B’nai B’rith Atlanta and board member Art Link for gave B’nai B’rith International some shine in the Atlanta Jewish Times. Link gives a great history lesson on our organization and a succinct summary of our current activities while answering the question: What is B’nai B’rith?
You can scroll down or click below to read it on AtlantaJewishTimes.com.
We Promote Tikkun Olam And Advocate For Human Rights, Community Action And Humanitarian Efforts.
When B’nai B’rith was founded in 1843 in New York, the initial focus was to help recent German Jewish immigrants adapt to their new home and provide aid to their widows and orphans. Indeed, B’nai B’rith was the first Jewish service organization founded in the United States.
Consider that when the first Coca-Cola was served in 1886, Atlanta had been home to a B’nai B’rith lodge for 16 years, and B’nai B’rith had nationally been assisting people of numerous ethnic groups for 43 years.
What do we stand for? The seven-branched menorah is the emblem of B’nai B’rith, whose mission is to fill the world with light of the divine truth. Each candle is symbolic of a noble ideal: Light, Justice, Peace, Truth, Generosity, Harmony and Brotherly Love.
Today, with members in 59 countries, B’nai B’rith International defends Jewish interests around the world. But our impact goes far beyond the worldwide Jewish community.
BBI mobilizes volunteers and provides financial assistance to meet local needs. It operates the respected B’nai B’rith Disaster Relief Fund for nonsectarian assistance worldwide. We were there to help when floods plagued the Midwestern United States and when hurricanes struck Alabama, Florida, Louisiana, Mississippi, New Jersey, New York, South Carolina, Texas and Haiti. We were there after terrorists attacked the World Trade Center on Sept. 11, 2001, after earthquakes upset Armenia, Iran, San Francisco and Turkey, and after tsunamis devastated Indonesia and Japan.
We offer assistance wherever and whenever needed, without regard to religious, racial or cultural background.
Distributed to parents and caregivers nationwide, our “Smarter Kids, Safer Kids” guide provides information to protect children against abduction and sexual abuse. And our community service programs for the elderly, hungry and homeless have helped more than 10,000 people throughout the United States in the past year alone.
B’nai B’rith International is widely respected as the world’s largest Jewish membership organization promoting human rights, community action and humanitarian efforts. Why do we do all this and more? It’s the right thing to do.
Tikkun olam is a concept that is an integral part of being Jewish. Loosely translated, it refers to our obligation to repair the world, to make the world a better place in which to live, work and play. What we in BBI do is in keeping with tikkun olam.
Achim/Gate City, Atlanta’s longstanding lodge, is one of the oldest B’nai B’rith lodges. At the local level, we organize and promote volunteer community service programs, including the following:
We are B’nai B’rith Atlanta — Achim/Gate City Lodge. We would like to get to know you.
Art Link is a board member of B’nai B’rith Atlanta (www.bnaibrith.org/southern-communities.html). For more information, contact lodge President Karen Kahn Weinberg at email@example.com or 770-645-1239.
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