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Registration Now Open for the 4th Annual B'nai Brith Charity Golf Classic

Jan. 30, 2019 TORONTO – B'nai Brith Canada is thrilled to announce that registration for its 4th Annual Charity Golf Classic has opened!  Continue reading

Kidney Donor Rabbi Gives His Liver to Save a Man’s Life

Rabbi Ephraim Simon (left) and Adam Levitz after the partial liver transplant that saved Levitz’s life. (Photo Credit: Chabad.org/News) Jan. 3, 2019 By Menachem Posner NEW JERSEY – Adam Levitz, a 44-year-old married father of three, was in liver failure. Things were getting worse, and he knew it. On Dec. 20, he received a new liver and a new lease on life. His donor, Rabbi Ephraim Simon, is one of only a handful of individuals to have ever donated both a kidney and a liver — a procedure most hospitals won’t even allow. Continue reading

Fired Cleveland Clinic Medical Resident Also Mocked the Holocaust, Defended Hamas

Screenshot of one of Lara Kollab's antisemitic tweets (Photo Credit: Canary Mission) Jan. 2, 2019 The Cleveland Clinic announced on Monday that it fired a medical resident for posting antisemitic comments online, such as threatening to give Jewish people the wrong medication. Continue reading

Honduras Confirms Jerusalem Embassy Move

Benjamin Netanyahu, left, meets with Juan Orlando Hernandez in Jerusalem on Oct. 29, 2015. (Photo Credit: Kobi Gideon / GPO) Jan. 2, 2019 BRASILIA – Honduras will be moving ahead with plans to open its Israel embassy in Jerusalem, and Israel is in talks to open its Honduran embassy in Tegucigalpa, following a meeting between Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Honduran President Juan Orlando Hernandez and U.S. Secretary Mike Pompeo on Tuesday. Continue reading

Mourning the Legendary Rabbi of Montreal’s Shaar Hashomayim

Rabbi Shuchat (left) with friend and congregant Raphael Fleming Jan. 2, 2019 QUEBEC CONFIDENTIAL | By Mike Cohen MONTREAL – One of Canada’s legendary religious leaders passed away last week. Continue reading

B’nai Brith Urges Action Plan to Fight Antisemitism, Anti-Hate Strategy to Ministerial Forum on Anti-Racism

Spray-painted swastikas on the doors of the Machzikei Hadas synagogue in Ottawa Dec. 13, 2018 By Daniel KorenManager, Media Relations & CommunicationsB'nai Brith Canada OTTAWA – B’nai Brith Canada is continuing its push for municipal, provincial and federal governments to adopt the measures listed in its Eight-Point Plan to Tackle Antisemitism, including that Canada adopt a national action plan to combat antisemitism, that dedicated hate crimes units are instituted in every major Canadian city, and developing an action plan to counter online hate. Continue reading

‘We Will See Changes at the UN,’ Says Israeli Ambassador Danon

Danny Danon Dec. 10, 2018 By Jackson Richman JERUSALEM – It is no secret that the United Nations has long been viewed as a hotbed of anti-Israel sentiment. However, there has been a remarkable shift in recent years as a result of efforts by the United States under outgoing U.S. Ambassador Nikki Haley and Israeli Ambassador Danny Danon to build new partnerships while singling bias, as well as antisemitism, towards the Jewish State. Continue reading

Chair of European Jewish Group Welcomes EU Fight Against Antisemitism, Urges Combating Anti-Zionism

In a statement, Rabbi Menachem Margolin, Chairman of the European Jewish Association (EJA), welcomed the Council declaration as ”a significant step forward” but said that ”two vital pieces are missing.” Dec. 6, 2018 By Yossi Lempkowicz This article was originally published on JNS.org BRUSSELS – The Council of the European Union has unanimously approved a declaration of the 28 EU member states on the fight against antisemitism, which calls for the development of a common security approach to better protect Jewish communities and Jewish institutions in Europe following a resurgence of antisemitism on the continent. Continue reading

Jewish Candidate Rachel Bendayan Favoured to Win Outremont Liberal Nomination

Rachel Bendayan and her baby girl on the campaign trail Dec. 4, 2018 QUEBEC CONFIDENTIAL | By Mike Cohen The opinions, facts and any media content presented do not necessarily reflect the position of B'nai Brith Canada. MONTREAL – Quebec may be one step closer to getting another Jewish Member of Parliament. Continue reading

Hungary to Invest Millions to Combat Antisemitism

Dohány Street Synagogue in Budapest (Photo Credit: Wiki Commons) Nov. 29, 2018 By Dan Lavie This article was originally published on JNS.org. BUDAPEST – Hungary plans to invest €1.5 million ($2.27 million CAD) annually to fight antisemitism across Europe starting in 2019. Continue reading
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