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Dear Brothers and Sisters,

I would like to inform you that we are starting preparations for the Pan-European project “Bridges of Tolerance”. In 2013 the project was successful and well received by the press and governments in Romania, Bulgaria and Slovakia (Bratislava).

This year we are going to enlarge the project in scope and include Holocaust education in high schools. In view of the terrorist attacks on Jewish persons and institutions, now more than ever, we need to educate the educators and young generations about the Holocaust, about intolerance about discrimination and prejudice.

Get involved! Doing nothing is not an option!

Join the project, participate actively and support it financially.           

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Erika Van Gelder

BBE president


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B'nai B'rith Europe, in partnership with the International Network Against Cyber Hate (INACH), will launch the first webinar focus on cyber hate. This webinar will give you the tools to report and fight anti-Semitism online.

The first webinar on Sunday, March 23 2014 at 11:00 a.m. Continental Europe time, will feature
Ronald Eissens
General Director, Stichting Magenta
Magenta Foundation, Amsterdam

How to fight Cyber Anti-Semitism?

introduced by Yves Victor Kamami, Secretary-General of B'nai B'rith Europe

During this webinar participants will learn about the basic tools needed to fight cyber hate and anti-Semitism online. A platform will be at their disposal to report efficiently on any abuse online.

Ronald Eissens is the head of INACH, the best known anti cyber hate network.
He is a consultant on cyber-hate for the Council of Europe.

To register, contact Deborah De Lieme at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Or register online HERE

You must register in advance, no later than 10th March, to reserve your space. You will then receive instructions how to log in for the webinar
To coincide with the presentation of the "Bridges of Tolerance" project in Sofia, Professor Hannah Lorer wrote a fascinating essay on how she sees tolerance through the ages. She gives some interesting examples of bridges of tolerance, starting in Greek and Roman times where tolerance was shown towards Christians, continuing with examples from the Old Testament when the Persian King Cyrus liberated the Jews from slavery, reminding us of Pope Clement VI who in 1348 issued a papal bull urging Catholics not to persecute Jews who were being blamed for the plague. She quotes Voltaire's famous words of tolerance "I do not agree with what you have to say, but I'll defend to the death your right to say it". She also quotes John F. Kennedy: "Tolerance implies no lack of commitment to one's own beliefs. Rather it condemns the oppression or persecution of others."

Professor Hanna Lorer's essay should be read in full.


Transnational project of workshops and cultural events
Participating countries: Bulgaria, Romania, Slovakia

On a bridge, we may walk in opposite directions
and yet, we are walking towards each other...

This project is a manifesto against all forms of intolerance, racial discrimination, anti-Semitism. The workshops ( high level debates on issues such as intolerance, discrimination, anti-Semitism) and the cultural events (free of charge for the general public), are designed to disseminate knowledge about the Jewish contribution to the cultural development of that region. Knowledge about your neighbour's culture promotes understanding and mutual respect; it creates Bridges of Tolerance.



B'nai B'rith Europe is deeply shocked and angry to learn of the terrorist attacks that took place in Boston during the Marathon held on the occasion of the Patriot Day.
First and foremost the victims and their families are uppermost in our thoughts and prayers. May those who survive be granted a speedy recovery and, we extend our heartfelt sympathies to the families of all who died.
We extend to President Obama and the American people our deepest condolences at this time. Let the American people know, that we stand shoulder to shoulder with them in the fight to eradicate terrorism and those who harbour such evil people.
B'nai B'rith protects Israel, quotes violations perpetrated by Iran at the 13th session of the Council of Human Rights at the U.N.
Report by Jacques Jacubert.

B'nai B'rith International (BBI) sent its annual delegation to the UN in Geneva on the 3rd week of March 2010 for the Council of Human Rights, organized many meetings with VIP and made a few official declarations…