Thanks to Eva Galambos for taking part, from Harold Steinberg of Memphis, Tennessee, chair of the 175th Anniversary Committee.
With B'nai B'rith International's milestone 175th anniversary occurring this year, we are reminded of what an amazing story we have to tell. Below read about member Eva Galambos's most meaningful moments as a B'nai B'rith member.
Please provide three meaningful memorable events that capture the best of B'nai B'rith. The events may be recent or historic.
The most important events were the creation of B'nai B'rith's Romanian lodge by the American consul B. F. Peixotto in 1873. He was sent in Romania by Ulysses Grant, the president of the United States, to protect the Romanian Jews from the anti-Semitic movements in this country. The lodge was forbidden by the fascist Antonescu regime during the the second World War and after, by the communist regime. The second event was the recreation of the B'nai B'rith Romania Forum "Dr. Moses Rosen” in 1994. The third event was the European project "The Bridges of Tolerance." There were five editions, twice under the high patronage of the Romanian president Klaus Iohannis. We succeeded to imply in this event 13 minorities from Romania.
Please name three individuals in your area who made a powerful impression on you for the work they did in B'nai B'rith. They may be living or esteemed leaders from the past. Explain your choices.
1. The American Consul B.F. Peixotto, the "founding father” of the Romanian lodge. He came to Romania to protect the Jews and to establish relations with the American Jewish organization B'nai B'rith.
2. Siegfried Schieber, a Romanian Jew who lived in Wien, who in 1994 had the initiative to reactivate the Romanian lodge.
3. Academic Professor Nicolae Cajal, the first president-elected after 1990. He stimulated the B'nai B'rith activity, together with the Romanian Jewish Federation.
Do you have an interesting memory of B'nai B'rith events, activities or service or recall individuals who made remarkable contributions to the history and values of B'nai B'rith? Please email your descriptive responses and contact information to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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