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Our Mission

Bnai Brith International is dedicated to improving the quality of life for people around the globe. We are a national and global leader in advancing human rights; Israel advocacy; ensuring access to safe and affordable housing for low-income seniors and advocacy on vital issues concerning seniors and their families; diversity education; improving communities and helping communities in crisis. Since 1843, Bnai Brith has played a vital role around the world.Making the world a safer, more tolerant and better place is the mission that still drives our organization.

Thus, B’nai B’rith (children of the covenant) was born.

The original members’ first concrete action was creating an insurance policy that awarded members’ widows $30 toward funeral expenses, and a stipend of one dollar a week for the rest of their lives. Each child would also receive a stipend and, for male children, assurance he would be taught a trade.

It is from this basis of humanitarian aid and service that a system of fraternal lodges and chapters grew in the United States and, eventually, around the world.

Bnai Brith is rooted in these major pillars:

Human Rights and Public Policy:We monitor and combat anti-Semitism and other human rights abuses around the world. Through our office of intercommunal affairs, we play an active role cultivating religious tolerance and cooperation internationally.

Supporting and Defending Israel:We are a staunch supporter and defender of Israel at the United Nations and its affiliated agencies, in world capitals and in a variety of international organizations. Our World Center in Jerusalem is our connection to a wide range of Israeli governmental, academic and cultural institutions. The World Center promotes strong Israel-Diaspora relations. It is the voice of the B’nai B’rith community to the Israeli government, national institutions and the NGO community in Israel. The World Center sponsors cultural programs and interchange. As a founding member of IsraAid, the World Center works with many other Israeli relief organizations.

Senior Advocacy and Housing:We are proud to be the largest Jewish sponsor of federally subsidized housing for the elderly in the United States with 42 buildings in 26 communities. Working in partnership with the Department of Housing and Urban Development, B’nai B’rith makes rental apartments available for senior citizens with limited incomes. B’nai B’rith senior housing is open to all qualified individuals as defined by HUD, without regard to race, color, religion, sex, handicap or national origin. This unparalleled expertise in protecting seniors and advocating on aging issues gives us the ability to also serve as a respected voice on a wide variety of issues affecting seniors, includingbut not limited toSocial Security and Medicare.Helping Communities:Bnai Brith has raised funds to help the victims of disasters around the world since 1865. Our commitment to helping communities lasts long after the first-responders have done their vital work. Additionally, Bnai Brith volunteers are active in their local communities with a wide variety of local projects ranging from distributing holiday-appropriate food for elderly Jewish residents who would not otherwise be able to celebrate the holiday to collecting and distributing day-old baked goods to shelters and schools to feed the hungry and much more.

B’nai B’rith International has been working for you and for all Jews around the world since 1843.

B’nai B’rith was present at the founding of the United Nations in San Francisco and has taken an active role ever since as an NGO (nongovernmental organization) advocating for Israel and human rights at the U.N. and other international organizations.

With the graying of the American-Jewish population, service to seniors became a major focus in 1971. In that year B’nai B’rith opened its first senior residence in what would become a network of 40 senior residences in more than 25 communities across the United States and internationally. B’nai B’rith is the largest national Jewish sponsor of housing for seniors.

B’nai B’rith International has not moved far from its roots, but rather allowed these roots to grow in countries all across the globe. No other Jewish organization can point to a longer, more all-encompassing history of service to Jews and all people around the world.

Since our founding in 1843, B’nai B’rith has been a leader in the fields of human rights, community service and philanthropy. Our vital work around the globe, spanning three centuries, has been recognized by U.S. presidents and other world leaders. From Glover Cleveland to Barack Obama, American presidents have acknowledged that B’nai B’rith’s commitment to promoting programs of tolerance and diversity, enhancing cooperation between all races and religions, serving the vulnerable and advancing human rights has enriched not only the Jewish people, but all people.

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B’nai B’rith UK Home – B’nai B’rith UK

Welcome to the Bnai Brith UK website. I am delighted that you want to find out more about Bnai Brith and what we can offer you.

We are a division of Bnai Brith Europe, which comes under the umbrella of Bnai Brith International, founded in 1843 in New York.

I am certain you will find many things of interest to you as you look through our website, Bnai Brith has a long and well-established history which focuses on advocacy, human rights, charitable work and Jewish Culture and Heritage. Not only in the United Kingdom, but also in Europe and worldwide. Our social activities play an important part in the life of our Lodge membership (Lodge is the historic name we give to our groups) and provides the basis for our wider activities.

Bnai Brith offers a warm welcome to those who join our family, whatever your age, be it younger or older or whether you are single or married or just good friends. We are an inclusive membership organisation that brings together Jews from across the whole spectrum whether they are observant or secular.

I hope that our website will interest you and will inspire you to join us.

I look forward, with much pleasure, to welcoming you into the worldwide family of Bnai Brith.

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About Us Congregation B’nai B’rith

About Us2017-12-27T15:31:59+00:00We are the oldest and largest synagogue in Santa Barbara, a congregation rich with memories and tradition, constantly seeking new ways of engaging every one of our members in the ancient and marvelous Jewish way of life. We cherish and honor our elders, with their deep wisdom and varied life experiences, and we are passionately devoted to our children, working unceasingly to provide them with a satisfying and enjoyable Jewish foundation that will last them for their entire lives.

We strive always to welcome newcomers and also to remain a familiar and comfortable Jewish home for those who chose long ago to make this their Jewish community. Whoever you are, and wherever you come from, we hope that you will visit us, learn with us, sing with us, break bread with us, roll up your sleeves and work with us to help make this a better world.

Congregation Bnai Brith is a diverse, inclusive community of individuals and families building together a warm and vibrant house of living Judaism.

We envision CBB as a place where Santa Barbara Jewish people and our familiesfeel welcome and at home, where we are inspired to bring our gifts of energy and creativity, and where we connect to the tradition and community of our Jewish ancestors.

We aspire to be a congregation of knowledgeable and committed Jews, each individual expressing in their own unique way the seven circles of Study, Prayer, Acts of Compassion, Shabbat, the Festival Year, the Cycle of Life, and the Jewish People.

We are constantly growing as a Kehilla Kdosha, a sacred community of people whose lives are enriched with meaning, purpose, connectedness and relationship with God.

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New York City – B’nai B’rith International

New York – B’nai B’rith Young Leadership NetworkThe program year in NY kicked off in October 2014 with a joint Shabbat Dinner with Manhattan Jewish Experience-East. The evening provided a traditional Shabbat Dinner with over 85 young Jewish professionals coming together to observe Shabbat and meet new people.

Following that event, on Thursday, Jan. 22, 2015, the YLN-NYC met up at the German Consulate for Conversations Around the World. About 18-20 young Jewish leaders came together to hear the Consul General of Germany, Brita Wagener, speak about the current German-Jewish community and the impact of the various anti-Semitic situations in many countries on their community. After she spoke, there was a brief question and answer session, followed by wine and light refreshments. It was a great event and the YLN-NYC plan to have more events at the many consulates and diplomatic missions on the calendar for the spring and summer schedule.

A March event will be a social program in conjunction with the Congregation Agudath Israel- Young Professionals, who have an active group in both NYC and NJ.

Upcoming events will include a fundraising event to benefit the National Mitzvah project, which will be chosen soon by the National Committee of Young Leadership.

NYC young pros gather for one of the Global Round Table events.

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Senior Staff – B’nai B’rith International

Daniel S. Mariaschin has spent nearly all of his professional life working on behalf of Jewish organizations.

As the chief executive officer and executive vice president of Bnai Brith International, he directs and supervises Bnai Brith programs, activities and staff countries around the world where Bnai Brith is organized. Mr. Mariaschin also serves as director of B’nai B’rith’s Center for Human Rights and Public Policy (CHRPP). In that capacity, he presents Bnai Briths perspective to a variety of audiences, including Congress and the media, and coordinates the centers programs and policies on issues of concern to the Jewish community.

In the United States and abroad, Mr. Mariaschin has met with countless heads of state, prime ministers, foreign ministers, opposition leaders, influential members of the media and clerical leaders. Each time, his goal has been to advance human rights, help protect the rights of Jewish communities worldwide and promote better relations with the state of Israel.

Throughout his Bnai Brith career, Mr. Mariaschin has represented the organization as part of numerous influential delegations.

Mr. Mariaschin was a member of the U.S. delegation to the International Conference on Holocaust Education, Remembrance and Research, and the B’nai B’rith delegation to the State Departments 1998 Washington Conference On Holocaust-Era Assets. He also initiated programs on Holocaust education for teachers with the Lithuanian Ministry of Education and Science.

In 2003 Mr. Mariaschin served as part of the U.S. delegation to the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) conference on anti-Semitism in Vienna. He was also a public advisor to the U.S. delegation at the 2004 conference in Berlin, the 2005 conference in Cordoba, Spain, and the 2007 meeting in Bucharest, Romania. In 2009, he was a member of the U.S. delegation to the Warsaw Human Dimension Implementation meeting of the OSCE.

Additionally, he participated in negotiations that achieved the transfer of torah scrolls from the Lithuanian government to Israel for distribution there and to Diaspora Jewish communities. He was a member of the International Advisory Committee of CEANA, the Argentinean commission studying that country’s relations with the Nazi regime; served on the Commission on Property Restitution in Slovakia; and was a member of the International Commission on the Holocaust in Romania.

In recognition of his tireless work in Central and Eastern Europe, Mr. Mariaschin received the Cultural Pluralism Award from the U.S. Commission for the Preservation of Americas Heritage Abroad. He has also received state decorations from the presidents of Latvia, Lithuania and Romania, and the Golden Bough decoration from the Foreign Ministry of Bulgaria.

He began his professional Jewish life in 1973 as community relations associate for the Jewish Community Council of Boston. Two years later, he became director of the New England office of the American Zionist Federation and Zionist House in Boston.

In 1977, Mr. Mariaschin joined the Anti Defamation League (ADL) of B’nai B’rith as director of its Middle East Affairs Department. From 1979 to 1986, he served as assistant to ADL’s national director, the late Nathan Perlmutter, and as director of its National Leadership division, responsible for ADL’s nationwide program of leadership development.

He then became director of the Political Affairs Department of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC), where he supervised political action activities and grassroots organization programs.

Prior to joining B’nai B’rith, Mr. Mariaschin served as director of communications and principal spokesman for former Secretary of State Alexander M. Haig, Jr. during his 1987-88 presidential campaign.

Mr. Mariaschin has written numerous articles and reviews on foreign affairs and national security issues for such publications as The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune, The Washington Times and Newsday, and appears frequently as a foreign affairs analyst on television and radio programs. He has lectured on foreign and defense affairs at the U.S. State Department’s Foreign Service Institute, the Marine Corps Command and Staff College, and at other military installations across the country. He has also worked as a radio announcer and news commentator and has lectured widely in the U.S. and abroad.

Raised in Swanzey, New Hampshire, Mr. Mariaschin received his Bachelor of Arts degree in history from the University of New Hampshire and his Master’s degree in Contemporary Jewish Studies from Brandeis University. He was also awarded an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters from the University of New Hampshire and received the American Jewish Communal Leadership Award from Brandeis University.

Olshan has been with B’nai B’rith since 1983. He first served as the director of the Senior Citizens Housing program, which he helped to expand from 12 buildings to more than 40 properties, located in over 25 communities throughout the country.

He holds a doctorate from the University of South Dakota, a master of arts degree from the University of California-Northridge, and a bachelor of arts degree from Rutgers University in New Jersey.

She is responsible for the administration of the B’nai B’rith Disaster Relief Fund, which provides assistance to victims of natural and manmade disasters, and the Communities in Crisis project, which distributes medicines throughout Latin America.

Love has worked for B’nai B’rith since 1977, serving in several capacities, including associate executive vice president of former district one, which provides programming to B’nai B’rith groups in New York and New England.

Love received the B’nai B’rith Julius Bisno Award for Professional Excellence in 2002. She earned her undergraduate degree in political science from Queens College-C.U.N.Y. in 1977, and her master of arts degree in public administration from Baruch College. She works at the B’nai B’rith office in New York City.

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Congregation B’nai B’rith Santa Barbara’s Reform Jewish …

Friday, March 30 at 5:30PM RSVP REQUIRED

Join us for an interactive Seder led by Rabbi Steve Cohen. This year we will celebrate Shabbat and Passover together. CBB will be providing dinner and beverages.

NO SHABBAT SERVICES IN THE SANCTUARY WILL BE HELD ON THIS DAY.

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Bnai Brith Canadas Affordable Housing Program

As an outgrowth of its ongoing historic commitment to serve the needs of the community, Bnai Brith Canada established an Affordable Housing Program in 1979. Its mission is to provide and maintain affordable, attractive, secure, and welcoming housing to low to moderate income residents. These residents now enjoy a decent home in a friendly community free from discrimination.

In Metropolitan Toronto, theBnai Brith Canada Family Housing Programhas provided and currently operates two senior citizens housing complexes on Bathurst Street, facing Earl Bales Park as well as a third project for seniors and families.

Each of these projects is an independent corporation, with its own Board of Directors, Committees and professional staff. At the same time, each project has access to and is able to benefit from the experience and services of the larger framework and resources of Bnai Brith Canada.

Our Other Buildings

Montreal

Bnai Brith House, 8000 Cote St. Luc Road, Montreal, Quebec – This 95 one and two bedroom residence is located in a much sought after area of Montreal at the corner of Cote St. Luc Road and Westminster. A hot, nutritious, kosher, well-balanced and affordable lunch meal is provided daily to the residents.

Toronto

The Dan Family Residence, 15 Torresdale, North York, Ontario – This 61-unit seniors and family residence is Bnai Brith Canadas first fully integrated facility providing housing for all segments of the community.

Bnai Brith Upper Canada Lodge Apartment, 4226 Bathurst Street, North York, Ontario – Comprised of 130 one and two bedroom air-conditioned units, this facility was the first building sponsored by Bnai Brith Canada Upper Canada Lodge.

Bnai Brith Seniors’ Residence, 4300 Bathurst Street, North York, Ontario – This 164-unit one and two bedroom air-conditioned apartment building is directly north of our first building.

Through a combination of our lodges volunteer service program and the resident social committee, various events take place on a regular basis: summer picnics and barbecues, evenings with guest speakers, weekly bingo nights, weekly exercise programs, movie nights, card games, holiday celebrations, and religious services on Shabbat and all holidays.

Bnai Brith International

Bnai Brith Canada, while corporately distinct, is part of Bnai Brith International, which is the largest Jewish sponsor of federally subsidized housing for the elderly in the United States. For more than 30 years, in a cooperative partnership with the Department of Housing and Urban Development, Bnai Brith has made rental apartments available for senior citizens with limited incomes. Bnai Brith senior housing is open to all qualified individuals as defined by HUD, without regard to race, color, religion, sex, handicap, or national origin.

The Bnai Brith Senior Housing Network in the United States consists of 37 apartment buildings in 25 communities, encompassing more than 4,000 apartment units and serving more than 6,000 people.

Bnai Brith has also developed a variety of housing alternatives around the globe. The organization sponsors parents homes in Australia, New Zealand, and Israel; senior citizens flatlets in England; an apartment building and a medical residence in Vancouver, British Columbia; and apartment buildings in Toronto. Although funded through their own national programs and tailored to meet the particular needs of the host country, these programs remain a vital component of the international Bnai Brith Senior Housing Network.

Local Bnai Brith volunteers and the senior service staff in the national office plan and complete all Bnai Brith senior housing projects.

For more information on Bnai Brith Internationals Housing network, please consult theirwebsite.

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Bnai Brith is the oldest Jewish service organisation in the world, uniting people of the Jewish faith and enhancing Jewish identity through strengthening Jewish family life, providing broad-based services for the benefit of senior citizens, and advocating on behalf of Jews throughout the world. Learn more here

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High Holy Days 2017 Congregation B’nai B’rith

Dear CBB Family,

The time has come to begin thinking about Rosh HaShanah and Yom Kippur. What have these days meant to our people over the centuries, and what might they mean for us today? The season has two different Hebrew names:

The Yamim Noraim, translated as The Awesome Days Aseret Ymei Tshuvah, meaning The Ten Days of Return

Both of these names point toward possible meanings of this sacred season, even for Jews who do not consider themselves religious, or who feel far removed from the rhythms and patterns of Jewish tradition.

The name Yamim Noraim, or Awesome Days, speaks of the universal human longing for transcendence. Even if we do not pray, and even if we do not believe in God, we all remember moments in our past when we suddenly felt ourselves most alive. Watching a baby being born. Or a loved one dying. Falling in love. Or being swept up by an extraordinary piece of music. Or by the power and beauty of a thunder storm, or standing on a mountaintop. We remember these moments of transcendence.

Every September, the ancient voice of the rams horn, the sacred words of Torah, the haunting melodies, the gathering of the people (with all of our marvelous quirks of personality) and the purifying fast of Yom Kippur open for us a 4,000 year old doorway into transcendence.

The second name, Aseret Ymei Tshuvah, or The Days of Return, speaks of our deep human need to return home. All year long, or perhaps for many years, we have been wandering, exploring, seeking new experiences, new friends and teachers, new knowledge. But a time comes to turn ourselves Homeward Bound. I dont know why Jews come back every year at Rosh HaShanah and Yom Kippur, but like the birds returning in springtime, or like salmon making their way upstream, this is our time of return. To community. To tradition. To God.

I look forward to once again sharing this profound, mysterious, ancient season with you. Iam particularly excited to introduce to the congregation our two new rabbinic interns,Leah Sternberg and Daniel Brenner. Leah will speak to the congregation during the early service on the evening of Rosh HaShanah, Wednesday, September 20, while Daniel will offer the sermon at the late service the same evening.

Marian, Rachel, Zach and Ari join me in wishing you a happy, healthy New Year.

Rabbi Stephen E. Cohen

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Our Mission Bnai Brith International is dedicated to improving the quality of life for people around the globe. We are a national and global leader in advancing human rights; Israel advocacy; ensuring access to safe and affordable housing for low-income seniors and advocacy on vital issues concerning seniors and their families; diversity education; improving communities and helping communities in crisis. Since 1843, Bnai Brith has played a vital role around the world.Making the world a safer, more tolerant and better place is the mission that still drives our organization. Thus, B’nai B’rith (children of the covenant) was born. The original members’ first concrete action was creating an insurance policy that awarded members’ widows $30 toward funeral expenses, and a stipend of one dollar a week for the rest of their lives. Each child would also receive a stipend and, for male children, assurance he would be taught a trade. It is from this basis of humanitarian aid and service that a system of fraternal lodges and chapters grew in the United States and, eventually, around the world. Bnai Brith is rooted in these major pillars: Human Rights and Public Policy:We monitor and combat anti-Semitism and other human rights abuses around the world. Through our office of intercommunal affairs, we play an active role cultivating religious tolerance and cooperation internationally. Supporting and Defending Israel:We are a staunch supporter and defender of Israel at the United Nations and its affiliated agencies, in world capitals and in a variety of international organizations. Our World Center in Jerusalem is our connection to a wide range of Israeli governmental, academic and cultural institutions. The World Center promotes strong Israel-Diaspora relations. It is the voice of the B’nai B’rith community to the Israeli government, national institutions and the NGO community in Israel. The World Center sponsors cultural programs and interchange. As a founding member of IsraAid, the World Center works with many other Israeli relief organizations. Senior Advocacy and Housing:We are proud to be the largest Jewish sponsor of federally subsidized housing for the elderly in the United States with 42 buildings in 26 communities. Working in partnership with the Department of Housing and Urban Development, B’nai B’rith makes rental apartments available for senior citizens with limited incomes. B’nai B’rith senior housing is open to all qualified individuals as defined by HUD, without regard to race, color, religion, sex, handicap or national origin. This unparalleled expertise in protecting seniors and advocating on aging issues gives us the ability to also serve as a respected voice on a wide variety of issues affecting seniors, includingbut not limited toSocial Security and Medicare.Helping Communities:Bnai Brith has raised funds to help the victims of disasters around the world since 1865. Our commitment to helping communities lasts long after the first-responders have done their vital work. Additionally, Bnai Brith volunteers are active in their local communities with a wide variety of local projects ranging from distributing holiday-appropriate food for elderly Jewish residents who would not otherwise be able to celebrate the holiday to collecting and distributing day-old baked goods to shelters and schools to feed the hungry and much more. B’nai B’rith International has been working for you and for all Jews around the world since 1843. B’nai B’rith was present at the founding of the United Nations in San Francisco and has taken an active role ever since as an NGO (nongovernmental organization) advocating for Israel and human rights at the U.N. and other international organizations. With the graying of the American-Jewish population, service to seniors became a major focus in 1971. In that year B’nai B’rith opened its first senior residence in what would become a network of 40 senior residences in more than 25 communities across the United States and internationally. B’nai B’rith is the largest national Jewish sponsor of housing for seniors. B’nai B’rith International has not moved far from its roots, but rather allowed these roots to grow in countries all across the globe. No other Jewish organization can point to a longer, more all-encompassing history of service to Jews and all people around the world. Since our founding in 1843, B’nai B’rith has been a leader in the fields of human rights, community service and philanthropy. Our vital work around the globe, spanning three centuries, has been recognized by U.S. presidents and other world leaders. From Glover Cleveland to Barack Obama, American presidents have acknowledged that B’nai B’rith’s commitment to promoting programs of tolerance and diversity, enhancing cooperation between all races and religions, serving the vulnerable and advancing human rights has enriched not only the Jewish people, but all people.

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B’nai B’rith UK Home – B’nai B’rith UK

Welcome to the Bnai Brith UK website. I am delighted that you want to find out more about Bnai Brith and what we can offer you. We are a division of Bnai Brith Europe, which comes under the umbrella of Bnai Brith International, founded in 1843 in New York. I am certain you will find many things of interest to you as you look through our website, Bnai Brith has a long and well-established history which focuses on advocacy, human rights, charitable work and Jewish Culture and Heritage. Not only in the United Kingdom, but also in Europe and worldwide. Our social activities play an important part in the life of our Lodge membership (Lodge is the historic name we give to our groups) and provides the basis for our wider activities. Bnai Brith offers a warm welcome to those who join our family, whatever your age, be it younger or older or whether you are single or married or just good friends. We are an inclusive membership organisation that brings together Jews from across the whole spectrum whether they are observant or secular. I hope that our website will interest you and will inspire you to join us. I look forward, with much pleasure, to welcoming you into the worldwide family of Bnai Brith.

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About Us Congregation B’nai B’rith

About Us2017-12-27T15:31:59+00:00We are the oldest and largest synagogue in Santa Barbara, a congregation rich with memories and tradition, constantly seeking new ways of engaging every one of our members in the ancient and marvelous Jewish way of life. We cherish and honor our elders, with their deep wisdom and varied life experiences, and we are passionately devoted to our children, working unceasingly to provide them with a satisfying and enjoyable Jewish foundation that will last them for their entire lives. We strive always to welcome newcomers and also to remain a familiar and comfortable Jewish home for those who chose long ago to make this their Jewish community. Whoever you are, and wherever you come from, we hope that you will visit us, learn with us, sing with us, break bread with us, roll up your sleeves and work with us to help make this a better world. Congregation Bnai Brith is a diverse, inclusive community of individuals and families building together a warm and vibrant house of living Judaism. We envision CBB as a place where Santa Barbara Jewish people and our familiesfeel welcome and at home, where we are inspired to bring our gifts of energy and creativity, and where we connect to the tradition and community of our Jewish ancestors. We aspire to be a congregation of knowledgeable and committed Jews, each individual expressing in their own unique way the seven circles of Study, Prayer, Acts of Compassion, Shabbat, the Festival Year, the Cycle of Life, and the Jewish People. We are constantly growing as a Kehilla Kdosha, a sacred community of people whose lives are enriched with meaning, purpose, connectedness and relationship with God.

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New York City – B’nai B’rith International

New York – B’nai B’rith Young Leadership NetworkThe program year in NY kicked off in October 2014 with a joint Shabbat Dinner with Manhattan Jewish Experience-East. The evening provided a traditional Shabbat Dinner with over 85 young Jewish professionals coming together to observe Shabbat and meet new people. Following that event, on Thursday, Jan. 22, 2015, the YLN-NYC met up at the German Consulate for Conversations Around the World. About 18-20 young Jewish leaders came together to hear the Consul General of Germany, Brita Wagener, speak about the current German-Jewish community and the impact of the various anti-Semitic situations in many countries on their community. After she spoke, there was a brief question and answer session, followed by wine and light refreshments. It was a great event and the YLN-NYC plan to have more events at the many consulates and diplomatic missions on the calendar for the spring and summer schedule. A March event will be a social program in conjunction with the Congregation Agudath Israel- Young Professionals, who have an active group in both NYC and NJ. Upcoming events will include a fundraising event to benefit the National Mitzvah project, which will be chosen soon by the National Committee of Young Leadership. NYC young pros gather for one of the Global Round Table events.

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Senior Staff – B’nai B’rith International

Daniel S. Mariaschin has spent nearly all of his professional life working on behalf of Jewish organizations. As the chief executive officer and executive vice president of Bnai Brith International, he directs and supervises Bnai Brith programs, activities and staff countries around the world where Bnai Brith is organized. Mr. Mariaschin also serves as director of B’nai B’rith’s Center for Human Rights and Public Policy (CHRPP). In that capacity, he presents Bnai Briths perspective to a variety of audiences, including Congress and the media, and coordinates the centers programs and policies on issues of concern to the Jewish community. In the United States and abroad, Mr. Mariaschin has met with countless heads of state, prime ministers, foreign ministers, opposition leaders, influential members of the media and clerical leaders. Each time, his goal has been to advance human rights, help protect the rights of Jewish communities worldwide and promote better relations with the state of Israel. Throughout his Bnai Brith career, Mr. Mariaschin has represented the organization as part of numerous influential delegations. Mr. Mariaschin was a member of the U.S. delegation to the International Conference on Holocaust Education, Remembrance and Research, and the B’nai B’rith delegation to the State Departments 1998 Washington Conference On Holocaust-Era Assets. He also initiated programs on Holocaust education for teachers with the Lithuanian Ministry of Education and Science. In 2003 Mr. Mariaschin served as part of the U.S. delegation to the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) conference on anti-Semitism in Vienna. He was also a public advisor to the U.S. delegation at the 2004 conference in Berlin, the 2005 conference in Cordoba, Spain, and the 2007 meeting in Bucharest, Romania. In 2009, he was a member of the U.S. delegation to the Warsaw Human Dimension Implementation meeting of the OSCE. Additionally, he participated in negotiations that achieved the transfer of torah scrolls from the Lithuanian government to Israel for distribution there and to Diaspora Jewish communities. He was a member of the International Advisory Committee of CEANA, the Argentinean commission studying that country’s relations with the Nazi regime; served on the Commission on Property Restitution in Slovakia; and was a member of the International Commission on the Holocaust in Romania. In recognition of his tireless work in Central and Eastern Europe, Mr. Mariaschin received the Cultural Pluralism Award from the U.S. Commission for the Preservation of Americas Heritage Abroad. He has also received state decorations from the presidents of Latvia, Lithuania and Romania, and the Golden Bough decoration from the Foreign Ministry of Bulgaria. He began his professional Jewish life in 1973 as community relations associate for the Jewish Community Council of Boston. Two years later, he became director of the New England office of the American Zionist Federation and Zionist House in Boston. In 1977, Mr. Mariaschin joined the Anti Defamation League (ADL) of B’nai B’rith as director of its Middle East Affairs Department. From 1979 to 1986, he served as assistant to ADL’s national director, the late Nathan Perlmutter, and as director of its National Leadership division, responsible for ADL’s nationwide program of leadership development. He then became director of the Political Affairs Department of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC), where he supervised political action activities and grassroots organization programs. Prior to joining B’nai B’rith, Mr. Mariaschin served as director of communications and principal spokesman for former Secretary of State Alexander M. Haig, Jr. during his 1987-88 presidential campaign. Mr. Mariaschin has written numerous articles and reviews on foreign affairs and national security issues for such publications as The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune, The Washington Times and Newsday, and appears frequently as a foreign affairs analyst on television and radio programs. He has lectured on foreign and defense affairs at the U.S. State Department’s Foreign Service Institute, the Marine Corps Command and Staff College, and at other military installations across the country. He has also worked as a radio announcer and news commentator and has lectured widely in the U.S. and abroad. Raised in Swanzey, New Hampshire, Mr. Mariaschin received his Bachelor of Arts degree in history from the University of New Hampshire and his Master’s degree in Contemporary Jewish Studies from Brandeis University. He was also awarded an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters from the University of New Hampshire and received the American Jewish Communal Leadership Award from Brandeis University. Olshan has been with B’nai B’rith since 1983. He first served as the director of the Senior Citizens Housing program, which he helped to expand from 12 buildings to more than 40 properties, located in over 25 communities throughout the country. He holds a doctorate from the University of South Dakota, a master of arts degree from the University of California-Northridge, and a bachelor of arts degree from Rutgers University in New Jersey. She is responsible for the administration of the B’nai B’rith Disaster Relief Fund, which provides assistance to victims of natural and manmade disasters, and the Communities in Crisis project, which distributes medicines throughout Latin America. Love has worked for B’nai B’rith since 1977, serving in several capacities, including associate executive vice president of former district one, which provides programming to B’nai B’rith groups in New York and New England. Love received the B’nai B’rith Julius Bisno Award for Professional Excellence in 2002. She earned her undergraduate degree in political science from Queens College-C.U.N.Y. in 1977, and her master of arts degree in public administration from Baruch College. She works at the B’nai B’rith office in New York City.

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Friday, March 30 at 5:30PM RSVP REQUIRED Join us for an interactive Seder led by Rabbi Steve Cohen. This year we will celebrate Shabbat and Passover together. CBB will be providing dinner and beverages. NO SHABBAT SERVICES IN THE SANCTUARY WILL BE HELD ON THIS DAY.

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Bnai Brith Canadas Affordable Housing Program As an outgrowth of its ongoing historic commitment to serve the needs of the community, Bnai Brith Canada established an Affordable Housing Program in 1979. Its mission is to provide and maintain affordable, attractive, secure, and welcoming housing to low to moderate income residents. These residents now enjoy a decent home in a friendly community free from discrimination. In Metropolitan Toronto, theBnai Brith Canada Family Housing Programhas provided and currently operates two senior citizens housing complexes on Bathurst Street, facing Earl Bales Park as well as a third project for seniors and families. Each of these projects is an independent corporation, with its own Board of Directors, Committees and professional staff. At the same time, each project has access to and is able to benefit from the experience and services of the larger framework and resources of Bnai Brith Canada. Our Other Buildings Montreal Bnai Brith House, 8000 Cote St. Luc Road, Montreal, Quebec – This 95 one and two bedroom residence is located in a much sought after area of Montreal at the corner of Cote St. Luc Road and Westminster. A hot, nutritious, kosher, well-balanced and affordable lunch meal is provided daily to the residents. Toronto The Dan Family Residence, 15 Torresdale, North York, Ontario – This 61-unit seniors and family residence is Bnai Brith Canadas first fully integrated facility providing housing for all segments of the community. Bnai Brith Upper Canada Lodge Apartment, 4226 Bathurst Street, North York, Ontario – Comprised of 130 one and two bedroom air-conditioned units, this facility was the first building sponsored by Bnai Brith Canada Upper Canada Lodge. Bnai Brith Seniors’ Residence, 4300 Bathurst Street, North York, Ontario – This 164-unit one and two bedroom air-conditioned apartment building is directly north of our first building. Through a combination of our lodges volunteer service program and the resident social committee, various events take place on a regular basis: summer picnics and barbecues, evenings with guest speakers, weekly bingo nights, weekly exercise programs, movie nights, card games, holiday celebrations, and religious services on Shabbat and all holidays. Bnai Brith International Bnai Brith Canada, while corporately distinct, is part of Bnai Brith International, which is the largest Jewish sponsor of federally subsidized housing for the elderly in the United States. For more than 30 years, in a cooperative partnership with the Department of Housing and Urban Development, Bnai Brith has made rental apartments available for senior citizens with limited incomes. Bnai Brith senior housing is open to all qualified individuals as defined by HUD, without regard to race, color, religion, sex, handicap, or national origin. The Bnai Brith Senior Housing Network in the United States consists of 37 apartment buildings in 25 communities, encompassing more than 4,000 apartment units and serving more than 6,000 people. Bnai Brith has also developed a variety of housing alternatives around the globe. The organization sponsors parents homes in Australia, New Zealand, and Israel; senior citizens flatlets in England; an apartment building and a medical residence in Vancouver, British Columbia; and apartment buildings in Toronto. Although funded through their own national programs and tailored to meet the particular needs of the host country, these programs remain a vital component of the international Bnai Brith Senior Housing Network. Local Bnai Brith volunteers and the senior service staff in the national office plan and complete all Bnai Brith senior housing projects. For more information on Bnai Brith Internationals Housing network, please consult theirwebsite. Like Loading…

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Bnai Brith is the oldest Jewish service organisation in the world, uniting people of the Jewish faith and enhancing Jewish identity through strengthening Jewish family life, providing broad-based services for the benefit of senior citizens, and advocating on behalf of Jews throughout the world. Learn more here

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High Holy Days 2017 Congregation B’nai B’rith

Dear CBB Family, The time has come to begin thinking about Rosh HaShanah and Yom Kippur. What have these days meant to our people over the centuries, and what might they mean for us today? The season has two different Hebrew names: The Yamim Noraim, translated as The Awesome Days Aseret Ymei Tshuvah, meaning The Ten Days of Return Both of these names point toward possible meanings of this sacred season, even for Jews who do not consider themselves religious, or who feel far removed from the rhythms and patterns of Jewish tradition. The name Yamim Noraim, or Awesome Days, speaks of the universal human longing for transcendence. Even if we do not pray, and even if we do not believe in God, we all remember moments in our past when we suddenly felt ourselves most alive. Watching a baby being born. Or a loved one dying. Falling in love. Or being swept up by an extraordinary piece of music. Or by the power and beauty of a thunder storm, or standing on a mountaintop. We remember these moments of transcendence. Every September, the ancient voice of the rams horn, the sacred words of Torah, the haunting melodies, the gathering of the people (with all of our marvelous quirks of personality) and the purifying fast of Yom Kippur open for us a 4,000 year old doorway into transcendence. The second name, Aseret Ymei Tshuvah, or The Days of Return, speaks of our deep human need to return home. All year long, or perhaps for many years, we have been wandering, exploring, seeking new experiences, new friends and teachers, new knowledge. But a time comes to turn ourselves Homeward Bound. I dont know why Jews come back every year at Rosh HaShanah and Yom Kippur, but like the birds returning in springtime, or like salmon making their way upstream, this is our time of return. To community. To tradition. To God. I look forward to once again sharing this profound, mysterious, ancient season with you. Iam particularly excited to introduce to the congregation our two new rabbinic interns,Leah Sternberg and Daniel Brenner. Leah will speak to the congregation during the early service on the evening of Rosh HaShanah, Wednesday, September 20, while Daniel will offer the sermon at the late service the same evening. Marian, Rachel, Zach and Ari join me in wishing you a happy, healthy New Year. Rabbi Stephen E. Cohen

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