On April 15, Israel celebrated its 65th year of independence. Not only were there celebrations throughout the Jewish state, it was a chance for Jews all around the world to commemorate the nation’s independence. Among those joining the celebration, while also celebrating a milestone of its own, is B’nai B’rith International—the oldest and most widely known Jewish humanitarian, human rights and advocacy organization.
During all 65 of those years, B’nai B’rith has been an active partner with Israel, from the inside and out. B’nai B’rith’s activity in the Holy Land even precedes the modern Jewish state. In fact, B’nai B’rith is celebrating 125 years in the Holy Land with the announcement of a two-week, guided excursion to Israel.
“With our 170-year anniversary as an organization and 125 years in Israel, we couldn’t think of a better way to celebrate than a trip to the Jewish state,” B’nai B’rith International President Allan J. Jacobs said. “The Holy Land is for everyone, and B’nai B’rith’s staff is excited to share what it knows about Israel by way of a two-week tour that’s sure to leave a lasting impression.”
The trip is intended to give visitors an insider’s look at Israel. Over the course of 14 days, travelers will experience many of the cultural and historic sites Israel has to offer. Some of the highlights include multiple nights in Jerusalem and Tel Aviv, visits to the Sea of Galilee and the Dead Sea, exploring Roman ruins, and even a special Sabbath dinner at a private residence.
B’nai B’rith’s involvement with Israel began in 1865 when the U.S.-based organization sent more than $65,000 (in today’s dollars) to help combat an outbreak of cholera. In 1888, the B’nai B’rith Jerusalem Lodge was established—10 years prior to the first Zionist Congress. Since then, B’nai B’rith has continued its support of the Jewish state, from the 19th century, through independence in 1948 and to the present. B’nai B’rith’s work continues through the B’nai B’rith World Center in Jerusalem where our staff works to improve interreligious relations and serves as a link between Israel and the Diaspora.
“B’nai B’rith’s long-standing relationship with Israel and our commitment to supporting the Jewish state through humanitarian, advocacy and educational projects gives us a special perspective on Israel, both past and present” says B’nai B’rith International Executive Vice President Daniel S. Mariaschin. “We look forward to sharing this history with those who choose to join B’nai B’rith on this historic trip and are excited to add a new chapter to B’nai B’rith’s history in Israel.”
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B’nai B’rith International has issued the following statement:
B’nai B’rith International is outraged to learn the Jewish fraternity Alpha Epsilon Pi (AEPi) from St. Andrews University in Scotland was forced to relocate its annual charity ball from the St. Andrews Golf Hotel. Hotel officials claim they cancelled the fraternity’s event after hotel staff allegedly received threatening phone calls and emails from activists linked to the Scottish Palestine Solidarity Campaign.
AEPi’s event was moved to an undisclosed location in the wake of the alleged threats.
It is absolutely unacceptable for the hotel to have been intimidated into cancelling the event.
B’nai B’rith expresses solidarity with its partner in AEPi and congratulates the organization on holding a successful event without disruption.