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19 August 2013

Jean Kahn, a former French Jewish leader and human rights activist, has died at the age of 84. Kahn served as president of the Representative Council of Jewish Institutions in France (CRIF), as head of the European Jewish Congress, and as a vice-president of the World Jewish Congress. He had died on Sunday in his native city of Strasbourg, following a long illness, his son Daniel Kahn said.

Born on 17 May 1929, Kahn graduated in law from the University of Strasbourg. He was admitted to the bar in 1953 before joining the family textile business.

Jean Kahn (right) with French President François Mitterrand


In a strongly worded letter on 15th August 2013 Louis Bloch, a member of the Executive Committee of B'nai B'rith Europe, writing to Bundesrat Didier Burkhalter, Switzerland's Foreign Minister, asked that the nomination of Professor Jean Ziegler to the Advisory Committee of the UN Human Rights Organisation should be withdrawn.



August 1st, 2013

10 Avenue de Grande Bretagne
Monaco, 98000

Dear friends,

Thank you so much for your heartfelt condolence letter on the passing of our dear father, Joseph Domberger.

We have received tremendous outpouring of love and support from organizations, B'nai B'rith, business acquaintances and friends worldwide. It strengthens us knowing he touched so many lives, and was much admired and respected.

As his children, we will continue to live inspired by his zest for life and his gift to reach out to so many.

May his memory be blessed!
In appreciation,

Nava and Michel Domberger
Written by Barbara Nathan
Photos by Brian Nathan
Following a long-standing tradition, B'nai B'rith First Lodge welcomed Chief Rabbi designate Ephraim Mirvis into its membership, as it had done with the previous incumbents of this key role in the UK and Commonwealth.

In the presence of a large gathering of B'nai B'rith members representing many lodges, Rabbi Mirvis was inducted into the 103-year old premier lodge during a ceremony hosted at Norrice Lea Synagogue in London's Hampstead Garden Suburb, on Tuesday 23rd July.


The Late Joseph H. Domberger, Honorary Life President of B'nai B'rith Europe - 1926-2013. Deceased July 20, 2013 in Monaco.


SPAIN - Barcelona

Teaching the Holocaust in schools

 Left to right : Yessica Sanroman, Department Holocaust & anti-Semitism Sefarad-Israel Centre in Madrid, Marlemy Colmenares, Director Education Promotion at the Municipal Institute for Education, Manuel Medeiros, Manager of the Municipal Institute for Education,
Dr. Simon Emergui, President of the Nahmanides Lodge of Barcelona

The lack of knowledge about Jews and the ignorance of the Holocaust in Spain (that is not included in the official school curriculums) is a cause for concern of the Nahmanides Lodge of Barcelona. Spain was a “Judenfrei” country from the 15th to the 20th centuries, first because of the expulsion of the Jews and later because of the Inquisition.
During the Second World War the Fasciste regime in power for 40 years, pronounced itself “neutral” while maintaining a State Religion that presented a negative image of anything that concerned Judaism and the State of Israel.


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