B'nai B'rith International Revives Lodge in Poland
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B'nai B'rith International Revives Lodge in Poland

(Warsaw, Poland, September 12, 2007) — B'nai B'rith International revived its lodge in Poland on September 9, which had been closed since before World War II. B'nai B'rith leaders from around the world were on hand for the momentous event.
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"The pride emanating from the crowd of 37 new brothers and sisters as they became part of our worldwide family was exhilarating," said B'nai B'rith International President Moishe Smith. "It was a proud and honorable moment for me personally, and for all of B'nai B'rith."

Members of B'nai B'rith Europe and several leaders from B'nai B'rith International in Washington, D.C., including Executive Vice President Daniel S. Mariaschin, attended the installation.

"The launch of our new lodge in Warsaw carries great significance," Mariaschin said. "Given B'nai B'rith's long, but interrupted history in Poland, the country's relationship to both the U.S. and Israel bi-laterally, and as a member of the European Union, and the revival of Jewish life there, the new lodge can act as an important participant in a wide range of issues on the B'nai B'rith, and broader Jewish agenda."

The new lodge President Dr. Andrej Friedman, and the Secretary General Malka Kafka worked hard to revive the lodge.

In 1938, by decree from the president of the Republic of Poland, all 10 B'nai B'rith lodges were closed down. This differs from the rest of Europe where lodges were closed down by the Nazi regime.

"As president of B'nai B'rith Europe (BBE) I think it shows, joyfully, that Jewish life in Poland is present and growing," said BBE President Reinold Simon. "The presence of a B'nai B'rith lodge is also for BBE an important fact. We in BBE have been working on this for more then 10 years. The new board members are ready to enlarge their presence and we hope to see in the future new lodges throughout Poland."

Zmieniony ( 04.10.2008. )