Organized by Cukierman Investment House Ltd.
and Catalyst Fund
, and in partnership with B'nai B'rith International, Go4Europe
is one of the most prestigious conferences in Israel. Go4Europe will address the current issues of raising funds and establishing strategic alliances in Europe on October 28 at the Hilton Hotel
Tel Aviv, Independence Park. Learn more or register by visiting www.go4eu.com
.Monday, October 28, 2013 8:00 AM - 9:00 AM Registration 9:00 AM - 9:45 AM Opening & Welcoming Note by:
9:45 AM - 10:00 AM Go4Europe Achievement Prize
- His Excellency, Mr. Shimon Peres, President of the State of Israel *
- Yair Lapid, Minister of Finance – Israel*
- Edouard Cukierman, Chairman – Cukierman & Co. and Catalyst
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM Cross Border M&A : New Directions
- Dan Propper, CEO – OSEM Group
- Best Entrepreneur Prize to Gvahim start up
11:00 AM - 11:30 AM
- Moderator: Alain Dobkin, Managing Partner – Catalyst
- Yonathan Altman, Managing Partner – APM & Co
- Rurik B. Halaby, Chairman and Founder – Agricapital Corporation
- Mr. Chaim Hurvitz, Board Member – TEVA Pharmaceuticals
- Maurice Levy, Chief Executive Officer – Publicis
- David de Rothschild, Chairman – Rothschild Group
11:30 AM - 11:50 AM11:50 AM - 12:50 PM Where to Invest in Europe ?
- 12 Elevator Pitches – Selected Innovative Technology Companies
12:50 PM - 2:00 PM Lunch 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM Panel 1 : Israeli Technologies : A Booster to Traditional European Industries?
- Moderator: Haggai Ravid, CEO – Cukierman & Co.
- Michael Avnimelech, Managing Partner – Cukierman & Co.
- Marc-David Bismuth, Managing Partner – CICOF & Catterton Partners
- Maximo Buch, Minister of Economy, Industry, Tourism & Employment – Valencia, Spain
- Roger Cukierman, Board Member – Cukierman & Co. & President of CRIF
- Prof. Lorenz Reibling, Co-Founder, Chairman and Senior Partner – Taurus Investment Holdings
- Ruben Vardanian, Chairman of the Board & Advisor to the President – Sberbank Russia
Panel 2 : How to Structure Medtech Investments for Success?
- Moderator: Meir Brand, Managing Director – Google Israel, Greece and SSA
- Gil Picovsky, Managing Partner – Cukierman & Co.
- Michael Golan – Golan Telecom
- David Hatchwell Altaras, CEO – Excem group
- Pr. Daniel Rouach – ESCP Europe, President CCIF & Co-author of Israel Valley
Panel 3 : Go4Russia
- Moderators: Daniel Cohen & Dr. Laurent Choppe – Cukierman Life Sciences
- Laurent Grandidier, CEO – Xeltis
- Tomer Kariv, Managing Partner – Pontifax
- Dr. Christopher Proctor, CSO – British American Tobacco
3:00 PM - 4:00 PM Panel 1 : European Real-Estate Opportunities
- Moderator: Edouard Cukierman, Chairman – Cukierman & Co. and Catalyst
- Ilya Fainberg, Investment Legal Counsel – Rusnano Capital
- Dr. Mircea Mihaescu, Director IT Strategy Division – Sberbank
- Anna Moshe, Senior Partner – Baratz&Co
- Denis Shulakov, The First Vice-President – Gazprombank *
- Ruben Vardanian, Chairman of the Board & Advisor to the President – Sberbank Russia
Panel 2 : How Must Emerging Biotechs Adapt to the European Ecosystem?
- Moderator: Ilanit Harel-Tirosh, Managing Partner – Cukierman & Co.
- David Czyzewski, Senior Vice President- Private Clients Europe – Taurus Investment Holdings
- Elchanan Rosenheim, Managing Director – Profimex
- Gadi Ben-Haim, Head of Real Estate Investments – Harel Insurance
- Roni Soffer, President – Gazit Globe
Panel 3 : Role of Alternative Energy vs Natural Resources
- Moderators: Dr. Alexandra V. Eberhardt & Dr. Laurent Choppe – Cukierman & Co.
- Dr. Florent Gros, Managing Director – Novartis Venture Funds
- Graeme Martin, CEO – Takeda Ventures
- Dr. Philippe Salphati, VP, Commercial Operations – Sanofi-Pasteur
- Dr. Martin Welschof, CEO – Opsona
4:00 PM - 4:15 PM Coffee Break 4:15 PM - 5:30 PM The Image of Israel in Europe
- Moderator: David Vita, Managing Partner – Cukierman & Co.
- Luc Muller, General Manager – OTTO Group & Board member Cukierman & Co.
- Rurik B. Halaby, Chairman and Founder – Agricapital Corporation
- Henri Starkman, Chairman – Veolia Environment Israel
5:30 PM Closing remarks
- Moderator: Roger Cukierman, Board Member – Cukierman & Co. & President of CRIF
- Christian Berger, Head of the EU's Office in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip – EU*
- Elie Chouraqui, Movie Director
- Toby Greene, Director of Research – BICOM
- Alexander Kolks, EU Managing DIrector – Goddard Global
- Maurice Levy, Chief Executive Officer – Publicis
- José Ignacio Wert, Minister of Education & Culture – Spain *
* to be confirmed
- Dr. Yuval Steinitz, Minister of Intelligence – Israel
Join us from October 16-29, 2013 for a 14 day deluxe tour of Israel commemorating B'nai B'rith's 170th anniversary and Israel's 65th anniversary
Since 1843, B’nai B’rith International has been dedicated to improving the quality of life for those around the globe. A constant source of innovation and charity for populations around the world. Today, B’nai B’rith serves individuals and communities in more than 50 countries on six continents.
The first B’nai B’rith lodge in Israel was established in 1888. Today over 70 lodges exist. The 2013 B'nai B'rith Anniversary Trip to Israel will provide a unique 14 day experience for attendees. Whether this will be your first visit or if you're returning to Israel again, you will return home being a part of B'nai B'rith and Israel's history. > Learn more at www.bnaibrith.org/israel2013
AWARD-WINNING BRITISH WRITER AND COLUMNIST HOWARD JACOBSON DELIVERED THE B’NAI B’RITH WORLD CENTER “JERUSALEM ADDRESS”
Award-winning British writer and columnist Howard Jacobson delivered the B’nai B’rith World Center “Jerusalem Address” entitled "When will Jews be forgiven the Holocaust?" in Jerusalem on the evening of Oct. 7.
The “Jerusalem Address” was established by the B’nai B’rith World Center in 1985 as a forum for addressing fundamental challenges facing Israel and the Jewish people. It has consistently hosted outstanding speakers including Israeli diplomat and politician Abba Eban, literary critic George Steiner, American diplomat Max Kampelman and British journalist Melanie Phillips, among others.
The event was chaired by B’nai B’rith World Center Chairman Haim V. Katz and concluding remarks were made by the British Ambassador to Israel Matthew Gould.
In his address, Jacobson argued that anti-Semites deny the Holocaust and hide behind criticism of Israel, to both disguise and excuse the guilt of their anti-Jewish sentiment.
“The shocking psychological truth is that man rejects the burden of guilt by turning the tables on those we have wronged and portraying ourselves as the victims of their suffering,” Jacobson, the 2010 Man Booker Prize winner, said. “The Roman historian Tacitus spells it out: 'It is part of human life,' he wrote, 'to hate the man you have hurt.' Those we harm, we blame—mobilizing dislike and even hatred in order to justify, after the event, the harm we did. From which it must follow that those who are harmed the most, as in the case of the Shoah—are blamed the most.”
Jacobson added: "The question, ‘when will Jews be forgiven the Holocaust,’ and its implied answer—never—have political implications right enough, but there's an important non-political lesson to be drawn from them. If it's not for anything they have done, but for what's been done to them that Jews cannot be forgiven, then it's in vain for Jews to strive to alter the way the world sees them.”
Jacobson also addressed anti-Zionism and anti-Semitism.
"B’nai B’rith has been proud to host the leading thinkers of the day on the platform of the Jerusalem Address, and this evening we have heard an invaluable assessment of the use of anti-Semitic rhetoric in the political attacks on Israel, and the place of Holocaust denial in this vitriolic rhetoric,” Katz said following Jacobson’s address. “Howard Jacobson is a leading British voice, and uses his eloquent written style, and tonight, his erudite speaking abilities to shed light on how those who profess to have liberal values, when it comes to Israel and the Jews, maintain the oldest of prejudices."
Ambassador Gould closed out the evening by thanking Jacobson.
"It has been a privilege to hear Howard speak this evening,” Gould said. “Voices such as Howard’s are essential for the Jewish community, and indeed he has an almost holy role, not merely as an observer and commentator on identity - but as someone who has helped to shape our identity. He has so often taken our hands and guided us through the complexities of being Jewish in the modern Diaspora."
About Howard Jacobson
Howard Jacobson is an author and journalist, hailing from Manchester, England. He studied English at Downing College under F.R. Leavis, an influential British literary critic, and lectured for three years at the University of Sydney before returning to teach at Selwyn College in Cambridge, England.
Jacobson has been described by some as today’s “most Jewish Jewish novelist.” He is the author of 12 novels, including The Mighty Walzer, Kalooki Nights and The Finkler Question, for which he won the 2010 Man Booker Prize for Fiction. His most recent novel Zoo Time was published in 2012.
Join the Liaison Committee, a project of the B’nai B’rith World Center in Jerusalem and the Ecumenical Theological Research Fraternity in Israel, for a symposium entitled “Israeli Christians: breaking free? The advent of an independent Christian voice in Israel”
on Monday, September 23 at 17:00 at Djanogly Hall, Mishkenot Sha’ananim, Yemin Moshe, Jerusalem. Speakers at the symposium will include:
- Fr. Gabriel Naddaf, Greek Orthodox priest in Nazareth and spiritual leader of the “Israeli Christian Recruitment Forum”
- Lt. (ret.) Shadi Khalloul, Spokesman, Israeli Christian Recruitment Forum
- Captain Bishara Shlayan, founder, Christian Israeli party
Responses will be delivered by:
- MK Ofir Akunis, Deputy Minister, Appointed to promote Christian recruitment, Prime Minister’s Office.
- Dr. Dror Eydar, Columnist, Israel Hayom
- Dr. Gabi Zeldin, Expert in the science of religions
- Mr. Malcolm Lowe, Analyst of religions
The event will take place in Hebrew with simultaneous English translation.
The “Liaison Committee” is an informal Jewish-Christian initiative aimed at fostering better mutual respect and understanding between local Jews and Christians, and is as a platform for raising and resolving issues that impact on both communities. It was reconstituted by the B’nai B’rith World Center in Jerusalem and the Ecumenical Theological Research Fraternity in Israel in 2010. The Liaison Committee’s last event was a symposium entitled “Radicalization and Purging of Minorities in the Middle East: How should the West Respond?” Speakers at the event were Dr. Qanta Ahmed—a British-educated US medical doctor, author of “In the Land of Invisible Women: A Female Doctor’s Journey in the Saudi Kingdom,” and frequent commentator against radical Islam—and Bar-Ilan University Arab affairs expert Michael Widlanski, author of “Battle for Our Minds: Western Elites and the Terror Threat.” See the presentations on the PCIME Facebook page http://vimeo.com/67217664
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B’nai B’rith International observed Holocaust Remembrance Day with its annual program “Unto Every Person There is a Name,” now in its 24th year. B’nai B’rith is the official North American sponsor of the program under the auspices of Yad Vashem, Israel’s official Holocaust Museum and research center in Jerusalem. Participants read the names of the victims of the Shoah, noting where and when they were born and where and when they were murdered by the Nazis. The ceremonies occur on the 27th day of the month of Nissan on the Jewish calendar. These observances honor more victims each year, as more names are collected in an international database maintained by Yad Vashem.
An international committee convened by Yad Vashem suggests a theme each year. This year’s Yom Hashoah theme was “Defiance and Rebellion During the Holocaust: 70 Years Since the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising.” Alan Schneider, director of the B’nai B’rith World Center in Jerusalem, serves on the committee on behalf of B’nai B’rith.
“Unto Every Person There is a Name” also directly involves Israeli President Shimon Peres. Peres penned a letter distributed to participating communities. It the letter, he encourages the Jewish people to never forget those who perished and to remember those who bravely rebelled in Warsaw as inspiration when facing future obstacles.
“We are nevertheless inspired by the power of the human spirit as demonstrated in the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising, an illustration of heroism and struggle against the forces of evil,” Peres writes. “In the face of the heinous scheme to annihilate the Jewish people, this uprising constituted the tangible expression of the principles that have united the Jewish people through the ages.”
Once the theme is decided upon, program materials are distributed to the communities involved. Included in the materials are first hand accounts, interviews and other documents that called Jews to action against the Nazis or describing the events surrounding the uprising. Also with the materials is a copy of the poem “Everyone Has a Name” by the Jewish poet Zelda, from which the program’s name is inspired.
Throughout the month of April, B’nai B’rith groups and committees held programs across North America that included speakers and readings in synagogues, Jewish community centers and public places such as Holocaust Memorials and community parks.
“It’s incredible to watch how ‘Unto Every Person There is a Name’ has grown since its inception in 1989,” B’nai B’rith International President Allan J. Jacobs said. “It is important that we never forget the atrocities of the Holocaust and individually recognize all those who perished.”
In Maryland, a ceremony was held at Congregation Har Shalom in Potomac, Md. Art and artifact exhibits were displayed, the University of Maryland’s Jewish a cappella group performed, original poetry was read by survivors, and remarks were given by keynote speaker Walter Reich, Yitzhak Rabin Memorial professor of international affairs, ethics, and human behavior at the George Washington University.
At the Jewish Community Center of Northern Virginia, those in attendance not only participated in the reading of the names, but also in a seminar titled “Holocaust Art: Then & Now” with George Mason University Art Historian Marion Deshmukh. Narratives and poetry were also read by representatives of various religious denominations. The program recognized 19 survivors in the community. A Partnership with Alpha Epsilon Pi
In addition to community observances, B’nai B’rith partners with the Alpha Epsilon Pi (AEPi) fraternity for the “We Walk to Remember” program, which took place on 110 college campuses throughout the United States, Canada, Israel and the United Kingdom this year. Members of AEPi participated in both the walk and “Unto Every Person There is a Name” programming.
Speaking from the walk at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C., B’nai B’rith International Executive Vice President Daniel S. Mariaschin said, “I’m honored to take part in ‘We Walk to Remember.’ B’nai B’rith has a great partnership with AEPi, and we’re wholly behind its efforts to make sure the Holocaust is never forgotten by today’s youth.”
This is the fifth year B’nai B’rith and AEPi have worked together on Holocaust Remembrance Day programming. The combination of the two powerful programs has created a lasting impact on campuses across the globe. It demonstrates that young people on campus understand the importance of remembering and have taken on the responsibility to tell the story of the victims of the Holocaust. B’nai B’rith provides the materials created by the international committee as well as “Never Forget” stickers that the walkers wear on black t-shirts.
“‘We Walk to Remember’ is a program that quintessentially represents what it means to be in Alpha Epsilon Pi,” said AEPi’s Adam Maslia, the Howard M. Lorber director of Jewish and Philanthropy Programming. “Stepping up as leaders in the Jewish community
in partnership with B'nai B'rith International, the brothers of AEPi have crafted the world's largest on-campus Holocaust commemoration event that is so simple, yet so impactful and effective in ensuring that the world never forgets the atrocities of the Shoah." Jewish Rescuers Citations
On the morning of April 8, the B’nai B’rith World Center in Jerusalem and the Keren Kayemeth LeIsrael (KKL-JNF) held a unique, joint Holocaust commemoration ceremony dedicated to the heroism of Jews who rescued fellow Jews during the Holocaust. Taking place at the Martyrs’ Forest “Scroll of Fire” Plaza with about 900 people in attendance, 29 rescuers citations were awarded to Jews or their descendants who assisted other Jews in escaping to a safe haven or employed subterfuge, forgery, smuggling, concealment and other methods to ensure the survival of Jews from the Holocaust in Europe.
The idea for the program was the brainchild of Haim Roet, a child Holocaust survivor from Holland. Roet is also responsible for the initial organization of “Unto Every Person” and approached the same Jewish organizations involved to kick start his latest initiative.
Roet was rescued through joint efforts of non-Jews and Jews, so the project was close to his heart. As “Unto Every Person” began to take off, Roet established the Committee to Recognize the Heroism of Jewish Rescuers (JRJ) in which the World Center is also a major partner.
“Our principal contribution to the committee, other than popularizing the heroism of Jewish rescuers in Germany and occupied Europe during the Shoah,” Schneider said. “Is an annual ceremony in partnership with Keren Kayemeth LeIsrael.”
The B’nai B’rith Center for Jewish Identity coordinates the program on behalf of B’nai B’rith. The support for this program is made possible by the generous support of Kurt and Tessye Simon, (of blessed memory). The center chair, Nancy Braun, announced that “Unto Every Person” programming for 2014 will be held on Yom Hashoah, April 27, 2014.
The Center for Jewish Identity encourages communities to continue to promote the important task of collecting names of victims of the Holocaust and submitting “Pages of Testimony” to Yad Vashem. These pages are intended to serve as a lasting memorial for the victims and are preserved in the Hall of Names at Yad Vashem in Jerusalem. The names are also added to the central database. Time is running out to get first hand information, so it is important to collect as much information as possible from survivors and their families. If you need further information or want to bring the “Unto Every Person There is a Name” to your community or your community’s Yom Hashoah observance, please contact Rhonda Love at firstname.lastname@example.org
. See photos and videos from select events across the U.S. and in Israel:
Shocking testimony about, murder, forced conversion, abductions and other gross human rights violations inflicted on Christian minorities in the Middle East was presented on Nov. 8 at a symposium sponsored by the B'nai B'rith World Center and the Ecumenical Theological Research Fraternity under their joint “Liaison Committee” forum.
The title of the symposium, held in cooperation with the Menachem Begin Heritage Center, was "The Present and Future of Christians in the Middle East".
Over one hundred people attended the session that focused on the dislocation and violence by Muslims targeting Christians in the Middle East – a long-running phenomena that has increased since the Arab Spring.
The symposium exposed the predicament of Christian minorities in Iraq, Egypt, the Palestinian Authority, Pakistan, Lebanon and other countries in the area and the implications for the State of Israel. Raymond Ibrahim, a U.S.-based expert in Islam and the Middle East of Egyptian-Coptic descent and author of "The al-Qaida Reader", said that Christians are suffering unprecedented persecution in the Middle East. Ibrahim spoke of the harassment in Egypt against the Coptic Church which predates Islam, including forced conversions. He noted that in Iraq, for example, there is widespread dislocation based on religious identification against the Christian minority. He referred to the State of Israel as "the one Dhimmi that got away."
Juliana Taimoorazy - an Assyrian Christian and Founder and President of the Iraqi Christian Relief Council – noted that the gruesome attacks taking place against Christian minorities in Iraq and others countries in the Middle East must be brought to world attention. The U.S. government should press the Iraqi regime to prevent attacks against the Christian minority and to protect it, she said, and called on Jews and Christians to strengthen their ties in the face of this danger.
Dr. Mordechai Kedar from Bar Ilan University, an expert on Islam, noted that Moslem hatred towards Jews and Christians has grown in the light of the success of the West.
In an opening statement, B'nai B'rith World Center director Alan Schneider said that human rights organizations must not remain silent in the face of these reports of gross human rights violations against Christian communities in the Arab and Moslem world and should ensure that they reach the attention of the international community and world public opinion. Ecumenical Fraternity Director Rev. Dr. Petra Heldt also spoke at the event which was chaired by Dr. Mordechai Nisan of Hebrew University.
Raymond Ibrahim is a Middle East and Islam specialist, A widely published author best known for The Al Qaeda Reader (Doubleday, 2007), he guest lectures at universities, including the National Defense Intelligence College, briefs governmental agencies, such as U.S. Strategic Command and the Defense Intelligence Agency. Born and raised in the U.S. by Egyptian parents born and raised in the Middle East—has provided him with equal fluency in English and Arabic.
Juliana Taimoorazy - An Assyrian Christian born in Iran. Requested religious asylum at the American Embassy in Germany after fleeing Iran. In the United States she obtained her graduate degree in Instructional Design and worked as a reporter at a local station in Chicago for many years. In addition to owning her own businesses, creating employment opportunities for Iraqi Christian refugees, she has worked since she was 19 years old to elevate the Assyrian Christian cause in the United States.
Dr. Mordechai Kedar - BA in Arabic and Political Science (1982) and a PhD in Arabic (1998) both from Bar-Ilan University, Israel. His areas of research include: Islam, Islamic movements, gender issues in Islam, Arabic mass media, popular culture in the Arab world, and state and society in the Arab world.
Dr. Mordechai Nisan - born in Montreal, earned his Ph.D. in Political Science from McGill University. After moving to Israel, he taught Middle East Studies at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, while lecturing as well at other academic institutions in the country. He has specialized and written books on Israel, Lebanon, Islam, minority peoples in the Middle East and the Arab-Israeli Conflict.
On Nov. 5-8 the B'nai B'rith World Center in Jerusalem co-sponsored a consultation with twenty Christian pastors, laymen, activists and intellectuals from the Anglican, Methodist, Lutheran, Presbyterian, Dutch Reform, United Church of Canada and other Christian denominations to discuss anti-Israel attitudes that have infused Mainline Protestant Churches over the past 20 years or more.
The consultation was co-sponsored by the Ecumenical Theological Research Fraternity as part of the activities of the joint World Center-Ecumenical Fraternity "Liaison Committee" forum.
The purpose of the consultation, which has been in the planning for three years, is to create a bridge of understanding between the State of Israel and these denominations and affect the biased positions they have adopted regarding the Israel-Palestinian conflict, in consultation with individuals who have shown their support for Israel in the past.
The participants are currently formulating a joint concluding declaration as a point of departure for future activities. The consultation took place at a significant juncture in the storied relationship between the Jewish community and the Mainline Protestant Churches, just three weeks after seven U.S. leading Jewish organizations – including B’nai B’rith International – canceled a long-planned meeting of a joint dialogue with representatives of these churches in the United States after leaders of their denominations sent a letter to Congress accusing Israel of war crimes and calling for an end to U.S. military aid to Israel. B’nai B’rith International is co-chair of that dialogue.
Participants in the consultation represent churches, movements and institutions in the U.S., Canada, Finland, Norway, the U.K., Uganda, Germany and Holland.
The opening session of the consultation included a keynote address by Rabbi Shlomo Riskin, Chancellor and Founder of the Center for Jewish-Christian Understanding and Cooperation on “The State of Israel as the Fundamental Component in Jewish-Christian Relations Today”. In a brilliant speech, Rabbi Riskin said that Jews and Christians should focus on many things that are common to their religions, particularly teachings about the god of love, morality and peace. “What unites us is far more important than what divides us, especially against fundamentalist Islam whose god is a god of power, not love, and who preaches jihad and war. Islam does not have to be like that, and in the far past it was not. Wahabi Islam that has taken over the Middle East is not monotheism but mono-Satanism. We have to have a united voice that talks about a god of love; then perhaps, with Jews and Christians united in this mission, we can teach it to the world and give strength to the moderate Moslems to join us.” Rabbi Riskin noted that Bethlehem has become a ghost-town for Christians today after most of them were killed or banished.
In his response, Rev. Paul Wilkinson, Ph.D., Associate Minister, Hazel Grove Full Gospel Church, England - a small pro-Israel church - said: “Today there is a propaganda campaign being waged by the Palestinian Authority, the Islamic world and by the Protestant church, including the evangelical church, not only propagating replacement theology and its new manifestations, but the Islamic world is now claiming Jesus for itself – a Jesus of Islam who is coming to destroy every Jew on earth. That is the eschatological end-times teachings of Islam. But there are Christians who know a different Jesus, read a different bible, and understand Israel in a completely different way. The big lie is Christian Palestiniaism, the anti-Israel, pro-Palestinian crusade going on in the church today that will say from one corner of its mouth “we love the Jewish people” and from the other corner of its mouth “we hate Israel.” That is not possible. You cannot love the Jewish people and hate Israel. I am completely pessimistic about our ability to overturn 2000 years of erroneous theology that has manifested itself in all kinds of diatribes and anti-Semitic actions. A Goliath of replacement theology and Christian Palestinianism, taunts, goads, accuses and condemns Israel and those Christians who stand with Israel. That Goliath cannot be felled with a stone and a sling as in the times of King David, because the problem is a spiritual one.”
The consultation included additional sessions on "The Case for Israel", "The Conspiracy Against Israel" and the plight of Christians in the Middle East. Presenters included Israeli academics, legal experts, diplomats and activists. The group also enjoyed an audience with the Greek Orthodox Patriarch of Jerusalem and a presentation by the Custos of the Holy Land, toured the Old City of Jerusalem and Christian sites around the Sea of Galilee, and visited the Neighborhood League Jerusalem youth co-existence project.
News of the event was carried in The Jerusalem Post
, The Times of Israel
, Arutz 7
, Makor Rishon and The Algemeiner
B'nai B'rith International Honorary President Moishe Smith - a member of Jewish Agency Board of Governors Board committees and Extended World Zionist Organization Executive – represented B'nai B'rith at JAFI and WZO meetings held on October 28-31 in Tel Aviv.
Over the four-day parley Smith participated in meetings of a number of Board committees including Small Jewish communities; Holocaust restitution; Unity of the Jewish People and a Task Force on Anti-Semitism.
The Board also approved JAFI's 2013 budget of $315m (reflecting a cut of $20 from 2012) and held a session on the Iranian threat. The Extended Zionist Executive heard in-depth reports on the organizations' expanding activities in Israel and the Diaspora.
B'nai B'rith World Center director Alan Schneider, coordinator of the B'nai B'rith International WZO/JAFI Committee, also participated in the meetings, attending the launch of a new JAFI Task Force on outreach efforts to Israelis living abroad.
B’nai B’rith World Center director Alan Schneider presented a Jewish Rescuers’ Citation to Lili Guinat (89) on Oct. 25 for her heroic efforts rescuing Jews in Vichy and occupied-France during the Holocaust. A Jewish Rescuers’ Citation was also presented posthumously to her late husband Dr. Eitan Guinat.
Lili and her husband operated within the framework of the MJS organization (Mouvement de la Jeunesse Sioniste) of which Dr. Guinat, known by his nom de guerre “Toto,” was one of the founders and leaders. MJS was one of the most important organizations in rescue operations of Jews during the war, arranging hiding places for thousands of Jewish families and saving many hundreds of children through escape routes to Switzerland and Spain.
MJS also provided false identity papers to many thousands of Jews, enabling them to escape persecution by French authorities. Many children, now organized in a group named Les Enfants Cachés (The Hidden Children), owe their lives to this organization.
A number of MJS members were caught by French collaborationists and handed over to the Germans for interrogation and execution.
Dr. Guinat, a chemist by training, was an early and active member, along with the B’nai B’rith World Center, in the Committee to Recognize the Heroism of Jews who Rescued Fellow Jews During the Holocaust (JRJ). He was the featured speaker at the World Center/KKL Holocaust and Martyrs Commemoration Day event in 2004.
The Jewish Rescuers’ Citation was established in 2011 by the JRJ and the B’nai B’rith World Center to honor Jews who went beyond the call of duty to rescue fellow Jews living under Nazi occupation, Axis regimes and Nazi puppet-states during the Holocaust. To date, citations have been presented to 40 rescuers who were active in France, Hungary, Germany and Holland.
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