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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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Press Release B'nai B'rith Europe

B'nai B'rith Europe welcomes President Donald J. Trump historical decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of the State of Israel.


President of the United States stated "Jerusalem is not only the heart of three great religions, but it is also the heart of one of the most successful democracy in the world".

President of B'nai B'rith Europe, Serge Dahan, thanks President Donald J. Trump for his historic decision and wishes to express gratitude in name of all the members of B'nai B'rith Europe.

President of the State of Israel Sir Rivlin pointed out that "Jerusalem has many faces: it is a Holy City and a modern city, which offers freedom of faith for all religions. It is a town of history and innovation; a microcosm of our capacities to live together. Israel will always ensure freedom of worship for the Jews, the Christians and the Muslims".

Jerusalem was the capital of the State of Israel and the capital of the Jewish people during the biblical time, having sheltered 1st and 2nd Temples, central places of religion for Hebrew people until 70 of our era and central city of the Christian history.

Jewish populations always lived in Jerusalem during centuries in spite of the successive dominations, Roman, Byzantine, Arabic, Crusade then Ottoman (1516 - 1917), British (1917 - 1948), before the Independence of the State of Israel in 1948, and since then. Jerusalem is the capital of Israel and Jerusalem has been the capital of the Jewish people for 3000 years.

Not to recognize this historical and political reality is a form falsification which diverts Israel and the Arab world of the objectives of peace; peace which cannot be built on the lie and or on the refusal of an obvious fact as declared by US president Donald J. Trump "Jerusalem is the capital of Israel. It is nothing moreover, or less, that a recognition of reality"

President of B'nai B'rith Europe, Serge Dahan, points out that Israel was for a long time the only country in the world whose choice of a capital was not internationally recognized. The absence of this recognition, a denial of reality by the international community is an injustice repaired today; therefore B'nai B'rith Europe calls all European leaders to recognize Jerusalem as capital of Israel.


B'nai B'rith is an international NGO, accredited to the UN, represented at UNESCO and at the Council of Europe in Strasbourg, bringing together Jews of any origin to serve the communities in which they live, in accordance to the values of B'nai B'rith: Charity, Brotherly love, Harmony.

With its international headquarters in Washington, its European office in Brussels, several tens of thousands of members in more than fifty countries, B'nai B'rith is the largest Jewish organisation in the world. It is also one of oldest, since its creation in 1843. The mission of B'nai B'rith is to bring the Jews to work together and improve the harmony between the communities, to reinforce the Jewish community, to fight racial and religious intolerance, to promote the Jewish culture and history and to carry out solidarity actions.

Our objectives are to encourage friendship and inter-communal dialogue through leisure, social and cultural programs, to support the State of Israel and the Jewish people in the world, to work for charities and to help all the victims of natural disasters wherever they have place, to initiate and develop community projects, to strengthen the links of B'nai B'rith all over Europe.

Serge Dahan is the current president of B'nai Brith Europe, he is assisted by an Executive Committee which represents B'nai Brith all over Europe. To reach B'nai Brith objectives, they are in a daily contact with political leaders at the highest level, representatives of other NGO's, opinion leaders and diplomatic representatives.


Le B'nai B'rith Europe salue la décision historique du président américain Donald J. Trump de reconnaître Jérusalem comme la capitale d'Israël

Le Président des Etats-Unis, Monsieur Donald Trump, a déclaré « Jérusalem n'est pas seulement le cœur de trois grandes religions, mais c'est aussi le cœur de l'une des démocraties les plus réussies au monde ».

Le Président du B'nai B'rith Europe, Serge Dahan, remercie le Président Donald J. Trump pour sa décision historique et tient au nom de tous les membres du B'nai B'rith Europe à lui exprimer sa reconnaissance.

Le Président de l'Etat d'Israël Monsieur Rivlin a rappelé que « Jérusalem compte de nombreux visages : c'est une ville sainte et une ville moderne, qui offre la liberté de foi pour toutes les religions. C'est une ville d'histoire et d'innovation ; un microcosme de nos capacités à vivre ensemble. Israël assurera toujours la liberté de culte pour les juifs, les chrétiens et les musulmans ».

Jérusalem a été la capitale de l'Etat d'Israël et la capitale du peuple juif durant l'époque biblique ayant abrité les 1er et 2nd Temples, lieux centraux de la religion des hébreux jusqu'en 70 de notre ère et ville centrale de l'histoire chrétienne.

Des populations juives ont toujours vécu à Jérusalem au cours des siècles malgré les dominations successives, romaine, byzantine, arabe, croisée puis ottomane (1516 - 1917), britannique (1917 - 1948), avant l'Indépendance de l'Etat d'Israël en 1948, et depuis. Jérusalem est la capitale de l'état d'Israël et Jérusalem a été la capitale du peuple juif depuis 3000 ans.

Ne pas reconnaître cette réalité historique et politique est une forme de falsification qui détourne Israël et le monde arabe des objectifs de paix; paix qui ne peut pas se construire sur le mensonge et ou sur le refus d'une évidence telle que déclarée par le Président américain Donald J. Trump « Jérusalem est la capitale d'Israël. Ce n'est rien de plus, ou moins, qu'une reconnaissance de la réalité ».

Le Président du B'nai B'rith Europe, Serge Dahan rappelle qu'Israël a longtemps été le seul pays au monde dont le choix d'une capitale n'a pas été reconnu internationalement. L'absence de cette reconnaissance, déni de réalité de la communauté internationale est une injustice aujourd'hui réparée aussi le B'nai B'rith Europe appelle tous les dirigeants Européens à reconnaitre Jérusalem comme capitale de l'état d'Israël.

Voyage Israël Passion

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Israël Passion

Voyage du 11 au 18 mars 2018

Pour célébrer les 70 ans de la création de l’Etat d’Israël Serge Dahan Président du B’nai B’rith Europe,

Véronique Hauptschein Responsable de la Commission Israël et les membres de la Commission Israël du Bnai Brith France organisent un voyage en Israël


Date limite d’inscription jeudi 14 décembre

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Invitation to the ceremony for the commemoration of Mala Zimetbaum

Invitation to the ceremony for the commemoration of Mala Zimetbaum

Mala Zimetbaum Loge Antwerpen

Sunday December 10th at 15h
Date of birth: January 26, 1922 - Date of death: September 15, 1944

"In 1933, Mala joined the Zionist youth scout movement Hanoar Hatsioni

May 18, 1940,Antwerp falls to the German troops, for the 70 000 Jews of Belgium, it is the beginning of the end

On 22 July 1942, Mala was arrested, and on 15 September she was deported to Auschwitz-Birkenau.

Mala, "chief interpreter" of the camp, will enjoy a privileged status.

What makes Mala so great is her desire to make others benefit from her status: advice, encouragement, favors, interventions to spare the sick and the weakest.

On June 24, 1944, Mala deported No. 19880 escapes from Auschwitz-Birkenau and go to Slovakia

Arrested again on July 6, she will be executed on September 15, in atrocious conditions"

«Beste Vrienden,

Graag nodigen wij U uit voor de herdenkingsplechtigheid van Mala Zimetbaum op 10 December om 15.00h , in ons lokaal.

Alle details vindt U op de bijgaande affiche.

Met vriendelijke groeten,

B'nai Brith Antwerpen

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Inauguration of Carl Lutz memorial

Invitation to the inauguration of a memorial for Carl Lutz In KKL's “Switzerland forest” in Israel


Augustin Keller Loge Zürich 

Thursday November 23rd at 14h the inauguration ceremony will be given by Bnai Brith Switzerland, the KKL, and the Swiss Embassy

“Dear sisters and brothers presidents

Vice-consul Carl Lutz saved more than 60'000 jews in 1944/5 in Budapest. 

It is our great pleasure to inform about the inauguration of a memorial for Carl Lutz in KKL's 'Switzerland forest' near Tiberias, this coming Thursday, at 14 h. The memorial has been built on the initiative of AKL Zürich, in a joint project of the four Swiss Bnai Brith lodges and the KKL Switzerland.

The inauguration ceremony will be given by Bnai Brith Switzerland, the KKL, and the Swiss Embassy in Israel. 

This site near the Sea of Galilee, which offers a splendid view over the Kinnereth, is situated on the “shvil Israel” and the “circum-kinneret” and will therefore attract many tourists and locals alike.

We are happy, proud and grateful to honour Carl Lutz, Swiss vice-consul in Budapest in 1944, who realized one of the most outstanding rescue operations during the holocaust, inspiring the equally wonderful and valuable operation done by Mr. Wallenberg.

You can find some more information
in english (with additional info here)
auf deutsch (mit zusätzlichen Infos hier)
en français (avec des infos supplémentaires ici)
as well as some information in hebrew and in arabic.

If any of your brothers would like to participate at the inauguration, they are most welcome.

The ceremony begins this coming thursday, Nov. 23rd, at 14 h, in the Switzerland forest south of Tiberias. The exact location is here. For further enquiries one may revert to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

We are grateful for the opportunity to serve the memory of a most outstanding person who has shown civil courage at its best!

Mit herzlichen Brudergrüssen,
in W.B.&E.
Arthur Braunschweig

Note: You are kindly invited to pass on this information to whomever it may concern.

Arthur Braunschweig, Mentor AKL Im Stieg 7, CH-8134 AdliswilT P +41 44 709 1221, T B +41 44 368 5024T N +41 78 821 1224 »

Press Release B'nai B'rith Europe

B'nai B'rith Europe condemns the racism and anti-Semitism extreme-right demonstration in Warsaw and calls for prohibit on hate speech against Jews


Following the very serious events that took place during a rally of right-wing activists in Warsaw, Bnai Brith Europe, through its president Serge Dahan, condemns the anti-Semitic drift that has taken a new path unthinkable until now.

Some 60,000 people carrying Polish flags and throwing smoke bombs marked the Independence Day in an event that attracted extremists from Sweden, Hungary and Slovakia chanting slogans such as "Pure Poland, Poland free of Jews "," Jews out of Poland”

Despite the climate of hatred and violence, the Polish Foreign Minister said Saturday's meeting was "a great celebration of the Polish, different in their opinions, but united around the common values of freedom and loyalty to an independent homeland"

Israel called the rally in Warsaw "a dangerous march of extremism and racism elements"

Bnai Brith Europe urges the Polish authorities to take action now and before the last of the yellow lines are crossed, appropriate measures against the organizers of this meeting led by right-wing groups, by the national-radical camp, the national movement and Polish youth.

The hatred of the Jews must stop the acts of violence and barbarism against the Jews must stop. The future of a conception of Europe witch respect for human dignity which is today threatened

B'nai B'rith Europe calls on Polish public authorities to prohibit all racist and anti-Semitic events that directly attack Jews

B'nai B'rith Europe calls for the perpetrators and propagators of any anti-Semitic act or speech to be arrested and judged

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 Prague

Sunday 29th October-Wednesday 1st November


Dear Sisters and Brothers,

We are happy to announce the opening of registration for our next Convention in Prague. As you may already know, this will be an unprecedented and very international event since BBE and BBI are organising it together for the first time.

The programme will start on Sunday night, 29th October, with a Cruise on the Vltava River for the opening session and reception dinner and will finish on Wednesday with visits of the town, including a Gala dinner on Tuesday 31st October at the prestigious Rudolfinum.


Our programme will feature prominent speakers such as Věra Jourová, EU Commissioner, for Justice, Consumers and Gender Equality, and Katharina Von Schnurbein, European Union Coordinator on Combating Antisemitism.

The Convention will take place between 29th October and 1st November 2017 and will be held at the:

Vienna House Diplomat

Hotel room bookings at preferential rates can be done directly on the hotel website. Additional nights may be booked up to three days before and after the Convention.

Book here!

Registrations for the conference must be completed through our form.

Register here!

The complete programme will be available soon.
We hope many of you will come and enjoy this unique event.
More information as it becomes available on B'nai B'rith International website.
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B'nai B'rith commends UN Secretary-General Antonio Gutterres for key statements on anti-semitism, incitment after first visit to Israel

Antonio Gutterez Israel augt 2017

B’nai B’rith International commends United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres for his first visit to Israel, which concluded yesterday. During his visit, the secretary-general recognized that calls for destroying Israel constitute “modern anti-Semitism,” and that every United Nations member state, including Israel, deserves equal treatment.

During his visit, Guterres laid a wreath at the Holocaust memorial Yad Vashem, met with Israelis whose family members are being held hostage in Gaza and toured an underground tunnel built by Hamas terrorists controlling the coastal Palestinian enclave.

At the Museum of the Jewish People near Tel Aviv, Israel yesterday, Guterres said: “Let me stress that when I talk about anti-Semitism, I include calls for the destruction of Israel. Israel is a member state of the United Nations. It bears all the responsibilities and enjoys all the rights of every other member state and, therefore, it must be treated as such. As secretary-general of the United Nations, I am determined to do everything I can to stand against anti-Semitism and to all other forms of bigotry and discrimination.”

Guterres also asserted that terrorism and incitement must end, and spoke in personal terms of the historic persecution of Jews and of Israel’s achievements, including peace treaties with two neighboring Arab countries. Calling both Israelis and Palestinians at home in the Holy Land, he said, “Anyone visiting Israel is left with no doubt that it has fulfilled the rights and national aspirations of Jews throughout generations. Your country has become renowned worldwide for its great cultural, scientific, technological and scholarly achievements ... Most importantly, you have created, for the first time in 2,000 years, a home for your people.”

B’nai B’rith shares the secretary-general’s hope for coexistence and peace between Israelis and Palestinians. Sadly, Palestinians exploited Guterres’ visit to orchestrate an apparently unplanned encounter between him and the relatives of imprisoned terrorists, and to then portray them as victims enjoying the U.N. chief’s support. 

On another key front, the U.N. Security Council yesterday renewed, but also expanded the mandate of the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL), which has not yet effectively taken action as Hezbollah, the fanatically anti-Israel faction on Israel’s northern border, has further augmented its extraordinarily lethal arsenal threatening the Jewish state.

B’nai B’rith hopes that the U.N. secretary-general will further play a serious leadership role in confronting and addressing the true impediment to peace in the region: violent fanaticism that rejects the presence of a democratic Jewish state within any boundaries.

Senior B’nai B’rith leaders, including President Gary P. Saltzman and CEO Daniel S. Mariaschin, met with Guterres in January at the United Nations headquarters in New York. They discussed a variety of priority concerns, particularly a long history of hostile and inequitable treatment for Israel at the world body, Middle East peacemaking, Iranian involvement in illicit nuclear activity and terrorism and the scourge of global anti-Semitism.  

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