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In this issue of B’nai B’rith Magazine, our cover keys to the remarkable story of Alex Singer, a secular American Jew whose identity took a different turn when he moved to Israel, became increasingly religious and joined the Israel Defense Forces. Tragically, he was killed in 1987 in Lebanon as he sought to aid a wounded comrade. His parents, however, saw his death as an opportunity to inspire and educate. “Alex Singer: The Story” is their remarkable tribute to him that is increasingly used in classrooms to forge the kind of connection he felt to the Jewish homeland and to the humanistic values he found in his embrace of Judaism.

This year marks the 50th anniversary of the 1967 Six-Day War that resulted in Israel’s annexation of the Golan Heights. We write about how what was once a war zone has become a tourist attraction. Twenty-seventeen is also the centennial year for the Balfour Declaration, which asserted Britain’s intention to support the creation of a Jewish state in what was then Palestine. We tell how B’nai B’rith members played a role in efforts leading to its issuance.  

Finally, a note about the future: Starting with the winter issue, B’nai B’rith Magazine fully enters the world of digital publishing. Except for one printed edition, starting in fall 2018, the magazine will be online only. We are excited about the opportunities this will bring to enable us to provide more quality content and in different formats to enhance your reading—and viewing—experience as you engage with
B’nai B’rith Magazine.

—Eugene L. Meyer