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Former Israeli prime minister Yitzhak Shamir, who died June 30 at age 96, represents an indelible link to the founding of Israel. Mr. Shamir devoted his life to the Jewish State from its founding through to modern times.

Many major events in Israel’s short history include the participation of Mr. Shamir.

B’nai B’rith leaders worked with Mr. Shamir and his close advisors during his years as prime minister, and later as an elder statesman, on issues related to the security of Israel.

May his memory be a blessing.

Report from Judi Schiff, Chair

Centenary  Commemoration Committee, Raoul Wallenberg Unit, B'nai B'rith Australia

As I'm sure you know, it is now the Raoul Wallenberg Centenary Year - Raoul Wallenberg was born on 4 August 1912.  Raoul Wallenberg Unit of B'nai B'rith here in Melbourne, Australia, has planned and is organising a number of events and activities during this Centenary Year.

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Report from Wally Sacks

Jean's address to AGM

An appeal for members to contribute to the future and continuity of the organisation was made by BBUK National President Jean Etherton at the recent AGM. She told members:

"You will have noticed that we did not have elections this year although my term of office should have ended. I will be carrying on for one more year (but only for one year). My honorary officers also cannot go on for ever. This year we expect to have volunteers available to shadow us in our positions in preparation to take over these posts. I am sure we have many experienced and skilled people to fulfil our needs and we may well call on you."

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Report from Veronika Klimova
 
The Jewish kindergarten "Aleph Bet Gimel" has been active in Lviv, in Ukraine, since 2001. It is financially and spiritually supported by B'nai B'rith "Leopolis" carried the name of Dr. Emil Domberger and personally by Joseph Domberger. Thanks to this care the kindergarten has been able to survive in the Ukrainian economic chaos. Now it's called - "B'nai B'rith Kindergarten". Here little Jews have been attached to the religion and traditions of their ancestors. And even after leaving it and going to school they do not lose any connection with "Aleph Bet Gimel," nor with B'nai B'rith.

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A fortunate coincidence made from "The Spring of B'nai B'rith Romania (BBR) - a trip outdoor, that has become a tradition, a way of socializing for the BBR's members, part of the initiated programme since the election of eng. Jose Iacobescu as President of the Forum - a good occasion to celebrate The Jerusalem Day in a different way from the classic formula.

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Report from Victor Batis
 
On May 26, the "PHILON" Lodge in Athens welcomed a group of the Electronic-club" LADINOCOMUNITA" who exchange e-mails, entirely in Ladino, containing stories and news events from theirs cities.

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