B'nai B'rith Today
B'nai B'rith International, the global voice of the Jewish community, is the most widely known Jewish humanitarian, human rights, and advocacy organization. Since 1843, BBI has worked for Jewish unity, security, continuity, and tolerance. BBI's reach extends to more than 50 countries around the world.
Today B'nai B'rith International is a national and global leader in the fight against anti-Semitism and anti-Israel bias; provides senior housing and advocacy on issues of vital concern to seniors and their families; helps communities in crisis; and promotes Jewish identity through cultural activities.
The work of B'nai B'rith International is focused in its centers. These centers provide the framework for intensive study of issues and thoughtful responses through the combined efforts of dedicated volunteer leaders and professional staff.
The Center for Human Rights and Public Policy (CHRPP) brings a Jewish voice to international and domestic policy and in defense of Israel. BBI has served as an NGO (non-governmental organization) at the United Nations since 1947. Whether an issue is before the Human Rights Council, the Security Council, or on the desk of a U.N. official, BBI leaders and staff provide expert testimony and advocacy for Israel and the Jewish population worldwide. In the United States, CHRPP advocates for the safety, security, and rights of the Jewish people and the State of Israel. In Latin America, CHRPP works to build tolerance and promotes social justice. Throughout the United States, in Europe, and around the world, CHRPP is a leader in the fight against anti-Semitism. And in Central and Eastern Europe, CHRPP is a strong advocate for Holocaust restitution.
The Center for Senior Services (CSS) provides the tangible — housing and practical information on aging — and the intangible — advocacy and national leadership — on issues affecting Jewish seniors. BBI is the largest national Jewish sponsor of senior housing in the United States and operates nearly 50 fixed-income and market-rate housing facilities worldwide. BBI brings programs and services to seniors and gives them the opportunity to take control of their own futures. Through a steady flow of information on topics as far-ranging as Medicare Part D and aging safely in place to national and international advocacy on vital issues such as income protection and stem cell research, BBI presents a concerned voice for all seniors.
The Center for Community Action (CCA) helps B'nai B'rith International serve individual Jewish communities and the world, providing disaster relief and services to those in need, promoting respect for others and celebrating diversity, and offering a helping hand. From Sri Lanka to New Orleans to Israel, BBI members and supporters have provided the funds to aid these disaster and war-torn areas, seeking to fill the needs that might otherwise be overlooked. In local communities around the world, BBI volunteers reach out to the sick, the needy, and those hurt by intolerance and indifference. The Center for Jewish Identity often works with CCA, bringing Holocaust remembrance programs to communities and spreading the lesson of tolerance to children and adults.
The Center for Jewish Culture (CJC) showcases the heart and soul of Jewish history, arts, and experience. The extensive collection of the B'nai B'rith Klutznick National Jewish Museum enhances the worldwide understanding of the Jewish people by preserving, fostering, and promoting Jewish culture and contributions through distinctive collections, relevant programming, and local and international outreach. The Center includes the extensive Philip Lax Archives of B'nai B'rith.
At the World Center in Jerusalem, BBI focuses on Israel and its place in the world. 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. The Center also coordinated B'nai B'rith International's Israel Emergency Fund relief efforts during and following the 2006 war with Lebanon, including "Sifrut (literature) for Soldiers," which sent thousands of Hebrew-language bestsellers and classics to Israel Defense Force soldiers.
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.