On Dec.18, 2013, The Jacob Rader Marcus Center of the American Jewish Archives (AJA) and B’nai B’rith International held a series of webinars commemorating the 170th anniversary of B’nai B’rith. On display were some of B’nai B’rith’s oldest documents.
Among the items included were a 1937 exchange between Rabbi Leo Baeck and former B’nai B’rith President Alfred Cohen analyzing the nature of anti-Semitism in Europe and the correspondence of former B’nai B’rith President Simon Wolf in the 19th century discussing crime in immigrant communities.
Click here to watch the webinar.
Phil Kershner, 87, joined B’nai B’rith and the Morris I. Feld Lodge in 1952. He said proudly, “My lodge still meets to this day.”
Kershner, who now serves as the lodge’s president, used the group to develop lifelong friendships with others in the Jewish community. Along with his fellow members and friends, he became dedicated to B’nai B’rith—working hard to help it grow. From 1968 to 1980, he helped increase the number of lodges in the Baltimore area from three to 22.
Today, he is still very involved in B’nai B’rith and is also a planned giver. The interview with Kershner above took place at his home in Baltimore.
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