by Caroline Lewis
The historic overhaul of New York City government this year goes well beyond the mayor's office.
There are 21 new members of the City Council, four new borough presidents, and fresh, yet familiar, faces in the offices of Brooklyn district attorney, comptroller, and public advocate. With the city’s politics taking an increasingly liberal turn, there are few outright conservatives left in city government.
Alan Maisel (D) - D46 - Canarsie, Mill Basin, Marine Park, Bergen Beach, Gerritsen Beach, part of Sheepshead Bay - Environmental issues and public safety, including 'fracking' regulation, have been prominent among the legislation Maisel has sponsored in his tenure serving State Assembly District 59. Much of Maisel's civic work in Brooklyn has been done through the international Jewish organization B'nai B'rith, although he has also served on his local school and community boards...more.
B'nai B'rith Board of Governor Andy Borans, executive director of AEPi - the international Jewish fraternity, and Gilad Shalit at the B'nai B'rith Young Leadership Forum in Europe.
Learn more about our partner, Alpha Epsilon Pi, by reading The Lion magazine at http://www.aepi.org/alumni/the-lion/.
Le Bar des Fleurs, présenté par Nuno Wahnon Martins en partenariat avec le B’nai B’rith France et le B’nai B’rith International. Le Bar des Fleurs, c’est l’analyse européenne de l’actu internationale et proche-orientale.”
Pour cette émission Le Bar des Fleurs invite Ben Bourgel : Attaché d’Ambassade de la délégation de la Mission d’Israël auprès de l’Union Européenne à Bruxelles.
by Linda M. Linonis
Members of B’nai B’rith, Mahoning Lodge 339, and the Jewish community at large put Operation Snowflake in motion on Christmas Day.
They filled volunteer positions at information desks and gift shops at St. Elizabeth Health Center on Belmont Avenue and Sharon Regional Health System in Sharon, Pa.
“The reason was to give volunteers, who are Christian, the chance to spend Christmas Day with their families,” said Neil Altman, who coordinates Operation Snowflake with his wife, Denise.
The Jewish service organization began the project in 1978 in the Valley; it is marking its 35th year...more.
They weren’t dressed in your traditional Santa suits, but a group of Rural/Metro firefighters played St. Nick at TMC for Children.
The guys from Station 73 paid a visit to our pediatric patients to hand out some adorable teddy bear stuffed stockings that were handmade by the residents at Strauss Manor. They also gave each child a copy of the book Born to Wear Blue, written by local author Patty Vallance about children who dream about becoming firefighters when they grow up.
Special thanks to Patty Vallance, the Greater Tucson Fire Foundation, [B'nai B'rith] Strauss Manor and Rural/Metro Fire for bringing a little Christmas cheer to these children...more.
The Washington Post: Pepco Holdings sponsors B’nai B’rith scholarship contest for young writers, illustrators
by Steven Overly
Pepper doesn’t have much musical skill. So when the prickly porcupine is invited to perform in the town’s parade, his hunt for an instrument to play only leads to disappointment. Feeling less talented than his peers, a dejected Pepper eventually finds his place as the band’s rhythmical leader.
That’s the plot of “Pepper the Porcupine and the Big Parade,” a children’s book written and illustrated by Montgomery County high school students Jourdan Lewanda and Andrew Latona for the annual Diverse Minds Youth Writing Challenge.
Hosted this past spring by B’nai B’rith International, a Jewish humanitarian and advocacy group, and sponsored by Pepco Holdings, the scholarship competition asks participants to craft books that teach children about tolerance and equality...more.
by Emily Snyder
For many, the winter holiday season can sometime feel like elbowing for room at the family table: Chanukah, Christmas, Kawaanza, Solstice, (Festivus!)…the list goes on.
But this year, latkes came with a slice of pumpkin pie. And while it was nice to spin the dreidel in-between bastings, for many the Festival of Lights should come with a side of snow.
Here then are eight ways to rekindle the holiday spirit, and have yourself a happy (second) Chanukah...
Walking Tour: On the 25th, join the 23rd Annual Christmas Day Jewish Lower East Side Walking Tour to explore more than 150 years of Jewish history on the East Side. Combining historic and religious sites, the tour includes visits to the founding site of B’nai B’rith, the Jewish Daily Forward, the historic Eldridge Street Synagogue, and sites associated with Rabbi Jacob Joseph, Abraham Cahan, and Lillian Wald. Wednesday, December 25 from 10:30 AM & 1 PM, meeting at the Southwest corner of Delancey and Essex Streets, in front of the American Choice Deli/Chase Bank. Hosted by Big Onion. Tours last approximately two hours. Adults $20, Students/Seniors/BHS Members $15...more.
by Alina Dain Sharon
As 2013 draws to a close, JNS.org takes a look at the biggest news stories from Israel and the Jewish world that have shaped the outgoing year...
Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez died March 5 at age 58 following a two-year battle with cancer. During the 2006 conflict between Israel and Hezbollah in Lebanon, Chavez was the first head of state to condemn Israel’s actions. In reaction to the 2010 Gaza flotilla incident, Chavez said, “Damn you, State of Israel!”
“Chavez will probably be remembered as the one who made Venezuelan Jews feel that for the first time they were not welcome in their own country, a chilling reminder of past tragedies,” said Sammy Eppel, director of the Human Rights Commission of B’nai B’rith Venezuela...more.
More then 400 people attended a memorial service for Nelson Mandela at the University of New South Wales (UNSW) on Saturday, gathering on lawns where a bronze bust of Mandela is mounted to sing, dance and celebrate.
The event was organised by a number of expat South African Jews – author Joanne Fedler, B’nai B’rith NSW project manager Vivienne Radomsky, social media trainer Elana Bowman, musician Hylton Chilchik and Professor Andrea Durbach from the Australian Human Rights Centre...more.
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