Message from Scott Knapp, Chair of the Young Leadership Network
We have raised millions of dollars to support those in need. We have sponsored social activity and fostered camaraderie. And we have done everything together, as Jews, in a non-partisan and non-sectarian manner. B’nai B’rith has impacted many, and I challenge you to ask your grandparents, parents and even your peers about their experiences with B’nai B’rith. Our efforts continually gain notice and respect from the world. Indeed, it is no surprise how many ambassadors, heads of state and other dignitaries joined us at our gala this past October in New York City to celebrate our 175th anniversary.
While B’nai B’rith has achieved tremendous success and its members have given even more to society, it is now time to seize upon our rich 175-year history and build our future. I am truly humbled to serve as the chair of our network and privileged to shepherd this cause. It is our network’s goal to connect the next generation of Jewish leaders with each other and surround ourselves with each other’s talent. It is our hope to connect each of you to the world. It is our challenge to connect you with causes that fuel your passions. It is our pleasure to connect you with opportunity.
As you will see in the updates below, we are flourishing with activity; some local, some across the United States and some throughout the world. In several weeks, our fourth cohort will participate in the Kakehashi (building bridges) mission to Japan. Next month, we have leaders traveling to participate in our annual advocacy efforts as the only Jewish NGO at UNESCO in Paris and the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva. In June, we have an upcoming council event with leaders from B’nai B’rith Europe in Portugal. Finally, our annual policy conference will convene later this year in Washington, D.C. Just as important, as young leaders, we continue to host Shabbat dinners, participate in events at our senior housing facilities, conduct professional educational opportunities and promote other events in our local communities.
To that end, I invite each of you to connect with our network, share your passions, involve yourself and make an impact. We are currently forming our network board and are in the process of filling committee roles. I encourage you, if we have not met, to reach out to me and introduce yourself – Scott.Knapp@nelsonmullins.com. Even if we have met before, connect with me and let me know how you want to help support our mission. Together, as the leaders of the next generation, it is not only our duty to keep the B’nai B’rith menorah lit, but to make it shine brighter than ever!
B’nai B’rith Retreat
On Sunday, Nov. 11, BBYLN-NY committed a full day to helping rebuild a home in Brooklyn that was destroyed during Hurricane Sandy. The home had been shattered 6 years ago and many parts were still unlivable! Young leaders Laura Hemlock, Randi Sabbagh and Jared Hakimi teamed up with the non-profit SBP: Disaster Resilience & Recovery and accomplished a ton in just one short day. The B’nai B’rith Young Leadership Network supports the Disaster Relief Fund by raising money for disaster campaigns and volunteering for rebuilding projects. Want to get involved? Email firstname.lastname@example.org to help us fight the good fight!
- March 30th – 11:30 a.m. BBYLN-NY will attend an upcoming Shabbat discussion at Congregation Adereth-El with B’nai B’rith CEO Dan Mariaschin.
- April 14th– Community Service Opportunity: Volunteer with B’nai B’rith Project H.O.P.E. – Help Our People Everywhere. We will be packing Passover food for the poor and elderly.
When: Sunday, April 14, 9:00 am
Where: Mid Island YJCC, 45 Manetto Hill Rd. Plainview, New Jersey, 11803
Contact: email@example.com to get involved!
- May 14th – Diplomatic Encounter with Consul General David Gill of Germany on May 14th at 6:00 p.m.
- June 21-23, 2019 – The historic Leadville Hebrew Cemetery cleanup weekend. If you are going to be in the Denver area that weekend, or would like to attend, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
- Diplomatic Encounter event & much more to be announced soon.
- Project H.O.P.E., “Unto Every Person There Is a Name” Holocaust Commemoration Program, Shabbat Dinner & Center for Jewish Identity Program all upcoming. More details to follow soon.