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News from Denmark!

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12 men were sworn in as new brothers of Danmark Loge (BBDenmark – one of the few lodges only for men) on February 10th. – BUT it doesn’t stop here, as another two brothers will be sworn in at a meeting in our lodge on April 26th, where the lodge will be honored by a visit of the President of BBE, Erika Van Gelder.

14 new brothers in the Danmark Loge in this first half year of 2015 means about a 15 per cent increase in brothers which is the best result for several decades! Though the fine result for 2015 the commission for contacting candidates for a BB-membership does hope to find another 15-17 men to become brothers of Danmark Loge in 2016.

As the Danish Jewish Community counts less than 2.000 persons – BB Denmark is by now the biggest Jewish male organization in Denmark.

Steen Cadan

March 26, 2015

Edirne, Turkey

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B'nai B'rith Europe was present at a historic event – The re-opening of the Grand Synagogue in Edirne. Opened in 1906 after the big fire destroyed the existing dozen synagogues who served one of the largest Jewish communities on the Balkans at the time. About 20,000 Jews used to live in Edirne/Adrianopol and so, Sultan Abdulhamid ordered to build a new big synagogue. Presently, there are no Jews in Edirne. The synagogue collapsed in the 1980s.

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Please find attached an open letter expressing our opinion on the public debate regarding the monument of the "Saviors of Survivors" to be built in Poland.
 
Best regards.
Sergiusz Kowalski

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Dear Madam,
Dear Sir,

A discussion is underway about the erection of a monument to the fair, "Saviors of Survivors/Righteous Among the Nations", and its location. The Jewish B'nai B'rith in Poland think this monument, especially if it is to be erected beside first the: Uprising Monument of Ghetto Heroes and second: The History Museum of Polish Jews, will be exposed to manipulation - that the actions of the heroes will be presented as the norm in Poland. To prevent this from happening, the monument should express unambiguously that the Saviors were few, they risked rejection and ostracism from their environment, they were not the rule, but the exception.

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February 8, 2015 .

The Israelisation of anti-Semitism

Does Israel have the right to exist? The question is answered swiftly. Mr H. Van Minnebruggen doesn't hesitate for a second. His answer: "YES". In a fiery plea Van Minnebruggen defends the right of existence of the State of Israel. Moreover, according to him, the denial of this very right of existence is a form of anti-semitism.

In his lecture in front of the Bnai Brith loge Mala Zimetbaum, he stated that the anti-semitism in Europe is far from gone. This is reinforced by the public opinion which questions Israel's right to exist. But this is not the way it is perceived. However, Van Minnebruggen states that being against Israel is being against the Jews. Israel is their only homeland, to which they are fully entitled. It is important to underline that Israel is a very diverse society where Jews, Christians and Muslims live together in peace.

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B'nai B'rith Antwerp in Cooperation with Royal Jongbloed Publishing

Presents:

Dr. Prof. Hans Jansen's New Book "Why Israel Shoud Not Exist In The Middle East".

On Sunday, March 1st at 3 p.m., at the Romi Goldmuntz Center.

With a welcome by Dr.René Trau, the past president of B'nai B'rith Antwerp.
Introduction by poet-essayist: Benno Barnard and Yvonne Caluwaerts, assistant to Dr. Prof. Hans Jansen.

Presentation of the book will be with a speech by a representative of the publisher Royal Jongbloed from Heerenveen (NL).

Offering book copies to:
Dr. Prof. Hans Jansen- Amy Schumer- Yvonne Caluwaerts

Thanks to Dr. Prof. Hans Jansen

After the presentation there will be a reception with kosher sandwiches, cookies and wines.
During the reception you can optionally buy the book and get a signing by the author.
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B'nai B'rith Malmö Sweden

2015-02-08

Open Letter

To the Prime Minister Stefan Löfven, Foreign Minister Margot Wallström and Archbishop Antje Jackelén,

In regards to President Mahmoud Abbas's visit to Sweden on February 10th after the Swedish government's controversial recognition of the State of Palestine.

Despite the Swedish government's stated goal of assistance is poverty reduction, the Swedish government decided last fall to extend assistance to the West Bank and Gaza to 700 million per year.

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