With funds donated by the B’nai B’rith “Mazal Tov” lodge in Nice, France - raised following the Great Carmel Forest Fire of December 2011 - the B’nai B’rith World Center has equipped the gym in the new fire station in the Druze town of Usfiya, in Israel’s northern the Galilee region.
B’nai B’rith’s contribution towards the preparedness and welfare of the firefighters of the new station was recognized at the opening ceremony held on February 18 with the participation of Minister for Internal Security Yitzhak Aharonovich.
B’nai B’rith World Center director Alan Schneider was on hand for the festive opening together with Senior VP Ira Bartfield and B’nai B’rith Israel leaders David and Elana Sirton and Nitza Niv.
In his speech, the minister stressed the importance of the fire station in this thickly forested area of the country that was so badly damaged in the fire and noted that the loss of life, property and a valuable natural ecosystem could perhaps have been prevented had this new station existed at the time.
B’nai B’rith has been involved in rehabilitation efforts since the fire including fire prevention courses for Druze youth held in cooperation with the Jewish National Fund and the establishment of a clubhouse for the Fire Scouts at Haifa’s main fire station.
B'nai B'rith World Center
The B'nai B'rith World Center in Jerusalem is the hub of B'nai B'rith International activities in Israel. The Center serves as the key link between Israel and B'nai B'rith members and supporters around the world.