In 2001, B'nai B'rith International was one of the founding members of IsraAID, a non-profit humanitarian organization committed to providing life-saving disaster relief and long term support to people in need, regardless of gender, race, religion or national borders.
During the current Ebola outbreak in Africa, B'nai B'rith International provided disaster relief money to help fund IsraAID's efforts on the ground.
The following is a letter from Sia Nyama Koroma, first lady of the Republic of Sierra Leone, to IsraAID, thanking the group for its contributions to the cause:
On Sunday, Oct. 12, leaders of religions and communities in Uruguay gathered in Montevideo Cathedral to share a common message of peace and coexistence.
The keynote speaker was Montevideo Archbishop Daniel Sturla, leader of the Catholic Church in Uruguay, who said:
"Religious communities coexist in Uruguay, in harmony and mutual respect, and we all are building the country of today and tomorrow. Unfortunately, we can always find in some human hearts the will of discrimination and intolerance, to pay no respect to others. It is our duty to face these evils and overcome them building peace."
B'nai B'rith attended the event and was represented by Pres. Morris Segal, Chair of Interfaith Commission Ana Wilenski, Chair of Culture Commission Perla Lapchik and International Director of Latin American Affairs Eduardo Kohn.
B’nai B’rith International presented Brett Yormark, CEO of the Brooklyn Nets and Barclays Center with its Distinguished Achievement Award, which recognizes the accomplishments of key community and corporate leaders from around the world.
The awards gala was held at the St. Regis Hotel in New York City, and VIP guests included legendary Tel Aviv Maccabi players Tal Brody and Mickey Berkowitz, Brooklyn Nets All-Star Kevin Garnett, middle weight boxing champion Daniel Jacobs, emcee Sarah Kustok, Yormark and B'nai B'rith leadership.
Check out the gallery from the event and see social media postings from attendees, below:
B'nai B'rith celebrated its 171st birthday on Oct. 13, reviewing its first 17 decades at the forefront of Jewish advocacy in the United States and around the world.
Here is an infographic detailing the major achievements in the organization's history:
B'nai B'rith International was featured on JBS (formerly Shalom TV), denouncing an outrageous act of anti-Semitism on an American college campus following Yom Kippur.
The heinous act was committed at an Alpha Epsilon Pi (AEPi) fraternity house at Emory University in Atlanta, Ga. Spray-painted swastikas on the front of the AEPi fraternity house were found during the evening of Oct. 4.
The story begins at the 3:00 mark in the video:
B'nai B'rith International was featured on JBS (formerly Shalom TV), announcing the recognition of Berta Davidovitz Rubinsztejn and Gyorgy (Yitzhak) Gyuri with the Jewish Rescuers Citation.
The pair posed as Gentiles during the Nazi occupation of Hungary, rescuing Jewish children orphaned by the Holocaust and securing their escape to neutral Switzerland.
The honors will be presented by the B’nai B’rith World Center in Jerusalem and the Committee to Recognize the Heroism of Jews who Rescued Fellow Jews During the Holocaust (JRJ).
The story begins at the 4:44 mark in the video: