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(Washington, D.C., Sept. 10, 2019)—Delegates elected a new set of officers, saluting new president David Samuels and commending the past six years led by Morris Tobias.
International president Charles Kaufman installed the new officers and delivered a stirring address about surging anti-Semitism around the world, including recent events in Australia. He suggested an annual Seder-like event that would tell the story of blood libels and lies that have promoted millennia of anti-Semitism.
“We retell the story of the Exodus every year at Passover,” he said. “We know how it begins and ends. We must educate and remind our community and society about anti-Semitism. A Seder-like event would be an important tradition.”
Courage to Care is a program that fights hatred in any form through schools. Holocaust survivors and rescuers augment the work of specially trained educators.
Click to Connect is a program that connects B’nai B’rith members to help underprivileged youth in Israel to improve English skills through engaging conversations and online videoconferencing.
David Southwick, a member of Parliament in Australia, addressed the district and presented a Heroes of Caulfield Award to Tonia Tobias.
Stephane Teicher of Paris, a senior vice president of B’nai B’rith International, discussed anti-Semitism in France and other parts of Europe. He also discussed his work as B’nai B’rith’s UNESCO Representative.
The triennial convention was held from Sept. 6 to Sept. 9.
B’nai B’rith International has advocated for global Jewry and championed the cause of human rights since 1843. B’nai B’rith is recognized as a vital voice in promoting Jewish unity and continuity, a staunch defender of the State of Israel, a tireless advocate on behalf of senior citizens and a leader in disaster relief. With a presence around the world, we are the Global Voice of the Jewish Community. Visit