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REMEMBERING THE SHOAH


Wednesday, April 11

Light a memorial candle for Yom HaShoah in memory of the 6,000,000 Jews murdered by the Third German Reich

Alan Miller, President BBUK
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«The Shoah, along with the World Wars of the 20th century, is now passing into history.

Within Bnai Brith UK, we have been making efforts to "highlight" the Shoah in a very particular way.

This has been to encourage each of us to light a memorial candle on the eve of Yom HaShoah in memory of the 6,000,000 Jews murdered by the German Third Reich.

We were recently approached by a committee,The Yellow Candle Programme, that exists solely to promote continual Holocaust remembrance.

The programme simply involves supplying everyone with a Yarzheit candle, to be lit on the eve of Yom HaShoah. This year that falls on the evening of April 11.

Through the generosity of an anonymous contributor, the candles are supplied for free.

Our National Executive has been keen to see BBUK play its part. To this end, each lodge will be supplied with an appropriate number of candles to distribute to the members.

It is also to be hoped that children and grandchildren will be made aware and will be encouraged to participate.

Never Again means Never Again. That can only have a meaning if newer and future generations will actually be aware that we must never forget to remember the 6,000,000.

I hope and trust that we have your full co-operation.

Best regards.

Alan Miller, President BBUK

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WE COLLECT SIGNATURES UNTIL

Thursday, April 5

We collect signatures of Jewish people in support Polish NGOs

"who do not agree with how current policy casts a pall over the Polish-Jewish relations developed over the years"

« Dear Brothers and Sisters, I am sending you a short letter, signed by over 30 members of our B'nai B'rith lodge Polin, as well as other Jewish personalities from Poland, Israel and US, in the hope that you will sign it and find other Jews to sign it as well.

The letter is in response to a warm letter of support to Jews (see below) signed by about 100 Polish NGOs. In addition to nice but rather minor organizations, the signatories include important institutions whom I know and highly respect like the the Forum for Dialogue, Stefan Batory Foundation, Political Critique, OKO Press, Polski PEN Club, Jan Karski Society, Stowarzyszenie Pisarzy Polskich (Association of Polish Writers), and Stowarzyszenie Otwarta Rzeczpospolita (Open Republic Society).

More Polish Jewish personalities will sign the letter, but we will make it public only when we have a number of Israeli, American and other signatures. Please send information about your signature to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , and please forward this letter to those whom you consider to be suitable potential signatories.

We collect signatures until Thursday.

With best wishes,

Sergiusz Kowalski,

President, B'nai B'rith Lodge Polin »

The letter to be signed is following:

To all those who signed the open letter from Polish non-governmental organizations:

Your letter has touched us deeply. Thank you for your strong condemnation of anti-Semitism and for your expressions of solidarity. We would also like to thank the creators of the graphic combining Solidarity's iconic logo with the flags of Poland and Israel. We respond with gratitude, as friends to friends.

We cannot accept that the only voices heard would come from those who spread hateful tales drawing on negative stereotypes and bad emotions. There is no lack of such on both sides, but that is why your voice is so important, and we offer ours in response and in the spirit of solidarity with you.

We cannot waste the years of efforts to better our mutual understanding. History has drawn us close to each other – even if we might look at it differently. Just like you, we consider truth and reconciliation to be our common goal.

Sergiusz

Press Release B'nai B'rith Europe

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White March in Paris to pay tribute to Mireille Knoll, The Lodges of B'nai B'rith France are mobilized

B'nai B'rith is in mourning

Mrs Mireille Knoll zl, 85-years-old, survivor of the Vel' d'Hiv Roundup, was murdered in atrocious circumstances then burned in her apartment in the 11th district of Paris because she was Jewish on March 23rd almost one year to the day after the murder of Sarah Halimi zl.

Mrs Mireille Knoll zl was the mother of a fellow brother of B'nai B'rith.

Serge Dahan, President of B'nai B'rith Europe and all the members of B'nai B'rith address their most sincere condolences to Mrs Mireille Knoll's children, grandchildren and to her entire family, and assure them in these terrible moments of their warm friendship and fraternal support.

Serge Dahan, President of B'nai B'rith Europe is horrified by this barbaric murder and invites all the members of B'nai B'rith movement to take part in the "WHITE MARCH" organized on Wednesday March 28th at 18h30, Place de la Nation in Paris to state "that is enough".

In these days before Pessach, the Executive Committee of B'nai B'rith Europe, asks all the members of the organization to light a candle this upcoming Friday, March 30th to pay tribute to Mrs Mireille Knoll zl.



Marche blanche à Paris pour rendre hommage à Mireille Knoll, Les Loges du B'nai B'rith France mobilisées
Le B'nai B'rith est en deuil

Presque un an jour pour jour après le meurtre de Sarah Halimi zl, Madame Mireille Knoll zl, 85 ans rescapée de la rafle du Vel d'Hiv, a été assassinée, parce que juive, le 23 mars dernier dans d'atroces circonstances puis brulée dans son appartement du XIe arrondissement de Paris.

Madame Mireille Knoll zl était la mère d'un frère du B'nai B'rith.

Serge Dahan, Président du B'nai B'rith Europe et l'ensemble des membres du B'nai B'rith adressent à ses enfants, petits-enfants et à toute sa famille leurs plus sincères condoléances, les assurent dans ces terribles moments de leur chaleureuse amitié et de leur soutien fraternel.

Serge Dahan, Président du B'nai B'rith Europe, horrifié par ce meurtre atroce, appelle tous les membres du mouvement B'nai B'rith à participer à la « MARCHE BLANCHE » organisée le Mercredi 28 Mars à 18h30 Place de la Nation à Paris pour dire « ça suffit ».

En cette veille de Pessah, le Comité Exécutif du B'nai B'rith Europe, demande à tous les membres de l'organisation d'allumer une bougie ce vendredi 30 mars en hommage à Madame Mireille Knoll zl.

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B'nai B'rith Düsseldorf Lodge Franz Rosenzweig in cooperation with the Friedrich Naumann Foundation organised a podium discussion about the innovative Israeli economy.


“In Israel there are 6,500 startup firms registered, which makes it worldwide number 2 in absolute figures. Regarding the number of startups per capita Israel is by far the number 1, which earned it the title of “Startup Nation”.

The B’nai B’rith Franz Rosenzweig Lodge Düsseldorf in cooperation with the Friedrich Naumann Foundation organised a podium discussion about the innovative Israeli economy and the potential for German-Israeli cooperations.

After greetings by the Director of the Northrhine-Westphalia branch of the Friedrich Naumann Foundation and by Dr. Michael Naor, president of the B’nai B’rith Lodge, 4 Experts presented different aspects of the topic.

Doron Abrahami, the Israeli attaché for Economy and Commerce at the Embassy of the State of Israel in Berlin (photo, 1. from left), gave an overview about Israeli innovations, current trends of international investments in Israel as well as large-scale research & development activities of global players in the country.

Dr. Markus Gick, Senior Project manager at the Bertelsmann Foundation (photo, 1. from right), reported about a study he did about German-Israeli economic relations and highlighted the benefits of the Israeli High-Tech Ecosystem for German firms.

Roy Naor, an associate at the international law firm DWF (photo, 3. from right), gave an overview about legal and procedural aspects in the bilateral economic relations. He especially elaborated on the area of Cybersecurity as one of the most important and interesting fields for German firms, since most of the technologies in this area come from Israel and the USA.

Dr. Philipp Raidt, Head of Portfolio at Axel Springer Digital Classifieds in Berlin (photo, 2. from left), presented the experiences of his enterprise having so far invested in 3 firms in Israel. He described the typical atmosphere in the country and the typical mentality of Israelis, hinting at helpful approaches in order to gain from it.

About 120 guests came to the event, which took place at the Business Club of Düsseldorf (“Wirtschaftsclub"). Among them Christoph Dammermann, the State Secretary in the Ministry for Economy and Commerce of the State of Northrhine-Westphalia, Dr. Oded Horowitz, Chairman of the Executive Board of the Jewish Community, representatives of the City of Düsseldorf, of the Chamber of Commerce and a number of personalities from local public life.

After a round of discussion with all the lecturers guests were invited to a get-together with wine and canapés, which enabled further networking in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere".


Dr. Michael Naor, president

B'nai B'rith Düsseldorf Franz Rosenzweig Lodge

Press Release B’nai B’rith Europe

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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 the European Jewish Community Center a conference entitled "Double-glass ceiling ? Experiences of Christian, Jewish, Muslim & Buddhist Women. Challenges facing women in patriarchal and secular societies" at the European Parliament in honor of the International Women’s Day, on the 8th of March 2018.

After the introduction of the theme by Members of the European Parliament Wajid Khan (S&D) and Roberta Metsola (EPP), Director of B’nai B’rith Europe emphasized the importance of equity in the workplace, which puts in place optimal conditions for workers to fully contribute to the success of the company they work for and establishes bridges between communities (speech attached).

The dialogue between the different speakers was moderated by Alfiaz Vaiya, European Parliament’s coordinator for the anti-racism and diversity intergroup (ARDI), who successively gave the floor to Yael Leibovitz, secular Israeli, Chain Zisman, Israeli Jewish observant, Manel Mselmi, reporter for the blog Ecofeminism and Ines Wouters, co-founder of Bodhicharya and specialised lawyer in religious discriminations. The speakers expressed their perspectives as woman of different faiths.

The conference allowed to illustrate the opportunity gaps between secular and religious women with concrete examples, underlined the communication challenge between people from different cultural backgrounds and highlighted what needs to be done to end discriminations in the workplace. Member of the European Parliament Wajid Khan reminded that women’s rights must be protected, "not only today, but also every single day of the year".



Le B’nai B’rith Europe a co-organisé une conférence au Parlement Européen en l’honneur de la journée Internationale de la femme.

Le B’nai B’rith Europe a co-organisé avec European Jewish Community Center une conférence intitulée "Double plafond de verre, les défis auxquels les femmes juives, chrétiennes, musulmanes et bouddhistes font face dans une société patriarcale et laïque" au Parlement Européen à l’occasion de la Journée Internationale de la Femme le 8 mars 2018.

Après l’introduction du thème de la conférence par les membres du Parlement Européen Wajid Khan (S&D) et Roberta Metsola (PPE), la directrice du B’nai B’rith Europe a insisté sur l’importance de l’équité dans le monde du travail qui permet à une personne de contribuer entièrement à la société dans laquelle elle travaille et de créer des ponts entre les communautés (discours en pièce jointe en anglais).

Le dialogue entre les différentes intervenantes a été animé par le coordinateur de l’intergroupe anti-racisme et diversité du Parlement Européen (ARDI), Alfiaz Vaiya qui a successivement donné la parole à Yael Leibovitz, israélienne laïque, Chani Zisman, juive israélienne pratiquante, Manel Mselmi, reportrice pour le blog Ecofeminism et Inès Wouters, co-fondatrice de Bodhicharya et avocate spécialisée dans les discriminations religieuses. Les intervenantes ont pu exprimer leurs points de vue en tant que femmes appartenant à des confessions différentes.

La conférence a permis de démontrer avec des cas concrets les écarts d’opportunités entre les femmes laïques et religieuses, a souligné les challenges de communication entre les personnes issues de milieux culturels différents et a souligné le chemin qui reste à parcourir pour réduire à néant les discriminations dans le monde du travail. Wajid Khan, membre du parlement européen a ainsi pu rappeler que les droits des femmes doivent être protégés "non seulement en ce jour, mais aussi chaque jour de l’année".

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President of B'nai B'rith Europe Serge Dahan, Permanent Representative of B'nai B'rith International to UNESCO Stephane Teicher, Director of the International Affairs Office of B'nai B'rith International in Paris Jacques Jacubert, met with His Excellency Sir SHELUKINDO, Ambassador of the United Republic of Tanzania in France.


Tuesday, 6th of March at 11 a.m. President of B'nai B'rith Europe Serge Dahan, Permanent representative of B'nai B'rith International to UNESCO Stephane Teicher and Director of the International Affairs Office of B'nai B'rith International in Paris Jacques Jacubert, were invited by His Excellency Sir SHELUKINDO, Ambassador of the United Republic of Tanzania in France and Permanent Delegate for Tanzania to UNESCO.

This event, organised by B'nai B'rith Office in New York, took place within the framework of meetings and dialogues between the delegation of B'nai B'rith International and diplomats, leaders of UNESCO in Paris, members of the United Nations Human Rights Council and ambassadors, who will be present during the 37th session of the Human Rights Council in Geneva.

H.E. Sir SHELUKINDO received Serge Dahan, Stephane Teicher and Jacques Jacubert to discuss in an open-minded and in a constructive way the decisions of the Executive Council of UNESCO regarding Jerusalem, the necessary actions related to the Holocaust Remembrance duty, and the fight against anti-semitism and racism.

H.E. Sir SHELUKINDO and B'nai B'rith delegation decided to futher continue these encounters.


Le Président du B'nai B'rith Europe Serge Dahan, Stéphane Teicher Représentant Permanent du B'nai B'rith International auprès de l'UNESCO et Jacques Jacubert, Directeur du Bureau des Affaires Internationales du BBI à Paris ont été reçus par S.E Monsieur SHELUKINDO, Ambassadeur de la République Unie de Tanzanie en France

Le mardi 6 mars à11h, Serge Dahan, Président du B'nai B'rith Europe, Stéphane Teicher Représentant Permanent du B'nai B'rith International auprès de l'UNESCO et Jacques Jacubert, Directeur du Bureau des Affaires Internationales du BBI à Paris ont été reçus par S.E Monsieur SHELUKINDO, Ambassadeur de la République Unie de Tanzanie en France et Délégué Permanent de Tanzanie auprès de l'Unesco

Cette réunion organisée par le Bureau du B'nai B'rith à New York s'est inscrite dans le cadre de la mission de rencontres et dialogues de la délégation du B'nai B'rith International avec des Diplomates et des Dirigeants de l'UNESCO à Paris avec de hauts responsables du Conseil des Droits de l'Homme de l'ONU et des Ambassadeurs qui seront présents lors de la 37ième session du Conseil des Droits de l'Homme à Genève

S.E Monsieur SHELUKINDO a reçu Serge Dahan, Stéphane Teicher et Jacques Jacubert dans un dialogue ouvert et constructif portant notamment sur les décisions du Conseil Exécutif de l'Unesco concernant Jérusalem, les actions nécessaires concernant l'éducation de la Shoah, la lutte contre l'antisémitisme et le racisme,
En conclusion S.E Monsieur SHELUKINDO et la délégation du B'nai B'rith ont proposé de poursuivre ces rencontres.

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B'nai B'rith Europe denounces and condemns the "march of Lukov ", neo-Nazi demonstration which is to be held on February 17th in Sofia


The Bulgarian National union organizes on February 17th a "torchlight parade" in Sofia in honour of Bulgarian fascist Hristo Lukov.

Nazis, xenophobes and anti-Semite slogans are chanted during this neo-Nazi demonstration, called "march of Lukov" which is held since 2003.

The president of B'nai B'rith Europe, Serge Dahan, firmly condemns the "march of Lukov" of February 17th, a demonstration in the glory of the Nazi general Hristo Lukov, who took part in the repression of the Bulgarian Jewish community before and during the Second World War; Hristo Lukov was the chief of the Union of the Bulgarian National Legions.

In a context of anti-Semitism growing in Europe and the multiplications of anti-Jewish actions in Bulgaria, B'nai B'rith Europe asks political leaders and representatives of Bulgarian civil society to intensify their efforts to prevent the holding of this demonstration and to publicly denounce the organizers of the Walk of Lukov who promote hatred and rejection of the other.

The President of the B'nai B'rith Europe Lodge of Sofia, Rafael Chichek, also reported many anti-Semite demonstrations in Bulgaria which reminds the Nazi hate of the years 1930.

The Jewish community recalled in an official statement of B'nai B'rith of Sofia the "public and media appearances of Metodi Andreev and Ivo Hristov, civils servant of the ministry of Defense, who made the salute in front of the cameras; the profanation of the Jewish cemetery of Sofia, the profanation of the Alyosha monument in Plovdiv and the monument dedicated in memory of Jewish prisoners burned in the camp of Kaylaka in Pleven".

The President of B'nai B'rith Europe points out that Bulgaria holds the EU's six-month rotating presidency since January 2018 at the council of the European Union, request the Bulgarian Government to take appropriate measures against the authors of these anti-Semite demonstrations and expresses the wish to see the Bulgarian authorities denouncing the walk of Lukov as a manifestation of the ideology of hatred and historical revisionism.

During the two last years, the march was technically prohibited, but was authorized to continue nevertheless authorized to continue without intervention of the police.




Le B'nai B'rith Europe dénonce et condamne la «marche de Lukov», manifestation néo-nazie qui doit se tenir le 17 février à Sofia

Le 17 Février prochain à Sofia, l'Union Nationale Bulgare organise un « défilé aux flambeaux » en l'honneur du fasciste bulgare Hristo Lukov. Lors de cette manifestation néo-nazie, appelée «marche de Lukov» et qui se tient depuis 2003, sont scandés des slogans nazis, xénophobes et antisémites.

Le président du B'nai B'rith Europe, Serge Dahan, condamne fermement la «marche de Lukov» du 17 février, manifestation à la gloire du général nazi Hristo Lukov, qui a participé à la répression de la communauté juive bulgare avant et pendant la Seconde Guerre mondiale; Hristo Lukov était le chef de l'Union des Légions Nationales Bulgares.

Dans un contexte d'antisémitisme croissant en Europe et de multiplications des actes antisémites en Bulgarie le B'nai B'rith Europe demande aux dirigeants politiques et aux représentants de la société civile bulgare d'intensifier leurs efforts pour empêcher la tenue de cette manifestation et de dénoncer publiquement les organisateurs de la Marche de Lukov qui font la promotion de haine et du rejet de l'autre.

Le Président de la loge du B'nai B'rith Europe de Sofia, Rafael Chichek, a aussi signalé les nombreuses manifestations antisémites en Bulgarie qui rappellent la haine nazies des années 1930.

Dans un communiqué du B'nai B'rith de Sofia la communauté juive a tenue à rappeler « les apparitions publiques et médiatiques de Metodi Andreev et d'Ivo Hristov, fonctionnaires du ministère de la Défense, qui ont devant les caméras fait le salut ; la profanation du cimetière juif de Sofia, la profanation du monument Alyosha à Plovdiv et du monument dédié à la mémoire des prisonniers juifs brûlés dans le camp de Kaylaka à Pleven».

Le Président du B'nai B'rith Europe rappelle que la Bulgarie occupe pour 6 mois depuis janvier 2018 la présidence du conseil de l'Union Européenne et demande au Gouvernement Bulgare de prendre les mesures adaptées contre les auteurs de ces manifestations antisémites et émet le souhait de voir les autorités bulgares dénoncer la marche de Lukov comme une manifestation de l'idéologie de la haine et du révisionnisme historique.

Au cours des deux dernières années, la marche a été techniquement interdite, mais a été autorisée à continuer néanmoins sans intervention de la police.

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