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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,…

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…

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…

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…

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…

President of B’nai B’rith Europe visit in Auschwitz

President of B’nai B’rith Europe visit in Auschwitz

President of B'nai B'rith Europe visit in AuschwitzSerge Dahan, President of B'nai B'rith Europe and Member of the Executive Committee…

Press Release B’nai B’rith Europe

Press Release B’nai B’rith Europe

B'nai B'rith Europe co-organised a conference in the European Parliament for the International Women's Day. B’nai B’rith Europe co-organised with…

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Welcome to the B'nai B'rith Europe website


B'nai B'rith Polin, through B'nai B'rith Europe and B'nai B'rith International, calls for all people of good will, regardless of their nationality, to join in its efforts to counteract displays of racial hatred and their effects.

On January 27, 2014, the 69th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau, the largest Nazi death camp, a special international session of the Knesset will be held in Oświęcim (Auschwitz) and in Krakow in special commemoration of the Shoah.

What makes this event exceptional is that the Israeli parliament will convene together with invited representatives and parliamentarians from the United States, Great Britain, Russia, Germany, Italy and Poland in another country - on the very land where the Holocaust was carried out. This event symbolizes that remembering the Nazi genocide is a matter of common significance for the entire world.

Commemoration of the tragedy of the Jewish people and the crimes carried out by the Nazis on Polish soil honors the victims and is an expression of the cooperation of nations in upholding peace and respecting human rights on Earth.

On behalf of the Board of the B'nai B'rith Polin Lodge
Jarosław J. Szczepański, President



The history of Ariel Sharon and the history of Israel could not be more intertwined. Sharon was present at the birth of a nation, when he commanded an infantry company in the 1948 War of Independence. Each time Israel was threatened with extinction, Ariel Sharon rose to defend her.

B'nai B'rith is deeply saddened by the passing of former Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon, who died Jan. 11, eight years after suffering a stroke on Jan. 4, 2006.

"Israel lost a unique and unusual leader who demonstrated the ability to change his way of thinking and seeking out new paths," B'nai B'rith International President Allan J. Jacobs said. "He was a brave and fearless soldier, a wise and brilliant leader, who left a lasting impact on Israel."

"He lived the Zionist dream as farmer, soldier and statesman, always mindful of the tremendous responsibilities cast his way on the battlefield or at the diplomatic table," B'nai B'rith International Executive Vice President Daniel S. Mariaschin said.

Sharon's career in politics began when he was first elected to the Knesset in 1973. He was defense minister in 1981 and foreign minister in 1998. In September 1999 he was elected chairman of the Likud party and in 2001 he was elected prime minister.

B'nai B'rith Europe sends its deepest condolences to his family, and to the people of Israel.

Citation by Ariel Sharon

"It had always been one of my convictions that Jews and Arabs could live together. Even as a child it never occurred to me that Jews might someday be living in Israel without Arabs, or separated from Arabs. On the contrary, for me it had always seemed perfectly normal for the two people to live and work side by side. That is the nature of life here and it always will be.... though Israel is a Jewish nation, it is, of course, not only a Jewish nation... I begin with the basic conviction that Jews and Arabs can live together. I have repeated that at every opportunity, not for journalists and not for popular consumption, but because I have never believed differently or thought differently, from my childhood on. I am not afraid of Arabs. I feel I can live with them. I believe I understand their problems. I know that we are both inhabitants of this land, and although the state is Jewish, that does not mean that Arabs should not be full citizens in every sense of the word."
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Winston S. Churchill: "Some people like the Jews, and some do not. But no thoughtful man can deny the fact that they are, beyond any question, the most formidable and most remarkable race which has appeared in the world.


John F. Kennedy: Israel was not created in order to disappear- Israel will endure and flourish. It is the child of hope and the home of the brave. It can neither be broken by adversity nor demoralized by success. It carries the shield of democracy and it honors the sword of freedom.


David Ben Gurion: "In Israel , in order to be a realist, you must believe in miracles."


Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe: "Energy is the basis of everything. Every Jew, no matter how insignificant, is engaged in some decisive and immediate pursuit of a goal... It is the most perpetual people of the earth..."


John Adams: "I will insist the Hebrews have [contributed] more to civilize men than any other nation. If I was an atheist and believed in blind eternal fate, I should still believe that fate had ordained the Jews to be the most essential instrument for civilizing the nations... They are the most glorious nation that ever inhabited this Earth. The Romans and their empire were but a bubble in comparison to the Jews."


Leo Tolstoy: "What is the Jew?...What kind of unique creature is this whom all the rulers of all the nations of the world have disgraced and crushed and expelled and destroyed; persecuted, burned and drowned, and who, despite their anger and their fury, continues to live and to flourish. What is this Jew whom they have never succeeded in enticing with all the enticements in the world, whose oppressors and persecutors only suggested that he deny (and disown) his religion and cast aside the faithfulness of his ancestors?! The Jew - is the symbol of eternity. ... He is the one who for so long had guarded the prophetic message and transmitted it to all mankind. A people such as this can never disappear. The Jew is eternal. He is the embodiment of eternity."


Eric Hoffer: "The Jews are a peculiar people: Things permitted to other nations are forbidden to the Jews. Other nations drive out thousands, even millions of people, and there is no refugee problem. Russia did it. Poland and Czechoslovakia did it.Turkey threw out a million Greeks and Algeria a million Frenchmen. Indonesia threw out heaven knows how many Chinese--and no one says a word about refugees. But in the case of Israel , the displaced Arabs have become eternal refugees. Everyone insists that Israel must take back every single Arab. Arnold Toynbee calls the displacement of the Arabs an atrocity greater than any committed by the Nazis. Other nations when victorious on the battlefield dictate peace terms. But when Israel is victorious it must sue for peace. Everyone expects the Jews to be the only real Christians in this world."


Mark Twain: "...If statistics are right, the Jews constitute but one percent of the human race. It suggests a nebulous dim puff of stardust lost in the blaze of the Milky way. Properly, the Jew ought hardly to be heard of, but he is heard of, has always been heard of. He is as prominent on the planet as any other people, and his commercial importance is extravagantly out of proportion to the smallness of his bulk. His contributions to the world's list of great names in literature, science, art, music, finance, medicine, and abstruse learning are also away out of proportion to the weakness of his numbers. He has made a marvelous fight in this world, in all the ages; and had done it with his hands tied behind him. He could be vain of himself, and be excused for it.

The Egyptian, the Babylonian, and the Persian rose, filled the planet with sound and splendor, then faded to dream-stuff and passed away; the Greek and the Roman followed; and made a vast noise, and they are gone; other people have sprung up and held their torch high for a time, but it burned out, and they sit in twilight now, or have vanished. The Jew saw them all, beat them all, and is now what he always was, exhibiting no decadence, no infirmities of age, no weakening of his parts, no slowing of his energies, no dulling of his alert and aggressive mind. All things are mortal but the Jew; all other forces pass, but he remains. What is the secret of his immortality?"





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.



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.


IsraAid's work in the Phillipines.

Too little has been made known to the wider public of the magnificent work being carried out by IsraAid to ease the pain and suffering of the people of the Phillipines after the recent, dreadful tornado which caused so much damage and so many deaths.
B'nai B'rith has just received an email message from Shachar Zahavi of IsraAid, going into great detail about the work they are doing as well as their plans for the future. Click on the link to see this email message and the photos which he has sent.
B'nai B'rith Europe commends this activity and thanks IsraAid for showing the world this wonderful example of Benevolence and Brotherly Love.

IsraAid is currently focusing on Medical treatment and Pyscho Social training and we will be addressing two additional programmes within the coming months .



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