by Henry Rome
Critically acclaimed British author Howard Jacobson presented a rhetorical assault on the logic of anti-Semitism on Monday night, arguing that the Jewish people will never be forgiven for the Holocaust.
Speaking at the B’nai B’rith World Center in Jerusalem, Jacobson, the author of the Man Booker Prize-winning novel The Finkler Question, disentangled the various arguments used by Holocaust deniers and anti-Semites...more.
Mark Samuel Ross, the president of the Tri-State Region of B’nai B’rith recently announced the Gov. Chris Christie will be issuing a Special Letter Of Commendation to B’nai B’rith for its 170th birthday.
B’nai Brith will also be receiving a commendatory joint resolution of the NJ Legislature, sponsored by Sen. Thomas Kean Jr. and Assemblyman Jon Bramnick.
The Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders will be issuing a proclamation on Oct. 10 and Springfield and Union are also expected to be issuing proclamation as well...more.
by Ron Kampeas
Meals on Wheels may disappear, Iran sanctions are at risk and yoga is filling in the gaps.
This is what the federal government shutdown looks like in Jewish Washington.
While national Jewish organizations are sorting through the essential services that the impasse may cut, regional Jewish service providers in the Washington area are dealing with the tens of thousands of furloughed workers in their midst.
“At the federal level, the multi-family housing offices are skeletal,” said Rachel Goldberg, the director of aging policy at B’nai B’rith International, which runs a network of homes for the elderly across the country. “There’s no one for us to talk to if you need an answer to a question.”
Some programs were in good shape for the short run, Goldberg said, because they had received funding just before Oct. 1, technically the first day of the new fiscal year. But cuts would soon be felt in Meals on Wheels and home health aids...more.
by Maureen Shamee
The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) and B’nai B’rith International condemned a resolution and report of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) in Strsbourg, which calls the Jewish ritual circumcision a “violation of children’s physical integrity,” undermining the religious freedom to perform circumcision on newborn boys...more.
by Gisela Des
Museums, Jewish quarters and synagogues throughout the whole of Europe opened their doors to visitors on Sunday to celebrate the European Day of Jewish Culture. More than twenty five countries organized events in order to pay tribute to this year's theme: Jewish Heritage and Nature.
Music, history, lectures, photography, literature and above all, great gastronomic treats helped celebrate the undeniable Jewish past of these European countries.
The project was originally launched in 1996 in Alsace (France) by B’nai B’rith Hirschler and in 1999 it was extended to Germany, Switzerland, Italy and Spain...more.
The mood has changed towards Iran and once a solution is found to the country’s nuclear programme, it could offer Hungary great potential to develop ties and boost exports, the Hungarian foreign minister told MTI in New York, after addressing the UN General Assembly’s session on Monday.
Martonyi said he had held meetings with leaders and representatives of Jewish organisations including the north-American chapter of the World Jewish Congress, the Anti-Defamation League, B’nai B’rith International, the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organisations and the National Conference on Soviet Jewry...more.
David Michaels, director of intercommunal and U.N. affairs at B'nai B'rith International, speaks at the program: