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B’nai B’rith Connect: Young Professional Leader Events at the Local, National and International Levels

By Katherine Dolgenos


B’nai B’rith Connect leaders who took part in the Saturday evening Menorah Lighting
Ceremony at the Leadership Forum in Washington, D.C. From left: Robert Book, Houston, Texas; Jessica Kreger, Boynton Beach, Florida and B’nai B’rith International Senior Vice President Rebecca Saltzman, Centennial, Colorado.
Photo credit: Lloyd Wolf;
Led by Chair Scott Knapp, a B’nai B’rith International senior vice president, B’nai B’rith Connect has had a busy autumn. The platform for professionals and leaders under age 40, formerly called the Young Leadership Network, kicked off its new name with a launch party and weekend in Las Vegas from Sept. 6 to Sept. 8. Participants networked with fellow Connect members, deepened their involvement in B’nai B’rith, experienced Las Vegas and socialized with one another.

B’nai B’rith Connect leaders attended the Distinguished Achievement Award dinner in September honoring Richard Robinson, chairman and CEO of Scholastic. Robinson was recognized for his industry leadership.

Jared Hakimi, the co-chair of B’nai B’rith Connect New York, was part of the B’nai B’rith delegation at United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) this year. The delegation advocated for Israel, human rights and the worldwide interests of the Jewish people. B’nai B’rith is proud to send a delegation annually.

Connect leaders also visited the residence of the Consul General of Japan in New York, Kanji Yamanouchi, for a reception honoring the mayor of Tsuruga City, Takanobu Fuchikami. Tsuruga is known for welcoming Jewish refugees fleeing Europe during World War II. Refugees passed through the port city on their way to other destinations, such as Shanghai.

This December, B’nai B’rith Connect Denver will hold its second annual Jewbilee bash on Christmas Eve. Last year’s event, which featured a photo booth and two DJs, drew 350 guests. The Jewbilee bash aims to encourage young professionals to become involved in B’nai B’rith.