ended with 2 interesting panel discussions facilitated by Dr. George Tzogopoulos, Senior Fellow, Begin-Sadat Centre for Strategic Studies. The two panels addressed (a) key aspects of geopolitics in the Eastern Mediterranean and (b) cooperation parameters and potential towards development and growth between for the two nations. These ground-breaking panels included Professor Spyros Litsas from the University of Macedonia, Professor Theodoros Tsakiris from the Unniversity of Nicosia, Professor Panagiotis Liargovas from the University of Peloponnese, Dr. Angelos Kolokouris, President of the AI Initiative, and Dr. Stergios Katichoritis, Architect-Civil Engineer.

The Army Chief of General Staff, Lieutenant General Alkiviadis Stefanis, honored with his presence the conference. The conference was also attended by representatives of the Peleponnese Regional Government, the Municipality of Sparta, and all the professional institutions of the area.
Conference sponsors were the Hellenic Post, the Greek National Tourism Organisation, and the Municipality of Peloponnese. Communication Sponsors were ERT2, ERT World, ERT3, First Program, the Voice of Greece, and ERT Tripoli.

Serge Dahan, President of B'nai B'rith Europe congratulates Victor Batis President of the Philon Lodge for co-organizing this distinguished conference.
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B'nai B'rith Europe President Serge Dahan wishes you and your loved ones Shana Tova Happy and sweet new year


Dear Friends,
On my behalf and on behalf of the Executive Committee of B'nai B'rith Europe,
I convey to you my good wishes for the year 5779.
May this New Year bring to you and to your loved ones,
Health, prosperity and serenity,
A year of sweetness, love and friendship,
A year of peace and tranquility for all of you,
For Israel and for the Jewish people.

May You will be all written in the Book of Life

Serge Dahan
President of B'nai B'rith Europe




Le Président du B'nai B'rith Europe Serge Dahan vous souhaite Shana Tova Une joyeuse et douce année

Chers Amis,
En mon nom personnel et au nom du Comité Exécutif du B'nai B'rith Europe
Je vous adresse tous mes vœux de bonne année 5779.
Que l'année 5779 vous apporte, ainsi qu'à tous vos proches
Santé, prospérité et sérénité,
Une année de douceurs, de joies, d'amour et d'amitié,
Une année de paix et de tranquillité pour vous tous,
Pour Israël et pour le peuple Juif.

Que vous soyez tous inscrits dans le Livre de la Vie.

Serge Dahan
Président du B'nai B'rith Europe
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B'nai B'rith Europe President Serge Dahan wishes you and your loved ones Shana Tova Happy and sweet new year


Dear Friends,
On my behalf and on behalf of the Executive Committee of B'nai B'rith Europe,
I convey to you my good wishes for the year 5779.
May this New Year bring to you and to your loved ones,
Health, prosperity and serenity,
A year of sweetness, love and friendship,
A year of peace and tranquility for all of you,
For Israel and for the Jewish people.

May You will be all written in the Book of Life

Serge Dahan
President of B'nai B'rith Europe




Le Président du B'nai B'rith Europe Serge Dahan vous souhaite Shana Tova Une joyeuse et douce année

Chers Amis,
En mon nom personnel et au nom du Comité Exécutif du B'nai B'rith Europe
Je vous adresse tous mes vœux de bonne année 5779.
Que l'année 5779 vous apporte, ainsi qu'à tous vos proches
Santé, prospérité et sérénité,
Une année de douceurs, de joies, d'amour et d'amitié,
Une année de paix et de tranquillité pour vous tous,
Pour Israël et pour le peuple Juif.

Que vous soyez tous inscrits dans le Livre de la Vie.

Serge Dahan
Président du B'nai B'rith Europe
B'nai B'rith Europe President condemns the fires caused by terror-kites in Israel and invites members to be mobilised
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Picture of a burned field in Israel, near Gaza (Credits : KKL)

Since the last few weeks, incendiary kites and ballons with flammable material and explosive devices have been launched from Gaza to communities near the border, damaging fields and kibbutzim. They have sparked fires across thousands of acres. Millions of shekels are already needed to repair the damages.

Damages are not only material. Natural reserves have been affected by the fires, and the wildlife suffered from it. Furthermore, even if there are no direct casualties, "there has been an increase in asthma attacks in children," says Dr. Nataly Shveydel, director of a hospital near the Gaza border.

B'nai B'rith Europe President Serge Dahan condemns this criminal fires and invites every B'nai B'rith member to help Israelis by donating to Keren Kayemeth LeIsrael, the Jewish National Fund and largest Israeli green organisation.

B'nai B'rith Europe President Serge Dahan congratulates B'nai B'rith France which has already launched a fund relief campaign and encourages all Lodges to engage in this campaign.

Find out the contact details of your KKL national office by clicking here


B'nai B'rith Europe President Serge Dahan
participated in a CRIF delegation and met with Israel President Reuven Rivlin, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Israeli officials

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Serge Dahan and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu


Along with Francis Kalifat, CRIF President (Representative council of Jewish institutions of France), and the official delegation of the CRIF Executive Committee, Serge Dahan, CRIF Executive Committee member and B'nai B'rith Europe President, participated in the Meeting and Dialogue trip to meet with Israeli officials.

During this four-day trip organised by the CRIF President, delegation members met with the Israel President Reuven Rivlin and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

The meetings provided the opportunity for long and enriching exchanges, with notably Deputy Director General and Head of Public Diplomacy for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) Noam Katz, Director of the Department of Jewish communities for the MFA Akiva Tor, newly elected President of the Jewish Agency and Knesset Member Isaac Herzog, and Minister of Public Security and Strategic Affairs, Gilad Erdan.

The trip allowed members of the delegation to better understand the stakes of the Israeli society and politics. They also raised awareness of the difficulties European Jews face when settling down in Israel, including exclusion issues, to ensure their contribution to the Israeli society. Other topics have been raised during these meetings. Among them, the regional and complex challenges Israel face, the international outreach of Israel with high-technology start-ups, the economic growth and its benefits for Israeli citizens.

To conclude this trip, Her Excellency Hélène Le Gal, Ambassador of France in Israel, welcomed the CRIF Executive Committee delegation for a lunch in the private residency in Tel Aviv.

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Serge Dahan and President of the Jewish Agency and Knesset Member Isaac Herzog



Le Président du B'nai B'rith Europe Serge Dahan a participé à une délégation du CRIF qui a rencontré le Président israélien Reuven Rivlin, le Premier Ministre Netanyahu et d'autres personnalités politiques

Aux côtés de Francis Kalifat, Président du CRIF (Conseil représentatif des institutions juives de France), et de la délégation officielle du Comité Exécutif du CRIF, Serge Dahan, membre du Comité Exécutif du CRIF et Président du B'nai B'rith Europe, a participé au voyage de Rencontre et Dialogue avec des responsables politiques de l'État d'Israël.

Lors de ce voyage de quatre jours organisé par le Président du CRIF, les membres de la délégation ont rencontré le Président de l'État d'Israël Reuven Rivlin et le Premier Ministre Benjamin Netanyahu.

Le voyage a permis aux membres de la délégation d'en apprendre plus sur les enjeux que connait Israël. La délégation officielle a eu l'opportunité d'avoir de longs échanges enrichissants, avec notamment le Directeur Général du Ministère des affaires étrangères (MAE), Monsieur Noam Katz, le Directeur du Département des communautés juives du MAE, Monsieur Akiva Tor, le nouveau Président élu de l'Agence Juive, Monsieur Isaac Herzog, et le Ministre de la Sécurité publique et des Affaires Stratégiques, Monsieur Gilad Erdan.

Ce voyage a permis aux membres de la délégation de mieux comprendre les enjeux de la politique et de la société israéliennes. Ils ont aussi sensibilisé les personnalités aux difficultés que rencontrent les Juifs européens lors de leur installation en Israël, notamment par rapport à leur exclusion, afin d'assurer leur contribution à la société israélienne. D'autres sujets ont été abordés lors de ces rencontres. Parmi eux, les défis régionaux complexes auxquels doit faire face l'État d'Israël, le rayonnement international notamment par les innovations technologiques de ses start-up, la croissance de l'économie israélienne et ses retombées bénéfiques pour tous ses citoyens ont été discutés. Les membres de la délégation ont pu renforcer les liens avec les Juifs vivant hors d'Israël.

Pour clôturer ce voyage, Son Excellence, Madame Hélène Le Gal, Ambassadrice de la France en Israël a reçu la délégation du Comité Exécutif du CRIF, lors d'un déjeuner organisé dans la résidence privée à Tel Aviv.

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