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
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The B'nai B'rith New York Real Estate Unit is pleased to announce that Joe Moinian, President of The Moinian Group
, will speak at our next luncheon on Wednesday, April 3, 2013.Place:
The Cornell Club—6 East 44th Street, Fourth Floor, New York, N.Y.Date:
Wednesday, April 3, 2013Time:
Reception – 12:00 Noon
Buffet Luncheon – 12:30 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.Cost:
$70.00 PER PERSON UP TO TWO DAYS IN ADVANCE
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Email Address: email@example.comAbout Joseph Moinan
Joseph Moinian is known for his investment, development and management strategies, forging new neighborhoods and spearheading the transformation and enhancement of property values and environments. The New York City based developer, investor and long-term owner of prime real estate nationwide is recognized for pioneering of emerging neighborhoods in major metropolitan cities across the United States.
Founded by Mr. Moinian in 1982, The Moinian Group today has a portfolio of more than 20 million square feet of property – and is among the only national real estate entities to develop, own and operate properties across every asset category, including office, hotel, retail, condos and rental apartments.
Currently the largest landlord in Lower Manhattan, Mr. Moinian was the first to make new investments in that market, stepping up to affirm the rebound of that market. In addition, his developments on the Far West Side of Manhattan have allowed him to amass the largest private portfolio of properties in that market.
Joseph Moinian is a member of the Board of Governors of the Real Estate Board of New York and sits on the boards of the Skyline Museum. He currently serves as chairman of the Real Estate Division of the UJA. Moinian is also a noted philanthropist who supports the arts, civic organizations and healthcare issues. He resides with his wife Nazee and their five children in Manhattan.
Schenectady B’nai B’rith and the Schenectady JCC announce a program in which renowned author Stanley Woods-Frankel, a forensic dentist, will read from his latest hit novel and speak about his recent research trip.
An optional bagels and lox breakfast will be served at 10 a.m. prior to the reading and lecture at 10:30 a.m. There is no admission charge to the reading and lecture.
The cost of the breakfast is $5.
For information, call 518-377-8803.
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Sunday, March 24, 2013
March 24, 2013 ~ Project H.O.P.E. - B'nai B'rith MetroNorth Region serving New York
On Sunday. March 24, 2013 volunteers packed and delivered food packages to hundreds of needy families on Long Island to help them celebrate Passover. Attendees joined in and gave, not only money, but time and effort to help in the packing and delivery of these packages to those who will be eagerly waiting for them.
David Moonitz & Deanna Friedman served as the Long Island Chairs for Project H.O.P.E. and volunteers packed goods at the GAUL IMPORTING CORPORATION in Syoset, NY.
To continue to support Project HO.P.E. in the future, please send checks to:B'NAI B'RITH PROJECT H.O.P.E.
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A delegation of leaders from B’nai B’rith International met with U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on March 20 to discuss such pressing issues as Israel’s treatment at the United Nations, the growing nuclear threat Iran poses to the world and the situation in Syria, among other subjects.
B’nai B’rith International President Allan J. Jacobs and Executive Vice President Daniel S. Mariaschin led the delegation.
“We had an opportunity to have an open conversation with the secretary-general about issues of great concern to Israel,” Jacobs said.
At United Nations offices in New York, Paris, Geneva, Santiago and Vienna B’nai B’rith has engaged U.N. officials and representatives of dozens of nations, advocating for Israel and speaking out for the advancement of human rights.
After the meeting with Ban, Mariaschin noted: “B’nai B’rith has been active at the United Nations since its founding. In that time, we’ve had the opportunity to advocate for human rights and the fair treatment of Israel at U.N. forums. It was important to meet with the secretary-general to ensure certain issues stay at the forefront of the United Nations’ attention.”
Joining Jacobs and Mariaschin in the delegation: Joel S. Kaplan, Woodmere, N.Y.; Seymour D. Reich, New York; Gary P. Saltzman, Centennial, Colo.; Charles O. Kaufman, Austin, Texas; Bruce Pascal, North Potomac, Md.; and Matthew Waas, Arlington, Va.
B'nai B'rith welcomed Bruce E. Mosler, Chairman of Global Brokerage at Cushman & Wakefield, as our speak at the B’nai B’rith New York Real Estate luncheon on Wednesday, March 6, 2013.
Mr. Mosler spoke about the "State of the Industry and Manhattan” at The Cornell Club, 6 East 44th Street, Fourth Floor, New York, N.Y.
For more information on the program or the New York Real Estate Unit, please contact: B’nai B’rith Real Estate Unit
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The B'nai B'rith Young Professionals Network-NYC partnered with Jspace to host a Fundraiser For Sandy Relief at Redemption Bar NYC on February 20, 2013.
Guests made a minimum donation of $40 per person for two hours of open bar, appetizers and one raffle ticket.
If you were not able to attend the event, but would like to those still recovering from Superstorm Sandy, please click here to make a donation
All proceeds will benefit the B'nai B'rith Disaster Relief Fund.
In commemoration of the United Nations' Holocaust Remembrance Day, B’nai B’rith International held a discussion titled “60 Years of Material Restitution: History and Challenges,” in New York City on January 25.
One of the leading experts in the field of material restitution, Arie Bucheister, chief of staff at the Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany, explained the daunting challenges facing survivors and their heirs to have property returned or material compensation made to them.
“The crimes of Nazi murderers and robbers resulted in countries profiting from Jewish victims,” Bucheister said.
While Germany has “far reaching compensation and restitution laws,” Bucheister says many other countries are without such legislation. Poland has no compensation laws, and a number of countries, such as Croatia, Romania, Serbia and Lithuania have enacted various restitution laws for victims with mixed degrees of effectiveness. It can be especially challenging in the former Soviet bloc countries where much of the property that was confiscated is now nationalized, he said.
“Despite being more than a half-century removed from the horrors of the Holocaust, it remains ever-important that B’nai B’rith and other Jewish groups press on in our fight for some minimal justice to be made to survivors and their families,” B’nai B’rith International President Allan J. Jacobs said from New York where he addressed the program. “Programs like this open eyes to the uphill battle we continue to face.”
Bucheister, born in Israel and a child of two survivors, has been a principal negotiator for the conference for many years. He says one of the conference’s main functions is negotiating for heirless property that’s been sold. Whatever is returned—whether it be monetary or physical property—goes toward communal and social welfare needs.
“Each year we have a program on International Holocaust Remembrance Day and every year it’s another chilling reminder of the atrocities committed against the Jewish people--atrocities against humanity,” B’nai B’rith International Executive Vice President Daniel S. Mariaschin, who addressed the program, said. “Recounting these crimes reminds us, once again, that we all must bear witness.”
This program preceded the official U.N. Holocaust Remembrance Day ceremony, which B’nai B’rith representatives also attended. B’nai B’rith played an active role in the United Nations’ adoption of Holocaust Remembrance Day in 2005.
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The B'nai B'rith Young Professionals Network in New York City continued to support those effected by Hurricane Sandy on January 13, 2013 by partnering with New York Cares for a day of action in the Rockaways.
B'nai B'rith provided transportation to and from the site - allowing volunteers to spend the day helping to get homeowners ready to rebuild by mucking out some of the hundreds of buildings damaged in Hurricane Sandy. Participants removed sand and debris; discarded water-damaged furniture, appliances, and other household items; and tore out moldy drywall, insulation, and flooring.
New York Cares makes safety a top priority, so all volunteers were given protective gear and were provided safety instructions by project leaders.
This program came to life during a B'nai B'rith "Shabbat Dinner for a Cause" in November. But B'nai B'rith's Sandy relief does not stop here.
We will be holding our annual fundraiser and silent auction to benefit the B'nai B'rith Disaster Relief Fund during the third week of February. We're currently finalizing details of the date and location, which we will also be provided after the New Year.
Be on the lookout for more information in the coming weeks!
B’nai B’rith President Allan J. Jacobs, Executive Vice President Daniel S. Mariaschin and International Center for Human Rights and Public Policy Deputy Director Eric Fusfield joined other Jewish leaders at a meeting in New York convened by the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations with leaders of the Greek-American community.
The American Hellenic Educational Progressive Association (AHEPA) and the American Hellenic Institute represented the Greek-American community.
Arye Mekel, Israel’s ambassador to Greece, spoke to the meeting by phone from Athens, Greece. The consuls general in New York, Israel and Greece, Ido Aharoni and Giorgios Iliopoulous, and the ambassador of Cyprus to the United States, Pavlos Anastasiades, also addressed the gathering.
The leaders of both communities met to discuss common issues on the Greek-American and the American-Jewish domestic agendas. Topics covered also included cooperation between Israel, Greece and Cyprus on energy development, the rise of Greece’s far-right Golden Dawn party, and the Greek debt crisis.