B'nai B'rith Today
B’nai B’rith International has advocated for global Jewry and championed the cause of human rights since 1843. Now in our 170th year, B’nai B’rith is recognized as a vital voice in promoting Jewish unity and continuity, a leader in disaster relief, a tireless advocate on behalf of senior citizens and a staunch defender of the State of Israel. With a presence in more than 50 countries, B’nai B’rith is the Global Voice of the Jewish Community.
B’nai B’rith is rooted in these major pillars:
Human Rights and Public Policy: We monitor and combat anti-Semitism and other human rights abuses around the world. Through our office of intercommunal affairs, we play an active role cultivating religious tolerance and cooperation internationally.
Supporting and Defending Israel: We are a staunch supporter and defender of Israel at the United Nations and its affiliated agencies, in world capitals and in a variety of international organizations. Our World Center in Jerusalem is our connection to a wide range of Israeli governmental, academic and cultural institutions. The World Center promotes strong Israel-Diaspora relations. It is the voice of the B'nai B'rith community to the Israeli government, national institutions and the NGO community in Israel. The World Center sponsors cultural programs and interchange. As a founding member of IsraAid, the World Center works with many other Israeli relief organizations.
Senior Advocacy and Housing: We are proud to be the largest Jewish sponsor of federally subsidized housing for the elderly in the United States with 42 buildings in 26 communities. Working in partnership with the Department of Housing and Urban Development, B'nai B'rith makes rental apartments available for senior citizens with limited incomes. B'nai B'rith senior housing is open to all qualified individuals as defined by HUD, without regard to race, color, religion, sex, handicap or national origin. This unparalleled expertise in protecting seniors and advocating on aging issues gives us the ability to also serve as a respected voice on a wide variety of issues affecting seniors, including—but not limited to—Social Security and Medicare.
Helping Communities: B’nai B’rith has raised funds to help the victims of disasters around the world since 1865. Our commitment to helping communities lasts long after the first-responders have done their vital work. Additionally, B’nai B’rith volunteers are active in their local communities with a wide variety of local projects ranging from distributing holiday-appropriate food for elderly Jewish residents who would not otherwise be able to celebrate the holiday to collecting and distributing day-old baked goods to shelters and schools to feed the hungry and much more.
In addition, B’nai B’rith operates Perlman Camp, a youth summer camp in Pennsylvania. Perlman provides a unique Jewish camping experience and has taught leadership skills to generations of Jewish youth.
B'nai B'rith International has been working for you and for all Jews around the world since 1843.