B'NAI B'RITH TODAY
B’nai B’rith Young Leadership Network Thriving
By Rebecca Rose
The B’nai B’rith Young Leadership Network (YLN) continues to thrive. This summer, the menu of events included diverse programs in Florida, New York and Washington, D.C.
On June 3, the YLN of South Florida joined the residents of B’nai B’rith Apartments in Deerfield Beach, Florida, for a Sunday afternoon of art and wine. Led by Angie Arroyo, an art instructor and B’nai B’rith Apartments’ receptionist, residents learned painting techniques while creating tropical landscapes, complete with ocean waves lapping an island, a wind-blown palm tree and mountains in the background.
While the paint dried, James Lynch, the building’s administrator, took the young adults on a tour of the facilities, comprising 270 units in three towers, a garden, coffee shop, internet lounge, fitness room and libraries in each building. “The intergenerational event was not only a special opportunity to meet new friends but also provided young adults the chance to see the senior advocacy and housing pillar of B’nai B’rith International in action,” said Jessica Kreger, chair of YLN-South Florida.
On June 20, B'nai B'rith YLN of New York heard from David Michaels, director of B’nai B’rith United Nations and Intercommunal Affairs, on the implications of the United States’ withdrawals from the Iran nuclear deal and the U.N. Human Rights Council.
In Washington, D.C., YLN members gathered at Studio Xfinity, which sponsored the event, on Friday, July 13, to hear about our YLN’s spring trip to Japan as guests of the Japanese government’s Kakehashi Project. The young leaders ushered in Shabbat by lighting candles, eating sushi and drinking sake.
“It is incumbent that our young leaders continue to take part in these programs, which ensure that there are many more anniversaries to celebrate,” Said Ed Redensky, chair of the Young Leadership Network and a member of B’nai B’rith International’s Executive Board of Directors.
At B’nai B’rith’s 175th Anniversary Celebration, part of the annual Leadership Forum, October 14-16, young leaders are to meet at B’nai B’rith’s Manhattan office for Sunday brunch and a Virtual Global Roundtable, followed by activities in New York City. The Forum begins that evening, and it is anticipated that B’nai B’rith International’s Label A. Katz Young Leadership Awards will be presented at the opening session. YLN program organizers look forward to meeting with other B’nai B’rith Young Leaders from around the country and globe. Special registration prices for Young Leaders are on our website.
Rebecca Rose is associate director, Young Leadership and Development, B'nai B'rith International.