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B'nai B'rith Prizes Award 2018

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B'nai B'rith Prizes Award 2018 
presented by the President of B'nai B'rith Europe

The Prizes Award Ceremony 2018 of B'nai B'rith, organised by B'nai B'rith Europe and B'nai B'rith France, took place on Thursday, the 26th of April 2018, at the Shoah Memorial in Paris. The goal of the event was to honour figures who act with a remarkable commitment for the defence of fondamental values. Katharina von Schnurbein, European Commission Coordinator on combating antisemitism, and Gilles Clavreul, former Interministerial Delegate for the fight against racism and antisemitism (DILCRA) were awarded.

The ceremony was held in presence of prominent personalities, including CRIF's President Francis Kalifat, Vice-Presidents Yonathan Arfi and Gerard Unger, Director-General Robert Ejnes, Their Excellencies Croatian Ambassador Filip Vučak, Permanent Observer of the Holy See to UNESCO Francesco Folle, Serbian Ambassador to UNESCO Darko Tanaskovic, Minister Counsellor for cultural affairs to the Germany Embassy Andreas Klassen, Minister Plenipotentiary to the Israeli Embassy Marc Attali, Members of B'nai B'rith, representatives of Jewish organisations, Members of the European Commission and the European Parliament.

President of B'nai B'rith Europe Serge Dahan opened the ceremony by underlining the historical dimension of the Shoah Memorial, a place of information, vigilance and education, which was chosen to award the work of remembrance and the fight against antisemitism. He then reminded the current rose of antisemitism in Europe and urged the European governments to fight this new antisemitism by adopting the definition of the International Holocauste Remembrance Alliance (IHRA). The European Parliament endorsed this definition on the first of June 2017 which includes antizionism and negationism.

The Remembrance Prize was given by Ada Sadoun, B'nai B'rith Grenoble President, to Jean-Claude Lescure, university professor in contemporary history. Gilles Clavreul received the Human Rights Prize of B'nai B'rith France by Philippe Meyer, Vice-President, and Ada Sadoun.

Serge Dahan then presented the Human Rights Prize of B'nai B'rith Europe to Katharina von Schnurbein, and thanked her. He stated that "When [we] hear Katharina talk about antisemitism, we feel that she dedicates her heart and soul to ensure Jewish citizens feel safe in Europe". A message of B'nai B'rith International Presidency was read by Serge Dahan, B'nai B'rith Europe President.

Katharina von Schnurbein was moved by this honor and reminded the initiatives of the European Commission to fight against hate speech online and to better the education about Holocaust, antisemitism and Jewish life. She stated that "our final goal for the Jewish community in Europe is normality. Jewish citizens should be able make the same lifestyle choices like anyone else [...]. Today, we are far from this goal, but if we do not seek the maximum, we will not reach the minimum".(see speech)

She quoted countries which have already adopted the IHRA definition on antisemitism and invited France to do the same, in order to make the fight against antisemitism more efficient and to enrich DILCRAH's remarkable initiatives.

Furthermore, Katharina von Schnurbein had the opportunity to meet Alain Knoll, son of Mireille Knoll, who was murdered in Paris on the 23rd of March 2018, and honoured her memory by giving him a white stone to be placed it on his mother's grave.

The ceremony, punctuated with musical interludes performed by Cantor Raphael Cohen and the Jewish Choir of France, expressed the gratitude of B'nai B'rith and the Jewish community to these figures involved in the work of remembrance and the fight against antisemitism. The event ensured them of the role of B'nai B'rith as an partner and interlocutor in their missions.

B'nai B'rith President Serge Dahan brotherly thanks the Sisters and Brothers from European Lodges as well as Director of E.U. Affairs for B'nai B'rith International Benjamin Nägele, who honoured B'nai B'rith Europe by their presence.

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Cérémonie de remise des prix 2018 du B'nai B'rith par le Président du B'nai B'rith Europe

La cérémonie de remise des prix 2018 du B'nai B'rith, organisée par le B'nai B'rith Europe et le B'nai B'rith France a eu lieu jeudi 26 avril 2018 au Mémorial de la Shoah à Paris. Cet évènement, qui a pour objectif de mettre à l'honneur des personnalités œuvrant par un engagement remarquable à la défense des valeurs fondamentales, a honoré Katharina von Schnurbein, Coordinatrice de la Commission européenne pour combattre l'antisémitisme, Gilles Clavreul, ancien Délégué interministériel à la lutte contre le racisme et l'antisémitisme (DILCRA).

La cérémonie s'est tenue en présence de nombreuses personnalités, entre autres Francis Kalifat, Président du CRIF, Yonathan Arfi et Gerard Unger, Vices-Présidents, Robert Ejnes, Directeur-Général, S.E.M. Filip Vučak, ambassadeur de la Croatie, Francesco Follo, observateur permanent du Saint-Siège auprès de l'UNESCO, Darko Tanaskovic, ambassadeur de la Serbie auprès de l'UNESCO, Andreas Klassen, Ministre conseiller aux affaires cultures auprès de l'ambassade d'Allemagne, Marc Attali, Ministre plénipotentiaire auprès de l'ambassade d'Israël, des représentants du B'nai B'rith, d'organisations juives, de la Commission européenne et du Parlement européen.

Serge Dahan, Président du B'nai B'rith Europe, a ouvert la cérémonie en soulignant la dimension historique du Mémorial de la Shoah, lieu de transmission, de vigilance et d'éducation, qui a été choisi pour récompenser le travail de mémoire et le combat contre l'antisémitisme. Il a ensuite rappelé le contexte actuel de montée de l'antisémitisme en Europe et a formulé le voeu de voir les gouvernements européens combattre ce nouvel antisémitisme à travers l'adoption de la définition de l'Alliance Internationale pour le Souvenir de l'Holocauste (IHRA). Reprise par le Parlement européen dans une résolution le 1er juin 2017, cette définition inclut notamment l'anti-sionisme et le négationnisme.

Le prix de la Mémoire a été présenté par Ada Sadoun, Présidente de B'nai B'rith Grenoble, à Jean-Claude Lescure professeur des universités en histoire contemporaine. Gilles Clavreul, a reçu le prix des Droits de l'Homme du B'nai B'rith France de Philippe Meyer, Vice-Président, et d'Ada Sadoun.

Serge Dahan a ensuite présenté le prix des Droits de l'Homme du B'nai B'rith Europe à Katharina von Schnurbein, et l'a remerciée en affirmant "quand [nous] entendons parler de Katharina de l'antisémitisme, nous sentons qu'elle a dédié son coeur et âme à s'assurer que les citoyens Juifs se sentent en sécurité en Europe". Un message adressé par la Présidence du B'nai B'rith International a été lu par Serge Dahan, Président du B'nai B'rith Europe.

Katharina von Schnurbein était émue par cet honneur et a rappelé les initiatives de la Commission européenne pour combattre les propos haineux en ligne, améliorer l'éducation à propos de l'Holocauste, de l'antisémitisme et de la vie juive. Elle a souligné que "notre objectif ultime pour la communauté juive en Europe est en effet la normalité. Les citoyens juifs doivent être en mesure de faire des choix de vie comme n'importe qui d'autre [...] Nous en sommes loin aujourd'hui mais si nous ne cherchons pas le maximum, nous n'atteindrons pas le minimum". (extrait du discours)

Elle a cité les pays ayant déjà adopté la définition de l'antisémitisme de l'IHRA et a encouragé la France à le faire à son tour, pour rendre la lutte contre l'antisémitisme plus efficace et enrichir les initiatives remarquables de la DILCRAH.

Par ailleurs, Katharina von Schnurbein a eu l'opportunité de rencontrer Alain Knoll, fils de Mireille Knoll, assassinée à Paris le 23 mars 2018, pour lui rendre hommage en lui transmettant une pierre blanche à placer sur la tombe de sa mère.

La soirée, ponctuée d'intermèdes musicaux assurés par le cantor Raphael Cohen et la chorale juive de France, a illustré la gratitude du B'nai B'rith et de la communauté juive face à ces personnalités impliquées dans le travail de mémoire et de combat contre l'antisémitisme et à les assurer du rôle du B'nai B'rith en tant qu'acteur et interlocuteur dans leurs missions.

Le Président du B'nai B'rith Europe Serge Dahan remercie fraternellement les Sœurs et les Frères des loges d'Europe ainsi que Benjamin Nägele, Directeur des affaires de l'Union Européenne du B'nai B'rith International, qui ont fait l'honneur de leur présence.

Press Release B’nai B’rith Europe

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For B'nai B'rith Europe, Jews in Germany should keep wearing kippas and practice Judaism safely


Following the agression of two young Jews wearing a kippa in Berlin, the Jewish community advised its fellow-believers not to wear a kippa, in certain neighbourhoods in Berlin but also in other cities.

Serge Dahan, President of B'nai B'rith Europe, joins the call for a solidary gathering of the Jewish community in Berlin, which invited Jews and non-Jews to wear a kippa today, the 25th of April.

Radical islam and active anti-zionism daily contribute to Jewish hatred with its consequences. The last example of an antisemitic barbarous act of a great violence against two young Jews wearing kippas in a neighbourhood in Berlin is equally intolerable and unacceptable.

However, having to arbitrate between one's security and one's religious freedom is a false debate. The German government must, like all European governments, guarantee both rights with the same rigour and intransigeance.

The security of German Jews, like the security of all Germans,, is non negotiable. To renounce one's identity and values cannot be the answer to hatred.

Judaism cannot be hidden, otherwise it would mean to accept the victory of the ennemies of democracy, Germany, freedom and brotherhood, and Jews.

The recent story of attacks against Jews remind us that if needed, the Jewish people will not give up anymore. The pride of being European and Jewish will remain intact and indisputable to say no to hatred, no to antisemitism, yes to live together, yes to freely and safely practice one's religion in Germany, as well as in the rest of Europe.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel condemned the attack. "This is absolutely a terrible incident ",she promised to ''react".

For Serge Dahan Président of B' nai B' rith Europe, the Jews of Germany and the Jews in Europe must continue to carry the Kippa and to practise their Judaism in full safety.





Pour le B'nai B'rith Europe les Juifs en Allemagne doivent continuer à porter la Kippa et à pratiquer leur judaïsme en toute sécurité.

Suite à l'agression de deux jeunes portant une kippa dans un quartier de Berlin, la communauté juive a conseillé à ses coreligionnaires de ne pas porter la kippa, dans certains quartiers à Berlin, mais également dans d'autres grandes villes.

Serge Dahan, Président du B'nai B'rith Europe, s'associe à l'appel à un rassemblement de solidarité de la Communauté Juive de Berlin qui a invité juifs et non juifs à porter une kippa ce mercredi 25 avril.

L'islamisme radical et l'anti-sionisme militant alimentent au quotidien la haine du juif avec ses conséquences. Le dernier exemple d'acte antisémite barbare d'une grande violence contre deux jeunes portant une kippa dans un quartier de Berlin est aussi intolérable qu'inacceptable.
Pour autant, devoir arbitrer aujourd'hui entre sa sécurité et la liberté d'exercice de sa religion est un faux débat. Le gouvernement allemand, comme tous les gouvernements européens, doivent garantir l'une comme l'autre avec la même rigueur et intransigeance.
La sécurité des Allemands juifs, comme celle de tous les Allemands, n'est pas négociable. Renoncer à son identité et à ses valeurs ne peut pas être la réponse à la haine.

Le judaïsme ne peut pas être caché, ce serait autrement accepter la victoire des ennemis de la démocratie, de l'Allemagne, des valeurs de liberté et de fraternité et des juifs.

L'histoire récente des attaques contre les juifs nous rappelle si besoin était, le peuple juif ne baissera plus jamais la tête. La fierté d'être Européen et d'être juif restera intacte et indiscutable pour dire non à la haine, non à l'antisémitisme, oui au vivre ensemble, oui à la liberté d'exercer librement et en toute sécurité sa religion en Allemagne, comme dans le reste de l'Europe.

La chancelière allemande Angela Merkel avait vivement dénoncé cet « incident terrible » et promis de « réagir ». « Nous sommes confrontés à de l'antisémitisme parmi les Allemands et aussi parmi les gens provenant du monde arabophone », avait-elle ajouté.

Pour Serge Dahan Président du B'nai B'rith Europe, les juifs de d'Allemagne et les juifs en Europe doivent continuer à porter la Kippa et à pratiquer leur judaïsme en toute sécurité.

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Serge Dahan Président du B'nai B'rith Europe a pris part à la lecture publique des noms des hommes, femmes, enfants juifs déportés de France du convoi N°71 lors de la Cérémonie Officielle de Yom HaShoah


Mercredi 11 Avril 2018 à Paris
La commémoration de Yom HaShoah a été mise en place par l'État d'Israël en mémoire des victimes de la Shoah et des héros de la Résistance juive pendant la Seconde Guerre mondiale.

Le jour de Yom HaShoah est la date retenue pour une lecture publique ininterrompue des 76.000 noms inscrits sur le Mur des Noms au Mémorial de la Shoah à Paris.

Serge Dahan Président du B'nai B'rith Europe a été invité à participer à cette lecture des noms des victimes de la Shoah du convoi 71 pour ne jamais oublier le nom de chaque homme, femme, enfant déporté qui font partie de notre mémoire.

« Sans le camelot et ses pareils en méchanceté, ses innombrables pareils d'Allemagne et d'ailleurs, il n'y aurait pas eu les chambres à gaz, les chambres allemandes de mort qu'une aimable inscription dénommait salles de douches, les chambres allemandes dont les corps morts ou en agonie étaient ensuite poussés dans les fours allemands par des congénères encore vivants, à leur tour bientôt gazés, et parfois même, pour le plaisir, allégrement lancés dans les fours allemands par les blonds athlètes bottés, chers aux haïsseurs de juifs.

Sans le camelot et ses pareils en méchanceté, ses innombrables pareils d'Allemagne et d'ailleurs, il n'y aurait pas eu, chemins des libérations, les longues cheminées des fours crématoires, cheminées allemandes d'où sans trêve sortaient, avec les jaunes et rouges chevelures des flammes allemandes, les fumées de mon peuple sacrifié, noirs panaches vers le ciel s'élevant, avec leur puanteur que Dieu n'a pas sentie, funèbre encens d'un grand peuple, le plus fidèle, le plus souffrant, le plus tué et le plus haï, et c'est une gloire et une élection d'être ainsi haï par les méchants et par les vils... ».

O vous, frères humains d'Albert Cohen





President of B'nai B'rith Europe Serge Dahan took part in the public reading of the names of Jewish men, women and children, who were deported from France in the 71st Convoy, during the official ceremony of Yom HaShoah.

Wednesday, the 11th of April 2018, Paris

The Yom HaShoah commemoration was implemented by the State of Israel in memory of the Shoah victims and the heroes of the Jewish resistance during the Second World War.

Yom HaShoah is the chosen date for the public and continuous reading of the 76,000 engraved names on the Wall of Names at the Shoah Memorial in Paris.

President of B'nai B'rith Europe Serge Dahan was invited to participate at the reading of the victims' names of the 71st Convoy, to never forget the names of each man, woman and child deported, which are part of our duty of remembrance.

"Without the hawker and his like in wickedness, his innumerable peers from Germany and elsewhere, there would not have been gas chambers, German death chambers that an amiable inscription called rooms of showers, the German chambers whose dead bodies or in agony were then pushed into German ovens by congeners still alive, soon in turn gassed, and sometimes even, for pleasure, blithely thrown in the German ovens by blond booted athletes, dear to the haters of Jews.

Without the hawker and his like in wickedness, his innumerable peers from Germany and elsewhere, there would not have been, liberation ways, the long chimneys of the crematoria, German chimneys from where without truce came out, with the yellows and red-haired German flames, the fumes of my sacrificed people, black plumes rising to the sky, with their stench that God did not smell, funeral incense of a great people, the most faithful, the most suffering, the most killed and the most hated, and it is a glory and a praise to be so hated by the wicked and by the vile"

O Humans, My Brothers

Albert Cohen

Invitation B'nai B'rith UK

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REMEMBERING THE SHOAH


Wednesday, April 11

Light a memorial candle for Yom HaShoah in memory of the 6,000,000 Jews murdered by the Third German Reich

Alan Miller, President BBUK
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«The Shoah, along with the World Wars of the 20th century, is now passing into history.

Within Bnai Brith UK, we have been making efforts to "highlight" the Shoah in a very particular way.

This has been to encourage each of us to light a memorial candle on the eve of Yom HaShoah in memory of the 6,000,000 Jews murdered by the German Third Reich.

We were recently approached by a committee,The Yellow Candle Programme, that exists solely to promote continual Holocaust remembrance.

The programme simply involves supplying everyone with a Yarzheit candle, to be lit on the eve of Yom HaShoah. This year that falls on the evening of April 11.

Through the generosity of an anonymous contributor, the candles are supplied for free.

Our National Executive has been keen to see BBUK play its part. To this end, each lodge will be supplied with an appropriate number of candles to distribute to the members.

It is also to be hoped that children and grandchildren will be made aware and will be encouraged to participate.

Never Again means Never Again. That can only have a meaning if newer and future generations will actually be aware that we must never forget to remember the 6,000,000.

I hope and trust that we have your full co-operation.

Best regards.

Alan Miller, President BBUK

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WE COLLECT SIGNATURES UNTIL

Thursday, April 5

We collect signatures of Jewish people in support Polish NGOs

"who do not agree with how current policy casts a pall over the Polish-Jewish relations developed over the years"

« Dear Brothers and Sisters, I am sending you a short letter, signed by over 30 members of our B'nai B'rith lodge Polin, as well as other Jewish personalities from Poland, Israel and US, in the hope that you will sign it and find other Jews to sign it as well.

The letter is in response to a warm letter of support to Jews (see below) signed by about 100 Polish NGOs. In addition to nice but rather minor organizations, the signatories include important institutions whom I know and highly respect like the the Forum for Dialogue, Stefan Batory Foundation, Political Critique, OKO Press, Polski PEN Club, Jan Karski Society, Stowarzyszenie Pisarzy Polskich (Association of Polish Writers), and Stowarzyszenie Otwarta Rzeczpospolita (Open Republic Society).

More Polish Jewish personalities will sign the letter, but we will make it public only when we have a number of Israeli, American and other signatures. Please send information about your signature to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , and please forward this letter to those whom you consider to be suitable potential signatories.

We collect signatures until Thursday.

With best wishes,

Sergiusz Kowalski,

President, B'nai B'rith Lodge Polin »

The letter to be signed is following:

To all those who signed the open letter from Polish non-governmental organizations:

Your letter has touched us deeply. Thank you for your strong condemnation of anti-Semitism and for your expressions of solidarity. We would also like to thank the creators of the graphic combining Solidarity's iconic logo with the flags of Poland and Israel. We respond with gratitude, as friends to friends.

We cannot accept that the only voices heard would come from those who spread hateful tales drawing on negative stereotypes and bad emotions. There is no lack of such on both sides, but that is why your voice is so important, and we offer ours in response and in the spirit of solidarity with you.

We cannot waste the years of efforts to better our mutual understanding. History has drawn us close to each other – even if we might look at it differently. Just like you, we consider truth and reconciliation to be our common goal.

Sergiusz

Press Release B'nai B'rith Europe

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White March in Paris to pay tribute to Mireille Knoll, The Lodges of B'nai B'rith France are mobilized

B'nai B'rith is in mourning

Mrs Mireille Knoll zl, 85-years-old, survivor of the Vel' d'Hiv Roundup, was murdered in atrocious circumstances then burned in her apartment in the 11th district of Paris because she was Jewish on March 23rd almost one year to the day after the murder of Sarah Halimi zl.

Mrs Mireille Knoll zl was the mother of a fellow brother of B'nai B'rith.

Serge Dahan, President of B'nai B'rith Europe and all the members of B'nai B'rith address their most sincere condolences to Mrs Mireille Knoll's children, grandchildren and to her entire family, and assure them in these terrible moments of their warm friendship and fraternal support.

Serge Dahan, President of B'nai B'rith Europe is horrified by this barbaric murder and invites all the members of B'nai B'rith movement to take part in the "WHITE MARCH" organized on Wednesday March 28th at 18h30, Place de la Nation in Paris to state "that is enough".

In these days before Pessach, the Executive Committee of B'nai B'rith Europe, asks all the members of the organization to light a candle this upcoming Friday, March 30th to pay tribute to Mrs Mireille Knoll zl.



Marche blanche à Paris pour rendre hommage à Mireille Knoll, Les Loges du B'nai B'rith France mobilisées
Le B'nai B'rith est en deuil

Presque un an jour pour jour après le meurtre de Sarah Halimi zl, Madame Mireille Knoll zl, 85 ans rescapée de la rafle du Vel d'Hiv, a été assassinée, parce que juive, le 23 mars dernier dans d'atroces circonstances puis brulée dans son appartement du XIe arrondissement de Paris.

Madame Mireille Knoll zl était la mère d'un frère du B'nai B'rith.

Serge Dahan, Président du B'nai B'rith Europe et l'ensemble des membres du B'nai B'rith adressent à ses enfants, petits-enfants et à toute sa famille leurs plus sincères condoléances, les assurent dans ces terribles moments de leur chaleureuse amitié et de leur soutien fraternel.

Serge Dahan, Président du B'nai B'rith Europe, horrifié par ce meurtre atroce, appelle tous les membres du mouvement B'nai B'rith à participer à la « MARCHE BLANCHE » organisée le Mercredi 28 Mars à 18h30 Place de la Nation à Paris pour dire « ça suffit ».

En cette veille de Pessah, le Comité Exécutif du B'nai B'rith Europe, demande à tous les membres de l'organisation d'allumer une bougie ce vendredi 30 mars en hommage à Madame Mireille Knoll zl.

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B'nai B'rith Düsseldorf Lodge Franz Rosenzweig in cooperation with the Friedrich Naumann Foundation organised a podium discussion about the innovative Israeli economy.


“In Israel there are 6,500 startup firms registered, which makes it worldwide number 2 in absolute figures. Regarding the number of startups per capita Israel is by far the number 1, which earned it the title of “Startup Nation”.

The B’nai B’rith Franz Rosenzweig Lodge Düsseldorf in cooperation with the Friedrich Naumann Foundation organised a podium discussion about the innovative Israeli economy and the potential for German-Israeli cooperations.

After greetings by the Director of the Northrhine-Westphalia branch of the Friedrich Naumann Foundation and by Dr. Michael Naor, president of the B’nai B’rith Lodge, 4 Experts presented different aspects of the topic.

Doron Abrahami, the Israeli attaché for Economy and Commerce at the Embassy of the State of Israel in Berlin (photo, 1. from left), gave an overview about Israeli innovations, current trends of international investments in Israel as well as large-scale research & development activities of global players in the country.

Dr. Markus Gick, Senior Project manager at the Bertelsmann Foundation (photo, 1. from right), reported about a study he did about German-Israeli economic relations and highlighted the benefits of the Israeli High-Tech Ecosystem for German firms.

Roy Naor, an associate at the international law firm DWF (photo, 3. from right), gave an overview about legal and procedural aspects in the bilateral economic relations. He especially elaborated on the area of Cybersecurity as one of the most important and interesting fields for German firms, since most of the technologies in this area come from Israel and the USA.

Dr. Philipp Raidt, Head of Portfolio at Axel Springer Digital Classifieds in Berlin (photo, 2. from left), presented the experiences of his enterprise having so far invested in 3 firms in Israel. He described the typical atmosphere in the country and the typical mentality of Israelis, hinting at helpful approaches in order to gain from it.

About 120 guests came to the event, which took place at the Business Club of Düsseldorf (“Wirtschaftsclub"). Among them Christoph Dammermann, the State Secretary in the Ministry for Economy and Commerce of the State of Northrhine-Westphalia, Dr. Oded Horowitz, Chairman of the Executive Board of the Jewish Community, representatives of the City of Düsseldorf, of the Chamber of Commerce and a number of personalities from local public life.

After a round of discussion with all the lecturers guests were invited to a get-together with wine and canapés, which enabled further networking in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere".


Dr. Michael Naor, president

B'nai B'rith Düsseldorf Franz Rosenzweig Lodge

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