B'nai B'rith

B'nai B'rith Disaster Relief Fund To Help Boston Blast Victims

04/18/2013

Some victims of the April 15th bomb bast at the Boston Marathan will benefit from B'nai B'rith's Disaster Relief Fund, the organization announced Thursday.

Three died and scores were injured by two bomb blasts at the Boston Marathon. Getty Images

"Girls" Creator Has Jewish-Camp Envy

Apparently Lena Dunham, as a teen, had to find neurotic summer activities other than well-planned kitchen raids at Camp Ramah.

At the risk of making too much of a brief reference on the HBO comedy "Girls," we report this tidbit about how the popular Conservative movement-run camp was written into the plot of this week's episode. It wasn't auto-biographical, though Dunham, creator, producer and star of the show, seems to wish otherwise.

Lena Dunham

Pope Benedict Renews Commitment to Jewish Dialogue

05/13/2011

ROME (JTA) -- Pope Benedict XVI praised the development of Catholic-Jewish relations over the past four decades and renewed commitment to dialogue.

"What has happened in these forty years must be seen as a great gift from the Lord and a reason for heartfelt gratitude towards the One who guides our steps with his infinite and eternal wisdom," he told a senior delegation from B'nai B'rith international at an audience Wednesday at the Vatican.

Obama Emboldened, But Old Middle East Obstacles Remain

Foreign policy victory in bin Laden killing may not lead to new peace initiatives.

05/03/2011
Washington Correspondent

The death of al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden at the hands of elite U.S. forces was a boost for a president with few foreign policy achievements to his credit. But it will do little to ease the foreign policy and political conundrums his administration faces in a changing Middle East, and in some cases may add new complications.

While the Palestinian Authority supported the U.S. action, Hamas quickly condemned the killing of a “holy warrior.”

Crowds gather in Times Square Sunday night as word spread that Osama bin Laden was killed by U.S. forces. photos Getty images

Jewish Community Aiding Tornado Victims

04/29/2011

SAN FRANCISCO (JTA) -- Jewish groups are mobilizing assistance in areas of the U.S. Southeast struck by devastating tornadoes this week.

Paradigm shift in the federal budget debate; will Jewish groups fight?

 If you had any illusions this year's budget battle on Capitol Hill would be like past fights – a lot of huffing and puffing, but in the end no real change – Rep. Paul Ryan's new GOP budget plan should put an end to them.

Ryan, a seven-termer, is pushing a budget proposal he says will slash $5.8 trillion – that's trillion,, not billion- from the budget over ten years and, he says, begin to address the problem of out-of-control entitlement programs.

Jewish Groups, Lawmaker Rap U.S. House 2012 Budget Plan

04/07/2011

(JTA) -- Jewish groups and a key Jewish lawmaker condemned the U.S. House of Representative's budget proposal for 2012, saying it will hurt the Americans most in need.

The Jewish Council for Public Affairs said in a statement released Wednesday that the Republican-backed budget proposal unveiled the previous day, which slashes nearly $6 trillion from federal spending over the next 10 years, "relies on cuts which will be harmful to many of those in America who are most in need."

Bad news for a recovering, refocused B'nai B'rith

You have to feel a little sorry for B'nai B'rith International. Just as the group seemed to be carving out a new place for itself in the Jewish communal world, its president, indicted on federal tax fraud charges, has resigned and a shadow has been cast over the venerable group.

B’nai B’rith Chief Dennis Glick Indicted on Tax Fraud

04/01/2011

WASHINGTON (JTA) -- Dennis Glick, who abruptly resigned as president of B'nai B'rith International, has been indicted on federal charges of tax fraud, JTA has learned.

Glick, a certified public accountant who held a variety of positions over the years at B'nai B'rith, including treasurer, was arraigned Thursday and released on $50,000 bail after entering a plea of not guilty. He was arrested March 23 on charges of falsifying tax returns for a client and lying about it to investigators. If convicted, he faces up to 15 years in prison and a fine of $1.25 million.

UN Human Rights Council Draws Jewish Praise for Iran Position

03/25/2011

WASHINGTON (JTA) -- The U.N. Human Rights Council drew rare praise from Jewish groups for creating a position for a special rapporteur on Iran.

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