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B'nai B'rith Europe conference in Berlin
The future Of Jewish Life in Europe

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From left to right: Francine Coen, André Ouazana, Felicia Waldman, Klaus Lederer, Robin Sclafani, Felix Klein, Solomon Bali, Serge Dahan, Michael Naor, Abraham Lehrer, Stephane Teicher, Eric Engelmayer


Please find here the address of President of B'nai B'rith Europe Serge Dahan at the occasion of "The Future of Jewish Life in Europe" conference in Berlin on the 21st of January.
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Gathering of B'nai B'rith Europe in Berlin


Reflecting on the future of Jewish Communities in Europe

21 January 2018 Berlin

President of B'nai B'rith Europe Serge Dahan and B'nai B'rith German Lodges,organise a meeting and discussion with the european representatives of B'nai B'rith,the local Jewish community, German political figures, European experts and journalists to address the future of Jewish life in Europe.

Since 2012, at least 14 people have been killed in antisemitic attacks all over Europe. Even though Jews make up less than 1% of the population in France, 30% of all hate crimes recorded in 2017 were antisemitic (source Licra).
The EU Fundamental Rights Agency the European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA) launched the biggest survey ever done in Europe on the perceptions and experiences of Jewish communities with Antisemitism in May 2018. The data will enable the European Union and national governments to develop its policies on combating antisemitism in the future.

To what extent does this influence the way EU states lead the fight against antisemitism? What else should be done in order to face the rise of antisemitism? Is there a future for Jews in Europe?
Join us and our speakers to address these and other concerns on the future of Jewish life in Europe.

10:30 - 11:00 Registration and Coffee

11:00 - 11:15 Greetings

Dr. Andras Kain
President of B'nai B'rith Lodge in Berlin

Mr. Serge Dahan
President of B'nai B'rith Europe

11:15 - 12:30 The Future of Jews in Europe (Part 1)

The situation in Germany and the function of the Federal Government
Commissioner for Combating Antisemitism
by Dr. Felix Klein
Federal Government Commissioner for Jewish Life in Germany and
the Fight against Antisemitism

An educational response to prevent Antisemitism
by Ms. Robin Sclafani
Director of Ceji, A Jewish Contribution to an Inclusive Europe

12:30 - 13:30 Lunch

13:30 - 14:30 Jewish Life in Germany

H.E. Jeremy Issacharoff
Ambassador of the State of Israel in Berlin

Dr. Klaus Lederer
Mayor of Berlin

Mr. Abraham Lehrer
Vice-President of the Central Council of the Jews in Germany

Lecture: Jewish Communities in Two Germanys: 1945 - 1990 and beyond
by Prof. Michael Wolffsohn
Historian and author

14:30 - 14:50 Coffee Break

14:50 - 16:00 The Future of Jews in Europe (Part 2)

Antisemitsm - the role of the media
by Mr. Julian Reichelt
Chairman of BILD's editorial offices and Editor-in-Chief BILD

Antisemitism - the role of education
by Ms. Felicia Waldman
Member of B'nai B'rith Europe Executive Committee,
Chair of the Education Working group of IHRA

Closing remarks
by Dr. Michael Naor
Member of B'nai B'rith Europe Executive Committee

Optional: guided visit to the Neue Synagoge Centrum Judaicum
16:10 Pick up to Museum
16:30-18:00 Visit
18:00 Pick up to Plaza

The program may be subject to change

Kindly register before 27.12.2018

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This event was made possible thanks to the sponsorship of the following Lodges:

Augustin Keller (Zurich), Evi & Sigi Feigel (Zurich), Franz Rozenzweig (Düsseldorf), Henry Dunant (Geneva), Hilleel (Amsterdam), Mala Zimetbaum (Antwerp),
Menorah Hebraica (Munich), Raoul Wallenberg (Berlin).

Your sponsorship is welcomed!
Kindly send your contribution on the following bank account:
Account name: B'nai B'rith Europe
IBAN BE81 1911 9033 9224
SWIFT/BIC code CREGBEBB
Account number 1911 9033 9224

Venue: Crowne Plaza Hotel Berlin Centre
Nuernberger Straße 65 , 10787 Berlin

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Worrying results of the FRA survey B'nai B'rith Europe urges EU state members to launch comprehensive education programs

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On monday, the 70th Anniversary of the adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the European Commission presented a new survey by the EU Fundamental Rights Agency which finds that 9 out of 10 European Jews feel Antisemitism has increased over the past five years.

Serge Dahan, President of B'nai B'rith Europe attended the presentation at the European Commission in the presence of Věra Jourová, Commissioner for Justice, Consumers and Gender Equality, Karoline Edtstadler, State Secretary, Federal Ministry of the interior - austrian presidency of the european council, Michael O'Flaherty, director of the EU Agency for Fundamental Rights, Katharina von Schnurbein, European Commission coordinator on combating Antisemitism, Representatives of jewish communities and NGO's.

This survey was carried out online during May and June 2018. FRA issued a report analysing data from the responses of 16,395 respondents in 12 countries (Austria, Belgium, Denmark, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, the Netherlands, Poland, Spain, Sweden and the United Kingdom). These member states are home to over 96% of European Jews, this is the largest ever survey of its type.

The results of the EU Fundamental Rights Agency's 2nd survey on Antisemitism are particularly worrying.
85% of European Jews consider Antisemitism to be the biggest social or political problem in their home country. Other figures, amongst others, show that Antisemitism is pervasive and is having an impact on the daily lives of European Jews throughout the EU: 89% of Jews think Antisemitism is most problematic on the internet and on social media; 28% of respondents have been harassed at least once in the past year; 79% of Jews who experienced antisemitic harassment in the past five years did not report this to the police or another organisation; 34% avoid visiting Jewish events or sites because they do not feel safe; 38% have considered emigrating because they did not feel safe as Jews in Europe; 70% consider that efforts by Member States to combat Antisemitism are not effective.

Serge Dahan thanks the FRA for producing this second comprehensive report on hate crimes and discriminations faced by jews in Europe.
« Following the declaration unanimously voted by 28 EU member states on the fight against antisemitism and the development of a common security approach to protect Jewish communities on December 6, political leaders across Europe need to take strong and concrete actions today. Education is the most efficient way to prevent and to face hate, this report highlights the urgent need to provide a comprehensive education about the holocaust as well as tools to counter conspiration theories and stereotypes ».

Serge Dahan thanks the European Parliament and the European Commission for their commitment to ensure the rights of jewish citizens in Europe are respected and hopes to see concrete measures at the EU member state level.

For More Information :
Fundamental Rights Agency Antisemitism report and press release

Statement
Press Release by FVP Timmermans and Commissioner Jourová
EU actions against Antisemitism
Permanent Partnership with the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance

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B'nai B'rith Europe strongly condemns the terrorist attack in Strasbourg

A gunfire went off on Tuesday night in downtown Strasbourg. The Christmas market in downtown Strasbourg was targeted by the terrorism which continues its war against Europe.

Members of the B'nai B'rith Europe, saddened by this terrible shooting, united and in solidarity with the people of France cry today the lives of innocents, pray for the wounded to recover as soon as possible and address to the families their fraternal condolences.

B'nai B'rith Europe through the voice of its President expresses its full support to the french Government in its fight for defending our values, for freedom and for brotherhood.

Le B'nai B'rith Europe condamne fermement l'attentat terroriste de Strasbourg
Une fusillade a éclaté mardi soir dans le centre-ville de Strasbourg.
Le marché de Noël du centre ville de Strasbourg a été la cible du terrorisme qui poursuit sa guerre contre l'Europe

Les membres du B'nai B'rith Europe, attristés par cette terrible fusillade, unis et solidaires avec le peuple de France pleurent aujourd'hui ces vies innocentes, prient pour que les blessés se rétablissent au plus vite et adressent aux familles leurs fraternelles condoléances.

Le B'nai B'rith Europe par la voix de son Président exprime son total soutien au Gouvernement de la France dans son combat pour la défense de nos valeurs, pour la liberté et la fraternité.
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The desecration of the Jewish Cemetery in Herrlisheim in the Lower Rhine in France is an insult to Memory


The Jewish Cemetery of Herrlisheim in the Lower Rhine in France, a small town next to Strasbourg, was desecrated in the night of Monday, December 10 to Tuesday, December 11. Thirty seven stelae were desecrated as well as the Shoah Martyrs Monument.

The Israelite consistory of the Lower Rhine expressed its strongest and its deepest indignation.

B'nai B'rith Europe calls on the French Government that everything be done so to ensure the perpetrators are apprehended as soon as possible and sentenced proportionaly to their acts.

More than ever, mobilization and vigilance must be increased to the level of this hatred against Jews throughout Europe and against the values of democracy.

The President of B'nai B'rith Europe, Serge Dahan, is outraged and condemns with anger and emotion this evil act and this insult to memory. He address to the inflicted families, who gather on the graves of their parents and friends of the Jewish Cemetery in Herrlisheim, his fraternal thoughts and its support.

La profanation du cimetière juif de Herrlisheim dans le Bas-Rhin en France est une insulte à la mémoire
Le cimetière juif de juif de Herrlisheim dans le Bas-Rhin en France, une petite ville à côté de Strasbourg, a été profané dans la nuit du lundi 10 au mardi 11 décembre.

37 stèles ont été profanées ainsi que le monument des martyrs de la Shoah, le Consistoire israélite du Bas-Rhin a exprimé sa plus vive et profonde indignation.

Le B'nai B'rith Europe demande au gouvernement Français que tout soit fait pour que les auteurs soient appréhendés au plus vite et jugés à la mesure de leur acte.

Plus que jamais, la mobilisation et la vigilance doivent être à la hauteur de cette augmentation, partout en Europe, de la haine contre les juifs et contre les valeurs de la démocratie.

Le Président du B'nai B'rith Europe, Serge Dahan, indigné condamne avec colère et émotion cet acte ignoble et cette insulte à la mémoire et, adresse aux familles touchées, qui viennent se recueillir sur les tombes de leurs parents et amis du cimetière juif de Herrlisheim, une pensée fraternelle et son soutien.
B'nai B'rith Europe condemns the Hungarian weekly magazine Figyelo cover representing the President of the Federation of Hungarian Jewish Communities Mr. Andras Heisler surrounded by bank notes
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A few days after Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban committed himself to allocate 1.5 million euros a year to expand activities that fight anti-Semitism throughout the EU, the first page of the economic pro-government weekly magazine Figyelo shows the President of the Hungarian Jewish Federation surrounded by bank notes.

B'nai B'rith Europe Europe condemns the despicable cover of the magazine and calls on the Hungarian Government to denounce these anti-Semitic representations of a different era.
The President of B'nai B'rith Europe, Serge Dahan, expresses his full solidarity with the President of the Federation of Hungarian Jewish Communities Mr. Andras Heisler.




Le B'nai B'rith Europe condamne la couverture du magazine hebdomadaire hongrois Figyelo représentant le Président de la Fédération des communautés juives hongroises Monsieur Andras Heisler entouré de billets de banque

Quelques jours après que le Premier ministre hongrois Viktor Orban se soit engagé à allouer 1.5 millions d'euros par an pour élargir les activités de lutte contre l'antisémitisme en Europe, la première page de l'hebdomadaire économique progouvernemental Figyelo montre le Président de la Fédération juive hongroise entouré de billets de banque.

Le B'nai B'rith Europe Europe condamne la couverture ignoble du magazine et demande au gouvernement hongrois de dénoncer ces représentations antisémites d'un autre temps.
Le Président du Bnai Brith Europe, Serge Dahan, exprime sa totale solidarité au président de la Fédération des communautés juives hongroises Monsieur Andras Heisler.

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