<![CDATA[B'nai B'rith International - Center Stage]]>Fri, 18 Apr 2014 18:49:10 -0800EditMySite<![CDATA[Schneider Addresses Rotary, Ministry of Foreign Affairs]]>Fri, 11 Apr 2014 19:08:58 GMThttp://www.bnaibrith.org/11/post/2014/04/schneider-addresses-rotary-ministry-of-foreign-affairs.htmlPicture
B'nai B'rith World Center director Alan Schneider addressed in January 29 the monthly dinner meeting of the Jerusalem Rotary Club on the topic "B'nai B'rith in Israel: Laying the Foundations for the Jewish State."

Schneider presented to the club members a detailed account of B'nai B'rith's activities in pre-State Israel beginning in 1888 with the establishment of the Jewish Lodge that pioneered settlement, community cohesiveness, the Hebrew language, Jewish culture, medicine, youth and adult education, and counter-missionary activity in Jerusalem, Jaffa and outlying Jewish communities.

The lodge also conducted dangerous clandestine missions in the 1890 to establish B'nai B'rith lodges in Jewish communities in the Levant including Beirut, Izmir, Alexandria and Sofia. Schneider also addressed a group of Israeli diplomats preparing for new foreign appointments they will take up in the summer.

Schneider's talk included an overview of B'nai B'rith's scope of members and activities around the world and some observations about cooperation between Jewish organizations and Israeli diplomatic legations.

Diplomats in the session will be deployed to Israeli embassies in Brussels, Ottawa, Washington, Madrid and others capitals around the world.

Other participants on the panel discussion were Sam Grundwerg, Director General, World Jewish Congress Israel and Becky Caspi, Executive Director, Israel Office and Senior Vice President, Israel and Overseas for Jewish Federations of North America (JFNA).

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<![CDATA[World Center Represents BBI at New Year’s Reception at President’s Residence in Jerusalem]]>Fri, 11 Apr 2014 19:08:36 GMThttp://www.bnaibrith.org/11/post/2014/04/world-center-represents-bbi-at-new-years-reception-at-presidents-residence-in-jerusalem.htmlPicture
B’nai B’rith World Center director Alan Schneider represented BBI at the traditional New Year’s reception for heads of the Christian communities in Israel hosted by President Shimon Peres on December 30.

The reception has been held annually for decades by successive Israeli presidents between the Christmas festivals of the Latin and Eastern Churches to mark the end of the Gregorian calendar year.

Hundreds of Christian leaders, alongside representatives of Israel’s other faith communities, participate in the event which provides a rare opportunity to interact with the whole range of over 60 Christian Churches, Orders and communities represented in Israel.

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<![CDATA[World Center Coordinates BBI Delegation to World Zionist General Council Meeting in Jerusalem]]>Fri, 11 Apr 2014 19:08:02 GMThttp://www.bnaibrith.org/11/post/2014/04/world-center-coordinates-bbi-delegation-to-world-zionist-general-council-meeting-in-jerusalem.htmlPicture
An eight-member B’nai B’rith delegation participated in November at Zionist General Council (ZGC) meeting held in Jerusalem.

The theme of the meetings was “Young People, Zionism, Israel and Everything in Between” and featured discussions on the role of the young generation in the Zionist movement and on the growing crisis faced by the Jewish community in France in light growing anti-Semitism and threat of physical attack.

Participants in the B’nai B’rith delegation were: Hon. B’nai B’rith President Moishe Smith (member of the WZO Extended Executive), Ben Mirman (delegation chairman), Dr. Haim Katz (Senior International VP and World Center Chairman), Raphy Barel (former B’nai B’rith Israel President), Dr. Baruch Levy (Chairman, WZO Audit Committee and World Center Executive member), Jacob Reckess, Adv. Aron Katz and World Center Director Alan Schneider, who coordinated the delegation.

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<![CDATA[Netanyahu: 'I Will Not Be Silenced When It Comes To Security Of Jewish State']]>Fri, 11 Apr 2014 19:05:57 GMThttp://www.bnaibrith.org/11/post/2014/04/netanyahu-i-will-not-be-silenced-when-it-comes-to-security-of-jewish-state.htmlPicture
A B'nai B'rith delegation participated in meetings of the Jewish Agency Assembly in Jerusalem in November.  

The delegation included Hon. President Moishe Smith, delegation chair Ben Mirman, Senior VP and World Center Chairman Dr. Haim V. Katz, former B'nai B'rith Israel presidents Zippora Peer and Raphy Barel,  Adv. Aron Katz and World Center director Alan Schneider, and was coordinated by the World Center.  

The meeting began with a presentation by Israel President Shimon Peres and ended at the opening session of the General Assembly of Jewish Federations of North America with a speech by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. 

On the Iranian issue, Peres cautioned against underrating the international coalition forged by the US. "Iran became more moderate because of sanctions that in the past also worked to prevent South Africa and Libya from building an A-bomb" he said. 

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<![CDATA[Schneider Attends Harper Knesset Speech and Reception For Romanian President Basescu]]>Fri, 11 Apr 2014 18:53:23 GMThttp://www.bnaibrith.org/11/post/2014/04/schneider-attends-harper-knesset-speech-and-reception-for-romanian-president-basescu.htmlPicture
B'nai B'rith World Center director Alan Schneider was on hand at the Knesset as a guest of Speaker Yuli Edelstein for the historic address by Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper on January 20.

B'nai B'rith Canada CEO, a member of Harper's official delegation and other BBCanada leaders also attended the landmark event.

Prime Minister Harper's Knesset addresses – the first by a Canadian prime minister - was preceeded by speechers by Speaker Edelstein, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Head of the Opposition Yitzhak Herzog.

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<![CDATA[World Center Coordinates American-Greek/American-Jewish Mission to Israel]]>Fri, 11 Apr 2014 18:53:04 GMThttp://www.bnaibrith.org/11/post/2014/04/world-center-coordinates-american-greekamerican-jewish-mission-to-israel.htmlPicture
B’nai B’rith International participated in a historic three-country visit to Israel, Cyprus and Greece, together with representatives from two American-Hellenic organizations. The World Center was responsible for coordinating the visit itinerary in Israel.

The purpose of the trip was to analyze the emerging strategic relationship between the three countries. B’nai B’rith International President Allan J. Jacobs, Executive Vice President Daniel S. Mariaschin, Member of the Executive William Bram and B’nai B’rith World Center Director Alan Schneider took part in the trip and were joined by representatives from the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations.

In an initiative that represents the ongoing organizational cooperation between the American Hellenic and American Jewish communities, B’nai B’rith and the Conference of Presidents were also joined by representatives from the American Hellenic Educational Progressive Association (AHEPA)—a leading membership-based grassroots association for American citizens of Greek heritage and Philhellenes—and the American Hellenic Institute (AHI) —a Greek American public policy center and think tank—to explore developments across various sectors in the eastern Mediterranean.

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<![CDATA[Smith, Schneider Participate in Jewish Agency, WZO Meetings in Jerusalem]]>Fri, 11 Apr 2014 18:52:22 GMThttp://www.bnaibrith.org/11/post/2014/04/smith-schneider-participate-in-jewish-agency-wzo-meetings-in-jerusalem.htmlPicture
Hon. International President Moishe Smith, BBI's representative on the Jewish Agency for Israel Board of Governors committees and World Zionist Organization Extended Executive, and B'nai B'rith World Center Director Alan Schneider, Coordinator of the BBI WZO/JAFI Committee, participated in meetings of the JAFI Board and WZO Extended Executive in Tel Aviv in February.

The JAFI Board focused on the roll-out of the new joint initiative with the Government of Israel under which some $300 million will be invested in building Jewish identity in the Diaspora.

Jewish Agency Chairman Natan Sharansky said that the initiative has great historical importance and will close the breach created between Israel and the Diaspora with the advent of political Zionism.

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<![CDATA[B’nai B’rith Helps To Equip New Fire Station In Israel]]>Fri, 11 Apr 2014 18:51:32 GMThttp://www.bnaibrith.org/11/post/2014/04/bnai-brith-helps-to-equip-new-fire-station-in-israel.htmlPicture
With funds donated by the B’nai B’rith “Mazal Tov” lodge in Nice, France - raised following the Great Carmel Forest Fire of December 2011 - the B’nai B’rith World Center has equipped the gym in the new fire station in the Druze town of Usfiya, in Israel’s northern the Galilee region.

B’nai B’rith’s contribution towards the preparedness and welfare of the firefighters of the new station was recognized at the opening ceremony held on February 18 with the participation of Minister for Internal Security Yitzhak Aharonovich.

B’nai B’rith World Center director Alan Schneider was on hand for the festive opening together with Senior VP Ira Bartfield and B’nai B’rith Israel leaders David and Elana Sirton and Nitza Niv.

In his speech, the minister stressed the importance of the fire station in this thickly forested area of the country that was so badly damaged in the fire and noted that the loss of life, property and a valuable natural ecosystem could perhaps have been prevented had this new station existed at the time.

B’nai B’rith has been involved in rehabilitation efforts since the fire including fire prevention courses for Druze youth held in cooperation with the Jewish National Fund and the establishment of a clubhouse for the Fire Scouts at Haifa’s main fire station.

<![CDATA[Schneider Attends Iranian Arms Shipment Display]]>Fri, 11 Apr 2014 14:09:14 GMThttp://www.bnaibrith.org/11/post/2014/04/schneider-attends-iranian-arms-shipment-display.htmlPicture
B’nai B’rith World Center director Alan Schneider was on hand at the Eilat Naval Base on March 10 as a guest of the Prime Minister’s Office for the unveiling of the Iranian arms shipment intercepted the week before by the Israeli Navy in the Red Sea.

The cache of 40 M-302 rockets, 181 122mm mortar shels and 400,000 rounds of machine gun bullets found hidden under bags of cement marked “Made in Iran,” was destined for terrorists in the Gaza Strip to use against Israeli civilian populations.

Speaking in front of the exhibition to 70 foreign journalists, 30 military attaches and other invited guests, Prime Minister Netanyahu expressed exasperation with the lack of international condemnation of Iran in the face of this blatant violation of international law and convention.

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<![CDATA[World Center Co-Sponsors Symposium on the New Campaign to Divest Evangelical Christians From Israel]]>Thu, 10 Apr 2014 18:49:30 GMThttp://www.bnaibrith.org/11/post/2014/04/world-center-co-sponsors-symposium-on-the-new-campaign-to-divest-evangelical-christians-from-israel.htmlPicture
The B’nai B’rith World Center in Jerusalem and the Ecumenical Theological Research Fraternity in Israel held a symposium on March 13 under their joint “Liaison Committee” banner entitled “The Effort to Divest Evangelical Christians from Israel: A New Campaign”.

The event was purposely held during the anti-Israel and anti-Jewish “Christ at the Checkpoint” (CATC) conference that convened throughout that week in Bethlehem promoting theological anti-Semitism and the demise of the Jewish state of Israel.

Speakers at the symposium were Dexter Van Zile, Christian Media Analyst at CAMERA, Robert Nicholson, Research Associate at the Paul E. Singer Foundation – both of whom came to Israel to audit and critique CATC – and Yitzhak Santis, Chief Programs Officer for NGO Monitor and director of its newest project “BDS in the Pews”. 

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