Join the B'nai B'rith Great Lakes Region and other participating agencies on January 16th at 10 AM to commemorate the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Executive Director of the Detroit Branch of the NAACP
Max M. Fisher Building
Conference Room F
6735 Telegraph Rd.
Bloomfield Hills, MI
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Save the date and plan to join the B'nai B'rith Great Lakes Region on Sunday, October 13, at noon in celebration of B'nai B'rith's 170th Anniversary.
B'nai B'rith International President Allan J. Jacobs will present awards to the Past Presidents of the Great Lakes Region and a commemorative ad journal will be distributed as a memento of our milestone anniversary. Past Presidents who be will honored include:
PI Banquet Hall
28847 Franklin Rd
Southfield, Michigan 48034
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Ethan Bortnick’s concert will benefit the B’nai B’rith College Scholarship Program, which provides a resource for students in our community seeking financial assistance with the high cost of college tuition.
At 3 years old, he began playing piano; at 5, he started composing; at 10, he was the youngest artist to headline a national tour. At 11, he became the youngest artist ever to have a Las Vegas show! Now at the age of 13, Ethan Bortnick is kicking off his current tour at The Berman! Bring the whole family and enjoy Ethan’s amazing talent.
Proceeds to benefit the new B’nai B’rith College Scholarship Program.
The Berman Center for Performing Arts
6600 W Maple Rd
West Bloomfield Township, MI 48322
$42/Lower Tier, $32/Upper Tier
VIP seats start at $75
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Join the B'nai B'rith Great Lakes Region on Sunday, August 25, from 10 AM to 12 NOON for a family oriented program supporting Project H.O.P.E.
Project H.O.P.E. — Help Our People Everywhere — is a community action project whose major goal is the collection and distribution of food packages to poor and elderly Jews during Passover. Many Jews who cannot afford special holiday foods depend on B'nai B'rith members to provide matzoh and the other Passover staples. To these people the remembrance is often as special as the needed food. Project H.O.P.E. works with the community family service agencies and local Jewish social services and with B'nai B'rith members and synagogue volunteers.
Volunteers will put together “Break The Fast” baskets at the program.
– Maple Road, West Bloomfield, Mighican
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Max Scherzer moved to 18-1 as the Detroit Tigers beat the Kansas City Royals 6-3 on August 18 at B'nai B'rith Great Lakes Region 35th Annual Tigers event at Comerica Park.
Group seating in Kaline's Corner was available for $40 per ticket ($22 is a donation) or Lower Baseline Box Seats were available for $60 ($22 is a donation).
Children 14 & under received a Back-to-school Pencil Set, Free rides on the Carousel and Ferris Wheel, and had a chance to run bases on the field after the game.
Tickets were available for the entire community
For more information, call Jim Grey 248-540-9070; cell 248-739-9070; email GreyCo@aol.com.
B’nai B’rith International observed Holocaust Remembrance Day with its annual program “Unto Every Person There is a Name,” now in its 24th year. B’nai B’rith is the official North American sponsor of the program under the auspices of Yad Vashem, Israel’s official Holocaust Museum and research center in Jerusalem. Participants read the names of the victims of the Shoah, noting where and when they were born and where and when they were murdered by the Nazis. The ceremonies occur on the 27th day of the month of Nissan on the Jewish calendar. These observances honor more victims each year, as more names are collected in an international database maintained by Yad Vashem.
An international committee convened by Yad Vashem suggests a theme each year. This year’s Yom Hashoah theme was “Defiance and Rebellion During the Holocaust: 70 Years Since the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising.” Alan Schneider, director of the B’nai B’rith World Center in Jerusalem, serves on the committee on behalf of B’nai B’rith.
“Unto Every Person There is a Name” also directly involves Israeli President Shimon Peres. Peres penned a letter distributed to participating communities. It the letter, he encourages the Jewish people to never forget those who perished and to remember those who bravely rebelled in Warsaw as inspiration when facing future obstacles.
“We are nevertheless inspired by the power of the human spirit as demonstrated in the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising, an illustration of heroism and struggle against the forces of evil,” Peres writes. “In the face of the heinous scheme to annihilate the Jewish people, this uprising constituted the tangible expression of the principles that have united the Jewish people through the ages.”
Once the theme is decided upon, program materials are distributed to the communities involved. Included in the materials are first hand accounts, interviews and other documents that called Jews to action against the Nazis or describing the events surrounding the uprising. Also with the materials is a copy of the poem “Everyone Has a Name” by the Jewish poet Zelda, from which the program’s name is inspired.
Throughout the month of April, B’nai B’rith groups and committees held programs across North America that included speakers and readings in synagogues, Jewish community centers and public places such as Holocaust Memorials and community parks.
“It’s incredible to watch how ‘Unto Every Person There is a Name’ has grown since its inception in 1989,” B’nai B’rith International President Allan J. Jacobs said. “It is important that we never forget the atrocities of the Holocaust and individually recognize all those who perished.”
In Maryland, a ceremony was held at Congregation Har Shalom in Potomac, Md. Art and artifact exhibits were displayed, the University of Maryland’s Jewish a cappella group performed, original poetry was read by survivors, and remarks were given by keynote speaker Walter Reich, Yitzhak Rabin Memorial professor of international affairs, ethics, and human behavior at the George Washington University.
At the Jewish Community Center of Northern Virginia, those in attendance not only participated in the reading of the names, but also in a seminar titled “Holocaust Art: Then & Now” with George Mason University Art Historian Marion Deshmukh. Narratives and poetry were also read by representatives of various religious denominations. The program recognized 19 survivors in the community.
A Partnership with Alpha Epsilon Pi
In addition to community observances, B’nai B’rith partners with the Alpha Epsilon Pi (AEPi) fraternity for the “We Walk to Remember” program, which took place on 110 college campuses throughout the United States, Canada, Israel and the United Kingdom this year. Members of AEPi participated in both the walk and “Unto Every Person There is a Name” programming.
Speaking from the walk at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C., B’nai B’rith International Executive Vice President Daniel S. Mariaschin said, “I’m honored to take part in ‘We Walk to Remember.’ B’nai B’rith has a great partnership with AEPi, and we’re wholly behind its efforts to make sure the Holocaust is never forgotten by today’s youth.”
This is the fifth year B’nai B’rith and AEPi have worked together on Holocaust Remembrance Day programming. The combination of the two powerful programs has created a lasting impact on campuses across the globe. It demonstrates that young people on campus understand the importance of remembering and have taken on the responsibility to tell the story of the victims of the Holocaust. B’nai B’rith provides the materials created by the international committee as well as “Never Forget” stickers that the walkers wear on black t-shirts.
“‘We Walk to Remember’ is a program that quintessentially represents what it means to be in Alpha Epsilon Pi,” said AEPi’s Adam Maslia, the Howard M. Lorber director of Jewish and Philanthropy Programming. “Stepping up as leaders in the Jewish community in partnership with B'nai B'rith International, the brothers of AEPi have crafted the world's largest on-campus Holocaust commemoration event that is so simple, yet so impactful and effective in ensuring that the world never forgets the atrocities of the Shoah."
Jewish Rescuers Citations
On the morning of April 8, the B’nai B’rith World Center in Jerusalem and the Keren Kayemeth LeIsrael (KKL-JNF) held a unique, joint Holocaust commemoration ceremony dedicated to the heroism of Jews who rescued fellow Jews during the Holocaust. Taking place at the Martyrs’ Forest “Scroll of Fire” Plaza with about 900 people in attendance, 29 rescuers citations were awarded to Jews or their descendants who assisted other Jews in escaping to a safe haven or employed subterfuge, forgery, smuggling, concealment and other methods to ensure the survival of Jews from the Holocaust in Europe.
The idea for the program was the brainchild of Haim Roet, a child Holocaust survivor from Holland. Roet is also responsible for the initial organization of “Unto Every Person” and approached the same Jewish organizations involved to kick start his latest initiative.
Roet was rescued through joint efforts of non-Jews and Jews, so the project was close to his heart. As “Unto Every Person” began to take off, Roet established the Committee to Recognize the Heroism of Jewish Rescuers (JRJ) in which the World Center is also a major partner.
“Our principal contribution to the committee, other than popularizing the heroism of Jewish rescuers in Germany and occupied Europe during the Shoah,” Schneider said. “Is an annual ceremony in partnership with Keren Kayemeth LeIsrael.”
The B’nai B’rith Center for Jewish Identity coordinates the program on behalf of B’nai B’rith. The support for this program is made possible by the generous support of Kurt and Tessye Simon, (of blessed memory). The center chair, Nancy Braun, announced that “Unto Every Person” programming for 2014 will be held on Yom Hashoah, April 27, 2014.
The Center for Jewish Identity encourages communities to continue to promote the important task of collecting names of victims of the Holocaust and submitting “Pages of Testimony” to Yad Vashem. These pages are intended to serve as a lasting memorial for the victims and are preserved in the Hall of Names at Yad Vashem in Jerusalem. The names are also added to the central database. Time is running out to get first hand information, so it is important to collect as much information as possible from survivors and their families. If you need further information or want to bring the “Unto Every Person There is a Name” to your community or your community’s Yom Hashoah observance, please contact Rhonda Love at email@example.com.
See photos and videos from select events across the U.S. and in Israel:
The B'nai B'rith Great Lakes Region's Project H.O.P.E. (Helping Our People Everywhere) Passover Food distribution event held on Sunday, March 17, was a big success. Volunteers filled 100 baskets with food items and paper goods and delivered them to seniors and individuals in need.
B'nai B'rith had a lot of help during this year's Project H.O.P.E. including young professionals and teens.
Project H.O.P.E. is a community action project whose major goal is the collection and distribution of food packages to poor and elderly Jews during Passover. Many Jews who cannot afford special holiday foods depend on B'nai B'rith members to provide matzoh and the other Passover staples. To these people the remembrance is often as special as the needed food. Project H.O.P.E. works with the community family service agencies and local Jewish social services and with B'nai B'rith members and synagogue volunteers. Jewish organizations provide the lists of people who need packages and the facilities for collecting, storing, and packing the food.
The Zionist Organization of America presented a new film on February 20 that examines the brilliant life of Theodor Herzl who singlehandedly began the movement that led to Israel's founding.
The program was hosted at The Holocaust Memorial Center in Farmington Hills, Michigan,
Event co-sponsors included B'nai B'rith Great Lakes Region, Stand with us Michigan, Hadassah, and the Holocaust Memorial Center.
For additional details, please contact 248.661.6000 or Kobi@mizoa.org.
Members of B'nai B'rith Great Lakes from the Bloch/Israel & Pisgah/Zeiger B’nai B’rith Units came together on Sunday, January 27, 2013, for the 14th Annual Texas Hold’em Tournament at the West Bloomfield JCC.
Everyone was invited to attend, but players had to be 18 years old. Raffle and other prizes were awarded.
This tournament helped support local B’nai B’rith programming including its sports’ leagues.
For more information call the B’nai B’rith office at 248-646-3100 or one of the Tournament Hosts: Sid Roth 248-202-3297, Lyle Schaefer 248-882-5953, or Rick Sherline 248-613-5400.
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The B'nai B'rith Great Lakes region hosted on January 19 the ZAGER/STONE/TUCKER/GRANT/OAKLAND CENTURY/MORGENTHAU L’CHAYIM/KEIDAN UNIT'S DINNER & A MOVIE NITE.
Attendees shared dinner at Mama Mia's on Beech Daly Road in Redford, Michigan, and then came together at the Redford Theater to see Gentleman Prefer Blondes, which featured Jane Ruseell and Marilyn Monroe.
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