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Every year, B'nai B'rith World Center - Jerusalem - Israel, during the ceremony for Yom Hashoa, honors famous personalities who helped in the rescue of co-religionists from the whirlwind of the Holocaust. This year, the ceremony is dedicated to the rescue work of the Chief Rabbi of Volos and All Greece: Moses Pessach z "l.

As B'nai B'rith Greece we call you to participate together with us in this important ceremony for all the Greek people.

The event will take place on: Thursday, April 16, 2015 at 10a.m. at the "Forest of the Martyrs" where six million trees planted there, in the hills of Jerusalem, near Moshav Kesalon.

For more information and registration please contact :
Mr. Alan M.Schneider, Adv., Director
B'nai B'rith World Center
22 King David Street, Jerusalem 91074, Israel
Tel. : 972-2-6251743
Mobile: 972-52-5536441
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For the past thirteen years the B'nai B'rith World Center and the Jewish National Fund have co-sponsored a unique Holocaust Day (Yom Hashoah) ceremony, marking the heroism of Jews who saved fellow Jews during the years of torment in Europe. To the best of our knowledge this event is the only one in the world dedicated to recognizing the heroism of those Jews who tried to avert the genocide by ensuring - through individual and collective efforts - that Jews could escape to safety or survive on the European continent during the Shoah.

This year's event will memorialize the rescue activities of Arch Rabbi Moshe Pessach of Volos z"l(1869 – 1955) whose brave actions - together with those of the Metropolite of Demetrias Archbishop Joachim Alexopoulos (recognized as Righteous Among the Nations by Yad Vashem in 1977) and other members of the Greek Orthodox clergy of Volos, the mayor, chief of police and members of the resistance – led to the survival of most of the Jews of Volos.

After the war Arch Rabbi M.Pessach z"l returned to serve his community and was decorated by the Greek and British governments for his role in the Greek resistance.

Our event will be held at the Martyr's Forest – a joint [Keren Kayemeth LeIsrael KKL – JNF - B'nai B'rith] project which memorializes the victims of the Holocaust in 6 million trees planted in the Jerusalem Mountains near Moshav Kesalon. At the pinnacle of the forest stands the "Scroll of Fire" by the renowned sculptor Nathan Rappaport, which invokes the destruction of the Jewish People in the Holocaust and their redemption in the State of Israel in a moving base relief.

The event will commence with personal testimonies by Holocaust survivors to groups of soldiers and students.
The event will also be an opportunity to express the gratitude of the Jewish people to Archbishop Alexopoulos and other Greek Orthodox clergy for their heroic rescue efforts during the Holocaust.

-B'nai B'rith World Center
March 26, 2015

Edirne, Turkey


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.



From B'nai B'rith Europe
Erika van Gelder

To:Embassy of the Republic of Kenya, Brussels

H.E. Johnson Weru, Ambassador


Amsterdam, 7/04/ 2015



Please accept our condolences in my name and of the organization I represent, for the innocent Christian students, killed in a most cowardly and barbaric way.

We, the Jewish people of the European Diaspora feel your pain, unfortunately have the experience for centuries. We are the Charlie’s of this world, we are the Kenyan students, we are everyman who suffers injustice, discrimination and intolerance.

Religion, all religions, should add a spiritual dimension to our lives, enrich it , and be our guide in our co-existence   with one another. It is an insult and it is degrading any religion to be used as a pretext for killing others in the name of it. All of us, governments, NGOs , Citizens, must condemn any form of terrorism in the strongest possible terms!

We wish the families and all the Kenyan people strength in this difficult moment.

Erika van Gelder

B’nai B’rith Europe president

The United Nations is hardly a neutral arbiter when it comes to Israel. In fact, the UN's anti-Israel views routinely border on hysteria. In agency after agency at the United Nations, Israel is a pariah, held to an impossible standard; it is judged as no other nation is judged. At the United Nations, the US has for many years prevented one-sided measures from being imposed on Israel. In the last few days, the White House has publicly stated it is reevaluating its long-held policy positions on the Israeli-Palestinian issue and might consider having the UN Security Council take center stage in seeking an outcome to the situation.


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With almost all the ballots counted for Israel’s general election held today, the ruling Likud party of Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu has scored a dramatic and decisive victory over the rival Zionist Union party.


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(Washington, D.C., March 17, 2015)—
B’nai B’rith International remembers the 23rd anniversary of the Israeli Embassy bombing in Buenos Aires. The attack was carried out by a suicide bomber who drove a truck loaded with explosives into the corner of the embassy on the afternoon of March 17, 1992. The terrorist detonated the bombs and killed 29 people, injured 242 and also destroyed a church and a school.


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