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Dear Brothers and Sisters,


We are saddened to inform you the passing of Moïse Rahmani (Lodge Henry Jones, Brussels) and of Dr René Trau (Lodge Mala Zimetbaum, Antwerp)


Moïse was born in Cairo, and in 1956, at the age of 12, he and his family left for the then Belgian Congo, where a Greek-Sephardic Jewish community already existed. His family emigrated during the Congo Crisis of 1960–1966.

A resident of Belgium since 1980, Rahmani worked as a diamond dealer. He was a BB member for over 30 years and president for many years.

In 1990, he founded the “Institut Sépharade Européen” and launched the quarterly review Los Muestros (“Our Kin”), which published news of Sephardic communities around the world. The review published in three languages–French, English, and Ladino–as testified by its three-language subtitle: "La voix des Séphardes," "The Sephardic Voice," and "La boz de los Sefardim."

Moïse Rahmani researched and wrote numerous publications on the Jewish community of the Belgian Congo. He wrote in three languages and published many books but for all those who knew him he was a friend, a source of wisdom and a mentor.

BBE sends their prayers and thoughts to his family and his lodge.


He is remembered as a very devoted former president, as a good friend and devoted family man. BBE is very saddened by the passing of former colleague on the Executive Committee of B'nai B'rith Europe, Dr Rene Trau. He served with great distinction as Vice-President from 2011 to 2014 and was always highly respected by his colleagues. BBE sends its sincere condolences to his family and to his lodge.