B’nai B’rith International partnered with Alpha Epsilon Pi (AEPi) for a community service project in conjunction with the fraternity’s 103rd annual convention.
B’nai B’rith International coordinated the project in cooperation with the City of Ft. Lauderdale’s Neighbor Volunteer Office, bringing more than 100 AEPi brothers to Snyder Park in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., to pull vines, mulch and weed in a competitive race. AEPi brothers also assisted with the set-up of the Jewish Adoption and Family Care Options’ annual summer barbeque and family reunion.
Also at the convention, B’nai B’rith received the second installment of a $100,000 grant from AEPi. The funds will be used for B’nai B’rith’s disaster relief program, which dates to 1865. AEPi bestowed the grant during a special convention luncheon with some 700 AEPi brothers and alumni in attendance.
“This generous grant will help our rebuilding efforts in communities around the world that are struck by a devastating disaster,” said B’nai B’rith International President Gary P. Saltzman, an honorary AEPi brother, upon receiving the grant at the convention. “B’nai B’rith is grateful for our longstanding friendship with AEPi, and thankful for all of its support. It’s inspiring to see AEPi volunteers take the time to restore regions impacted by natural disasters.”
Eric Book, B’nai B’rith leadership chairman and AEPi brother, also attended the conference and joined Saltzman in accepting the distribution of the philanthropy commitment. Furthermore, we are proud that we were also present at the installation of Supreme Master Scott A. Cohon, whose family has a long history with B’nai B’rith.
In 2014, B’nai B’rith was one of 10 organizations selected during AEPi’s annual international convention to receive part of its new $1 million philanthropy initiative.
The B’nai B’rith-AEPi partnership also extends to Holocaust awareness, where the two groups unite for “Unto Every Person There is a Name” and “We Walk to Remember.” With the help of these programs, we teach about the Shoah and ensure that the victims of the Holocaust will never be forgotten.
“Our long and distinguished partnership with AEPi is one we cherish,” B’nai B’rith International Executive Vice President Daniel S. Mariaschin, also an AEPi brother, said.”From the young men who have accompanied B’nai B’rith on global diplomatic missions, to AEPi’s recognition of our disaster relief work, and Holocaust education efforts, we are grateful to collaborate in so many important ways.”