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The Global Voice of the Jewish Community

The Global Voice of the Jewish Community

Our dedicated volunteers and staff get deeply involved in their communities.

Some examples:

In Fort Worth, Texas, B’nai B’rith members feed the homeless on Christmas Day, make a Passover Seder for nearly 400 non-Jews to teach about Jewish history, have a Passover Seder for the seniors of the Jewish community and give out scholarships to local community members for the college career.

Aaron Grossman Lodge of Youngstown, Ohio continues to reliably provide services to the general area.

In July, the B’nai B’rith Justice Unit in South Florida hosted a seminar, The History of Nazi Looted Art (A Legal Perspective). Two experts offered presentations on post war recovery efforts, statues of limitations, developments in the law, increasing public awareness and passage of the 2016 HEAR Act. Participants heard directly from the attorney currently representing a woman whose family had a Pissarro painting that was stolen by the Nazis in 1939.

The Great Lakes Region held its successful fundraising and scholarship event, a Golf Classic along with other events this year. Programs included Project H.O.P.E., where our members packaged food for 50 families for Passover. Project H.O.P.E. is available in communities across the country to provide Passover food to needy families.
In the spring, B’nai B’rith leaders addressed Jewish audiences seeking guidance in the aftermath of horrific synagogue shootings and other hate crimes. Local lodges have been present at these programs, lending support.
After many years of supporting charitable programs in Ukraine, 21 members of B’nai B’rith United Kingdom (BBUK) set off to see the projects for themselves and to try to learn about the history, the rich Jewish culture and the people of a land that played such a large part in our Jewish history. Read more in our B’nai B’rith Today feature
In 2019 B’nai B’rith thanked or assisted community facilities and service personnel on Christmas via the Operation Brotherhood/Pinch Hitters program, where B’nai B’rith volunteers take the place of non-medical staff in hospitals, so Christian workers can have a day off to be with their families
B’nai B’rith Barristers launched this year. These attorneys from around the world strive to meet the overall mission of B’nai B’rith International. The lawyers will have the opportunity to network with one another, develop referrals and mentor young or promising attorneys in their communities.


President’s Award recipients in attendance are photographed with B’nai B’rith’s President Charles O. Kaufman and CEO Daniel S. Mariaschin. Seated, from left: Jack Ventura, Maryland; Kaufman; Peter Perlman, Michigan; Lila Zorn, accepting for Joel Marwil, Michigan.

Standing, from left:
Harold Steinberg, Tennessee; Frank Goldman, Colorado; Sam Osmo, Brazil; David Lubin, Michigan; Shel Marcus, Illinois; Gary Javitch, Nebraska; Millie Magid, New York; Harold Miller, Connecticut; Marvin Siflinger, Massachusetts; Mariaschin.

Awardees not in attendance:
Marty Adelstein and the Adelstein Family, New York; James Altman and Juliet Seifert, Australia; Valerie Bello, United Kingdom; Marvin Beleck, Texas; Barbara Brenman, Virginia; Helen Scherrer Diamond, Harry Lutz and Lee Tanenbaum, Georgia; Samuel Domsky, Pennsylvania; Rich Hollander, Texas; Marianne Kychenthal, Chile; Harold Mitchell, New York; Alan Samuels, Pennsylvania; Barry Simon, California; Dr. Daniel Sporn, Argentina; Gina Strauss, Florida; Joe Tenenbaum, New Jersey.

This is also the inaugural year of the B’nai B’rith President’s Award, presented to 30 leaders for doing heavy lifting on behalf of B’nai B’rith in their communities.  For working on behalf of B’nai B’rith to benefit their communities, we congratulate: Marty Adelstein, James Altman, Valerie Bello, Marvin Beleck, Barbara Brenman, Helen Scherrer Diamond, Samuel Domsky, Frank Goldman, Rich Hollander, Gary Javitch, Marianne Kychenthal, David Lubin, Harry Lutz, Millie Magid, Shel Marcus, Joel Marwil, Harold Miller, Harold Mitchell, Sam Osmo, Peter Perlman, Alan Samuels, Juliet Seifert, Marvin Siflinger, Barry Simon, Dr. Daniel Sporn, Harold Steinberg, Gina Strauss, Lee Tanenbaum, Joe Tenenbaum and Jack Ventura.

B’nai B’rith France Open House on Dec. 1

The first B’nai B’rith France Open Day took place on Dec. 1 in several French cities. The objective was to invite as many people as possible to get to know the work of B’nai B’rith France. This day, which included advance media coverage, was a great success with many meetings and a large number of visitors who came to meet lodge members, who exhibited their activities and presented their projects. In Paris hundreds of visitors came. Conferences were organized in Paris and Marseille.

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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