Illinois, Indiana (except Fort Wayne), and Wisconsin (except Eau Claire, Lacrosse, and Superior)
The Midwest Region is located in America’s heartland, including the major metropolitan areas of Chicago, Milwaukee, and Indianapolis. It also has active lodges in smaller communities in Illinois, Indiana, and Wisconsin including Peoria, Champaign, Springfield, Green Bay, Munster, and Evansville. The Midwest Region has run B’nai B’rith activities for more than 150 years.
The Midwest Region has successfully combined the unique and historic cultures of multiple districts. We look to the future as we embrace the full benefits of B’nai B’rith’s partnership with the national Jewish fraternity Alpha Epsilon Pi in providing future leadership resources as the organization moves through the 21st Century.
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2018 Updates: B’nai B’rith Chai Unit
Below are updates from Shelley Ritter, past president of the Chai Unit #2838, for the group’s work during 2018.
Chai Unit has been an active Unit/Lodge with Bnai Brith for almost 50 years.
One of our programs is the Buddy Bear Program. We offer support to sick children in hospitals and also Fire Departments hand out these bears to children who need security after a fire in their home.
We assist the homeless through volunteering at South Suburban Pads (shelters) and provide clothing to their guests.
Before the Jewish Holidays, Chai Unit participates in Maot Chitim by delivering food to needy families in the south suburbs of Chicago,
We are active members of the Cooperative Jewish Council (CJC).
Chai Unit partners with the Jewish Federation of Chicago in providing transportation to senior citizens in the south suburbs.
Before Hanukkah ,we partner with other Jewish Organizations to provide Winter clothing and gifts for Jewish families who are in need.
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175th Anniversary Proclamations
Lessack talked about the B’nai B’rith’s response to the Great Chicago Fire of 1871, the history of Ramah, Hillel and Adolf Kraus lodges, the formation of the ADL, and History of B’nai B’rith in Chicago since 1843.