<![CDATA[B'nai B'rith International - Center Stage]]>Thu, 11 Feb 2016 17:21:02 -0500EditMySite<![CDATA[Center Stage: December 2015]]>Thu, 03 Dec 2015 17:04:38 GMThttp://www.bnaibrith.org/center-stage/center-stage-december-2015A periodic e-newsletter from the B’nai B’rith World Center – Jerusalem, December 2015

B'nai B'rith International Policy Forum
The Chairman Dr. Haim Katz and Director Alan Schneider participated in BBI Policy Forum in Washington D.C. Dr. Katz chaired a diplomatic session with ambassadors from Bulgaria, Croatia and Germany. Alan Schneider spoke in a “town hall” session on International issues and addressed the ongoing state of terrorism against Jews by Palestinians in Israel. To read more on this issue
check out his blog on the B'nai B'rith website here.

Maestro Ariel Britos, Founder of the System of Youth and Children Orchestras of Uruguay Visit Israel
Maestro Ariel Britos (b. 1969), founder of the System of Youth and Children Orchestras of Uruguay and Conductor of the highly acclaimed Sodre National Youth Orchestra, visited Israel as a guest of the B'nai B'rith World Center on October 18-28. Maestro Britos is the winner of the B'nai B'rith Uruguay "Fraternidad Award" for 2013 - presented annually to outstanding Uruguayan artists at a major ceremony at B’nai B’rith Uruguay’s hall in Montevideo, with the participation of hundreds of members, civic and political leaders and fellow artists.

Maestro Ariel Britos studied conducting of children and youth Orchestras in Venezuela, applying methods developed by Maestro José Antonio Abreu, based on studying and learning musical instruments through the “Intensive Orchestral Practice”. He is an active participant in UNESCO and OAS musical programs and was named “UNESCO Artist for Peace” in 2013 for his promotion of social intervention strategies through music. He received the “Banda del Yi” award from the Durazno Intendancy, a Distinction from the Rotary Club of Florida, the “Quijote” Award from the Cervantes College, the ‘Ariel de Oro’ award from the Ateneo de Montevideo and he was also recognized as “Golden Citizen” for two consecutive years by the Latin American Development Center.

B’nai B’rith Uruguay has been presenting awards to outstanding artists and scientists for over 30 years to recognize excellence in various artistic and scientific disciplines in Uruguay, with winners receiving an all-expenses-paid trip to Israel. Ariel Britos was accompanied on the 10-day trip by his wife Claudia Rieiro.

​The intensive itinerary devised by the B’nai B’rith World Center combined tourism, professional interchange, site visits and high-level briefings geared to fostering ongoing professional ties between the two countries. During his visit, Maestro Britos met with a broad range of Israeli musicians, conductors, orchestras and academics at the Jerusalem Music Center, Jerusalem Conservatory, Buchmann-Mehta School of Music at the Tel Aviv University and Hebrew University Academy of Music, Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, Israel Symphony Orchestra Rishon Lezion, Tel Aviv Youth Orchestra, at KeyNote Music Education and Community Outreach. He also visited two youth orchestras run by “Sulamot – music for social change” – a project similar to the one he directs in Uruguay - and also toured the country extensively including the Old City of Jerusalem, Yad Vashem, Masada, Dead Sea, the Baha'i Gardens, Galilee and Tel-Aviv-Jaffa.

B'nai B'rith Delegation Participates in Zionist Congress
A senior BBI delegation participated on October 20-22 in the 37th Zionist Congress that convened in Jerusalem. This Zionist Congress session was held under the title “Non-Stop Zionism”. The delegation of 20 delegates attended three days of intensive policy sessions and actively participated in debates that will determine the future course of the Zionist movement.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu opened the Congress with a broad ranging speech about the current wave of Palestinian terrorism, arguing that as in the past, the physical assault was preceded by an assault on the truth. He outlined ten lies hurled at Israel that form the fertile ground for murderous terrorist attacks. Head of the opposition Isaac Herzog and Minister of Immigrant Absorption Ze'ev Elkin, in addition to other leading Israeli political and intellectual figures, also addressed the gathering.

BBI delegates to the Congress were: Ben Mirman (USA) Chairman BBI WZO-JAFI Committee; Ira Bartfield (USA), Senior BBI Vice President, Dr. Eduardo Kohn (Uruguay), Director, B'nai B'rith Latin America;  Michael Nathan (Israel), President, B'nai B'rith Israel; Abraham Goldstein (Brazil), President, B'nai B'rith Brazil; Ed Redensky (USA), National Vice Chair BBI YLN; Valerie Achache (France), Vice President, BB Europe; Lional Sebban (France), Treasurer, B'nai B'rith Europe; Katarina Lesna (Slovakia), Vice President, B'nai B'rith Tolerancia Lodge, Bratislava; Tali Schwartz (USA), NYC YLN Chair; Dr. Baruch Levy (Israel), B’nai B’rith World Center Executive Committee; Nachliel Dison (Israel), B’nai B’rith World Center Executive Committee; Elana Heideman (Israel), former BBI YLAN Chair; Felicia Waldman (Romania), Member of B'nai B'rith Romania; Ruth Bessekri (France), Member of Theodore Herzl Lodge, Nice; Tsila Shalom (Israel), President, Meytar Lodge; Israeli AEPi alumni Amos Meron, Yoni Mann and Yoseff Shachor and World Center director Alan Schneider. Bartfield and Mirman served in vice-chair capacities in the course of the Congress.

​Deputy members included BBIsrael vice presidents Avraham Huli and Zvi Rotenberg. In elections, Avraham Duvdevani was elected WZO Chairman for a second term. The B'nai B'rith World Center in Jerusalem coordinated BBI's delegation as part of its ongoing engagement on behalf of B'nai B'rith with the WZO and National Institutions.

B’nai B’rith World Center Director Pens Piece on Jewish Rescue in Mizkar​

B'nai B'rith World Center Director Alan Schneider wrote a piece on Jewish rescue for the September issue of Mizkar, a quarterly on the Holocaust, revival, memory and memorialization, published by the Center of Organizations of Holocaust Survivors in Israel, which represents 50 organizations assisting Holocaust survivors. The article (written in Hebrew) is about the fantastic and largely unknown story of Jewish self-rescue during the Holocaust. 

Foundational Holocaust text republished by B'nai B'rith Bulgaria
 B'nai B'rith Bulgaria launched a republication of "Documents" – one of the first-ever books written about the Holocaust. Originally published in January 1945 while the death camps were still operating at full capacity elsewhere in Nazi-occupied Europe, the 200-page book contains the dry bureaucratic orders issued by the pro-German Bulgarian government's "Commissariat for Jewish Questions" (KEV) for the deportation of 12,000 Jews from Bulgarian-occupied areas of Greece - nearly all of whom were murdered in Treblinka and other Nazi death camps.  

The book was compiled by Nathan Greenberg - an employee of KEV following the regime change of September 1944 who had access to the documents. The orders also set in motion preparations for the deportation of all of Bulgaria’s wartime Jewish population of 48,000, who survived through the intervention of Dimitar Peshev, Deputy Speaker of the National Assembly of Bulgaria who rebelled against the pro-Nazi cabinet, leaders of the Bulgarian Church led by Metropolitan Stefan of Sofia and Metropolitan Kyril of Plovdiv, and many ordinary citizens. The book was to prepare the Bulgarian population for the trials of those complicit in the deportation plans. Out of print and unavailable for decades, "Documents" is now available with a new introduction by B’nai B’rith Sofia, Bulgaria "Carmel" Lodge President Solomon Bali. In the preface, Bali notes that "Documents" had not been republished for 70 years because, after the conviction of some of the perpetrators, "the regime decided to use the survival of the Jewish community as a means to favorably affect the conditions for a peace treaty with the Allies, even as the Bulgarian regime continued to exhibit anti-Semitic strains. The story is unpleasant and affects the personal stories of many Bulgarians, whether directly or indirectly. [A]lthough not written to motivate emigration to Israel, the book did play a role in the mass immigration of Bulgarian Jewry to Israel…Today, the security situation of the Jewish communities is similar to that of 80 years ago. To examine primary sources from that period is very important for our ability to make the right decisions today - whether to remain in countries whose culture and civilization we helped to create over the last millennium or to seize the opportunity presented by the State of Israel to every Jew in the world to return to our homeland.  The republication was initiated by B'nai B'rith Bulgaria and made possible in cooperation with the B'nai B'rith World Center - Jerusalem.

The book launch – held at the newly-renovated National Palace of Culture bookshop in Sofia – was covered extensively on Bulgarian national television, on National Radio and in the print media and has generated wide public discussion and debate on Bulgaria's war-time record. The print run of 1,000 books will be distributed free of charge to researchers, schools, journalists and other interested parties.

In 2005, B’nai B’rith, in cooperation with the Sofia University Center for Jewish Studies and the Sofia University Press, published “The Power of Civil Society in a Time of Genocide: Proceedings of the Holy Synod of the Bulgarian Orthodox Church and the Rescue of the Jews in Bulgaria 1940-41,” which outlined efforts of church leaders, in their own words (particularly Metropolitans Stefan and Kyril) – to foil the deportation plans.

Out of print and unavailable for decades, "Documents" is now available with a new introduction by B’nai B’rith Sofia, Bulgaria "Carmel" Lodge President Solomon Bali. The republication was initiated by B'nai B'rith Bulgaria and made possible in cooperation with the B'nai B'rith World Center - Jerusalem. The book launch – held at the newly-renovated National Palace of Culture bookshop in Sofia – was covered extensively on Bulgarian national television, on National Radio and in the print media and has generated wide public discussion and debate on Bulgaria's war-time record. The print run of 1,000 books will be distributed free of charge to researchers, schools, journalists and other interested parties.

​In 2005, B’nai B’rith, in cooperation with the Sofia University Center for Jewish Studies and the Sofia University Press, published “The Power of Civil Society in a Time of Genocide: Proceedings of the Holy Synod of the Bulgarian Orthodox Church and the Rescue of the Jews in Bulgaria 1940-41,” which outlined efforts of church leaders, in their own words (particularly Metropolitans Stefan and Kyril) – to foil the deportation plans.

Schneider Addresses Lithuanian Business Forum and Knesset Caucus
B'nai B'rith World Center director Alan Schneider addressed on October 11 a 40-member delegation from “Vadovu Klubas” – a Lithuanian executive business network of 24 local groups with over 400 member, established in 1998. The group approached Schneider to present a historical perspective of B'nai B'rith and its activities today followed by a Q and A session.

​The following day, Schneider addressed the founding session of the Knesset Caucus for Reconnection with Descendants of Spanish and Portuguese Jewish Communities, chaired by MK Robert Ilatov (Yisrael Beitenu) and the "Reconectar" project . Schneider conveyed B'nai B'rith's support for the initiatives and cautioned that Christians continue to target Jews in the Diaspora – including "Anusim" (descendants pf Spanish and Portuguese Jewish communities forcibly converted in the Inquisition) – and in Israel where messianic communities have been growing exponentially with the active support of Zionist Evangelical and missionary organizations.

Upcoming events:
  • January 10-13 Second Greek-American/Jewish-American Leadership Mission to Israel
  • February 1-5 B’nai B’rith UN Mission to Israel
  • February 7-9 B’nai B’rith MEP Mission to Israel
  • February 17-18 Joint BESA-B’nai B’rith Conference: “Strategic Challenges in the Eastern Mediterranean Area”
<![CDATA[Frank Goldman Exhibit Expanded At Israeli Foreign Ministry]]>Mon, 20 Apr 2015 15:32:20 GMThttp://www.bnaibrith.org/center-stage/frank-goldman-exhibit-expanded-at-israeli-foreign-ministryPicture
The Israel Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) has upgraded an exhibit, featuring the pen given by President Harry Truman to then B’nai B’rith President Frank Goldman at the conclusion of the 1949 ceremony at which he signed U.S. de jure recognition of the nascent State of Israel. 

The display honors the work of B’nai B’rith member (and long-time Truman friend and business partner) Eddie Jacobson and B’nai B’rith leaders for their advocacy on behalf of U.S.' recognition of the State of Israel. 

Truman gave the pen to Goldman, who presented it in an elaborate silver box to then Israel ambassador Eliyahu Eilat for donation to the State of Israel. 

The display now features a photo of the historic ceremony and a explanatory plaque in Hebrew and English. Last summer, B’nai B’rith World Center Director Alan Schneider, Goldman’s grandson Frank Daniel Goldman and his wife Margo Alexandra Rocklin, visited MFA to pay tribute. The upgrade of the display was initiated by the B’nai B’rith World Center in Jerusalem.

<![CDATA[Alan Schneider Represents B'nai B'rith At Funeral Of Slain Parisian Jews In Jerusalem]]>Mon, 20 Apr 2015 15:30:10 GMThttp://www.bnaibrith.org/center-stage/alan-schneider-represents-bnai-brith-at-funeral-of-slain-parisian-jews-in-jerusalem
B'nai B'rith World Center Director Alan Schneider represented BBI on January 13 in Jerusalem at the official funeral service for the four Jews murdered on January 9 in the Islamic terrorist attack on the Kosher market in Paris. 

With the bodies lying in state and with thousands of mourners in attendance,  President Reuven Rivlin said: “The murderer made sure to be in a Jewish shop, and only then did he carry out the massacre. This was pure, venomous evil, which stirs the very worst of memories. This is sheer hatred of Jews; abhorrent, dark and premeditated, which seeks to strike, wherever there is Jewish life. In Paris, in Jerusalem, in Toulouse, and in Tel Aviv. In Brussels, and in Mumbai. In the streets, and in the synagogues. It would be dangerous to deny that we are talking about anti-Semitism, whether old or new," and called on European government to take immediate action. 
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said: “I think that most (world leaders) understand — or are at least starting to understand — that this terror committed by extremist Islam represents a clear and present threat to peace in the world in which we live… Islamist terror … is not just the enemy of the Jewish people but of all humanity. It is time all people of all cultures united to eject these elements from among us.” 

He hailed the power and resilience of the Jewish people, who have “managed to rise from the ashes” to build “a thriving state” in which the Jews determine their own destiny.” Israel, he said, would always receive Jews “with open arms. The more Israel is the Jewish homeland and the more Jews there are here the stronger we will be in our homeland.” 

French Ecology Minister Segolene Royal, representing the French government, said in her eulogy, that  France will not tolerate anti-Semitism and will "unfailingly" fight it. 

She declared that  "Anti-Semitism has no place in France" and that she seeks to assure those assembled of the "unfailing determination of the French government to fight against all forms and acts of anti-Semitism," noting that the four victims were posthumously decorated with the Legion of Honor. 

Israel opposition leader Isaac Herzog note that his great grandfather was rabbi of a major Parisian synagogue, but that since then life had grown difficult for Jews. "We welcome you to Israel", he said.
<![CDATA[Alan Schneider Briefs Foreign Ministry Emissaries]]>Mon, 20 Apr 2015 15:21:49 GMThttp://www.bnaibrith.org/center-stage/alan-schneider-briefs-foreign-ministry-emissariesPicture
B’nai B’rith World Center Director Alan Schneider briefed on February 23 some 30 Israel Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) emissaries preparing for postings around the world. 

Schneider’s presentation included a review of B’nai B’rith’s history and current activities, along with observations on the interaction between Israeli diplomatic representatives and Jewish communities. 

Representatives of the Anti-Defamation League, American Jewish Committee, Jewish Federations of North America and the World Jewish Congress also briefed the MFA envoys who are poised to take up positions in Oslo, Panama City, Dublin, San Francisco, Moscow, Atlanta, Vienna, Marseilles, New York, Tokyo, Sofia, Mexico City, Brussels, Istanbul, London and Copenhagen, among others.

<![CDATA[B'nai B'rith International Delegation Attends Zionist General Council]]>Mon, 20 Apr 2015 15:18:25 GMThttp://www.bnaibrith.org/center-stage/bnai-brith-international-delegation-attends-zionist-general-councilPicture
An eight-member BBI delegation attended the two-day session of the Zionist General Council held  on February 18-19 in Jerusalem. 

The delegation included B’nai B’rith World Center Chairman Dr. Haim V. Katz and director Alan Schneider, David Geller (Florida), B’nai B’rith Israel President Michael Nathan, B’nai B’rith Israel deputy president Avraham Huli, Dr. Baruch Levy, Chairman of the WZO’s Comptroller’s Committee and Ofri Ben Porat. The delegation was coordinated by the World Center. 

At the plenary, WZO Chairman Avraham Duvdevani said that the WZO has hit a financial crisis due to the lack of state budget and the reclassification of the Jewish National Fund (KKL) as a public trust company. 

Until this is resolved following the elections, the WZO will struggle to maintain current programs and will not be able to executive new projects it had planned for 2015. He noted that the WZO’s goals basically remain the same since the first Zionist Congress was convened in Basel by Theodore Herzl in 1897 – 1) establishment of a state led by Zionist values; 2) in gathering of the exiles. Both these goals have been only partially fulfilled. 

A series of resolutions were adopted at the session including: encouraging Hebrew Hasbara and Jewish Zionist education; WZO action against growing antisemtism and assimilation; implementation of youth representation per the WZO constitution; establishment of a committee to review the convention between the WZO and the government of Israel. 

A B’nai B’rith proposed resolution to amend the WZO constitution so that the Comptroller’s Committee will be independent of the WZO Finance Committee and will be elected each term by the Congress also passed with near-unanimous support. 

<![CDATA[Katz, Schneider meet with Speaker of Romanian Parliament]]>Mon, 20 Apr 2015 15:15:38 GMThttp://www.bnaibrith.org/center-stage/katz-schneider-meet-with-speaker-of-romanian-parliamentPicture
B’nai B’rith World Center chairman Dr. Haim V. Katz and director Alan Schneider meet in Jerusalem on February 19 with the President of the Romanian Parliament Mr. Valeriu Zgonea on his first visit to Israel. 

Other members of the Romania delegation included Mr. Gabriel Vlase, Chairman of the Romanian parliamentary friendship group with the State of Israel and Head of the Romanian delegation to the NATO Parliamentary Assembly, Mrs. Alina Gorghiu, leader of the National Liberal Party and de facto opposition leader, Chairman of the Federation of Jewish Communities in Romania Mr. Aurel Vainer, Romania’s ambassador to Israel Mrs. Andreea Pastarnac and Israel’s ambassador-designate to Romania Tamar Catarivas Samash. 

Topics discussed included: B’nai B’rith's long history in Romania (from 1888) and current activity there; tolerance and Holocaust-denial legislation in Romania; the good bilateral relations between Romania and Israel;Romania’s position in multilateral organizations on Middle East issues

In a subsequent letter to the World Center Zgonea noted that “the leadership and the members of the Chamber of Deputies value the special relation with the State of Israel and stand ready to further develop it. It was a great satisfaction for us to approach issues of main importance for all of us during our talks. At the same time, I would like to reassure you of our commitment to support  measures aimed at improving both the security of the citizens and the culture of tolerance."


<![CDATA[German Women’s Soccer Team Visits Israel]]>Mon, 20 Apr 2015 15:11:55 GMThttp://www.bnaibrith.org/center-stage/german-womens-soccer-team-visits-israelPicture
Trip Marked 50 Years of Israeli-German Relations

One of the world's leading women's soccer teams, FFC Turbine Potsdam, visited Israel on January 18-23 to mark 50 years since the establishment of German-Israeli diplomatic relations. B’nai B’rith World Center Trustee and B’nai B’rith Frankfurt Lodge President Ralph Hofmann initiated the visit that was organized by the World Center.

The team’s trip was a milestone for women's soccer in Israel and provided an opportunity to improve the local sporting level, while also increasing interest in women's soccer and improving ties between the two countries. The Israel Ministry of Culture and Sport, the German and Israeli Ministries of Foreign Affairs, the Israel Ministry of Tourism, the Embassy of Germany in Israel, the Netanya municipality, the Israeli Embassy in Germany and the Israel Football Association partnered with B'nai B'rith to realize this ambitious project.

Turbine Potsdam- is the most accomplished women’s soccer team ever to visit Israel - is a top team in the women’s Bundesliga, the professional soccer league in Germany, and is one of the leading teams in Europe. Founded in 1971 in what was then East Germany (GDR), Turbine Potsdam won the GDR league six times in the 1980s. Since reunification, the Turbine Potsdam has claimed the league title in 2004, 2006, 2009, 2010 and 2012. They won the German Football Federation (DFB) Cup in 2004, 2005 and 2006, and won the UEFA Women's Cup in 2005 and UEFA Women's Champions League in 2010. Turbine Potsdam also took home the DFB Hall Cup in 2004, 2005, 2008, 2009, 2013 and 2014. A number of team players served on Germany's under-20 national team that won the FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup this year in Canada. Several are also members of the German national team. At home the team enjoys a large devoted fan base. Bernd Schroder, who serves as a volunteer, has coached the team for the entirety of its 43 years of existence.

The team's visit to Israel included an official friendly match with the Israeli national Under-19 team, a visit to the Wingate Institute, Israel’s national sports academy, training clinics and visits to significant national and historical sites including Jerusalem's Old City, Masada, Haifa and Yad Vashem.

Thirty players and professional staff along with two representatives of the German television station RBB – none of whom had visited Israel before – participated in the mission.

To view photos and videos form the visit go to our Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/bbworldcenter.

<![CDATA[Alan Schneider Chairs Yad Vashem Seminar On Jews Rescuing Jews During The Holocaust]]>Mon, 20 Apr 2015 15:06:01 GMThttp://www.bnaibrith.org/center-stage/alan-schneider-chairs-yad-vashem-seminar-on-jews-rescuing-jews-during-the-holocaustPicture
B’nai B’rith World Center director Alan Schneider opened a seminar on the rescue of Jews by Jews during the Holocaust held on March 15 by Yad Vashem – Israel’s Holocaust Martyrs' and Heroes' Remembrance Authority. The seminar signaled the launch of a new Yad Vashem book entitled “Jews Rescuing Jews in the Holocaust”. 

The 467-page Hebrew-language anthology, that includes 36 accounts of rescue of Jews by fellow Jews as illustrations of thousands of known stories of Jewish self-rescue, was edited by Yad Vashem historian Dr. Avraham Milgram. Milgram classified the stories into ten descriptive chapters including “Rescue under false Arian identify”, “Extrication of Jews from Ghettos”, “Rescue in the Camps”, “Rescue of Children” etc. and prefaced each chapter with an introductory essay. 

The publication of the book – the first dedicated entirely to various means and circumstances under which Jews tried, and in many cases succeeded, in rescuing fellow Jews from murder at the hands of the Germans and their collaborators - had been urged by the Committee to Recognize the Heroism of Jewish Rescuers in the Holocaust that Schneider helped found in 2001 and that has since engaged in numerous activities to promote public awareness of the phenomenon of Jewish rescue. 

In his opening statement, Schneider termed the publication of the book “nothing less than a watershed in Holocaust research and raises for the first time Jewish self-rescue to a level of an independent academic field of research.” 

With Avner Shalev, Chairman of the Yad Vashem Directorate, in attendance, Schneider asked the Authority to reconsider some of the proposals the Committee had made over time to bring the phenomenon of Jewish self-rescue to a wider audience and to make up for lost decades during which other Holocaust-related topics received greater attention. 

“The time has arrived for these stories - that represent the most lofty realization of the age-old Jewish principles ‘Every Jew is responsible for the other’ and ‘You shall not stand idly by the blood of thy neighbor’ – to reach the general public in Israel and the world” Schneider said. Dr. Bella Gutterman, former director of Yad Vashem’s International Institute for Holocaust Research who oversaw work on the book in its initial stages, seconded Schneider’s appeal that the book be translated into English for the benefit of a much wider audience. 

Avner Shalev said that the book proved that Jewish solidarity did not cease during the Holocaust as some researchers argue and that its publication would encourage more research on the topic of Jewish self-rescue efforts. 

Other speakers at the seminar included Irena Steinfeldt, Director, Department of the Righteous, Prof. Dan Michman, Head of the International Institute for Holocaust Research at Yad Vashem and Jewish rescuer David Gur. 

<![CDATA[B’nai B’rith LiveTourism ]]>Mon, 20 Apr 2015 14:43:08 GMThttp://www.bnaibrith.org/center-stage/bnai-brith-livetourismPicture
The B’nai B’rith World Center initiated a pilot project aimed at making live touring in Israel accessible from any computer. 

Named “B’nai B’rith Live Tourism”, the three part pilot series included tours in Jerusalem, the Old City, Mt. Herzl national cemetery and Mt. Zion (all three tour recordings can be viewed here). 

The tours were narrated by senior tour guide Gil Perez, accompanied by B’nai B’rith World Center Director Alan Schneider. 

The unique live nature of the tours allows viewers to experience the spontaneous and unscripted reality in Israel and featured chance encounters and impromptu asides. 

B’nai B’rith LiveTourism is a project of the B’nai B’rith World Center and is produced by LiveGiving – a company that specializes in live streaming over the internet that provides an interactive platform allowing viewers to text questions during the tour and the and proposed the project concept. 

With the completion of the pilot broadcastings, the World Center will consider extending the project beyond Jerusalem.

Watch Tour Recordings
<![CDATA[Schneider Addresses Rotary, Ministry of Foreign Affairs]]>Fri, 11 Apr 2014 19:08:58 GMThttp://www.bnaibrith.org/center-stage/schneider-addresses-rotary-ministry-of-foreign-affairsPicture
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).