Celebrating Diversity & Culture
Diverse Minds Writing Challenge
In June, B’nai B’rith celebrated the 12th anniversary of the Diverse Minds Writing Challenge, and held award presentation events in Washington, D.C., Southern New Jersey and the Delmarva Peninsula. Our New York winner was recognized in October during our 175th anniversary gala. Since its inception in 2006, B’nai B’rith has Published 41 original children’s books, some in two different languages (English and Spanish); Awarded more than $337,000 in college scholarships and grants; donated more than 45,000 books to public schools, libraries and community organizations across the country and created 55 authors/illustrators.
The winning books are available for a free download on the iTunes bookstore and on the B’nai B’rith website at www.bnaibrith.org/diverseminds.
Courage to Care
The Courage to Care program from B’nai B’rith Australia/New Zealand and NSW empowers attendees to take positive action to combat religious and ethnic discrimination, intolerance and bullying in schools and the workplace: “Ordinary People – Extraordinary Acts…Each Person Can Make a Difference.” Both NSW and Victoria have held many exhibitions throughout 2018 in major community centers and remote schools throughout Eastern Australia. Since the late 1990s, the program’s message is delivered by the interaction of students with holocaust survivors and volunteers who can lead discussions about the lessons learned from the Shoah. They encourage participants to be “Upstanders” rather than Bystanders. Some funding for these programs comes from government and some from bequests.
B’nai B’rith International has advocated for global Jewry and championed the cause of human rights since 1843. B’nai B’rith is recognized as a vital voice in promoting Jewish unity and continuity, a staunch defender of the State of Israel, a tireless advocate on behalf of senior citizens and a leader in disaster relief. With a presence around the world, we are the Global Voice of the Jewish Community.
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