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BBE sponsors portable school shelter for elementary school in Israel

BBE sponsors portable school shelter for elementary school in Israel

During last summer’s Gaza conflict, the BBE executive committee organized a Solidarity trip to Israel. As part of the program,…

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Invitation to the 8th BBE Convention and BBI International Forum in Prague

Invitation to the 8th BBE Convention and BBI International Forum in Prague

B'nai B'rith Europe a divison of B'nai B'rith International Invitation to the 8th BBE Convention and BBI International Forum in…

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Unveiling Ceremony of the plaque in memory of Erika van Gelder z"l

Unveiling Ceremony of the plaque in memory of Erika van Gelder z"l

On Sunday 3rd July, on the occasion of a reunion of the BBE Executive Committee and a visit from BBI executive, BBE…

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B’nai B’rith Meets with European Commission Coordinator to Combat Anti-Semitism

B’nai B’rith Meets with European Commission Coordinator to Combat Anti-Semitism

B'nai B'rith Europe President Daniel Citone, B'nai B'rith Europe Vice-President Valerie Achache and B'nai B'rith International Director of EU Affairs…

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Working brunch with fellow Jewish organisations in renovated offices

Working brunch with fellow Jewish organisations in renovated offices

Yesterday, 1st October 2015, B'nai B'rith Europe held a working brunch in its renovated office with several organisations that were…

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A delegation of B'nai B'rith leads MEPS on a mission to Israël

A delegation of B'nai B'rith leads MEPS on a mission to Israël

B’nai B’rith International led several members of the European Parliament on a five-day visit to Israel. This trip promoted the…

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B'nai B'rith Young Professionals' Trip to Luxembourg

B'nai B'rith Young Professionals' Trip to Luxembourg

B'nai B'rith Europe and B'nai B'rith Young Professionals (BBYP) UK took a group of over 40 people to Luxembourg from…

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Bridges of Tolerance

Bridges of Tolerance

A report of the event in Romania 3-5 June 2015

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Mass escape of Jews from Nazi-occupied Denmark

By Ellen Otzen BBC World Service

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Seventy years ago this month, an extraordinary mass escape happened from Nazi-occupied Denmark. Tipped off about German plans to deport them to concentration camps, almost the entire Jewish population - several thousand people - fled their homes and left the country.

As he stepped onto the fishing boat that was meant to carry them across the Baltic sea to safety, 14-year-old Bent Melchior feared he might never see his home again.

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B'NAI B'RITH CELEBRATES GERMAN JEWISH FOUNDERS

B'NAI B'RITH CELEBRATES ITS GERMAN JEWISH FOUNDERS WITH DR. RUTH WESTHEIMER
Organization Celebrates 170 Years of Service to the Jewish Community and the World

RUTH WESTHEIMER

B'nai B'rith International will celebrate its German Jewish founders at a 170th-anniversary event honoring Dr. Ruth Westheimer on Oct. 22. The event, sponsored by Lufthansa German Airlines, will be held at the German consulate in New York City and will recognize B'nai B'rith's 17-decades of service to the Jewish community and the world.

The 12 German Jewish immigrants who founded B'nai B'rith on Oct. 13, 1843, at Sinsheimer's Café on New York City's Lower East Side were dedicated to positive Jewish contributions in their new home. Now 170 years later, B'nai B'rith International continues this mission as the Global Voice of the Jewish Community. B'nai B'rith is dedicated to fighting for human rights, combating anti-Semitism, providing disaster relief, advocating for Israel and supporting seniors.

Westheimer, best known as "Dr. Ruth," was sent by her German Orthodox family to safety in Switzerland at the age of 10 to escape the Nazi genocide against the Jews. Her family, left behind in Germany, perished in the Holocaust. After years in an orphanage in Switzerland, Westheimer immigrated to Palestine at the age of 17, where she joined the precursor to the Israel Defense Forces and fought in Israel's War of Independence in 1948.

B'nai B'rith will present Westheimer with an award entitled: "For a Life's Career of the Betterment of Humanity Throughout the World."

B'nai B'rith International President Allan J. Jacobs noted: "On our 170th anniversary, we pay tribute to our founders' commitment to the betterment of humanity by recognizing Dr. Ruth and her enduring spirit."
The event includes both Israel and Germany's consuls general in New York, Ido Aharoni and Busso von Alvensleben respectively.

"After 17 decades, we are still following the noble vision that the Jewish immigrant founders set out for this organization—working to make the world a better place," B'nai B'rith International Executive Vice President Daniel S. Mariaschin said.

Program details: Reception at 6:30. Program at 7:30. Dessert Reception at 8:15.
Consulate General of the Federal Republic of Germany.
871 United Nations Plaza (First Avenue between 48th and 49th streets), New York City.

B'NAI B'RITH CELEBRATES 170 YEARS OF GLOBAL SERVICE

B'nai B'rith has advocated for global Jewry and championed the cause of human rights since 1843. Now in our 170th year, B'nai B'rith is recognized as a vital voice in promoting Jewish unity and continuity, a leader in disaster relief, a tireless advocate on behalf of senior citizens and a staunch defender of the State of Israel. With a presence in more than 50 countries, B'nai B'rith is the Global Voice of the Jewish Community.



Holocaust survivor wins Nobel Prize

NobelP-300x325Holocaust survivor and Brussels University professor Francois Englert has jointly won the 2013 Nobel Prize in physics with Britain's Peter Higgs.

In the 1960s both Englert and Higgs predicted the existence of the Higgs boson particle, which explains how elementary matter attained the mass to form stars and planets.




A Rosh Hashana message from Justin Welby, Archbishop of Canterbury

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3 September 2013

To Jewish friends and colleagues on the occasion of Rosh Hashanah 2013/5774

It is a joy for me to send this message of warm good wishes to Jewish colleagues and communities here and around the world on the occasion of Rosh Hashanah. Thinking of your solemn celebrations, in these my first few months as Archbishop of Canterbury, I share with you hopes for new beginnings in this season of remembrance and renewal.

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BRIDGES OF TOLERANCE

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.

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L'Shanah Tovah Tikatevu

ralphhRosh Hashana 5774 Message from Ralph Hofmann,
President of B'nai B'rith Europe

Dear Sisters, Dear Brothers

We have once again arrived at that point in the year when we need to ask ourselves what good deeds we have fulfilled in keeping with the objectives of our order and what steps we have taken to remember those Sisters and Brothers who have passed away.

As many of you are certainly aware, the entire B'nai B'rith family mourns the recent passing of our dear Brother Joseph H. Domberger S'L, Honorary President of BB Europe. His work of rebuilding B'nai B'rith in Europe was without equal. All who knew him and worked closely with him will miss his advice and his amazing gift of being able to find a peaceful solution to the most difficult problem. May Joe and his beloved wife Jacqueline rest in peace.

On behalf of my colleagues of the B'nai B'rith Europe Executive Committee I thank you for the work which you are doing in your Lodge, a decisive contribution to maintaining our beloved B'nai B'rith active and alive.

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