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BRIDGES OF TOLERANCE

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.

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A NEW B'NAI B'RITH LODGE IN ZURICH

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.

EVI ZURICH INSTALLATION

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 IN THE PHILIPPINES

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 .

PHOTO ECOLE PHILIPPINES 2

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MOURNING MASTER SERGEANT SHLOMI COHEN

B'nai B'rith Europe joins the Friends of the IDF mourn the loss of Master Sergeant Shlomi Cohen, who was killed on the Lebanese border on Sunday, December 15th. May his memory be blessed

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FRANKFURT SCHÖNSTÄDT LODGE CELEBRATES 125TH ANNIVERSARY

At a Gala Dinner in Frankfurt on Sunday, 1st December 2013 the members of the Frankfurt Schönstädt Lodge, together with numerous guest personalities, looked back on the illustrious history of B'nai B'rith in Frankfurt and, indeed, in Germany.

B'nai B'rith was founded in New York in1843 by German Jewish immigrants, but it was not until 1882 that the first Lodge was formed in Germany itself, in Berlin. Six years later, in 1888, a B'nai B'rith Lodge was formed in Frankfurt, the 20th to be created in Germany. Its President was Charles Hallgarten. The objectives of the founders were that the lodge should be the centre of the spiritual life of its members, that it should care for their welfare and that it should work towards strengthening the Jewish community. This remains the central objective of the Frankfurt Lodge to this day.

FRANKFURT LODGE

The Lodge grew in importance and numerous leading personalities were initiated. It created a body to fight against anti-Semitism (already a growing problem in 1890), it defended the interests of Jews being persecuted in Russia and Romania, and it created the basis of what was later to become the central Jewish charitable organisation in Germany.

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OPENING INTERNATIONAL LODGE IN ISRAEL

The New International Don Isaac Abravanel Lodge opens in Israel

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BRIDGES OF TOLERANCE IN SLOVAKIA

Bratislava, Slovakia, 2nd December 2013

by Eva Salnerová, President of B'nai B'rith Tolerancia Bratislava
On December 2, B´nai B´rith Tolerance in Bratislava, Slovakia hosted the Bridges of Tolerance (MOSTY TOLERANCIE) project. The event took place in the old historic building of Pisztory Palace which was confiscated in the past by the Communist government and turned into Lenin´s Museum. Among the invited guests was the Senior Vice-president of B'nai B'rith Europe, Erika van Gelder. The first event was a discussion entitled „Bridges of Tolerances versus Antisemitism". The guests were prominent personalities from Slovak political and cultural life. Member of Parliament and head of the Foreign Affairs Committee, František Šebej; a historian specializing on the war-time Slovak State, Ivan Kamenec, and a political analyst and director of the Institute of Public Affairs, Grigorij Mesežnikov. The moderator of the debate was Ľuba Lesná, a writer and journalist, member of B'nai B'rith Tolerance.

                                             SEBEJ               KAMENEC

                                                         Frantisek Sebej                                                        Ivan Kamenec

The discussion focused on the increasing number of antisemitic incidents across Europe, its manifestations, causes, consequences. Kamenec quoted pieces of legislation and statements during the Holocaust in Slovakia and drew parallels with the situation in Slovakia. Mesežnikov offered results of a survey dealing with attitudes to the Jews, stressing that hatred and intolerance of Jewish people has had a growing tendency all over the Europian Union. Šebej highlighted the fact that intolerance of Jews often hides behind anti-Israel sentiments.

In the evening a monodrama written by BB Tolerance member Ľuba Lesná was based on the story of Mahler´s niece Alma Rose who was a prisoner in Auschwitz concentration camp. It was followed by a presentations by two leading experts, Ján Vyhnánek and Adrian Rajter. Vyhnánek presented photographs and stories about Jewish musical life in Bratislava and Rajter, musician and son of a well known Slovak musician recalled the work and life of his father and his Jewish contemporaries.

The audience included many personalities from Bratislava cultural and social life. They showed great interest and took an active part in our event.

We would like to thank B'nai B'rith Europe, but especially Erika van Gelder for initiating the project. We would also like to express our appreciation to our sponsors the Hilleel Lodge Amsterdam and the Lodge from Copenhagen.

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