Responding to this week's heavy flooding in central Texas that killed at least 19 and caused millions of dollars in damage, B'nai B'rith International opened it's Flood, Tornado and Hurricane Disaster Relief Fund to assist the victims and rebuild.
News of the announcement was covered by JNS.org and the Baltimore Jewish Times. Read highlights from the news coverage, below:
B'nai B'rith International was quick to respond to the Ebola crisis in West Africa, dedicating donations from the Disaster Relief Fund to our partner IsraAID, already on the ground.
Working with IsraAID, the First Lady of Sierra Leone Sia Nyama Koroma hosted a two-day workshop on stress management and self-care, chronicled on her official Facebook wall.
Participants were drawn from all sectors, including governmental and non-governmental health organizations, education, social and children's welfare, inter-faith entities and other non-profits. For many, it was an introduction to proven practices in psycho-social support and self-care in the aftermath of Ebola.
The workshop focused on self-care and secondary trauma, because those who give help often forget to take care of themselves and suffer in silence. IsraAid pledged to bring in 60 specialists from Israel over the next two years to train Sierra Leoneans to give psycho-social support.
According to a statement on the First Lady's Facebook page, Koroma has a background as a psychiatric nurse and felt personally connected to those suffering:
"Ebola is not only a health issue...for a young girl orphaned by the disease, Ebola means grief, stigma and discrimination at the hands of her neighbors. For a survivor, weakened and scared, but alive, Ebola means pain and a life of guilt, shame and rejection.
"For the thousands of survivors and health workers especially nurses, doctors, lab-technicians, drivers, cleaners, contact tracers, burial teams and community workers Ebola means betrayal and sadness, flashbacks and nightmares.
And for all those who have lost family members and friends and who worry everyday about a disease that they cannot see, Ebola means fear and anxiety."
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B'nai B'rith celebrated its 171st birthday on Oct. 13, reviewing its first 17 decades at the forefront of Jewish advocacy in the United States and around the world.
Here is an infographic detailing the major achievements in the organization's history:
Following the tragedies of Sept. 11, 2001, B'nai B'rith International published a statement condemning the attacks, consoling the families of the victims and announcing the opening of the disaster relief funds.
In the words of then B'nai B'rith President Richard D. Heideman:
"Our prayers are with the victims of Tuesday's unthinkable acts of terrorism. We send our condolences and prayers to the families and friends who have lost loved ones in these murderous attacks against the United States.
"This is horrible beyond belief, and we must band together to do all we can to help. We have begun an immediate effort to aid those directly affected by these devastating acts. This tragedy is such that people want to do anything they can to help."
Read more from the press release, scanned and posted in its entirety, below:
Shalom TV Daily News featured B'nai B'rith International's Disaster Relief Fund as one recipient of Alpha Epsilon Pi's new $1 million philanthropy initiative.
B’nai B’rith was one of ten organizations selected during the Jewish fraternity's annual international convention, and will invest the generous grant in humanitarian aid efforts around the globe.
The story begins at the 3:48 mark in the video:
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