Le President Bush honore le Bnai Brith pour ses 160 ans
Le president George W. Bush a envoyé un message de felicitations au B’nai B’rith International afin de le féliciter pour ses 160 ans. Il a insisté sur ’’ les apports du BBI au monde juif et à la prospérité et au bien public de la société américaine ’’.
Il a rappelé les actions du BBI afin d’aider ceux dans le besoin, aux Etats-Unis et à l’étranger. Il a indiqué qu’en soutenant ’’ le civisme et l’éducation, le BBI aide à renforcer la tolérance dans cette grande nation ’’. En octobre 1843, 12 immigrants juifs d’origine allemande ont fondé le BB (Fils de l’alliance en hébreu) à New York.
(Guysen.Israël.News / 14 octobre 2003 00:27 GMT+2 ISRAEL)
NEWS — From B’nai B’rith International
President Bush Recognizes BBI on Occasion of 160th Anniversary
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact : Karen Brunwasser
Washington, D.C. (October 13, 2003) - President George W. Bush today sent an official proclamation of greetings to B’nai B’rith International (BBI), applauding 160 years of "dedication to a cause greater than self."
President Bush emphasized the contributions of BBI not only to world Jewry, but also to the prosperity and welfare of American society as a whole.
"For 160 years, B’nai B’rith International has called on members of the Jewish community to serve those in need both in the United States and abroad," wrote President Bush. "By supporting civic development and education, B’nai B’rith helps foster religious tolerance in this great nation."
In October 1843, 12 German-Jewish immigrants met on New York’s Lower East Side to found what would become the most enduring service organization in the United States. The name B’nai B’rith, Hebrew for children of the covenant, mirrors the organization’s idealistic mission to unite Jews in service to their community and the world.
"For 16 decades, B’nai B’rith International has embodied the Jewish obligation of tikkun olam-literally repairing the world-through its steady and distinguished record of activism on behalf of countless humanitarian causes," says BBI President Joel S. Kaplan. "How did we spend our birthday weekend ? We brought medicines and other necessities of life to the Cuban Jewish community, and made contributions to their synagogues and community centers."
Highlights in B’nai B’rith History :
During the Civil War, B’nai B’rith members led the charge against General Ulysses S. Grant’s attempt to expel Jews from several states under Union authority, and succeeded in convincing President Abraham Lincoln to revoke the order.
In 1868-13 years before the founding of the Red Cross-as floodwaters menaced the Baltimore area, B’nai B’rith launched its first-ever disaster relief campaign, beginning a tradition of B’nai B’rith disaster relief efforts that continue to this day.
Following the 1913 lynching of B’nai B’rith member Leo Frank, B’nai B’rith launched the Anti-Defamation League, today one of the most prominent and outspoken voices in America against bigotry and prejudice.
In 1923, B’nai B’rith founded both the B’nai B’rith Youth
Organization, now serving 30,000 members worldwide, and Hillel : The Foundation for Jewish Campus Life, the address for tens of thousands of young Jews at colleges and universities across the United States and 16 other countries.
In the 1990s, B’nai B’rith, in its capacity as a United Nations non-governmental organization, helped lead the successful effort to repeal the notorious "Zionism is Racism" resolution.
"As the largest Jewish membership organization in the world with a presence in more than 50 countries, we will continue to keep a finger on the pulse of the Jewish people," says BBI Executive Vice President Daniel S.Mariaschin.
B’NAI B’RITH INTERNATIONAL HEADQUARTERS
2020 K St., NW, 7th FLOOR, WASHINGTON, DC 20006
MEDIA RELATIONS : 202-857-2739, FAX : 202-857-2781
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