B'nai B'rith endures 170 years through innovation
In a gesture of joy and unity, B'nai B'rith members in San Antonio and community leaders proudly stood with the Alamo City Lodge's charter in celebrating the organization's 170th Anniversary. The lodge itself was founded July 23, 1874. The event was held at the Barshop JCC on Oct. 6, one week before B'nai B'rith's actual founding in New York.
Chuck Kaufman, senior international vice president of B'nai B'rith, thanked the lodge for its continued support. He reminded them that like the Jewish people throughout millennia, B'nai B'rith "continues to show its resilience" through innovative programing, committed volunteers and talented staff.
"Increased challenges facing Jews throughout the world make B'nai B'rith that much more relevant today than ever," he said. "Thanks to you, B'nai B'rith remains the world's most enduring and prestigious Jewish organization. Its work at the United Nations, notably in New York and Geneva, in disaster relief at home and overseas; through advocacy on behalf of Israel; for senior housing in the United States and Canada and so much more, shows how B'nai B'rith continues to light the way for Jews throughout the world."
Kaufman offered a whirlwind global tour of immediate B'nai B'rith activities over a 30-day span of time. "Multiply this kind of activity over the past five years, 100 or 150 years and now 170 years," he added. "Our work continues to grow exponentially in volume and in importance."
He reminded the Alamo City audience that through the revolutionary digital world, specifically through various social media platforms, "we are finding new ways to share our story; and our numbers of donor/members is rising rapidly. Our reach is expanding. We see the fires of engagement on social media burning brightly, from less than a few hundred just last year to more than 20,000 today.
"Because of our timeless mission and our important content, our Facebook page is one of the fastest growing sites and one of the most liked sites in the Jewish world," he said. "Now you can experience the B'nai B'rith world delivering unparalleled participation, service and enlightenment, from the United States to Europe, from South America to South Africa. You can witness and actually participate in the core value that every Jew is responsible for one another either in-person or without leaving your desk."
Kaufman invited the members and guests to pull out their smart phones and connect on Facebook with B'nai B'rith International and B'nai B'rith Texas. Many obliged.
The 170th anniversary celebration was organized by Irwin Barath. Barath told the gathering that San Antonio men and women have other options to connecting with B'nai B'rith activity other than joining the local lodge. "We've been around for as long as we have by remaining flexible, innovative and open to change," he said. "We've evolved."
The Alamo City Lodge #211 celebrates B'nai B'rith's 170th anniversary by surrounding its charter. The document was among other memorabilia representing several generations of members and events.
Ethan Bortnick’s concert will benefit the B’nai B’rith College Scholarship Program, which provides a resource for students in our community seeking financial assistance with the high cost of college tuition.
At 3 years old, he began playing piano; at 5, he started composing; at 10, he was the youngest artist to headline a national tour. At 11, he became the youngest artist ever to have a Las Vegas show! Now at the age of 13, Ethan Bortnick is kicking off his current tour at The Berman! Bring the whole family and enjoy Ethan’s amazing talent.
Proceeds to benefit the new B’nai B’rith College Scholarship Program.
The Berman Center for Performing Arts
6600 W Maple Rd
West Bloomfield Township, MI 48322
$42/Lower Tier, $32/Upper Tier
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Join the B'nai B'rith Henry Monsky Lodge of Omaha, Nebraska, for our next Breadbreakers Luncheon on September 25 at the Rose Blumkin Jewish Home Auditorium from noon to 1 PM.
Guest Speaker: Maya Karmely, The Consul for Public Affairs, representing the Israeli Consulate in the Midwest.
The program is free and an optional lunch (Kosher) is available for $11.
The program is open to the entire Omaha community.
Breadbreakers brings you the prominent and preeminent, the interesting, and the influential – each week.
Join the Liaison Committee, a project of the B’nai B’rith World Center in Jerusalem and the Ecumenical Theological Research Fraternity in Israel, for a symposium entitled “Israeli Christians: breaking free? The advent of an independent Christian voice in Israel”
on Monday, September 23 at 17:00 at Djanogly Hall, Mishkenot Sha’ananim, Yemin Moshe, Jerusalem. Speakers at the symposium will include:
- Fr. Gabriel Naddaf, Greek Orthodox priest in Nazareth and spiritual leader of the “Israeli Christian Recruitment Forum”
- Lt. (ret.) Shadi Khalloul, Spokesman, Israeli Christian Recruitment Forum
- Captain Bishara Shlayan, founder, Christian Israeli party
Responses will be delivered by:
- MK Ofir Akunis, Deputy Minister, Appointed to promote Christian recruitment, Prime Minister’s Office.
- Dr. Dror Eydar, Columnist, Israel Hayom
- Dr. Gabi Zeldin, Expert in the science of religions
- Mr. Malcolm Lowe, Analyst of religions
The event will take place in Hebrew with simultaneous English translation.
The “Liaison Committee” is an informal Jewish-Christian initiative aimed at fostering better mutual respect and understanding between local Jews and Christians, and is as a platform for raising and resolving issues that impact on both communities. It was reconstituted by the B’nai B’rith World Center in Jerusalem and the Ecumenical Theological Research Fraternity in Israel in 2010. The Liaison Committee’s last event was a symposium entitled “Radicalization and Purging of Minorities in the Middle East: How should the West Respond?” Speakers at the event were Dr. Qanta Ahmed—a British-educated US medical doctor, author of “In the Land of Invisible Women: A Female Doctor’s Journey in the Saudi Kingdom,” and frequent commentator against radical Islam—and Bar-Ilan University Arab affairs expert Michael Widlanski, author of “Battle for Our Minds: Western Elites and the Terror Threat.” See the presentations on the PCIME Facebook page http://vimeo.com/67217664
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Join fellow B'nai B'rith UK members and leaders from the Jewish community throughout Europe for the 2013 "European Days of Jewish Culture & Heritage" from September 15-29.This year's theme is "Judaism and the Natural World."Programming includes:>
Historic synagogue tours> Heritage walks> Exhibitions> Guided community tours>
Art lectures> Musical performances> and more.
As Heritage Days fall over Succot this year, many synagogues across the country will be opening up their Succah to the public and providing seasonal refreshments, as well as on-site guides to explain about the meaning of the festival and the food that is eaten at this time of year. In London, these include Bevis Marks, East London Central Synagogue, Hampstead Synagogue, Lauderdale Road, Edgware & District Reform Synagogue, Stanmore & Canons Park United Synagogue, the New West End Synagogue, Sandys Row and the West London Synagogue.
Regionally, shuls in Brighton & Hove, Chatham, Cheltenham, Exeter, Liverpool, Ramsgate, Oxford, Birmingham, Bradford,
Glasgow, Cornwall, Thanet, Manchester, Reading and Hull will all open their doors to the public.
Venues offering events this year include the Wiener Library, Ben Uri Art Gallery, the London Jewish Cultural Centre, the Jewish Historical Society of England and the Manchester Jewish Museum. There will even be a visit to the walled garden at Lambeth Palace.
Around the country, new Heritage Trails and guided walks offer visitors the chance to explore towns rich in Jewish history, including the beautiful city of York. Our walking tour guides from Go London Tours have created bespoke walks for B’nai B’rith this year, encompassing areas linked with high profile personalities who figured prominently in the history of BBUK.
In the spirit of interfaith outreach and understanding of Jewish culture, everyone is welcome! To learn more
Join the B'nai B'rith Great Lakes Region on Sunday, August 25, from 10 AM to 12 NOON for a family oriented program supporting Project H.O.P.E.
Project H.O.P.E. — Help Our People Everywhere — is a community action project whose major goal is the collection and distribution of food packages to poor and elderly Jews during Passover. Many Jews who cannot afford special holiday foods depend on B'nai B'rith members to provide matzoh and the other Passover staples. To these people the remembrance is often as special as the needed food. Project H.O.P.E. works with the community family service agencies and local Jewish social services and with B'nai B'rith members and synagogue volunteers.Volunteers will put together
“Break The Fast” baskets at the program. Location:
– Maple Road, West Bloomfield, MighicanFor additional information, p
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