FROM THE PRESIDENT
Who We Are: Seeking, Finding, Appreciating the Truth
By Charles O. Kaufman
One of the best aspects of B’nai B’rith International’s June gathering in Portugal had nothing to do with the Tuk-Tuk tour or wine tasting in Lisbon. It had nothing to do with wandering through the Jewish Quarter. It had nothing to do with Jewish experiences with friends, old and new.
FROM THE CEO
Fiddler, Then and Now
By Daniel S. Mariaschin
In the spring of 1969, I took the bus from Durham, New Hampshire, where I was studying at the state university, to Boston to see the national touring company’s production of “Fiddler on the Roof.” Tevye was played by Paul Lipson, who had performed the role of the butcher Lazar Wolf on Broadway.
FROM THE VAULT
Yakir Behar: A Jewish Turk in Venice
By Cheryl Kempler
Last year, Ca Foscari University in Venice marked its 150th anniversary with “Theses Onstage,” a series of plays about its alumni. “1913: A Turk in Venice” introduced audiences to Yakir Behar, a young Jewish man from Constantinople (Istanbul today) pursuing degrees in economics and law during the pivotal year before the outbreak of World War I.
Three Generations of B’nai B’rith Leadership, One Strong Belief in “Giving Back”
By B’nai B’rith Planned Giving Staff
Eric Book’s parents provided a strong Jewish foundation for him and his siblings, deeply rooted in the value and importance of charity and giving back to the community.
Civility: Where Have You Gone?
By Mark D. Olshan, Associate Executive Vice President, B’nai B’rith International
A few days after the 2016 election, a young colleague came into my office, closed the door and asked if we could talk. He was experiencing a very uneasy feeling of what we were about to be living through as a country. He asked, “How are we going to get through this? You lived through similar times in the 60s and 70s. Will we be okay?”