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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.

Source:
http://bnaibrithuk.org/bb-2545/

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.

Philo at Trikalas synagogue 2Philo at Trikalas synagogue



“B’nai B’rith Lodge “Filon” Athens has organized over long weekend’s International Labor day (1/5/2015) a visit to the historical Jewish community of the city of Trikala, located in central mainland, Greece. The venue was part of our long standing solidarity visits to small communities all over the country.


 

Fifty people escorted by Athens’ recently retired rabbi & brother Isaac Mizan travelled to Trikala where we held Shabbat services at local synagogue, where the last full Shabbat morning service has actually taken place almost 3 years ago !

 

Besides celebrating a beautiful and moving Shabbat, our stay included trips to the nearby picturesque mountainous villages of Elati and Pertouli as well as at the artificial Lake Plastiras.

 

Once more, we strengthened our bonds while enjoying nature’s beauty and tasting local agricultural produce and further renewed our promise to meet soon again and keep loyal to the afore mentioned lodge’s solidarity goal”.    




 
Malmö 2015-05-11

In view of the vandalized exhibition on the white buses.

The exhibition on the white buses have been vandalized in Gothenburg during the night of Saturday, one becomes despondent says project manager Michael Ringlander.

In Gothenburg, during the whole week celebratory kept the memories of the white buses that saved the lives of 1000's of people who had been in concentration camps during World War II. They had decided to have a ceremony in the synagogue and on night they vandalized the exhibition. Vandalism was adressing specifically the Jewish victims who came with the buses. They wanted to wipe out that it was the Jews who came.

Today we see the continued threats against Jews and Jewish institutions in Sweden and politicians' response has been to inject money into the safety of Jews in Sweden so they feel safe. Money is a way but it is not sustainable in the long run. But what kind of society do we want in Sweden? How long will the politicians inject money to numb there minds? Either starts politicians to take vigorous action to their vulnerable citizens, or we'll go to a Jew-free Sweden!

On Ynet News , journalist Yael Darel wrote that more and more Scandinavian Jews and especially Swedish Jews are buying homes like never before in Israel. One might ask the question why? Is not because they want to have a vacation home. They want a safe place to get to when the dark clouds piling up and today the clouds very gray. Jews have been in Sweden since the 1700s and always contributed to Swedish society. When will society and politicians through constructive efforts to contribute to the security and protection for its Jewish citizens?

Jews in Denmark feel they can not live the life they want to live, says Vice President Jonathan Fischer in the Jewish community in Denmark in an article. It can certainly the majority of the Swedish Jews also signing on.

If Sweden do not want a Jew-free Sweden, it is time for our politicians to start to listen and don´t bury their heads in the sand so they can´t see, and believing that the problem will disappear. Statement as our Deputy Prime Minister Asa Romson made on a party leaders debate yesterday in which she compared Auschwitz with the stream of refugees crossing the Mediterranean demonstrates a lack of history and the lack of skills and it is not worthy of Sweden.


B'nai B'rith Lodge Malmo

Kamrergatan 11Malmö

B'nai B'rith is the oldest Jewish service organization founded in New York in 1843. B'nai B'rith Malmo lodge is part of B'nai B'rith International.

  

Editor's note: "White Buses" refers to an operation undertaken by the Swedish Red Cross and the Danish government in the spring of 1945 to rescue concentration camp inmates in areas under Nazi control and transport them to Sweden, a neutral country. Although the operation was initially targeted at saving citizens of Scandinavian countries, it rapidly expanded to include citizens of other countries. All told, the operation removed 15,345 prisoners from mortal peril in concentration camps; of these 7,795 were Scandinavian and 7,550 were non-Scandinavian (Polish, French, etc.). In particular, 423 Danish Jews were saved from the Theresienstadt concentration camp inside German-occupied territory of Czechoslovakia, contributing significantly to the fact that casualties among Danish Jews during the Holocaust were among the lowest of the occupied European countries. The term "white buses" originates from the buses having been painted white with red crosses, to avoid confusion with military vehicles. source: Wikipedia
 


 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

B'nai B'rith Malmölogen har skickat ett brev till Greklands Ambassad i Stockholm.

Malmö 2015-05-22

Embassy of the Hellenic Republic, Greece
FAO: Charge' d' affaires Despina Koukoulopoulou
Kommendörsgatan
16
114 48 Stockholm
Sweden

Dear Charge' d' affaires Mrs. Despina Koukoulopoulou,

It has come to our attention that the unveiling of a Holocaust memorial in the Greek town of Kavala was stopped because it featured a Star of David.
The decision was taken by the Mayor of the town, Dimitra Tsanaka, with the backing of the majority of the Kavala City Council.

As you may know, 81 % of the Greek Jews were murdered by the Nazis, where of 1484 Jews from Kavala perished during the Second World War.

The Jews of Kavala were killed because they were Jewish. The Star of David is inextricably link to the identity and memory, of each and every Jew that perished during the Second World War.

The decision by Mayor Tsanaka and the Kavala City Council to demand the removal of the Star of David from the memorial is morally reprehensible and, frankly, beyond belief. We urge you to call on Kavala's city officials to reconsider and reverse their shameful and appalling decision.

Yours sincerely

B'nai B'rith Malmölogen
Kammrergatan 11, Malmö, Sweden

B'nai B'rith Malmölodge is the Swedish branch of the international B'nai B'rith organization with 500.000 members globally.

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