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B’nai B’rith International welcomes the announcement by the European Commission that it will name a coordinator for combating anti-Semitism. The new official will report to Commission First Vice President Frans Timmermans, who will serve as special envoy for countering anti-Semitism and Islamophobia.

B’nai B’rith and other civil society groups had urged the European Union to appoint an official to oversee the effort to fight anti-Semitism.

The continued growth of anti-Semitism across Europe requires an EU-wide approach to dealing with the problem. The appointment of a special envoy and coordinator on anti-Semitism is an important step in this direction.

We pledge to work closely with EU officials to ensure that the work of the Commission and the European Parliament yields positive results in tackling anti-Semitism.
The lodge is again active and they have a website : www.bnaibrith.hr
The site is still under construction but some parts of it are ready in Croatian and English.
Congratulation to the "Gavro Schwartz " Lodge, its President, Darko Fischer, Vice-President Miljenko Bernfest, Secretary Mira Altarac and all the members.
In the name of BBE and all the lodges we wish you much success in all your undertakings.
Erika van Gelder
BBE President
"The tenth day of this seventh month is the Day of Atonement. Hold a sacred assembly and deny yourselves, and present a food offering to the LORD" Leviticus 23 27(altMaurycy Gottlieb 1878
References provided by Gilberte Jacaret
All of BBE executive committee and members sent their heartfelt condolences to David and his family.

You are in our hearts and in our payers.

VA summer boat party UK

Around 75 young people attended the Launch Event for B'nai B'rith UK's new 'Young Professionals' (2545) group, which was a Summer Boat party on the Thames.

Guests arrived at Tower Pier, to board the Erasmus, a fully-staffed Thames Luxury Charters boat, between 7 and 8pm, on a bright summer's evening.

The guests entered on the lower deck, where they 'signed in' and completed a short survey about themselves and what type of B'nai B'rith events they would like to attend in the future.

Each guest received a complimentary Pimms on arrival and made their way upstairs to the main deck.

At 8pm the boat departed the dock, and Valerie Tesler, B'nai B'rith Events Director welcomed everyone on board, including Valerie Achache from B'nai B'rith Europe (BBE Vice President and BBI Junior Vice-president for Europe) who had come from Brussels, and thanked people for coming to celebrate the launch of BBUK's new initiative for Young Professionals.

A short film about B'nai B'rith was screened to introduce the organization and showcase its work.

The party goers chatted and mingled while taking in the sights of the Thames, from either the top deck, where they could chill out and relax in the rattan furniture, or on the boat's main deck.

The boat's bar staff were on hand for additional drinks, while the DJ played the latest tracks. Some guests ventured onto the dance floor to strut their stuff, while others took photos of eachother, against the backdrop of the Thames' landmarks views as the sun set.

Many guests expressed their interest in B'nai B'rith and its work and asked if future events were planned.

"I had a lovely evening; good food, great music and it was very pleasant to cruise along the Thames, enjoying all that London has to offer", said Natalie. "I look forward to coming to more B'nai B'rith events for Young Professionals in the future."

"I would very much like to get involved in B'nai B'rith and help plan more events for this age group", said Louisa.

The evening finished on a high as the boat returned to the spectacular view of Tower Bridge illuminated in pink against the dark.


VA et Tony Etherton

Serge Dahan

The General Assembly of B'nai B'rith France was held during which the National cabinet was elected. It resulted in the reelection of Serge Dahan as President of Bnai Brith France and the National bureau:

- Philippe Meyer, Vice-President

- Francine Cohen, Vice-President

- Renée Samanovy, Secretary General

-André Ouazana, Treasurer

This new bureau is elected for 3 years and is composed of 5 vice presidents representing their regions.

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