2018 ANNUAL REPORT
The Global Voice of the Jewish Community
Connecting = Social + Traditional + Personal
Our piece in The Hill on the United Nations Relief and Works Agency and its obstructionist role in the peace process can be found here: https://thehill.com/opinion/international/404775-why-unrwa-is-an-obstacle-to-peace
Through our podcasts this year, we explored an array of interesting topics. Host and CEO Daniel S. Mariaschin took listeners through tours of Cuba aid assistance; the difficulties with UNESCO and the United Nations Human Rights Council; a look at Yiddish Theater today; a discussion with a most inspirational Holocaust survivor; Jewish rescue of fellow Jews during the Holocaust; the latest developments in the AMIA investigation; a talk with the author of Five for Freedom (who is also B’nai B’rith Magazine’s editor); a look at B’nai B’rith’s role in convincing President Harry Truman to recognize the State of Israel; a talk with a man who keeps Holocaust education and history alive by interviewing Holocaust survivors; a look at Jews on baseball cards; a look at Hate Crimes laws in the wake of the murder of 11 Jewish worshippers at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; a discussion about the United Nations Relief and Works Agency; an overview of B’nai B’rith’s founding in an 1843 New York City beer hall; and a look at a disturbing survey on the levels of anti-Semitism in Europe.
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B’nai B’rith Magazine
Our magazine has been providing deep insights into the complex and compelling issues of the day, as well as uncovering exclusive stories that readers just don’t find anyplace else, since it launched in 1886.
In 2018, we successfully made the transition from four print issues a year to a digital-only magazine three out of four issues. We still produce one very special commemorative printed issue each year. In the process, we have added content and presented our stories and columns in new and exciting ways. We have also upgraded the experience on the web, which includes a mobile friendly version as well as a downloadable PDF version. We are very much a multi-platform publication.
The other award was for Journalistic Excellence in American Jewish History and it went to our feature Trotsky in New York.
Trotsky in NY
In the fall 2018 issue, B’nai B’rith Magazine readers learned about B’nai B’rith’s relationship to Jackie Robinson, who was honored by the Washington lodges during an historic week in May 1957. The baseball legend had traveled to the nation’s capital to both receive the B’nai B’rith award and to participate in America’s first civil rights march, the Prayer Pilgrimage for Freedom, whose keynote speaker, Dr. Martin Luther King, first appeared before a national audience.
This blog series is a powerful reminder of what we do every day. Our experts deftly explain, to world leaders and readers at home, the nuances of a wide range of issues. You’ll find the depth and breadth of our staff on full display in this cutting edge blog section.
Read blogs here: https://www.bnaibrith.org/expert-analysis
The Zero.Dot.Two initiative
This program launched in May 2017 and continues to ask “What does it mean to be Jewish?” To date, these Jewish identity videos have been viewed more than 71,000 times.
Notable interviews have been with: U.S. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer; former-U.S. House Majority Leader Eric Cantor; the Ranking Members of both the U.S. Senate Committee on Foreign Affairs, Sen. Ben Cardin, and the U.S. House Committee on Foreign Relation, Rep. Eliot Engel; famed Harvard Law Professor Emeritus Alan Dershowitz; and book authors, academics, rabbis, Jewish communal professionals and private sector business executives.
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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