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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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Ambassador Ron Prosor addresses UNGA on the 70th Anniversary of the End of WWII

05.05.2015

"Seventy years ago, a generation of men and women sacrificed in war so that we would inherit freedom, equality, and democracy. We cannot allow those sacrifices to be in vain."


Thank you, Mr. President,
Before I begin, I want to thank Ambassador Dapkiunas and the government of Belarus for the special tree planting ceremony that took place earlier.
Seventy-five years ago, at the dawn of the Second World War, Europe was locked in the grip of tyranny. Hitler’s Reich had already conquered huge swaths of Europe and the shadow of oppression grew day by day as the Nazis subjugated, devastated, and exterminated anyone they deemed different and inferior.
With the forces of fascism advancing, the Allied forces knew they had no choice but to liberate Europe from the grip of tyranny. History and circumstance called for bravery and a generation of men and women answered the call.
To paraphrase Winston Churchill, they fought on the beaches, they fought on the landing grounds, they fought in the fields and in the streets, they fought in the hills; they never surrendered.
We owe our freedom to the courage and determination of the Allied armies - the United States, Great Britain, the Soviet Union, Canada, France, and other countries - that fought to restore freedom to Europe.
The nations that joined together to defeat the Nazis did not always agree, but despite their political differences they knew that evil had to be stopped.
The losses were immense – the Russians alone lost over 20 million people. It was a terrible price to pay. They stood up to the forces of nature and stood up to the Nazi’s evil human nature. The people of Israel will never ever forget the bravery and sacrifices made by the Russian people.
Today we honor all those who made victory possible. Some of those people - the veterans - are here with us today. We also mourn the tens of millions of victims of history’s darkest hour.

Mr. President,
For Israel and the Jewish people, World War II is synonymous with the Holocaust. Families were torn apart, vibrant communities destroyed, and one third of the Jewish people – including one million children – were murdered.
We are still haunted by the devastation. The numbers tattooed on the arms of our parents and grandparents are an enduring reminder of the horrors that they suffered – of a time when a person was a number rather than someone’s father or brother or son.
The hands of time now threaten to cloud the world’s memory. With every passing year, the number of survivors, veterans, and witnesses left to recount their first-hand experiences diminishes. And so the responsibility falls to us to ensure that the lessons of history are passed to future generations.

Mr. President,
Freedom is once again under attack. The radical Islamists marching across the Middle East and North Africa are every bit as determined and dangerous as the Nazi forces that marched across Europe.
Seventy-five years ago men, women, and children were rounded up and murdered because of what they believed, where they came from, how they looked, and whom they loved. The same crimes are taking place in the Middle East. Activists and political opponents are being silenced, homosexuals are being hanged, and Christians are being beheaded.
Make no mistake, evil is alive and well – and not just in the Middle East. In the heart of civilized Europe, angry mobs can be heard chanting “Gas the Jews,” firebombs have been thrown at synagogues, young men are afraid to walk down the street wearing a kippah, and a kosher grocery store is targeted for attack.
The writing is on the wall. Former Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin once said, “If an enemy…says he seeks to destroy us, believe him. Don’t doubt him for a moment.”
History has taught us that Jewish lives can never be entrusted to another people or another nation. We must always be able to defend ourselves by ourselves. The State of Israel is the fulfillment of that promise. Never again will Jews be rounded up like cattle and marched to their death. Never again will the world think that Jews can be targeted with impunity.
Mr. President,

We know the evil that man is capable of and we know that some things are worth fighting for.
Freedom is worth fighting for. Equality is worth fighting for. Democracy is worth fighting for.
Seventy years ago, a generation of men and women sacrificed in war so that we would inherit freedom, equality, and democracy. We cannot allow those sacrifices to be in vain. With courage and conviction we must now fight for the ideals for which they lived and died.
General Douglas Macarthur once said: “We have known the bitterness of defeat and the exultation of triumph, and from both we have learned there can be no turning back. We must go forward to preserve in peace what we won in war.”
The time has come for us to be united in purpose, united in valor, and united as nations – so that we too may pass the gifts of freedom, equality, and democracy to our children and grandchildren.
Thank you, Mr. President
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4 months ago  ·  

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

6 months ago  ·  

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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1 year 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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1 year 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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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