A delegation of leaders from B’nai B’rith International met with U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on March 20 to discuss such pressing issues as Israel’s treatment at the United Nations, the growing nuclear threat Iran poses to the world and the situation in Syria, among other subjects.
B’nai B’rith International President Allan J. Jacobs and Executive Vice President Daniel S. Mariaschin led the delegation.
“We had an opportunity to have an open conversation with the secretary-general about issues of great concern to Israel,” Jacobs said.
At United Nations offices in New York, Paris, Geneva, Santiago and Vienna B’nai B’rith has engaged U.N. officials and representatives of dozens of nations, advocating for Israel and speaking out for the advancement of human rights.
After the meeting with Ban, Mariaschin noted: “B’nai B’rith has been active at the United Nations since its founding. In that time, we’ve had the opportunity to advocate for human rights and the fair treatment of Israel at U.N. forums. It was important to meet with the secretary-general to ensure certain issues stay at the forefront of the United Nations’ attention.”
Joining Jacobs and Mariaschin in the delegation: Joel S. Kaplan, Woodmere, N.Y.; Seymour D. Reich, New York; Gary P. Saltzman, Centennial, Colo.; Charles O. Kaufman, Austin, Texas; Bruce Pascal, North Potomac, Md.; and Matthew Waas, Arlington, Va.
B'nai B'rith welcomed Bruce E. Mosler, Chairman of Global Brokerage at Cushman & Wakefield, as our speak at the B’nai B’rith New York Real Estate luncheon on Wednesday, March 6, 2013.
Mr. Mosler spoke about the "State of the Industry and Manhattan” at The Cornell Club, 6 East 44th Street, Fourth Floor, New York, N.Y.
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The B'nai B'rith Young Professionals Network-NYC partnered with Jspace to host a Fundraiser For Sandy Relief at Redemption Bar NYC on February 20, 2013.
Guests made a minimum donation of $40 per person for two hours of open bar, appetizers and one raffle ticket.
If you were not able to attend the event, but would like to those still recovering from Superstorm Sandy, please click here to make a donation.
All proceeds will benefit the B'nai B'rith Disaster Relief Fund.
In commemoration of the United Nations' Holocaust Remembrance Day, B’nai B’rith International held a discussion titled “60 Years of Material Restitution: History and Challenges,” in New York City on January 25.
One of the leading experts in the field of material restitution, Arie Bucheister, chief of staff at the Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany, explained the daunting challenges facing survivors and their heirs to have property returned or material compensation made to them.
“The crimes of Nazi murderers and robbers resulted in countries profiting from Jewish victims,” Bucheister said.
While Germany has “far reaching compensation and restitution laws,” Bucheister says many other countries are without such legislation. Poland has no compensation laws, and a number of countries, such as Croatia, Romania, Serbia and Lithuania have enacted various restitution laws for victims with mixed degrees of effectiveness. It can be especially challenging in the former Soviet bloc countries where much of the property that was confiscated is now nationalized, he said.
“Despite being more than a half-century removed from the horrors of the Holocaust, it remains ever-important that B’nai B’rith and other Jewish groups press on in our fight for some minimal justice to be made to survivors and their families,” B’nai B’rith International President Allan J. Jacobs said from New York where he addressed the program. “Programs like this open eyes to the uphill battle we continue to face.”
Bucheister, born in Israel and a child of two survivors, has been a principal negotiator for the conference for many years. He says one of the conference’s main functions is negotiating for heirless property that’s been sold. Whatever is returned—whether it be monetary or physical property—goes toward communal and social welfare needs.
“Each year we have a program on International Holocaust Remembrance Day and every year it’s another chilling reminder of the atrocities committed against the Jewish people--atrocities against humanity,” B’nai B’rith International Executive Vice President Daniel S. Mariaschin, who addressed the program, said. “Recounting these crimes reminds us, once again, that we all must bear witness.”
This program preceded the official U.N. Holocaust Remembrance Day ceremony, which B’nai B’rith representatives also attended. B’nai B’rith played an active role in the United Nations’ adoption of Holocaust Remembrance Day in 2005.
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The B'nai B'rith Young Professionals Network in New York City continued to support those effected by Hurricane Sandy on January 13, 2013 by partnering with New York Cares for a day of action in the Rockaways.
B'nai B'rith provided transportation to and from the site - allowing volunteers to spend the day helping to get homeowners ready to rebuild by mucking out some of the hundreds of buildings damaged in Hurricane Sandy. Participants removed sand and debris; discarded water-damaged furniture, appliances, and other household items; and tore out moldy drywall, insulation, and flooring.
New York Cares makes safety a top priority, so all volunteers were given protective gear and were provided safety instructions by project leaders.
This program came to life during a B'nai B'rith "Shabbat Dinner for a Cause" in November. But B'nai B'rith's Sandy relief does not stop here.
We will be holding our annual fundraiser and silent auction to benefit the B'nai B'rith Disaster Relief Fund during the third week of February. We're currently finalizing details of the date and location, which we will also be provided after the New Year.
Be on the lookout for more information in the coming weeks!
B’nai B’rith President Allan J. Jacobs, Executive Vice President Daniel S. Mariaschin and International Center for Human Rights and Public Policy Deputy Director Eric Fusfield joined other Jewish leaders at a meeting in New York convened by the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations with leaders of the Greek-American community.
The American Hellenic Educational Progressive Association (AHEPA) and the American Hellenic Institute represented the Greek-American community.
Arye Mekel, Israel’s ambassador to Greece, spoke to the meeting by phone from Athens, Greece. The consuls general in New York, Israel and Greece, Ido Aharoni and Giorgios Iliopoulous, and the ambassador of Cyprus to the United States, Pavlos Anastasiades, also addressed the gathering.
The leaders of both communities met to discuss common issues on the Greek-American and the American-Jewish domestic agendas. Topics covered also included cooperation between Israel, Greece and Cyprus on energy development, the rise of Greece’s far-right Golden Dawn party, and the Greek debt crisis.
It may be cold out but it is not too cold for camp. The B'nai B'rith Perlman Camp extended family came together in Westbury, NY at Dave & Busters to share memories from the summer and to play games.
For over 50 years, children have been coming to B’nai B’rith Perlman Camp for the ultimate camp experience. The wide variety of programs and activities, the spectacular setting and the experience of community living are only surpassed by the life-long friendships established here each summer.
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The B'nai B'rith Banking and Finance Unit honored Mark R. DeFazio, President & CEO, Metropolitan National Bank, and Harold Shulman, Partner, Citrin Cooperman & Company, LLP, in New York City.
Wednesday, October 24, 2012, 5:30 P.M.
Grand Hyatt Hotel
109 East 42nd Street
New York, NY 10017
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For the B’nai B’rith Young Professional Network (BBYPN), February was Gift of Life month. BBYPN groups across the country held “Mitzvah Hour” events in cooperation with the Gift of Life Bone Marrow Foundation. Events were held in Denver, New York, Chicago and Washington, D.C., with the goal of getting attendees to register as potential donors while they meet members of their local networks and learn about programs in their communities.
“Mitzvah Hours” are happy hours with a social action component. The network has been hosting “Mitzvah Hours” in several cities for causes such as the B’nai B’rith Cuban Jewish Relief Project and local food pantries. For these events BBYPN Denver, New York and Washington, D.C., all gathered at local bars, while BBYPN Chicago enjoyed “Mitzvah Dinner” at a popular deli.
Becoming a potential marrow donor is as easy as taking a swab of the inside of your mouth. Not only did nearly 100 people turn out across the country to learn about B’nai B’rith and Gift of Life, but 30 people were swabbed as potential donors!
“We were thrilled to have the opportunity to partner with the B’nai B’rith Young Professionals throughout the month of February. Helping Gift of Life Bone Marrow Foundation raise awareness is a perfect example of BBI’s commitment to enhancing its programs with educational and meaningful experiences,” said Marti Freund, senior development associate for Gift of Life and B’nai B’rith’s contact for the partnership. “We are thankful to everyone who participated in the bone marrow recruitment drives and took the time to learn more about our mission to save lives.”
Gift of Life is an organization that maintains a public registry for bone marrow, blood stem cell and umbilical cord donors. Through its life-saving work, Gift of Life is a world leader in facilitating transplants for children and adults suffering from many life-threatening diseases, such as leukemia and lymphoma.
For more information, you can visit www.giftoflife.org.
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