Quoting B'nai B'rith International President Allan J. Jacobs and Executive Vice President Daniel S. Mariaschin:
Top Israeli biofuel researchers are in the United States for a weeklong dialogue with scientists and government officials.
The 15 scientists are winners of the U.S.-Israel Bio-Energy Challenge, sponsored by two non-profit groups, the Israel Energy Partnership and the U.S.-Israel Science and Technology Foundation.
They started their visit with a briefing Wednesday at the White House, which will be followed by an event at B’nai B’rith International headquarters.
“Israel is a global leader in cutting-edge R&D in this area, so we hope the dialogue they begin with American experts during their trip here will help both countries advance their common goal of independence from traditional fossil fuels,” said Allan Jacobs, international president of B’nai B’rith International...more.
Today, B'nai B'rith International will host a welcome reception for 15 of Israel's top biofuel researchers as they kick off a week-long scientific dialogue in the United States. The visitors, winners of the U.S.-Israel Bio-Energy Challenge, will begin their program with a briefing at the White House, followed by the event at B'nai B'rith headquarters.
Sponsored and coordinated by two not-for-profit organizations, The Israel Energy Partnership (TIEP) and the U.S.-Israel Science and Technology Foundation (USISTF), the U.S-Israel Bio-Energy Challenge fosters a scientific exchange between Israeli experts and their counterparts in U.S. government agencies and private industry. The goals are to build bilateral energy cooperation between the two countries and to spur research and development on alternative fuels that can replace fuels derived from imported oil.
"We applaud the organizers of the Bio-Energy Challenge and we're excited to be hosting some of Israel's top minds in the field of biofuel research at our event," B'nai B'rith International President Allan J. Jacobs said...more.
by Taylor Schwink
In 1888, the fledgling Jewish community of Jerusalem suffered from stagnation, vulnerability and poverty. A pioneering group of community leaders—including such historic Zionist figures as Eliezer Ben Yehudah and David Yellin—committed to breathe new energy into the community by promoting the revival of Hebrew as the living vernacular of the community and by establishing a variety of other groundbreaking initiatives aimed at improving community life. Thus—10 years before Theodor Herzl’s first Zionist Congress—the B’nai B’rith Jerusalem Lodge formed.
Twenty-three years earlier, in 1865, the United States-based B’nai B’rith raised more than $4,500 ($67,000 in current values) to assuage the effects of a severe outbreak of cholera in what was to become the State of Israel. They would also send more than $200,000 in 1934 to help acquire acreage that could be an important basis for a new Jewish state, and would send millions of dollars in cash, medical supplies and equipment to Israel throughout the years.
125 years after the creation of the Jerusalem Lodge, B’nai B’rith is still involved with Israel in many of the same ways. B’nai B’rith provides aid to victims of terror attacks. It is a staunch supporter at the United Nations and other international bodies of Israel’s right to defend itself. And B’nai B’rith is invested in connecting Jews around the world to the State of Israel...more.
Una delegación de líderes de B'nai B'rith Internacional se reunió con el secretario general de las Naciones Unidas, Ban Ki-moon, para discutir temas tan acuciantes como el trato que recibe Israel en el organismo internacional, la creciente amenaza nuclear de Irán y la situación en Siria, entre otros temas.
La representación de B'nai B'rith Internacional estuvo encabezada por su presidente, Allan Jacobs, y su vicepresidente Ejecutivo, Daniel Mariaschin.
"Tuvimos la oportunidad de tener una conversación abierta con el secretario general sobre temas de gran preocupación para Israel", dijo Jacobs en referencia al encuentro mantenido el pasado 20 de marzo...more.
El Director Internacional de Naciones Unidas y Asuntos Intercomunales de B'nai B'rith, David Michaels, asistió a un encuentro interreligioso con el nuevo jefe de la Iglesia Católica en la Sala Clementina del Vaticano. El Sumo Pontífice ofreció públicamente un saludo especial a los judíos y afirmó su compromiso con Nostra Aetate, Declaración del Concilio Vaticano II , que ha transformado las relaciones entre católicos y judíos.
"Estoy muy contento de saber que en el primer día de su pontificado, el Papa Francisco ya está retomando donde el Papa Benedicto dejó con respecto a las relaciones de la Iglesia con los judíos", dijo el presidente de B'nai B'rith Internacional, Allan J. Jacobs...more.
B’nai B’rith Internacional saúda novo Papa Francisco I e aguarda com expectativa a continuidade da amizade entre católicos e judeus.
A B’nai B’rith Internacional congratula-se com o Papa Francisco I, que foi eleito no Vaticano em 13 de março pelos 115 cardeais católicos votantes. O novo papa, ex-cardeal argentino Jorge Mario Bergoglio, é o primeiro papa da América Latina. Ele irá liderar uma igreja católica com 1.2 bilhão de fiéis. Em novembro, o então cardeal Bergoglio foi o orador principal na solenidade em memória da Krystallnacht (Noite dos Cristais) da B’nai B’rith, em Buenos Aires, onde ajudando a acender as velas da menorá.
“Congratulamo-nos com o Papa Francisco I em seu novo papel como líder da Igreja Católica”, disse o Presidente da B’nai B’rith Internacional Allan J. Jacobs. “As relações católico-judaicas permaneceram focadas pelo Papa Bento XVI, e estamos ansiosos para continuar a sólida base de diálogo inter-religioso já existente.” O Papa Bento XVI renunciou no mês passado. Francisco I é 266º papa. “Fomos encorajados pelo histórico progresso nas relações Católico-Judaicas”, disse o vice-presidente executivo da B’nai B’rith Daniel S. Mariaschin. “O diálogo inter-religioso, salientando a tolerância e o respeito mútuo, é cada vez mais importante no mundo de hoje...more.
Pope Francis I is no stranger to us. In recent years he attended many inter-faith events co-organized by the WJC and our regional affiliate, the Latin American Jewish Congress. I personally met with him in Buenos Aires in June 2008. He always had an open ear for our concerns. By choosing such an experienced man, someone who is known for his open-mindedness, the cardinals have sent an important signal to the world. I am sure that Pope Francis I will continue to be a man of dialogue, a man who is able to build bridges with other faiths.
During the papacy of Pope Benedict XVI, Catholic-Jewish relations reached unprecedented levels. This was due to the determination of the pope to continue the work of his predecessor, John Paul II. We are convinced that new pontiff will continue on this path, that he will speak out against all forms of Antisemitism both within and without the Catholic Church, that he will take action against clerics who deny or belittle the Holocaust, and that he will strengthen the Vatican's relationship with Israel.
In November, then-Cardinal Bergoglio was the keynote speaker at B'nai B'rith's Krystallnacht commemoration in Buenos Aires, where he helped light the menorah.
"We welcome Pope Francis I to his new role as leader of the Catholic Church," B'nai B'rith International President Allan J. Jacobs said. "Catholic-Jewish relations had remained a focus of Pope Benedict XVI and we look forward to continuing the solid foundation that already exists for interfaith dialogue...more.
Argentina's Congress approved an agreement with Iran to jointly investigate the 1994 bombing of the Buenos Aires AMIA Jewish Community Center.
The legislative body's Lower House early on Thursday approved the bill establishing the joint program with 131 votes in favor and 113 against, after 13 hours of debate. The accord was approved last week in the Argentine Congress' Upper House.
No single political representative of the main opposition parties voted for the bill, but the government party has its own majority in both chambers.
“We are surprised that the Argentine government would team up with the Iranian government to seek out justice,” B’nai B’rith International President Allan Jacobs said in a statement. “Given Iran’s deplorable judicial track record and its refusal to turn over those previously implicated in the bombings, there’s little reason to believe anything substantial will come out of this commission...more.