Retrouvez la première émission du Bar des fleurs en podcast, une émission présentée par Nuno Wahnon Martins avec le Bn’ai B’rith France et le B’nai B’rith International avec pour invitée Veronica Lope Fontagné
by Steven Chaitman
Israel and the United States have a little-known ally in an equally little-known region of the world – Azerbaijan.
“Azerbaijan stands as a friend of the United States and a friend of Israel in a very difficult neighborhood,” said Elin Suleymanov, Ambassador of the Republic of Azerbaijan to the United States. Suleymanov was the guest speaker at a lunch meeting of the Jewish Community Relations Council of the Jewish United Fund of Metropolitan Chicago on Nov. 21.
Azerbaijan, which gained independence from the former Soviet Union in 1991, is a secular-run country bordering Iran and Russia with a majority population of Shia Muslims. It has also supported a longstanding Jewish community, today numbering about 20,000. Suleymanov said that Ashkenazi Jews live in major urban centers such as the capital, Baku, and a Sephardic community has existed in Quba since before record.
Dan Mariaschin, Executive Vice President of B’nai B’rith, which has long worked closely with Suleymanov and Azerbaijan, introduced the ambassador and later said that the American Jewish community has long seen the country as a potential friend in the Middle East, as it was one of few safe havens for Soviet Jews...more.
On Sept. 14, I stopped at Walgreens at the corner of McClure and Knoxville. As I was getting out of my car the door started closing and the bottom corner of the door hit my right leg above the ankle and made a gash in my leg and blood was running all over. I had a package of tissues in my purse and removed them to pat the wound and absorb some of the blood. I walk with a cane and I knew I had to get help, so I proceeded into Walgreens Pharmacy department telling the woman there that I needed help with my bleeding leg. She came to my aid almost immediately, but when she saw my leg, she said she had to get some supplies, returning with a box of antiseptic wet wipes and proceeded to clean and care for my wound. I asked if they could take my insurance card and she said, “No, we are here to help.”
When finished cleaning the wound and putting on a large bandage, she asked if I had bandages like that at home. I told her I didn’t think so and would buy a box. She went to the shelf where they were and brought a box to me. Later I was told her name is Yen.
Walgreens is so lucky to have such a wonderful, caring and knowledgeable person working for them. My thanks to Yen and Walgreens.
A grateful senior citizen at B’nai B’rith
Albany Tribune: B’nai B’rith Celebrates 170 Years; Discusses Issues Facing Jews, Israel, US At Forum
B’nai B’rith members and supporters from across the United States and the world gathered in Washington, D.C., Nov. 16 to 18 to celebrate and reflect on 170 years as an organization, as well as to examine pressing issues facing the global Jewish community, Israel and the United States.
B’nai B’rith hosted speakers E.J. Dionne, Jr., journalist and political commentator; Ira Forman, U.S. State Department special envoy for monitoring and combating anti-Semitism; and David Cohen, U.S. Treasury Department under secretary for terrorism and financial intelligence, among other speakers...more.
B'nai B'rith do Brasil President Abraham Goldstein interviewed -- http://youtu.be/kl0JSSlUVjQ?t=15m51s (PORTUGUESE)
by Ralph Amelan
Novelist Howard Jacobson looked relaxed, urbane, plainly enjoying himself. But his appearance belied a decidedly explosive energy evident in the flow of his conversation.
He had come to Israel for the first time in many years to give the B’nai B’rith World Center’s Jerusalem Address, following in the footsteps of such luminaries as Bernard Lewis, Abba Eban and Shlomo Avineri...more.
European Jewish Press: Jewish leaders criticize US Secretary of State Kerry for ‘outrageous’ comments on Israel-Palestinian peace talks
by Maureen Shamee
In a joint interview last week with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Israel’s Channel 2 news and Palestine TV, Kerry predicted a ‘’nightmare scenario’’ if current peace talks break down. “The alternative to getting back to the talks is the potential of chaos,” he said.
‘’Does Israel want a third intifada?” he asked. “I believe that if we do not resolve the issues between Palestinians and Israelis, if we do not find a way to find peace, there will be an increasing isolation of Israel, there will be an increasing campaign of the de-legitimization of Israel that has been taking place on an international basis,” he added.
“The Secretary introduced views that can only complicate the process. It would be more productive to exhort the parties to work toward compromise, rather than speculating on worst-case scenarios,” said Daniel Mariaschin, B’nai B’rith International executive Vice President...more.