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A donation of school supplies was made to the Victoriano Chacon Bilingual Educational Center in Puerto Caimito, Panama, in a coordinated initiative between the Anti-Defamation Commission of B’nai B’rith Panama (CAD – Comisión Antidifamatoria B’nai Brith Panamá), the Embassy of Israel and the Mariano Rivera Foundation.Among those present at the donation were Israel’s Ambassador Itai Bardov; former Major League Baseball player Mariano Rivera, a native of Panama and B’nai B’rith Panama members David Djemal, senior vice president of B’nai B’rith International and District 23 President; Alberto Levy, president of B’nai B’rith Panama; David Hanono, former B’nai B’rith Panama president; Daniel Shamah, president of the Anti-Defamation Commission; and Alberto Jabiles, executive director.

The B’nai B’rith team thanked Rivera—former closing pitcher for the New York Yankees and member of the Baseball Hall of Fame, as well as a great friend of the State of Israel and the Jewish Community of Panama—who from the beginning has shown his full support for aid to the Bilingual Education Center, a project B’nai B’rith Panama has long supported. In the past B’nai B’rith Panama has donated school supplies, medical supplies, food and first aid items to Panamanian communities in need.