B’nai B’rith International Great Lakes Region will honor B’nai B’rith Chairman of the Executive (COE) Peter Perlman with its prestigious 2016 International Guardian of the Menorah Award on March 16. This award is given to someone who preserves and protects B’nai B’rith’s greatest symbol—the menorah. B’nai B’rith International Executive Vice President Daniel S. Mariaschin will be the guest speaker.
Perlman was appointed to his current post—the number two volunteer leadership position—by B’nai B’rith’s president in November. It is the COE’s responsibility to serve as the direct liaison with volunteers and carry out other internal and external responsibilities.
“B’nai B’rith is very grateful for all the work Peter has done on behalf of the organization over so many decades. His commitment to B’nai B’rith’s mission of advocating for Israel and Jews around the world has been exemplary. This award is well-deserved,” B’nai B’rith International President Gary P. Saltzman said.
Perlman joined B’nai B’rith’s Detroit lodge in 1970 and has been involved at the local and international level ever since. In addition to serving as the chairman of the executive, he also currently sits on B’nai B’rith’s Board of Governors. Perlman has also held several other leadership positions in B’nai B’rith over the years including past president of B’nai B’rith Great Lakes Region, the president of the Metro Detroit area, a lodge president, a District 6 president and has served twice as the national fundraising chair.
In 1988, Perlman received the Label A. Katz Young Leadership Award, which recognizes its members under 45 who have demonstrated exceptional service to B’nai B’rith and its mission, as well as accomplishing the goals of the B’nai B’rith Young Leadership Network.
“Peter’s dedication to B’nai B’rith and the Jewish community has been steadfast. For more than 45 years Peter has helped B’nai B’rith spread global awareness about the important work B’nai B’rith does. I am proud to honor him with this award,” Mariaschin said.
The Great Lakes Region has been presenting this exceptional honor since 2000, and at least 11 other dedicated B’nai B’rith members and leaders have received this award. The Guardian of the Menorah Award will be presented at an annual fundraising dinner in West Bloomfield, Michigan.