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Ralph Hofmann installs the Evi & Sigi Feigel Unity Lodge

On Sunday, 8th December 2013 the installation of the first mixed B'nai B'rith Lodge of the city of Zürich was celebrated. Naming the new lodge Evi and Sigi Feigel is designed to honour this couple's well-known achievements in the fields of Jewish and political activities, also recognised outside Switzerland.

The President of B'nai B'rith Europe, Brother Ralph Hofmann was in charge of the festive ceremony. The 33 founding members and many guests, including a number from the old-established AKL Lodge, enjoyed a splendid new installation ceremony. Evi Feigel's sister Ursula Richter and her husband Albert were installed as honorary members.

In her opening address, the lodge's first President, Madeleine de Beer, made it quite clear that it had been high time to arrive at the decision to found this lodge. This was the logical consequence following the decision by the AKL Lodge to refuse admission to women, and this 40 years after women had obtained the right to vote in Switzerland. The ESF Lodge's aim is to be modern and open within the B'nai B'rith framework, and of interest to its members who want to be active and involved in the lodge's philosophy.


Following the various introductory messages accompanied by symbolic gifts, among which the Lodge Gavel in wood and silver, the Lodge Council listed the activities planned for the next 12 months.
The ambience during the remainder of the evening and during the dinner was friendly and relaxed. Those Lodge Presidents visiting from the German speaking countries, Ralph Hofmann and his wife Simone, Herbert Rubinstein, Alexander Mandelbaum, Miguel Freund and other guests from Geneva and Basle, all our keen supporters, also had opportunities to address us. Piano and song enlivened the evening which even had a Foundation Cake as dessert.
This launch of the Evi and Sigi Feigel Lodge has shown that the founding members are keenly motivated. The evening already brought expressions of interest from potential new members.