Hello Message from the Chair of BBYLN National Committee
As the end of the calendar year approaches it’s important to take stock of all that has occurred and what can be anticipated from the upcoming year. This year, unfortunately, saw the continuation of anti-Semitism in Europe and in the U.S., particularly on college campuses. The 2016 election was the most divisive in history, and many areas suffered devastating natural disasters. As it has for the past 173 years, B’nai B’rith has been advocating for and helping the Jewish community through tough times, and 2016 was no exception. This past year, B’nai B’rith, and in particular the Young Leadership Network, had many worthwhile accomplishments in its various communities. From a Moroccan-themed bazaar in the United Kingdom, to a potluck Shabbat dinner in South Florida, to an Alzheimers awareness event in New York City, B’nai B’rith and the Young Leadership Network have been actively working to help make the world a better place.
In the upcoming year, YLN is excited to have a new community in Detroit develop and become a part of the B’nai B’rith family. In addition to this, Denver is also starting a group for young families. See below for more
information on the many active groups and how you can get involved in your area. As always, each community will plan exciting social events that raise awareness for various causes, all while giving back. If you’re feeling down as 2017 approaches and you want to make a difference, there are things you can do to usher in that change for the better. Join B’nai B’rith and the Young Leadership Network. Get involved in your Jewish community and the causes that are important to you. Wishing all the best to you and your loved ones in the upcoming calendar year.
Chair, National Young Leadership Network
B’nai B’rith International
Hello Message from the Vice Chair of BBYLN National Committee
2016…where to begin. For me it was a year with many changes and lot of excitement. It included a trip to Japan, watching my Denver Broncos with the Super Bowl and moving to Chicago in time to experience a Chicago Cubs World Series Championship. I saw friends get married, engaged and have babies and got to celebrate my grandfather’s 90th birthday surrounded by family and friends.
While this year was full of many amazing and happy moments it has also been a year where we have seen an increase in anti-Semitism and hatred for people of all minorities across the country. As the craziness of this year and the election come to an end, I had many friends frustrated about the state of country and the outcome of the election, wondering what is there left to do. My biggest piece of advice for anyone, no matter who you voted for, or what your emotions are this year, is to get up and make a difference. The biggest change that we can make in the world is the one we start ourselves. This change can be as simple as picking up the phone and calling an old friend or relative just to talk and listen, or as complex as taking a trip to an impoverished area or country and volunteering your time. Community service has always been a huge passion of mine and the feeling you get after helping someone is amazing. So this winter, remember, you can make a difference. Get up, volunteer, call a friend, and lend a helping hand. We can be the change that we want in the world.
Wishing everyone a happy, healthy and fulfilling 2017.
Vice Chair, National Young Leadership Network
B’nai B’rith International
New York and New Jersey – In July, the event series Conversations Around the World continued with a presentation from Consul General of Bulgaria, Milen Lyutskanov. Young leaders from New Jersey and New York gathered at B’nai B’rith’s office in New York City to learn more about Bulgaria, its Jewish community and its relationship with Israel and the United States.
In November, the same group hosted a Happy Hour Fundraiser to raise money for Disaster Relief and Hurricane Matthew victims. The event was held at American Social on Las Olas Blvd. in Ft. Lauderdale. They just had a Friendsgiveukah Potluck Shabbat dinner on Friday, December 9th, in Plantation. Young leaders enjoyed festive holiday dishes while meeting new friends. The group looks forward to another informal mixer at the end of January and Shabbat dinner sometime in February.
For more information on this group, contact Danielle Ross at email@example.com.
Chicago – On September 22, BBYLN-Chicago hosted a Forget the Honey Apple Cider mixer at Fountainhead in Ravenswood. Attendees enjoyed apple cider, food and alcohol and heard about the work B’nai B’rith provides around the world.
Members of YLN joined members of the Midwest Region at the Midwest Regional Meeting on November 6. The featured speakers were Aviv Ezra, consul general of Israel to the Midwest and Peter A. Perlman, B’nai B’rith chair of the executive. Topics included the current U.S.-Israel relationship and the relationship, going forward, with the incoming administration. Join BBYLN-Chicago at the ARK for a day of community service, followed by food and drinks out, on December 26!
For more information, contact Cary at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Detroit – This is a new group in formation, with a new YLN Chair, Samantha Lederman. She is planning an open house event in early January where young leaders can learn more about the organization, hear from current leaders and find out how to get involved.
For more information, contact Danielle Ross at email@example.com
Denver – On October 19, BBYLN-Denver hosted a happy hour at Urban Roadhouse. Attendees celebrated the Jewish New Year and learned more about B’nai B’rith’s activities in Denver. The group also hosted “Harry Truman and Israel Brunch and Learn” on Sunday, December 4, at the Denver Jewish Community Center.
For more information on this group, contact Cary Wolovick at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Los Angeles – More events to come! For more information or to get involved, contact Cary at email@example.com.
BBYLN Around the World
B’nai B’rith Young Professionals in the UK hosted a comedy night on Wednesday, November 16th. They also hosted a Morrocan Bazaar Style Tea Party at Klezmer in the Park. Young professionals enjoyed the sounds of Klezmer music while enjoying Morrocan style treats in London’s Regents Park.
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