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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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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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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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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…

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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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B'NAI B'RITH EUROPE HONOURS CARDINAL SCHÖNBORN

by Prof. Erich Leitenberger, Press Officer

As a signal of close friendship between Christians and Jews, "the Menorah for outstanding humanitarian achievement" was presented to the Archbishop of Vienna.

CARDINAL SCHONBORN OCT.13

Vienna, 23rd October 2013. On Tuesday evening, the Palace of Vienna's Archbishop saw the festive presentation of the B'nai B'rith Europe "Menorah for outstanding humanitarian achievement" to Cardinal Christoph Schönborn. The Archbishop was greatly moved by this honour from a Jewish organisation. "There are many things which we want in common," he said, "such as the respect for freedom, the respect for the religious beliefs of every person". In this context Schönborn said that the discussions concerning circumcision had perplexed him greatly since this was a matter of freedom of religion and therefore one of the pillars of every democratic state. There are also many things which Christians and Jews together do not want" the Cardinal stressed. "We do not want to see anti-Semitism raising its head again, we do not want to see people being despised, we do not want to see the spread of violence and intolerance and we do not want to see a repeat of what happened on 9th November 1938 when synagogues were burning in Vienna." His links to the Jewish community are a part of his family history, explained Schönborn. His mother brought him and his siblings up "with a great love of Judaism and of Israel". That is why he now wants to continue the work started by his predecessor Cardinal Franz König in his efforts to build bridges between the two religions. In conclusion, the Archbishop of Vienna recalled the words of the prophet Isaiah: "From Zion goes out the law" (Isa. 2,3). In the Ten Commandments the Menorah lights the way for all people.

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HOWARD JACOBSON AT JERUSALEM ADDRESS

Jews will never be forgiven the Holocaust says Booker Prize Winning Author in Jerusalem Address

HOWARD JACOBSON OCT.13
L.to R. Dr. Haim V. Katz, Chairman B'nai B'rith World Center, H.E. Matthew Gould, British Ambassador to Israel, Howard Jacobson,Alan Schneider, Director B'nai B'rith World Center.

Award-winning British writer and columnist Howard Jacobson delivered on October 7 the B'nai B'rith World Center 'Jerusalem Address' entitled "When will Jews be forgiven the Holocaust?" in Jerusalem. The event was chaired by B'nai B'rith World Center Chairman, Dr. Haim V. Katz and concluding remarks were made by British Ambassador H.E. Matthew Gould.

In his address, Jacobson argued that anti-Semites sought to deny the Holocaust and hid behind criticism of Israel, to both disguise and excuse the guilt of their anti-Jewish sentiment.

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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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