Think about the astonishing changes the world has seen in 170 years. In every realm of society—agriculture, industry, technology, medicine—each advance seems to happen light years faster than the ones before, often the new replacing the old.
Not too many things have been around for 17 decades.
B’nai B’rith has.
Now in our 170th year of service, B’nai B’rith has evolved with the times. But our founders, 13 men on the Lower East Side of New York, would still recognize our core values and mission.
As the Global Voice of the Jewish Community, we are a bulwark against those who seek to delegitimize and demonize the State of Israel. We work every day for Jewish unity, security, continuity and tolerance. We advocate for humanitarian causes and human rights. We help disaster victims. We provide quality housing for seniors in need and speak out on issues of vital concern to all seniors and their families.
After a natural disaster B’nai B’rith mobilizes to help communities in their long-term recovery efforts. We focus on needs that are often overlooked as first-responders exit a situation. We immediately opened a disaster relief fund to help those impacted by Hurricane Sandy, which devastated much of the Northeast in late October. We also opened our Israel Emergency Fund to help Israelis recover from the relentless Hamas rocket attacks of November. Each raised urgently needed funds.
True to our mission as we evolve and grow—that’s B’nai B’rith.
I was honored to be re-elected president in the fall, and I serve with great pride this organization that I have been a member of for 50 years.
This annual report is a testament to our roots and our growth. Please take a few minutes to read about some of our most exciting and challenging efforts this past year.
Allan J. Jacobs
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As I look back on 2012, I am amazed—and immensely proud—of our long list of activities and accomplishments. Our work is difficult, vital and rewarding.
B’nai B’rith—the Global Voice of the Jewish Community—continues to be a defender of Israel, an advocate for seniors and a global responder helping communities after disasters.
Hamas launches rockets into Israel. The Palestinians use the Israel-obsessed United Nations to garner a vote to change to a non-member observer “state” status in a move that will embolden the Palestinians to shirk direct negotiations with Israel. Iran, perhaps the biggest destabilizer in the Middle East and beyond, continues to pursue nuclear weapons and cozy up to Latin American nations—most recently holding meetings with Argentine officials—in an effort to undermine relations between Latin America, Israel and the United States. Seniors face health care and housing predicaments.
These are some of the pressing issues B’nai B’rith confronts every day.
World leaders regularly meet with B’nai B’rith representatives to listen to our opinions and ask our advice on the most important issues of the day. Our access, our action, our insights and analysis are well received at world capitals and on Capitol Hill. I am reminded every day that this is how we make a difference in just about all aspects of Jewish life and as a global humanitarian guardian.
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.
As you read our annual report, I know you will understand the great pride I take in representing an organization with such deep roots—170 years strong. B’nai B’rith has constantly evolved and adapted to meet the changing needs of the times and to meet the challenges of the day. But as you’ll see in this report, at our core we have always been an organization of Jewish people working together to make the world a better place in which to live.
Daniel. S. Mariaschin
Executive Vice President
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B’nai B’rith International, the Global Voice of the Jewish Community, is the oldest and most widely known Jewish humanitarian, human rights and advocacy organization. Since 1843, B’nai B’rith International has worked for Jewish unity, security, continuity and tolerance. Visit www.bnaibrith.org.