As I observe the worrisome political crisis in Israel, sparked by the judicial reform promoted by the government...
With a presence in countries around the world, B’nai B’rith is the Global Voice of the Jewish Community.
We monitor and combat anti-Semitism and other human rights abuses around the world. We challenge the odious Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement wherever it emerges. B’nai B’rith is dedicated to illuminating the hatred of Jews as a distinct and unique social illness, and to marshaling efforts to combat and, where possible, eradicate this phenomenon. We work diligently to prompt officials to fight anti-Semitism at all levels, delivering that message to governments and intergovernmental bodies, while taking action on college campuses and speaking out in the media.
We are a staunch supporter and defender of Israel at the United Nations and its affiliated agencies, in world capitals and in a variety of international organizations. We fight the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement and other manifestations of contemporary anti-Semitism that are based on castigation and/or hatred of Israel.
Our World Center in Jerusalem is our connection to a wide range of Israeli governmental, academic and cultural institutions. The World Center promotes strong Israel-Diaspora relations. It is the voice of the B’nai B’rith community to the Israeli government, national institutions and the nongovernmental organization (NGO) community in Israel. The World Center sponsors cultural programs and interchange. A founding member of IsraAid, the World Center works with many other Israeli relief organizations providing aid to disaster-stricken parts of the world.
We are the largest national Jewish sponsor of non-sectarian federally subsidized housing for older adults in the United States, with 38 buildings in 28 communities, providing affordable housing for more than 5,000 people. Working in partnership with the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), B’nai B’rith makes rental apartments available for senior citizens with limited incomes. B’nai B’rith senior housing is open to all qualified individuals as defined by HUD, without regard to race, color, religion, sex, handicap or national origin. This unparalleled expertise in protecting seniors and advocating on aging issues gives us the ability to also serve as a respected voice on a myriad of issues affecting seniors, including—but not limited to—aging in place, Social Security and Medicare.
B’nai B’rith has raised funds to help the victims of disasters around the world since 1865. Our commitment to helping communities lasts long after first-responders have done their critical work. B’nai B’rith volunteers are also active in their local communities with a wide variety of projects including distributing holiday-appropriate food for elderly Jewish residents who would otherwise be unable to access it, collecting and distributing day-old baked goods to shelters and schools to feed the hungry and providing stuffed “Buddy Bears” to comfort hospitalized children.