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NEWS - Lodges and B'nai B'rith updates

B'nai B'rith has issued the following statement:

B'nai B'rith International condemns in the strongest terms possible the July 18 terrorist attack on Israeli tourists in Bulgaria. 

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Report by Ernest Simon, based on an article in “Tachles”

The German language Jewish weekly journal “Tachles” reported the death last week, at the age of 93, of Sebastian Steiger, a man who, during World War II, saved the lives of some 100 Jewish children in occupied France.

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The President of the European Commission, José Manuel Barroso, completed a two-day visit to the State of Israel last week. B’nai Brith Director of European Union Affairs Nuno Wahnon Martins joined Barroso in Israel for the visit.

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At the conclusion of Brother Edouard Rosenstein's term of office, the Augustin Keller Lodge of Zuerich has elected Brother Maximilian Teicher as its new President.

The President and Executive Committee of B'nai B'rith Europe thank Edouard for his excellent service to our order during his term of office and at the same time take the opportunity of wishing Brother Maximilian Teicher every success during his period of office.

By Francois Moyse

Luxembourg, 25 June 2012

The European Council of Jewish Communities, supported by the Joint Distribution Committee, organized the meeting, which was open to presidents of Jewish Communities and of Jewish organizations.

The goal was an exchange of experience and expertise of leaders of Jewish Communities in Europe and an attempt to foster the ties between them, with the aim of drawing a vision for the future of Europe's Jews.

I had been invited in my capacity as president of AEPJ (EUROPEAN ASSOCIATION FOR THE PRESERVATION AND APPRECIATION OF JEWISH CULTURE AND HERITAGE). Additionally, the president of B’nai B’rith Europe, Ralph Hofmann, had asked me to represent him.

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Written by Wally Sacks

Valerie and Ernest Bello are celebrating their Diamond Wedding in June. If the commemoration of this marital milestone is a cause for much joy in the Bello family (two children and their partners plus five grandchildren), it is equally so for BB because of the immense contribution they have both made to our organisation.

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