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NEWS - Lodges and B'nai B'rith updates

B'nai B'rith Europe would like to invite you to assist us, and specifically in our communications programme.

As you might know, most of the B'nai B'rith Europe communications documents (such as our electronic newsletter, the BBE News) are available in three languages - English, French and German.

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From 3rd to 25th May 2012 the Maison de la Région Alsace in Strasbourg will host an exhibition featuring the life of Yossel of Rosheim (1478 – 1554), a major figure in Alsatian and European Jewish history.
Twenty illustrated panels relate the story of the life and works of Yossel of Rosheim, elected Jewish representative to the Holy Roman Empire.
This key period at the start of the European Renaissance saw the arrival of the Reformation and of Humanism in the Rhineland, saw also uprisings of the peasants and the persecution of Jews. Yossel of Rosheim campaigned to ensure their survival.

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Report by Renée Samanovy, French Riviera Regional Coordinator

In the presence of numerous local personalities, B'nai B'rith's stand, dedicated to the exhibit of Israeli wines, was officially opened at the Nice Fair on 14th April 2012. This was in effect the second year in succession that the Cote d'Azur region of B'nai B'rith used the Nice Fair to make Israel better known to a wide public.
What could symbolise friendship better than wine?

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In a ceremony in Amsterdam on Friday, 27th April 2012 Mr. van de Laan, Mayor of Amsterdam appointed Erika van Gelder, Senior Vice-President of B’nai B’rith Europe, Knight in the Order of Orange-Nassau. His speech, in Dutch, is given below, as well as an English translation.

"Mevrouw E. van Gelder-Revesz
Ridder Oranje-Nassau

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By Anny Schumer

... The Mala Zimetbaum Lodge of Antwerp welcomed Ralph Hofmann, President of B'nai B'rith Europe at its 2012 Annual General Meeting.

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You can listen to Ralph Hofmann's interview by clicking on the following link:
http://www.sbs.com.au/yourlanguage/yiddish/highlight/page/id/210973/t/Interview-with-Ralph-Hofmann-in-Frankfurt/in/english

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