B'nai B'rith Europe: B'nai B'rith Philon Lodge in Greece Co-Organised the Conference “Sparta-Israel: Renewing an Ancient Friendship”
An international conference titled “Sparta-Israel: Renewing an Ancient Friendship” has successfully taken place in Sparta, Greece, on September 2 & 3 2018. The conference was organised by the Municipality of Sparta, B’nai B’rith Philon Lodge and the Greek-Israeli Cooperation Institute. In a broader sense, the Sparta-Israel Conference aimed at a deeper acquaintance and mutual understanding between Greeks and Israelis, following the historically recorded friendship between ancient Sparta and the People of Israel.
The participants were welcomed on behalf of the organisers by Dr. Angelos Kolokouris, President of the Greek-Israeli Cooperation Institute. The Mayor of Sparta, Mr. Evangelos Valiotis officially opened the conference. A welcoming address was delivered by the Deputy Regional Governor and one of the conference sponsors, Mrs Adamantia Tzanetea. The keynote speaker on the first day of the conference was Mr. Dan Mariaschin, Executive Vice President and CEO, B’nai B’rith International, Washington, DC.
Distinguished speakers from Greece and abroad presented the archeological findings and historical research that confirm the existence of an ancient friendship between ancient Sparta and the People of Israel. Ensuing discussions explored modern day issues such as the possibilities for further cooperation between Greece and Israel and the future of Greek-Israeli relations.
Among the speakers were the Former Chief of the Greek Air Force, ret. General Theologos Symeonidis, Dr. Angelos Kolokouris, CEO of the AI Initiative, Professor Sophia Zyga from the University of Peloponnese, George Zisimatos, Managing Director of the Directorate for the Hellenic Armed Forces Real Estate Development, Dr. Anna Lambropoulou, Director, Institute for Historical Studies, National Institute for Research, Dr E. Lianos-Liantis, Special Secretariat for Cultural Diplomacy, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Professor Noah Hacham from Hebrew University, and Professor Panagiotis Liargovas from the University of Peloponnese.
The conference ended with 2 interesting panel discussions facilitated by Dr. George Tzogopoulos, Senior Fellow, Begin-Sadat Centre for Strategic Studies. The two panels addressed (a) key aspects of geopolitics in the Eastern Mediterranean and (b) cooperation parameters and potential towards development and growth between for the two nations. These ground-breaking panels included Professor Spyros Litsas from the University of Macedonia, Professor Theodoros Tsakiris from the Unniversity of Nicosia, Professor Panagiotis Liargovas from the University of Peloponnese, Dr. Angelos Kolokouris, President of the AI Initiative, and Dr. Stergios Katichoritis, Architect-Civil Engineer.
The Army Chief of General Staff, Lieutenant General Alkiviadis Stefanis, honored with his presence the conference. The conference was also attended by representatives of the Peleponnese Regional Government, the Municipality of Sparta, and all the professional institutions of the area.
Conference sponsors were the Hellenic Post, the Greek National Tourism Organisation, and the Municipality of Peloponnese. Communication Sponsors were ERT2, ERT World, ERT3, First Program, the Voice of Greece, and ERT Tripoli.
B'nai B'rith International's 175th Anniversary Gala at the Museum Of Jewish Heritage in New York City - Monday, October 15, 2018
This once-in-a-lifetime gala evening will be a celebration of our dedication and commitment to the community over the last 175 years, and we hope you will join us as we recognize our accomplishments and honors those who share our values. Learn more details about the event and the night's honorees at the link below.
MIAMI — B'nai B'rith of South Florida and more than 200 guests will salute men and women of excellence in a first-ever event at 7 p.m., Oct. 20 at the new One Event Place. Honorees include distinguished individuals and couples with Latin American ties to the city: Nancy and Morris Antar, Fanny and Samuel Assael; Elena and Joseph Edelman; Jennie and David Serur; Beth Spiegel; Moishe Smith; Irene and Daniel Belozerkovsky, of blessed memory; Ester and Salomon Garazi, of blessed memory; Jose Guttman, of blessed memory; Rachel Lior, of blessed memory. The event marks the official induction of its founding members with Gina Strauss as its first president.
Uri Strauss, AVP Store Manager at TD Bank and lodge executive board member, said, "Miami is far more than a sunny retirement area. Our location and economic impact place Miami in an important position not only in South Florida but in the Latin American hemisphere. It is most significant that we are honoring so many important individuals who've made Miami such a dynamic place for Jewish life."
Sponsorships range from $350 to $5,000. Individual tickets are $150 for BBSF Founders and $175 for guests. The reservation deadline is Sept. 20 RSVP at www.gueswtnetservices.com/bbsf/, by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or call (786) 586-2071. The gala takes place one week after B'nai B'rith International leaders, members and supporters from throughout the world come to New York, where B'nai B'rith was founded in 1843, to celebrate the global organization's 175th anniversary.
Featured entertainment includes artists of the Spanish Ballet of Pepe Bronce.
The event chairs are Cindy and Andy Degen, Joyce and Sammy Eppel, Sher Klein, Isaac Portnoy, Doris & Isaac Salinas, Gina and Uri Strauss and Cintia and Sergio Sverdlik.
The 71st Annual B'nai B'rith Institute of Judaism is taking place from August 13-16, 2018 at the Wildacres Retreat in North Carolina. Visit the event website to learn more.
The 26th Annual B'nai B'rith World Center Award for Journalism for 2018: Recognizing Excellence in Diaspora Reportage
B'nai B'rith Europe initiated the "Bridges of Tolerance" project in 2013 in Bucharest with the Dr. Moses Rosen Lodge of Romania.
This event is playing an active role, by promoting the right to a life of dignity for all. Governments, Parliaments and civil servants are called to uphold the values encompassed in the Universal Charter of Human Rights, for all its citizens. This project is a wake-up call to the government, a citizens awareness program about cultural diversity, and an educational platform for educators and students on Holocaust Remembrance and the dangers of racist ideologies.
The 5th edition of "Bridges of Tolerance" project will be held this year on May 16th and 17th in Bucharest. The event is co-jointly organised, with the Advisor to the President and the Representatives of the Federation of Jewish communities in Romania, under the high patronage of the President of Romania.
This project both involves workshops and debates and cultural events promoting the contribution of minority groups to the European common cultural heritage.
The event will focus on "Contribution of national minorities from Romania to the diversity and vitality of European Culture". The official opening and the first day of the debates will be held at the palace of the Romanian presidency, and the second day of the event will continue at the National Bank of Romania. Cultural performances, including a symphonic concert, will be held during the evenings.
B'nai B'rith Europe a inauguré le projet “Bridges of Tolerance” (Ponts de Tolérance) en 2013 à Bucarest, en partenariat avec la Loge Dr. Moses Rosen de Roumanie.
Cet évènement joue un rôle actif, en promouvant le droit à la dignité pour tous. Le Gouvernement, le Parlement et hauts fonctionnaires sont appelés à préserver les valeurs inscrites dans la Charte Universelle des Droits de l’Homme pour tous les citoyens. Ce projet est une prise de conscience pour les acteurs politiques, un programme de sensibilisation civique en faveur de la diversité culturelle, et une plate-forme pédagogique pour les éducateurs et les étudiants sur le devoir de mémoire de l’Holocauste et des dangers des idéologies racistes.
La cinquième édition du projet “Bridges of Tolerance” sera tenue cette année les 16 et 17 mai à Bucarest. L’évènement est organisé conjointement avec le conseiller du Président de Roumanie, sous son patronage, et les représentants de la Fédération des communautés juives de Roumanie.
Ce projet implique à la fois des ateliers et débats, et des évènements culturels promouvant la contribution des minorités au patrimoine culturel européen commun.
L’évènement va se focaliser sur “La contribution de minorités nationales roumaines à la diversité et à la vitalité de la culture européenne”. La cérémonie d’ouverture et le premier jour de débats se tiendront au palais présidentiel roumain, et le deuxième jour de l’évènement continuera à la Banque Nationale de Roumanie.
Holocaust and Martyrs Memorial Day 2018: Ceremony marking the Heroism of Jewish Rescuers and 70 years of the State of Israel
This is a joint B'nai B'rith World Center - KKL-JNF project with the participation of students, pre-army preparatory academies and border patrol cadets. The ceremony will be held at B'nai B'rith Martyr's Forest, "Scroll of Fire" plaza on Thursday, 27 Nisan 5778/ 12 April 2018, at 10:00
This event is dedicated to the heroism of members of the Jewish Resistance in France in saving fellow Jews.
Click here to view the invitation.
Click here to view the map of the ceremony.
Please join us on Wednesday, April 25 at the Capital Hilton in Washington, D.C. for a celebration commemorating B'nai B'rith International's 175th anniversary. The event will honor U.S. Rep. Eliot Engel of New York, Rebecca R. Rubin, Founder, President and CEO of Marstel-Day, LLC and Ambassador Richard Schifter, Chairman of the Board of Directors at the American Jewish International Relations Institute. Click here for more information.
175th Anniversary Celebration of B'nai B'rith International at the american jewish archives on December 4, 2017
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