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We have just been informed that Brother Raymond Levy passed away late Thursday evening February 9th at the age of 90 at the Frankfurt Jewish old age home after a long and serious illness. Brother Raymond Levy was an eminent member of B'nai B'rith, not only in his Lodge, the Frankfurt Schöndstädt Lodge, where he served 4 mandates as President, from 1976 to 1979, from 1983 to 1987, from 1993 to 1996 and from 2000 to 2002, but also as a member of the Executive Committee of District 19-Continental Europe during the Presidency of Chief Rabbi Bent Melchior.

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B’nai B’rith International letter to German Foreign Minister expresses disappointment over upgrade of Palestinian Mission in Berlin

Washington, D.C., Feb. 7, 2012: B’nai B’rith International sent a letter to German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle expressing “deep concern over the German government’s decision to upgrade the Palestinian diplomatic presence in Berlin from a delegation to a mission headed by an ambassador,” and asked the German government to reconsider its decision.

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Potential Working Group, Human Rights Charter and Standards for War Victims among Issues Raised

... Brussels, January 26, 2012: The World Jewish Restitution Organization (WJRO), of which B’nai B’rith International is a founding member, conducted a briefing for members of the European Parliament (MEPs) from across the political spectrum on the issue of Holocaust-era assets that have not been repaid.

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Washington, January 27, 2012: B’nai B’rith International sent a letter to organizers of the Deutscher Medienpreis (German media prize) cautioning that the Rev. Dr. Mitri Raheb, a Palestinian pastor of the Evangelical Lutheran Christmas Church in Bethlehem, should be reconsidered as a recipient of the 2011 prize, which is scheduled to be awarded Feb. 24 in Germany. Raheb has a longstanding reputation for promoting anti-Israel theology and narratives.

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I am delighted to welcome you to our new website. Some months ago the Executive came to the decision that we need to revitalise and rejuvenate the image of B’nai B’rith Europe on the Internet. Ernest Simon, Chair of the Communications Commission, was delegated to oversee this task.

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Written by Wally Sacks. Photos: Brian Nathan

It is perhaps Ralph Hofmann who has really got to the core of why B'nai B'rith's Heritage Days events are so important to diaspora Jewry. Ralph, who is the BBE President, was speaking at a presentation ceremony honouring  Valerie Bello and Barbara Nathan for their joint efforts in organising this increasingly popular cross-communal event and achieving a success which has led to around ninety different events being staged each September in the UK.

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