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Gloria Landy represents the World Council of Conservative Synagogues— Masorti Olami —in the Non-Governmental Organizations to the Department of Public Information in association with the United Nations. In 2014 Gloria has been elected to the position of Secretary of World Jewish Congress – American Section.

Gloria-LandyGloria serves as a member of the steering committee for the Jewish NGOs and was a member of the steering committee for the AAJLJ Durban II Counter Conference..

Gloria has done outstanding work throughout the years keeping us well informed about the work and policy of the UN and bringing many important issues to our attention. We thank her and her committee for all their efforts and devotion..

 

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Feed from Facebook – Masorti Olami – a United Nations Dept of Public Information NGO

Masorti Olami, World Council of Masorti Sunsgogues in assiciation with the department of Public Information at the United Nations were recentlly reapproved for their accreditation after submitting their form for evaluation. This was prepared and sent by Gloria Landy, Main Representative and renews the tenure of Judy Hotowitz and Margaret Silberman. ... See MoreSee Less

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Who Will Stand Up for the Christians?

New York Times, USA
20 August 2014

By RONALD S. LAUDER AUG. 19, 2014

WHY is the world silent while Christians are being slaughtered in the Middle East and Africa? In Europe and in the United States, we have witnessed demonstrations over the tragic deaths of Palestinians who have been used as human shields by Hamas, the terrorist organization that controls Gaza. The United Nations has held inquiries and focuses its anger on Israel for defending itself against that same terrorist organization. But the barbarous slaughter of thousands upon thousands of Christians is met with relative indifference.

The Middle East and parts of central Africa are losing entire Christian communities that have lived in peace for centuries. The terrorist group Boko Haram has kidnapped and killed hundreds of Christians this year — ravaging the predominantly Christian town of Gwoza, in Borno State in northeastern Nigeria, two weeks ago. Half a million Christian Arabs have been driven out of Syria during the three-plus years of civil war there. Christians have been persecuted and killed in countries from Lebanon to Sudan.

Historians may look back at this period and wonder if people had lost their bearings. Few reporters have traveled to Iraq to bear witness to the Nazi-like wave of terror that is rolling across that country. The United Nations has been mostly mum. World leaders seem to be consumed with other matters in this strange summer of 2014. There are no flotillas traveling to Syria or Iraq. And the beautiful celebrities and aging rock stars — why doesn’t the slaughter of Christians seem to activate their social antennas?

President Obama should be commended for ordering airstrikes to save tens of thousands of Yazidis, who follow an ancient religion and have been stranded on a mountain in northern Iraq, besieged by Sunni Muslim militants. But sadly, airstrikes alone are not enough to stop this grotesque wave of terrorism.

The Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) is not a loose coalition of jihadist groups, but a real military force that has managed to take over much of Iraq with a successful business model that rivals its coldblooded spearhead of death. It uses money from banks and gold shops it has captured, along with control of oil resources and old-fashioned extortion, to finance its killing machine, making it perhaps the wealthiest Islamist terrorist group in the world. But where it truly excels is in its carnage, rivaling the death orgies of the Middle Ages. It has ruthlessly targeted Shiites, Kurds and Christians.

“They actually beheaded children and put their heads on a stick” a Chaldean-American businessman named Mark Arabo told CNN, describing a scene in a Mosul park. “More children are getting beheaded, mothers are getting raped and killed, and fathers are being hung.”

This week, 200,000 Aramaeans fled their ancestral homeland around Nineveh, having already escaped Mosul.

The general indifference to ISIS, with its mass executions of Christians and its deadly preoccupation with Israel, isn’t just wrong; it’s obscene.

In a speech before thousands of Christians in Budapest in June, I made a solemn promise that just as I will not be silent in the face of the growing threat of anti-Semitism in Europe and in the Middle East, I will not be indifferent to Christian suffering. Historically, it has almost always been the other way around: Jews have all too often been the persecuted minority. But Israel has been among the first countries to aid Christians in South Sudan. Christians can openly practice their religion in Israel, unlike in much of the Middle East.

This bond between Jews and Christians makes complete sense. We share much more than most religions. We read the same Bible, and share a moral and ethical core. Now, sadly, we share a kind of suffering: Christians are dying because of their beliefs, because they are defenseless and because the world is indifferent to their suffering.

Good people must join together and stop this revolting wave of violence. It’s not as if we are powerless. I write this as a citizen of the strongest military power on earth. I write this as a Jewish leader who cares about my Christian brothers and sisters.

The Jewish people understand all too well what can happen when the world is silent. This campaign of death must be stopped.

Ronald S. Lauder is the president of the World Jewish Congress.
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6 months ago  ·  

Conference at the United Nations in New York on Monday, September 8, 2014 from 1:15 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. Conference Room 3, United Nations Headquarters, to raise awareness of "Global Anti Semitism: A Threat to International Peace and Security".
The Enr. Aja Eze Foundation in collaboration with the Permanent Missions to the United Nations Palau, Israel and Argentina who will
be hosting the high level panel discussion.
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7 months ago  ·  

Masorti Olami - World Council of Conservative/Masorti Synagogues
The 65th Annual United Nations
DPI/NGO Conference will take place at the United Nations Headquarters in New York, August 27-29. Title: 2015 and Beyond - Our Action Agenda.
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7 months ago  ·  

UN Advocacy News items

To Rabbi Tzvi Graetz from the Jewish NGO meeting June 2014

Dear Rabbi Tzvi,
We hope all is well with you. We are fine and we are keeping very busy.I have just returned from Israel and Gloria embarks for Israel on Thursday.We are sending you a picture that was taken last Wednesday June 11, 2014  at our monthly Jewish NGO Meeting. Read letter with photo here

Holocaust Memorial Commemorations at the UN

Gloria Landy braved the snow in New York City to participate in a full week of memorial and commemoration events at the United Nations. Read her full report here.

A Story of Grace and Disgrace at the UN

Judy Horowitz recently visited the UN to hear Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s speech. Click here for Judy’s reflection on the Prime Minister’s speech.

Cyber Hate – Danger in Cyberspace

Gloria Landy & Judy Horowitz, recently attended an all-day session United Nations Unlearning Intolerance Seminar on cyber-hate and cyber-bullying. Read their full report to see why they believe that this seminar was a real opportunity to discuss how intolerance can be “unlearned” through education, inclusion and positive example.

For further information, please contact Gloria Landy: ewl33@aol.com
To find out more about the work of the Department of Public Information of the UN, go to: http://www.un.org/dpi/ngosection/index.asp

Below are documents for further reading about the DPI NGOs work, including a letter of thanks from the Durban II Counter Conference organizers.

Education for Global Citizenship

“Education is vital for fostering global citizenship and building peaceful societies. We need you to help build an enduring culture of peace, have passion – and compassion, put yourselves in the shoes of others, help those in need, value human diversity and the natural world that sustains us, stand resolute for human rights, and work together to give the world the best chance for peace.”
–Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon Read Full Report