B’nai B’rith is a “Global Voice of the Jewish People”
The mission of B’nai B’rith is to bring Jews together from all sectors of the community
To work in friendship
To improve communal harmony
To strengthen the Jewish community
To combat racial and religious intolerance
To help the less fortunate.
THE CORE OBJECTIVES OF B’NAI B’RITH UNITED KINGDOM
To advocate and defend human rights
To support the State of Israel and World Jewry, and to fight antisemitism
To support our charitable causes, especially in Israel and the Ukraine
To promote Jewish culture and heritage
To foster friendship through social, cultural and recreational programmes
To encourage the participation of young people
To strengthen B’nai B’rith links internationally
B’nai B’rith is an international organisation, which brings together Jews from all backgrounds, with the aims of strengthening the Jewish community, combating racial and religious intolerance, and helping the less fortunate.
The membership spans the whole Jewish community irrespective of religious or other affiliations. Our symbol – the menorah – is lit on formal occasions, each candle being representative of B’nai B’rith’s seven principles: “Brotherhood, Benevolence, Harmony, Truth, Peace, Light and Justice”.
It is the oldest Jewish service organisation founded in New York in 1843 by 12 German Jewish immigrants. Since 1843 generations of Jewish people around the world have been helping others in need through their membership and activities. It now operates in 59 countries and has official status at the UN and we are represented at the EU in Brussels. B’nai B’rith is a powerful voice for Jewish security and continuity and is respected all over the world as “The Global Voice of the Jewish People“
HOW B’NAI B’RITH OPERATES
BBUK comes under the overall umbrella of B’nai B’rith International based in Washington. We operate as a network of Lodges or Groups each with its own programme of diverse activities tailored to the interests of the group. These can include discussions, speakers, theatre outings, dining groups, rambles, cultural visits and musical events. Each Lodge/Group has a President and an organising committee, which arranges the programme and looks after the finances. Members pay an annual subscription, which is passed to BBUK head office and funds raised for charitable projects go directly to charity via the head office.
WHAT DOES BBUK DO?
Raises money for the under privileged in Kiryat Gat, Israel
Supports a medical programme for elderly Jews and righteous Gentiles in Kiev, Ukraine
Through the Concerts for Shoes Programme, raises money to buy shoes for children in the Tikva Orphanage in Odessa, Ukraine
Contributes to and organises the European Days of Jewish Culture & Heritage
Its Bureau of International Affairs engages with the Foreign Office and foreign embassies on behalf of Jews, Israel and minority people globally
Supports an annual Moral Leadership course for the Armed Forces Jewish Community
Supports leadership development within BBYO
Provides scholarships for Jewish engineering undergraduates
Provides a social framework through its lodge structure
Contributes to B’nai B’rith International, which works to protect human rights, combat anti-Semitism and to regenerate Jewish identity in Eastern Europe