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Ambassador Hans Peter Manz and AJC Washington Board President David Farber light Hanukkah candles Photo: LuxnerAmerican Jewish Committee (AJC) Leadership and ACCESS DC, AJC’s New Generation Program, joined Austrian diplomats and friends to celebrate Hanukkah on December 19, 2011.

The reception, hosted at the Austrian Embassy, was attended by over 70 young professionals and diplomats. This marked the first-ever Hanukkah reception hosted by the Embassy of Austria and another step in the continuing and growing relationship of the Embassy with the American Jewish Committee. "I have already decided to make this an annual tradition," stated the newly appointed Austrian Ambassador to the United States, Hans Peter Manz in his welcoming remarks.

Speakers also included AJC Washington Board President David Farber and ACCESS DC’s Co-chairs, Jeremiah Baronberg and Eddie Cohen. As a formal highlight of the evening, Ambassador Manz and David Farber symbolically recited the Hanukkah blessings in Hebrew and English and lighted the candles of a Menorah (the event took place one evening before the actual beginning of Hanukkah).

Guests enjoyed vegetarian and sweet delicacies prepared by Austrian master chef Wilhelm Jonach as well as sufganiyot, traditional Hanukkah jelly doughnuts. It was a delightful evening and the team of Austrian Information is already looking forward to next year’s Hanukkah celebration.

The same week, Hanukkah was also celebrated at the Austrian Consulate General in New York, with a joyful reception in partnership with AJC New York.

bridges Lecture Series 2011: But Will The Planet Notice?

Why Only Economists – Not Recyclers – Can Stop Global Warming

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bridges lecture series 2011On December 6, 2011 the Embassy of Austria hosted a lecture for Gernot Wagner’s book entitled But Will The Planet Notice? Why Only Economists – Not Recyclers – Can Stop Global Warming. Wagner presented his new book, and discussed this current topic with the audience. A book signing followed by a reception concluded the evening. Mr. Wagner’s commentary on page 9.

Botstiber Grant Program 2012

The Botstiber Institute for Austrian-American Studies (BIAAS) seeks grant proposals for projects aimed at promoting an understanding of the historic relationship between the United States and Austria in the fields of history, politics, economics and law. Grant proposals that further the Institute’s mission will also be accepted in the fields of literature, poetry, music and translations. Grants may include support for related lectures, seminars, workshops, conferences, and documentaries. Grants will not exceed $25,000 unless a compelling case is made for a larger grant. Grant applications must be submitted by March 31, 2012. Visit www.botstiber.org for detailed information.