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NEWS - Lodges and B'nai B'rith updates

This is a text by Sergiusz Kowalski, the President of the Polin Lodge in Warsaw.

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On Friday and Saturday, the 24-26 of October, Zosia Jankiewicz, Frank Helling-Saphar and Sergiusz Kowalski from our lodge took part in a B'nai B'rith "Visegrad" convention (or one might say a BB "Habsburg" convention – since there were attendees from Austria and Hungary, and thanks to Kraków, Poland would qualify) in Mikulov, Moravia, not far south of Brno.
Our party could not stay for Sunday's activities, since we had to return to Warsaw for the opening of the Museum of the History of Polish Jews, and our counterparts were kind enough to move the working meeting of the Lodge presidents with Erika van Gelder to Saturday.

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(Washington, D.C., Oct. 29, 2014)—Member of the European Parliament and newly appointed Chair of the European Parliament Delegation for relations with Israel Fulvio Martusciello, a Christian Democrat from Italy, visited Israel this week for the first time at the invitation of B'nai B'rith International. Joining Martusciello on the trip was MEP and previous delegation chair Bas Belder, a European Conservative from the Netherlands.
The two day visit was prepared in tandem by the B'nai B'rith International EU Affairs Office in Brussels and the B'nai B'rith World Center in Jerusalem. The delegation met with the Israeli Deputy Foreign Minister Tzachi Hanegbi; MK and Chair of the Economic Affairs Committee Avishay Braverman; MK and Chair of the Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee Zeev Elkin; and MK and Chair of Knesset Lobby for the Struggle Against Anti-Semitism Shimon Ohayon. The delegation also met with the Head of the Bureau of the European Division of the Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs Shmuel Revel. Major issues raised during the meetings included EU-Israel relations, the Iranian threat and the latest on anti-Semitism throughout Europe.

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The Benè Berith Giovani Rome - Stefano Gaj Tachè Lodge, which President is Mister Angelo M. Di Nepi, regained vitality over the 10 last months and is very active in the field of Tzedakà, training and interfaith dialogue:
To encourage the experience of studying and working in the State of Israel, the Lodge promoted a grant of € 500.00 for young deserving people between 18 and 30 years old with few economic opportunities. This scholarship was dedicated to Stefano Gaj Tachè.
During the last holidays of Purim and Pesach, the Lodge has been active in giving Torah classes and collecting funds for the construction of fod parcels intended for Jewish families in economic difficulties.
At the end of June, the Lodge sent its representatives to the interreligious meeting, the El Conference.
In July, it organized, together with other associations, a lecture at The Great Sinagogue of Roma with the Chied Rabbi of Rome, Riccardo Di Segni and Rav Colombo in memory of the three young Israeli boys killed by terrorism : Eyal, Gilad and Naftali.
Recently the Lodge purchased some siddurim for the sinagogue of Tel Aviv on Rehov Ben Yehuda, subject to a fire that destroyed everything, including many prayer books.
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The Jewish Community of Brussels was once again attacked in an flagrant antisemitic effort

Although investigations are still ongoing, there may be no doubt that persons with racist, extremist and antisemitic intentions set fire at the Anderlecht synagogue. It happened only several hours after the reopening of the Jewish Museum of Brussels where, three months ago, four people were killed.

In the days leading up to Rosh Hashana, B’nai B’rith Europe and the  Brussels lodges are standing firmly behind the Jewish Community and, once again, urge the authorities to protect Jewish buildings and act strongly against the perpetrators.

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