BBI - B’nai B’rith Delivers Humanitarian Assistance in Ashdod, Makes Solidarity Visit to Lod
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(Jerusalem, August 6, 2021)--B’nai B’rith International President Charles O. Kaufman and CEO Daniel S. Mariaschin visited the city of Lod, Israel, with B’nai B’rith World Center-Jerusalem Director Alan Schneider for a meeting with municipal CEO Aharon Attias. The meeting focused on the unprecedented violence directed against Jews and Jewish targets by many Arab residents of the city in a show of support for Hamas during Operation Guardian of the Walls in May.
One Jew and one Arab were killed in the violence, and damage to property is estimated in the tens of millions of Shekels. Attias, who was himself injured in a stone throwing incident, said that the violence which occurred was the worst in the city since it was captured in the War of Independence. Attias described the situation prior to, during and following the violence in the city, during which three synagogues were firebombed and five more were damaged. He expressed regret that outreach by the city to build Jewish-Arab relations had unfortunately failed to quell the violence, which in some cases was neighbor against neighbor........
B'nai B'rith - AJN Education Feature
B’nai B’rith Victoria (BBVic) is excited to announce the appointment of Ellana Aarons as its inaugural CEO.
Ellana joins BBVic after spending more than 16 years working in the not-for-profit sector. She began her career initially as a consultant and more recently as the Executive Director of Maccabi Australia and then Chief Operating Officer of Sandringham & District Netball Association.
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Letter from AJN January 2021
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GRU Sunday Morning Get Together Talk by Jack Aghion: My Friend Charlie and The Rats of Tobruk
Here is the link to the recording of Jack’s fascinating and heartfelt talk about his friend Charlie and the Rats of Tobruk.
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We were honoured when Marianne Schwarz, long time member of B’nai B’rith, and 2020 Menorah Award recipient, agreed to talk about her life at the Gesher-Rabin Unit Sunday Get-together last week.
Marianne Schwarz, who throughout her 98 years, by good fortune and a remarkably positive attitude has shown extraordinary resilience. Her determination to maintain her independence has always been her driving force. Her horrific experiences in the holocaust, which broke the will of many others, and her acquiring Covid-19, at a very great age only served to strengthen her. Whenever, she faced a major obstacle, such as her tragic experiences in the war or the loss of her husband and partner for 46 years, Joschy, led to her adapting to a new life and making the most of it. Whereas she never forgot the past, such as being a speaker in “Courage to Care”, and memorising long stanzas of poetry from her childhood, it didn’t prevent her from looking forward to the future. How else can you explain her multiple activities, which she does several times a week, such as table-tennis, bridge, crosswords, sudoku, scrabble, reading books and newspapers. When she realised the benefits of modern technology, she embraced them. Few people can lay claim to learning how to use an iPad and an iPhone from the age of 97.
These days Inspiration has become an overused word, but how else can you describe the effect she has had on her many admirers.
Interview with Victoria’s oldest COVID-19 Survivor long time BBVic member Marianne Schwarz by Maurice Klein on his JAir program Shabbat Shalom on 14 August 2020.
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Click the link below to view the recording of BBVic's Speakers Forum 2020
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