To go “from strength to strength” aptly describes B’nai B’rith’s 170 years.
Our link to our founders is indelible. Though we have grown, adapted and evolved, we still relentlessly advocate for global Jewry and champion the cause of human rights. We still promote Jewish unity and continuity. We are still in disaster relief. We still tirelessly advocate on behalf of senior citizens. And we strongly and proudly defend the State of Israel.
In the fall of 2013, when we celebrated 17 decades of service to the Jewish community and the world, we looked back at some key accomplishments, and also looked ahead to continuing our global mission.
2013 saw our Young Leadership Network take the mission of community service and run with it.
From sandwich-distribution for the homeless to helping clean up a cemetery, building a barn destroyed by a tornado and helping rebuild homes after a hurricane, our young leaders have performed hundreds upon hundreds of hours of community service. This spirit links our past, present and future, and I am immensely proud of that continuity.
I always enjoy the opportunity to reflect that the annual report provides. We can sit back (but not for long!) and marvel at our reach. But we also see how we can build upon our successes.
For me, this report reflects vigilance and passion. And for that, I thank our volunteers and our dedicated staff for their efforts. B’nai B’rith is a collaboration. We recognize and thank our donors and supporters who believe in our mission and help us every day to accomplish our goals.
Allan J. Jacobs
In our society, we have a tendency to look forward, focusing on a finish line. But having spent most of my adult life working at B’nai B’rith and for Jewish causes, I know it’s just as important to see where you’ve come from. Our 2013 annual report allows us to do both.
In 2013, B’nai B’rith celebrated its 170th anniversary. This milestone was recognized globally through governmental proclamations, including one from U.S. President Barack Obama. Other world leaders sent their congratulations. The U.S. Congress and various states and cities dedicated proclamations recognizing B’nai B’rith’s 17 decades of service around the world. Our top leaders accepted warm wishes on the anniversary from U.S. Congressional leadership and lawmakers from both parties.
We take seriously the faith and trust you place in us to be your voice in so many arenas. And we work to ensure your voice is heard. We speak out at the United Nations, where Israel is a constant target of rebuke. We speak up for seniors, to ensure a lifelong access to medical care and safe and affordable housing. We step up to aid victims of disasters, to help them rebuild. We work with other religions to promote tolerance and acceptance.
Through the combined efforts of a dedicated volunteer corps and our professional staff, B’nai B’rith takes action each day on the issues that matter to you.
We are glad that you have joined us on our journey.
Daniel. S. Mariaschin
Executive Vice President