Archive for the ‘WJC’ Category

Pope Ronald Lauder’s Edict

October 24, 2012
WJC Macher, Ronald Lauder:

Also see:

Pope Foxman: “SSPX Has No Place in the Church”


Pope Stern’s Inquisition

Pope Yitzchok Adlerstein: “The differences between accepted Church teaching and this group of Latin-speaking extremists are not subject to reconciliation.”

Pope John Paul II: Auschwitz “The Golgotha of the Modern World”

Neocatechumenal Way Presents Holocaustian Symphony of Homage to Talmudic "Fathers in the Faith"

May 3, 2012
Literally every religious claim below is rubbish intended to create false commonality between Jesus, the Bible, the Israelites and today’s talmudic ‘Jews’ where there is in fact complete opposition. Jesus never prayed to “Hashem,” a ridiculous, tribal, exclusivist contrivance which translates as “The Name.”  But this is the kind of madness that one would expect from ‘Catholics’ who call the rabbis of Talmud and Kabbalah “fathers in the faith.”

‘Traditional Catholics’ are wont to criticize the Neocatechumenal Way for its liturgical absurdities. Let us see what they have to say (nothing?) about this theologically and symbolically loaded symphony of race exultation in which Jesus’ mother is made to cry with ‘Jews’ of the Talmud (which teaches that her Son deserved to be executed) and “affirm” the “Shema Yisrael” which for centuries has connotated rejection of Christianity in general and specifically the Christian doctrines of the Trinity and Divinity of Christ.

Dear traditionalist reader, what we have here, consistent with the modern Catholic mockery of Auschwitz replacing Calvary, is Mary crying with ‘The Jews’ at the foot of the ‘gas chambers’ instead of crying for Jesus at the foot of the cross. Are you in ‘full communion’ with this outrageous mockery?

A Concert of Reconciliation


Catholic Group Honors Jews in Free Lincoln Center Event

Jonathan Mark – The Jewish Week

May 1, 2012

… The Neocatechumenal Way was founded in Spain, in large part, to further Catholic spiritual renewal and solidify the relationship with Jews. The group, now with more than 80 seminaries around the world and a major center in Israel’s Galilee, is presenting a free symphonic concert in Lincoln Center’s Avery Fisher Hall (May 8 at 8 p.m.), billed as a “musical gift to the Jewish people.” (Advance registration required, by calling [201] 998-9469).

The symphony, entitled “The Suffering of the Innocents,” is being presented as an homage and prayer to Holocaust victims in particular, viewed through a Catholic prism of Mary crying and united with Jewish mothers in the concentration camps, affirming “Shema Yisrael.” The elaborate piece — for 100 musicians and 80 choral singers — was composed by the movement’s founder, Kiko Arguello, a painter and theologian, who has stated that his symphony is being offered “as a bridge of love and reconciliation.

“We act according to the last wishes for Pope John Paul II. We remember that the roots of Christianity are in Judaism and that since the beginning, God made Israel the chosen people.”

The concert has been endorsed by representatives of numerous Jewish organizations, including the American Jewish Committee, the Anti-Defamation League [of B’nai B’rith], the New York Board of Rabbis and the Jewish Community Relations Council, as well as Ronald Lauder, president of the World Jewish Congress, and Haim Gutin of the Israeli Ministry of Tourism. After the performance of the symphony, [Papal Knight] Rabbi David Rosen, the AJC’s director of interreligious relations, is scheduled to lead a memorial prayer for the victims of the Shoah, prior to a collective recitation of “Shema.”

[‘Holocaust’ Dispensationalist Theologian] Rabbi Irving “Yitz” Greenberg told The Jewish Week that The Neocatechumenal Way is “primarily a lay inspiration group that has done no missionary work and has no missionary interest. They speak about Israel like the Evangelicals do, that the Jews are ‘God’s people.’ And Israel is ‘God’s Promised Land.’ They specialize in a respectful attempt to help Catholics better appreciate the Jewish people and the Jewish religion, as well as raising an awareness of how much the Jews have suffered, including from Christians.

“In fact, one of the highlights of their programs, including the one they’re about to have in New York, is to get people to chant ‘Shema Yisroel, Hashem Elokeinu, Hashem Echad,’ in Hebrew. Partially it is, for them, the chanting of the prayer that Jesus said, and in part it is a powerful emotional statement about the Jews.”

Rabbi Greenberg added, “’The Suffering of the Innocents’ addresses the theological problem of suffering, often using Christian imagery, but also refers to the fact that the Jews are the classic example of innocent suffering. And just as God has a special love for the suffering innocent, so should Christians have a love for the Jewish people.

“It would be both impressive and a positive Jewish experience for Jews to be” at the Lincoln Center event, said Rabbi Greenberg. “And it is important for [the Neocatechumanals] to see that at least the Jewish establishment respects their work.”

Giuseppe Gennarini, of the Neocatechumenal leaders in the United States, told The Jewish Week that his movement aims at “rediscovery, and the first thing we discover in the faith is the Jewish roots, we discover the word of God, we discover Abraham, we discover the Exodus and the Passover. With rediscovery comes love. We are grateful to the Jews for what they have given to us, to help us know God.”

He prefers to think of Jews, not as an “elder brother,” as some Christians say, but as a “parent,” because in the Bible “there were so often difficulties between brothers, such as with Esau and Jacob, and Joseph and his brothers. So we say, not brothers, but you are our parent, our father in the faith.”

http://www.thejewishweek.com/news/new_york/concert_reconciliation

‘Noahide’ Proselytizing Rabbi Riskin: "The Lubavitcher Rebbe said to me …"

March 7, 2012

UPDATED, MARCH 7

This is a followup to the previous entry on the ‘Noahide law’ proselytizing Rabbi Shlomo Riskin who the bishops see fit to send priests to learn from so that they will relay his teaching to us.

Like so many prominent Judaic figures (HERE, HERE, HERE, HERE) Rabbi Shlomo Riskin is guided by direction he received from ‘The Rebbe’ of the Chabad Lubavitch cult, Menachem Mendel Schneerson, a hater of Jesus Christ who judged Christian faith to be a mental illness. In the video below, Riskin candidly states the guiding principle taught to him by ‘Rebbe’ Schneerson:

“The Rebbe said to me, ‘I want you to know that in every battle there are certain people who have to dress up like the enemy, and they have to go into the enemy’s territory, and their own co-religionists will think that they are turncoats; that they’ve become rebels, but without those people the battle can’t be won, and you [Rabbi Shlomo Riskin] will win the war … you must produce shluchim [agents] for the entire world who are modern on the outside and Chabad on the inside.'”

And that goes to show why many of us view Orthodox Judaism not as a religion but as cult, mob and intelligence agency all covered with a religious veneer.

The video below from which the above quotation is taken is well worth the time for those who have it and would like to have clear understanding of Rabbi Riskin, a self-described closet Chabdnik who puts on a suit and tie so as not to draw suspicion he so well deserves from “enemy” ‘Goyim’ as he cajoles and deceives them into Noahidism, with the Bishops’ encouragement.

In the video you’ll also learn the background on Rabbi Riskin’s illegal landgrab in the West Bank of Palestine, (even more on that topic HERE.) The video also contains candid elucidation of the tribal megalomania inherent to rabbinic Judaism and the extreme degree to which biblical concepts are wrenched from their true end–man loving and serving his Creator–and twisted towards the depraved end of God and the universe existing only to love and serve ‘The Jews.’ You’ll also hear Riskin preach the end-justifies-the-means doctrine of redemption through defilement (‘descend in order to rise’) which evidently justifies Schneerson’s direction to his agents to pretend to be part of society in order to subvert it as Samuel Heilman and Menachem Friedman observed in their Schneerson biography, Rabbi Schneerson’s agents, “would act as agents provocateurs, people who seemed open to modernity and America, but only in order to change it” (Samuel Heilman, Menachem Friedman, The Rebbe: The Life and Afterlife of Menachem Mendel Schneerson, p.154)

In January 2011, Pope Benedict told the Palestinian Land Grabber and ‘Noahide Law’ proselytizing con man, Rabbi Riskin, “we need to work together.” Evidently, these were not empty words.

Also see:

Schneerson, Brit-ish Empire, NILI notes

Lustiger’s NY Yeshiva Tour, Endorsement of Chabad Lubavitch as Religious Model

Massive California Freeway Project Works Around Backwards Eruv Tradition of Judaism

Chabad Lubavitch Rabbi to Congress: “Congress Convenes to Fulfill Noahide Commandment”

Chabad Rabbi Preaches Talmudic ‘Noahide Laws’ to Congress Again

Chabad Brings “Education Day” to New York State Legislature

Benedict’s Elder Brothers and their Tradition of Deceit

Catholic.org Publishes Hagiography for Rabbi of Racial-Supremacist Genocidal Anti-Christ Messianic Judaism

How Does This Fit the Left-Right Dichotomy?

Change Agent Robert Zimmerman (stage name: Bob Dylan), Friend of Chabad

Shalom in the Home

‘Noahide Law’ Proselytizing Rabbi Riskin Trains South American Priests in Counterfeit Israel

March 5, 2012
We have been warning of the zealous ‘Noahide Law’ proselytizing Rabbi Shlomo Riskin for years to no evident effect. Now he is bringing Catholic priests from around the world to his “Interfaith center” in counterfeit Israel to train them in “dual-covenant theology” (a euphemism for Rabbinic Judaism’s lopsided dual-covenant ‘Jew’/’Noahide’ system) which, in turn, is expected to be taught by these priests at the parish level. This is happening with the approval of the bishops and the Pope himself whose ‘Papal Commission for Religious Relations with the Jews’ officially recognized the rabbi-concocted ‘Noahide Laws’ in 2007 HERE and HERE.

We know of no other voice within Catholicism speaking critically of this indisputably documented catastrophe of Christians being unequally yoked to the rabbis via their ‘dialogue,’ ‘interfaith relations,’ ‘Holocaust education’ et al; deceptive platforms for proselytism away from the Gospel and towards ‘Noahidism.’ So long as this remains the state of affairs and fanatical Messianic Zionist rabbis of anti-Christ Judaism are training priests, expect things to continue to become much, much worse. Don’t deceive yourself into believing ‘the gates of hell won’t prevail’ over such cowardice.

Jewish-Catholic Educational Mission In Israel Completed

March 1, 2012 – Eurasia Review

A dream was actualized this week as a delegation of young Catholic Priests from Latin American, along with their local Jewish clergy counterparts, completed a Jewish-Christian educational mission in Israel.

While in Israel the delegation discovered commonalities between their faiths, studied their joint histories, and established important groundwork including practical models to advance Jewish-Catholic relations back in their respective communities.

Participants joined from Brazil, Argentina and Colombia thanks to three partnering organizations who worked in tandem to make this opportunity a reality – the World Jewish Diplomatic Corps (WJDC), the Center for Jewish-Christian Understanding and Cooperation (CJCUC) and the Latin American Jewish Congress (LAJC). Priests were selected in cooperation with the Archbishops of São Paulo, Buenos Aires, and Bogota.

“Since the Second Vatican Council, many Catholic and Jewish theologians have paved the way for our moment together in Israel,” said CJCUC’s Founder and Chancellor Rabbi Shlomo Riskin. He added “Unfortunately, both the Jewish and Christian communities are still unaware of these advancements. The purpose of this mission was to equip and empower these young priests to bring knowledge and understanding to their communities.”

Rabbis and Jewish educators also participated to aid and facilitate future, follow-up programming at the local levels. “There is no question an experience in Israel can transform a person; however, once that individual goes home, it is easy to return back to the responsibilities of everyday life,” said Claudio Epelman, Executive Director of the LAJC. “It is important we provide a network of local support and resources to help these leaders build upon what they learned in the Holy Land.”

Half of the 1.2 billion Catholics around the world live in the Americas. “Pockets of cooperation exist between the Jewish and Catholic communities in Latin America, but a deeper acquaintance and cooperation is needed in this important continent,” remarked Adam Koffler, Chairman of the WJDC. Koffler added, “We are living in a new era in Jewish-Catholic relations where both faith communities can play a significant role in solving global issues together.”

In addition to high-profile meetings with Bishop William Shomali, Auxiliary Bishop and Patriarchal vicar for Jerusalem at the Latin Patriarchate, and Israeli Ambassador (ret.) Oded Eran the delegation visited both Jewish and Christian holy sites throughout the country and had opportunities to learn from experienced theologians working to advance Jewish-Catholic relations for decades.

Commenting on the importance to visit Israel and learn about the advancements of Jewish-Catholic relations, Father Pedro Pereira of Brazil said, “here [in Brazil] we see the Jewish nation as a living covenantal faith community and not a relic in the past.” He added, “It also gave us insight in understanding Jewish identity and how that it is intertwined in a collective responsibility for all communities around the world.”

http://www.eurasiareview.com/01032012-jewish-catholic-educational-mission-in-israel-completed/

Also see:

Who Says Judaism Isn’t a Proselytizing System?

USCCB States Principles for “Dialogue” Fraud

Rabbi Riskin to Launch ‘Noahide’ Center

Pope: “We Need to Work Together” with Scheming, ‘Noahide Law’ Coercing, Land-Grabber Rabbi Shlomo Riskin

“Dual Covenant Theology” is ‘Noahide’ Theology

Pope Arrives in U.S. on “Education Day” 2008

Another Vatican II Peritus Confirmed to be Estranged from the Gospel

Martini Lays Out the Plan

Cardinal Martini Restates His Bad Advice: “We Must Learn to Love [Counterfeit] Israel More”


One World Religion Under the ‘Noahide’ Rainbow

Pope Stern’s Inquisition

October 24, 2011
Certainly, notorious anti-Semites[*] such as Bishop Williamson must not be granted a place in the Catholic Church,” [WJC Deputy Secretary-General Maram] Stern declared.

World Jewish Congress urges Rome to sideline opponents of Catholic-Jewish reconciliation

24 October 2011

Ahead of the interfaith meeting later this week in Assisi, Italy – hosted by Pope Benedict XVI and to be attended by 300 religious leaders from around the Globe – the World Jewish Congress (WJC) has urged the Vatican to forcefully oppose attempts to blame Jews collectively for the death of Jesus. Deputy Secretary-General Maram Stern, the WJC official in charge of inter-religious dialogue (pictured right at a meeting with the pope in 2010), said: “Last week, Catholics were treated to another despicable tractate by Bishop Richard Williamson whose point was to derail Catholic-Jewish reconciliation and to revive age-old anti-Semitic canards such as that of Jewish deicide. This was a timely reminder that there are still many clerics out there who vehemently oppose and actively undermine dialogue and reconciliation between Catholics and Jews.”

“Unfortunately, some Catholic splinter groups such as Williamson’s Society of St. Pius X continue to defend and propagate medieval anti-Jewish teachings. It is therefore important not to jeopardize the enormous achievements made in Catholic-Jewish dialogue over the past decades by allowing preachers of hate in again through the back door. Certainly, notorious anti-Semites such as Bishop Williamson must not be granted a place in the Catholic Church,” Stern declared.

Last week, Williamson – who in 2009 publicly denied the existence of gas chambers in Nazi death camps and was convicted by a German court earlier this year of Holocaust denial – wrote on his web blog: “Only the Jews (leaders and people) were the prime agents of the deicide” [of Jesus Christ], and not Roman Prefect Pontius Pilate. Williamson also alleged “a continuity amongst Jews down the centuries”, indirectly blaming today’s Jews for Jesus’ death.

Maram Stern, who will represent the World Jewish Congress at the Assisi gathering, said Jews around the world valued that Pope Benedict XVI, like his predecessor John Paul II, “is sincerely committed to strengthening inter-faith dialogue.” Stern urged the Pope to reiterate statements he made earlier this year in his book on Jesus and turn them into an article of faith of the Church.

http://www.worldjewishcongress.org/en/news/10813/world_jewish_congress_urges_rome_to_sideline_opponents_of_catholic_jewish_reconciliation

* As Joseph Sobran aptly noted, “The word has no precise definition. An “anti-Semite” may or may not hate Jews. But he is certainly hated by Jews.”

Also see:

WJC President Alexander Mashkevich

Papal Ambiguity has a Clear Trajectory

A Lesson in "Globalism"

January 20, 2011

Preservation; distinction for “The Jews.” Evisceration; diversity for “The Goyim.”

What is this wild-eyed woman talking about when she says “Europe won’t survive” unless “The Jews” play a leading role in creating a multicultural amalgam out of it and why doesn’t the same multicultural mandate apply to “The Jews” and “Israel”?

Compare the message in the video above with the message in the video at this link:

http://europeanjewishfund.org/video_paideia.html

This organization “Paideia” is a branch of an Israeli state-based “European Jewish Fund.” While these organizations eviscerate European religion, culture and tradition, they simultaneously build up Judaic religion, culture and tradition in Europe:

The European Jewish Fund Leadership Program at Paideia combines an in-depth and comprehensive education in the texts that constitute the bedrock of Jewish civilisation, traditional study methodology (Hevruta), an academic approach to interpretation and applied project development, making it a unique program in Jewish studies. It provides the participants with the knowledge and the tools they need to become driving forces in strengthening Jewish community life throughout Europe.

http://www.europeanjewishfund.org/index.ph…ts_2010#paideia

In fact, in its mission statement, the “European Jewish Fund” says it was established:

“… for the very specific goal of strengthening Jewish life in Europe.

To achieve this goal, the Fund focuses on young people and their connection to Judaism and their communities by supporting programmes aimed at building Jewish identity and Jewish pride, especially by re-connecting young people with their rich and vital Jewish past … The Fund is also focused on addressing such serious threats to Jewish life in Europe as assimilation, anti-Semitism and racism.

Assimilation is without a doubt an existential threat to European Jewry that is becoming ever graver. The threat must be addressed in a serious manner with programmes that are aimed at reconnecting people with Jewish life.”

http://www.europeanjewishfund.org/index.php?/en_background

So, in brief, while this “Israel”-based Judaic organization attacks European identity by promoting multiculturalism and diversity, it simultaneously fights assimilation for Judaic persons by promoting Judaic religion, tradition and culture.

The chairman of the “European Jewish Fund” is multi-billionaire “Russian” oligarch, Moshe Kantor who is also the head of the “European Jewish Congress.”

Find the “European Jewish Fund” representative for your European nation here:

http://www.europeanjewishfund.org/index.php?/bios/

Also see:

Moshe Kantor’s house of lords

“In the East, all our ‘anti-Semites’ sit in prison”

At Vatican meeting with Cardinal Bertone, World Jewish Congress leaders praise “positive” visit of Pope to Israel

"In the East, all our ‘anti-Semites’ sit in prison”

November 4, 2010

I have difficulty commiserating with the benefactors of the rape of Russia. Expect ‘relations with our Jewish brothers’ to become even cruder.

Ukrainian billionaire and Jewish philanthropist Igor Kolomoisky, left, raises a vodka toast with Israeli Chief Rabbi Yona Metzger, drinking, at Berlin’s Chabad center during a conference of the European Council of Jewish Communities, Oct. 25, 2010. (Berlin Chabad)

Like NBA’s Nets, European Jewish group gets an oligarch, but some see Soviet-style takeover

Uriel Heilman – JTA

November 2, 2010

BERLIN (JTA) — Two Jewish billionaires who came to Berlin from Ukraine last week for a conference on European Jewish life skipped out on the gathering during a session on the global financial crisis.

Instead they were downing vodka shots with Israel’s chief rabbi in the basement of Berlin’s gleaming Chabad center.

One of the two billionaires, banking magnate Igor Kolomoisky, who with $2 billion in assets ranks No. 488 on Forbes magazine’s 2010 list of the world’s richest people, had just been named the new president of the host organization, the European Council of Jewish Communities. He was awarded the position after committing to give the organization an annual multimillion-euro gift for five years — at least $14 million.

Depending on whom one talked to, the appointment was either a generous lifeline to a cash-strapped organization focused on social welfare and education or a hostile takeover of a group with an important-sounding name.

The problem was that Kolomoisky had not been elected but appointed unilaterally by the organization’s outgoing president, Jonathan Joseph, who had met Kolomoisky for the first time earlier that day. Joseph defended his sudden decision as justified by the size of Kolomoisky’s gift — and by the need to respond to a man who might not be inclined to wait for an official vote from the board of directors.

“If we were going to do business together, we had to do business now,” Joseph told JTA, explaining why he skipped the “niceties of the procedures of the ECJC.” Joseph said, “It’s a good opportunity for him; it’s a good opportunity for us.”

The appointment was celebrated with a dinner of foie gras and braised duck for some 150 people at Berlin’s swankiest hotel, the Adlon — paid for by Kolomoisky, according to Joseph.

But the few board members from the social welfare organization who were present at the dinner found the turn of events jarring.

“This is not a democratic process,” Arturo Tedeschi, an EJCJ board member from Italy, told JTA. “It took place like a Soviet-style takeover.”

Tedeschi and four other board members subsequently resigned. Days later the Italian Union of Jewish Communities withdrew from ECJC.

It wasn’t just the undemocratic nature of the appointment that rankled board members and raised eyebrows here. The appointment also touched the nerve of East-West tensions simmering just beneath the surface of European Jewish life.

For decades, Eastern European and Russian Jewish communities were beneficiaries of the West’s largesse, and in the early years of post-Communist life they were rebuilt by American, Israeli and Western European Jews who did everything from pay for their meals to show them how to pray in synagogue.

Now, two decades since the fall of communism and with Western Jewish institutions mired in financial woes, Jews from the former Soviet Union — oligarchs who made their fortunes as capitalism emerged from the Soviet collapse — are swooping in to take over the leadership of several key European Jewish organizations.

Some view this as a positive development, a rescue from the East. While Western Jewish donors are tired and overextended, the philanthropists from the East are energetic and looking to give, Joseph said.

“They may dress funny and drink too much, but they’re sharp,” Joseph said. “They haven’t been rubbed down and made dull yet.”

Others view the changes more ominously, questioning the motives of the philanthropists from the East — businessmen for whom political connections come in handy.

“Now they have a little toy with which they can go around and say this is the opinion of European Jews,” said Bianca Tedeschi, who came to the conference from Italy with her husband, Arturo. “It’s very scary.”

Joseph defended Kolomoisky.

“His reputation, which we checked out, is a very, very good one,” Joseph said. “Yes, he has commercial disputes, but so does every businessman. His integrity is excellent.”

The ECJC is hardly the first such organization to become the pet project of a Russian-speaking oligarch.

In 2007, computer and agrochemical giant Moshe Kantor, No. 773 on the Forbes list with a net worth of $1.3 billion, was elected president of the European Jewish Congress. Alexander Mashkevitch, a Kazakh who has appeared on Forbes’ lists and is in the metals and gas businesses, heads the Euro-Asian Jewish Congress. Ukrainian Vadim Rabinovitch, another oligarch and media mogul, is a vice president of the ECJC.

It’s not just happening in the Jewish world. Russian Jewish tycoon Roman Abramovitch bought Britain’s venerated Chelsea soccer team in 2003. Last year, Russian billionaire Mikhail Prokhorov purchased the NBA’s New Jersey Nets.

But while Prokhorov’s purchase of the Nets was widely applauded (the basketball team, which last year nearly compiled the worst record in NBA history, could use some cash and a change of direction), the infusion of Easterners into Western Jewish organizations has not been universally cheered.

“We will not be colonized by a Ukrainian, that’s for sure,” one ECJC board member said at the parley in Berlin.

East-West tensions were evident throughout the conference, which drew not only Jewish organizational leaders from throughout Europe but several Israeli officials — including Education Minister Gidon Sa’ar and Ashkenazi Chief Rabbi Yona Metzger — and the executive vice-president of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations, Malcolm Hoenlein.

The East-West resentment runs both ways — something Rabinovitch, the other oligarch who was pouring vodka shots at Chabad in Berlin — acknowledged in a speech at the conference.

“Sometimes we look at each other and we seem to be afraid of each other,” Rabinovitch said of Eastern and Western European Jews at the session, to which he showed up clad in jeans, a long-sleeved T-shirt and a baseball cap (everyone else wore jackets and ties). “We’re now more active. We’re really taking steps forward.”

Many in the East view Western Europeans as timid and ineffectual, unwilling to stand up unabashedly for Israel and against anti-Semitism. Lamenting that fact, Rabinovitch recalled how, in Ukraine, “We found anti-Semitic organizations and terminated them.”

“It’s different in Western Europe — there are legal problems,” Rabinovitch said. “In the East, all our anti-Semites sit in prison.”

Eastern European Jewish officials also complain of a paternalistic attitude from the West that’s no longer appropriate now that Eastern Jewish communities have come into their own after decades of communist suppression of Jewish life.

“We’re ready to be an integrated part of the international Jewish community,” said Dmitry Maryasis, director of the Moscow office of the Euro-Asian Jewish Congress.

In Western Europe, however, the emerging Jewish leaders from the East often are seen as uncultured, undignified and of questionable backgrounds. Some Jewish oligarchs have been arrested or linked with shady business dealings.

Leonid Nevzlin, a billionaire who once managed Russia’s largest energy company, Yukos, and is now a major Jewish philanthropist living in Israel, was convicted in 2008 by a Russian court of organizing five murders. Nevzlin, in absentia, dismissed the judgment as a politically motivated farce.

In September, Mashkevitch was caught aboard a luxury yacht stopped by the Turkish authorities for allegedly hosting an orgy with high-end prostitutes. Mashkevitch says he was not involved with the prostitution ring and was not arrested.

In one widely discussed incident, Kantor reportedly presented German Chancellor Angela Merkel with a bar of soap when they met several years ago to remind her of what the Nazis did to their Jewish victims as they were ushered into the gas chambers.

“They’re like loose canons; they’re not really answerable to anyone,” said Susy Stone, who came to the ECJC conference from London. “The Jewish community needs a little more levelheadedness.”

http://www.jta.org/news/article/2010/11/02/2741555/like-nbas-nets-european-jewish-group-gets-an-oligarch-but-some-see-soviet-takeover

New Knucklehead Billionaires, Same Old Judaism

November 1, 2010

On the collapse of the economy of the West, the rabbis see greener pastures in Eastern Europe.

This should be read in tandem with Get to Know Alexander Mashkevich.

… many [Judaic] communities of the Former Soviet Union are rolling in oligarchs, who appear to have more money than they know what to do with.

But, luckily, there are plenty of rabbis around to advise them how to invest in their Jewish identity.

Winds of communal change

Jenni Frazer – JEWISH CHRONICLE

October 29, 2010

If a conference that took place in Berlin last weekend is anything to go by, Jewish leaders in the West need a rapid Russian language induction course — and an equally rapid re-think of how things get done.

Jonathan Joseph, the South African-born, British-based president of the European Council of Jewish Communities, may not have done the Russian Berlitz course yet but he has certainly got to grips with how things get done.

To the clear consternation of some present in Berlin, Mr Joseph, with the quiet but determined air of someone producing a rabbit out of a hat, unveiled his great prize — a Ukrainian billionaire, Igor Kolomoisky.

ECJC president-elect Mr Kolomoisky, a grizzled 48, turns out to be a shy oligarch who collects German and French expressionist art and — more importantly — has showered millions on his home town of Dnepropetrovsk, transforming it into one of the strongest Jewish communities in the eastern bloc.

But he insisted that Mr Kolomoisky had “a very high business reputation”.

He has made his fortune in metals and private banking and, latterly, has bought two Ukrainian TV stations.

The new president, who did not utter a word in public at the Berlin conference, has apparently pledged “millions of euros to strengthen Jewish life in Europe.”

Such life, if last week’s meeting of the European Conference of Presidents is anything to go by, is undergoing a seismic shift.

On stage at a number of sessions and feted by the organisation’s leadership were a variety of people with, shall we say, difficult reputations.

Alexander Mashkevitch, the Kazakhstan-born billionaire who is president of the Euro-Asian Congress, hit the headlines in September when found on board a 450-foot luxury yacht raided by Turkish police investigating alleged prostitution and human trafficking of minors.

He was not arrested, but questions are still being asked in Israel, where he also holds citizenship.

Vadim Rabinovitch, an ECJC vice-president, has also had his fair share of run-ins with authorities in Ukraine and elsewhere.

President of the All-Ukrainian Jewish Congress, Mr Rabinovitch is another oligarch who has been accused of a variety of offences, but has overcome them and is a committed figure at European Jewish events.

For the dawning truth may well be that the tide has turned and that old Europe — cash-poor, still struggling with the legacy of the Holocaust, and reeling from the effects of the global financial crisis — is now going to have to swallow its pride and turn to new Europe.

Restitution money is drying up and the much-relied-upon financial support of the Americans, who often took great delight in telling the European peasants what to do, has also dissipated.

In contrast many communities of the Former Soviet Union are rolling in oligarchs, who appear to have more money than they know what to do with.

But, luckily, there are plenty of rabbis around to advise them how to invest in their Jewish identity.

http://www.thejc.com/comment-and-debate/comment/40385/winds-communal-change

Mandatory ‘Holocaust’ ‘Education’ in Brazil

October 21, 2010

Porto Alegre first Brazilian city to make Holocaust education mandatory in schools

A new law passed by authorities the city of Porto Alegre, in southern Brazil, will require all public schools to include Holocaust education in their curriculum. The measure will affect an estimated 60,000 students at 96 schools …

Full article:

http://www.worldjewishcongress.org/en/news/9633

Get to Know Alexander Mashkevich

October 14, 2010

updated Oct 15th:

Orthodox Archbishop Antoniy (left) and EAJC president Alexander Mashkevich

The ‘Russian’ oligarch, Alexander Mashkevich who strips the wealth and resources from Eastern Europe and Africa into his Swiss bank accounts but “wasn’t doing anything amoral” on a boat with ‘underage prostitutes’ in late September 2010, is (who knew?), a heavy hitter in the interfaith dialogue racket. At an October 2009 World Jewish Congress conference, “PHASE II STRATEGIC FORUM: IN DEPTH ANALYSIS” he candidly offered his thoughts on interfaith dialogue:

“… there is a very important topic – dialog … I think that maybe the most primitive, but most effective mechanism how we can do it, we have to find a way, we have to push religious leaders to say some words, which are positive to Jews. And we have transfer, we have to deliver these words to simple people. If, let say, Pope, whoever, or Imam or I don’t know who, has to be top level religious people – they have to say good words about Jews. How we could achieve it? It is our target, our job. I will tell you later what we do in this way. But we have to do it not only in a room, we have to do it through media to deliver it to hundreds millions, so when simple people hear what the leaders are saying, believe me, they follow their leaders.”

Machkevich gives an example of this ‘dialogue’ explaining how he bought off Russian Orthodox Church leaders to such a fantastic degree that Orthodox Church representatives bestowed on him the order of Saint apostle Andrey Pervozvanny, Protector of Russia and publicly proclaimed, “God gave to you, to your people this land [“Israel”]. You have no right to give to the Palestinians even one piece of this land.”

“I will tell you an interesting story. I built myself five Orthodox churches. Five. And they are not small, they are big, big – thousands people could come to one church.”

Video here:

http://www.worldjewishcongress.org/en/video?id=73

The nice things that Mashkevich buys as part of his ‘dialogue’ with faith leaders come with strings attached, as you may have guessed. We saw one such example in Astana, Kazakhstan, July 2009 when Mashkevich and his crony, Kazakhstan President Nursultan Nazarbayev hosted a “World Council of Religions ” and brought in Israeli terrorist, Shimon Peres as a surprise keynote speaker. The surprise was not a welcome one. See:

Israeli Terrorist, Shimon Peres Surprise Keynote Speaker at ‘Congress of World Religions’

Peres [scheduled to give a] speech … before an inter-faith panel in Kazakhstan in which hundreds of Muslim leaders and religious figures from the Middle East and the world will participate. The chief rabbis of Israel and the minister of religious affairs will also be in attendance.

The forum is being organized by the Kazakh government together with the Euro-Asian Jewish Congress.

http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-3737906,00.html

Also see Cardinal Jean-Louis Tauran’s address:

WORKSHOP ON “MORAL AND SPIRITUAL VALUES, WORLD ETHICS” DURING THE THIRD CONGRESS OF LEADERS OF WORLD AND TRADITIONAL RELIGIONS IN ASTANA, KAZAKHSTAN, 1-2 JULY 2009

INTERVENTION OF CARDINAL JEAN-LOUIS TAURAN

Astana, Kazakhstan, 2 July 2009