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Celebrating Diversity & Culture

Tribute Dinners Awards and Grants

Each year, B’nai B’rith International recognizes the humanitarian and philanthropic efforts of key community and corporate leaders from around the world. We understand that doing well in business comes with a responsibility to do well in the community. And we seek out companies and their leaders who understand that giving back should be a vital component of any corporations’ mandate and vision.


Dr. Peter Hotez


Dr. Gary Kaplan


Keith Mestrich


Dinesh Paliwal
We coordinated successful fundraising dinner galas, including honoring the famed Dr. Peter Hotez, presenting the 35th annual National Healthcare Award Dinner to Dr. Gary Kaplan of Virginia Mason Health System, and honoring New York City-based Amalgamated Bank, which shares with B’nai B’rith more than a century of history.  

Further, we selected Dinesh Paliwal, president and chief executive officer of HARMAN, to receive a Distinguished Achievement Award, at a dinner reception in New York City in October.  

In addition, Michael Federmann, chairman of the board of Federmann Enterprises Ltd., received our 2017 Distinguished Humanitarian Award, which recognizes individuals who have demonstrated dynamic leadership through a commitment to philanthropy and to the communities they serve. This is the first time we have honored someone with this award in Israel. Federmann received the award during a dinner reception on Nov. 8 at the Dan Hotel in Tel-Aviv, Israel.

We concluded the Tree of Life fundraising campaign and received many tributes from supporters around the globe.

Diverse Minds Writing Challenge


In June, B’nai B’rith International celebrated the 11th anniversary of the Diverse Minds Writing Challenge, and held award presentation events in each of four program regions: New York City, Washington, D.C., Southern New Jersey and the Delmarva Peninsula. Since its inception in 2006,  B’nai B’rith has published 37 original children’s books (including one in Spanish), created 50 published authors/illustrators; awarded more than $300,000 in college scholarships and grants; and donated 42,000 books to public schools, libraries and community organizations across the country, including to the TODAY Show holiday toy drive.

This year’s winning books are available for a free download on the iTunes bookstore and on the B’nai B’rith website.

You can listen to a contest winner read her book and watch the inspiring words of our keynote speaker, award-winning illustrator Shadra Strickland, who spoke about her path to becoming a published illustrator, and the importance of perseverance, here.

In 2017, we created and hosted the inaugural session of These Diverse Minds: Tolerance and Inclusion Practices for the Next Generation, a panel discussion held in conjunction with the New York City Diverse Minds Writing Challenge event in June. Panelists included Rabbi Jill Hausman of the Actors Temple in New York City, Kimberly Mann of the United Nations and Kandace Coston, the first New York City winner of the Diverse Minds Writing Challenge. Funding was provided by former honoree First Data.

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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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