(Washington, D.C., Sept. 3, 2019)--B’nai B’rith International is accepting donations to its Disaster Relief Fund to assist those impacted by Hurricane Dorian, a powerful Category 3 storm currently pummeling the Bahamas and expected to hit the southeastern United States in the coming days. Dorian already has a death toll of five and has caused extensive damage in the Bahamas. Parts of Florida, Georgia and South Carolina have already been evacuated.
Our Disaster Relief Fund is part of our longstanding tradition of helping communities in distress. Since 1865 when we raised funds in pre-state Israel to aid victims of a cholera outbreak, B’nai B’rith has helped countless people across the globe who have faced adversity after natural and man-made disasters. Recent donations to our Disaster Relief Fund have helped victims of Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico, community rebuilding after California wildfires and flood victims in Tennessee.
B’nai B’rith will work with local recovery and rebuilding teams when the storm has passed to assess unmet needs.
If you would like to help us help communities in need, donate here to our Disaster Relief Fund: https://donatenow.networkforgood.org/bbi-disaster-relief
Donors can also call 800-573-9057 to make a credit card contribution over the phone. Or can send a check payable to the B’nai B’rith Disaster Relief Fund to:
B’nai B’rith International
Disaster Relief Fund
1120 20th Street NW, Suite 300N
Washington, D.C. 20036
B’nai B’rith International has advocated for global Jewry and championed the cause of human rights since 1843. B’nai B’rith is recognized as a vital voice in promoting Jewish unity and continuity, a staunch defender of the State of Israel, a tireless advocate on behalf of senior citizens and a leader in disaster relief. With a presence around the world, we are the Global Voice of the Jewish Community. Visit www.bnaibrith.org
B’nai B’rith International calls on all states displaying the Confederate flag to remove the offensive symbol of hatred and discrimination. Public buildings, parks or license plates are no place for this strongly divisive symbol.
In the wake of the June 17 murders of nine African Americans in their South Carolina church by a gunman who targeted them because of their race, we are reminded that the flag remains, to many, an enduring symbol of bigotry and divisiveness.
Two days ago, South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley called for the removal of the flag from the state house grounds. We welcome the decision today by Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley to have the flag removed from the state Capitol grounds in Montgomery. Major retailers in the United States have also announced they will no longer sell the flag, recognizing its potential to incite hatred.