B'nai B'rith Europe invites members to participate in a Young Leadership Seminar from Friday, October 18 to Sunday, October 20, 2013 in Frankfurt, Germany. This program is being held in association with the Frankfurt Schönstäd Lodge.
The seminar presents a unique opportunity for young Jewish men and women aged between 25-45 to come together for a weekend of information, education and inspiration.
B'nai B'rith members from over 20 different European countries are expected.
Discover for yourself the comprehensive nature of this sparkling weekend which will attract young people from around the Jewish world.
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For additional information, please contact the B'nai B'rith Europe office.
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.
Save the date and plan to join the B'nai B'rith Great Lakes Region on Sunday, October 13, at noon in celebration of B'nai B'rith's 170th Anniversary.
B'nai B'rith International President Allan J. Jacobs will present awards to the Past Presidents of the Great Lakes Region and a commemorative ad journal will be distributed as a memento of our milestone anniversary. Past Presidents who be will honored include:
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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.
B'nai B'rith endures 170 years through innovation
In a gesture of joy and unity, B'nai B'rith members in San Antonio and community leaders proudly stood with the Alamo City Lodge's charter in celebrating the organization's 170th Anniversary. The lodge itself was founded July 23, 1874. The event was held at the Barshop JCC on Oct. 6, one week before B'nai B'rith's actual founding in New York.
Chuck Kaufman, senior international vice president of B'nai B'rith, thanked the lodge for its continued support. He reminded them that like the Jewish people throughout millennia, B'nai B'rith "continues to show its resilience" through innovative programing, committed volunteers and talented staff.
"Increased challenges facing Jews throughout the world make B'nai B'rith that much more relevant today than ever," he said. "Thanks to you, B'nai B'rith remains the world's most enduring and prestigious Jewish organization. Its work at the United Nations, notably in New York and Geneva, in disaster relief at home and overseas; through advocacy on behalf of Israel; for senior housing in the United States and Canada and so much more, shows how B'nai B'rith continues to light the way for Jews throughout the world."
Kaufman offered a whirlwind global tour of immediate B'nai B'rith activities over a 30-day span of time. "Multiply this kind of activity over the past five years, 100 or 150 years and now 170 years," he added. "Our work continues to grow exponentially in volume and in importance."
He reminded the Alamo City audience that through the revolutionary digital world, specifically through various social media platforms, "we are finding new ways to share our story; and our numbers of donor/members is rising rapidly. Our reach is expanding. We see the fires of engagement on social media burning brightly, from less than a few hundred just last year to more than 20,000 today.
"Because of our timeless mission and our important content, our Facebook page is one of the fastest growing sites and one of the most liked sites in the Jewish world," he said. "Now you can experience the B'nai B'rith world delivering unparalleled participation, service and enlightenment, from the United States to Europe, from South America to South Africa. You can witness and actually participate in the core value that every Jew is responsible for one another either in-person or without leaving your desk."
Kaufman invited the members and guests to pull out their smart phones and connect on Facebook with B'nai B'rith International and B'nai B'rith Texas. Many obliged.
The 170th anniversary celebration was organized by Irwin Barath. Barath told the gathering that San Antonio men and women have other options to connecting with B'nai B'rith activity other than joining the local lodge. "We've been around for as long as we have by remaining flexible, innovative and open to change," he said. "We've evolved."
Ethan Bortnick’s concert will benefit the B’nai B’rith College Scholarship Program, which provides a resource for students in our community seeking financial assistance with the high cost of college tuition.
At 3 years old, he began playing piano; at 5, he started composing; at 10, he was the youngest artist to headline a national tour. At 11, he became the youngest artist ever to have a Las Vegas show! Now at the age of 13, Ethan Bortnick is kicking off his current tour at The Berman! Bring the whole family and enjoy Ethan’s amazing talent.
Proceeds to benefit the new B’nai B’rith College Scholarship Program.
The Berman Center for Performing Arts
6600 W Maple Rd
West Bloomfield Township, MI 48322
$42/Lower Tier, $32/Upper Tier
VIP seats start at $75
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Join the B'nai B'rith Henry Monsky Lodge of Omaha, Nebraska, for our next Breadbreakers Luncheon on September 25 at the Rose Blumkin Jewish Home Auditorium from noon to 1 PM.
Guest Speaker: Maya Karmely, The Consul for Public Affairs, representing the Israeli Consulate in the Midwest.
The program is free and an optional lunch (Kosher) is available for $11.
The program is open to the entire Omaha community.
Breadbreakers brings you the prominent and preeminent, the interesting, and the influential – each week.
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:
Responses will be delivered by:
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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