Mayor David Amlen proclaimed Saturday, Nov. 9 as B'nai B'rith Day in the Township of Springfield.
The following is the proclamation which was read and presented to Mark Ross:
B’nai B’rith International
170 Years Old
WHEREAS, 2013 marks the 170th anniversary of B’nai B’rith International; and
WHEREAS, the organization was founded on the Lower East Side of New York to improve the lives of new German Jewish immigrants to America; and
WHEREAS, B’nai B’rith is the oldest service organization founded in the United States (the American Red Cross, which was founded in 38 years later, was co-founded by a B’nai B’rith member) and has an unparalleled record of aiding humanity in communities throughout the United States and more than 50 other nations; and
WHEREAS, B’nai B’rith has provided over $100 million in cash, medical equipment, and supplies to victims of disasters worldwide since 1868 and has provided over $40,000.00 for the victims of Hurricane Sandy, in New Jersey alone; and
WHEREAS, B’nai B’rith is a strong and vocal advocate for the protection of the State of Israel, and has had an active presence in Israel since 1888; and
WHEREAS, B’nai B’rith has had an active presence as an NGO at the United Nations since its founding and is the only Jewish NGO with full-time representation at the United Nations in New York and its agencies in Europe and Latin America; and
WHEREAS, B’nai B’rith is America’s largest Jewish sponsor of federally-funded housing for seniors of limited income and provides safe, comfortable and affordable housing for seniors without regard for race, religion, and ethnicity and has an international network of senior living facilities; and
WHEREAS, B’nai B’rith is widely acclaimed as a forceful advocate for senior citizens, with a special emphasis on protecting Social Security and Medicare; and
WHEREAS, B’nai B’rith has a 100-year record of commitment to cultural diversity, tolerance and understanding, complemented by the Diverse Minds Youth Writing Challenge through which high school students write and illustrate books, which B’nai B’rith publishes for elementary school children teaching them the value of tolerance and diversity; and
WHEREAS, B’nai B’rith members in local communities provide countless hours of service to local projects to better the communities in which they live, including the Annual Jewish Fair and Expo held each year since 1972, originally held at the Garden State Arts Center in Holmdel, New Jersey, and currently held in Union, New Jersey.
NOW, THEREFORE, I, David Amlen, Mayor of the Township of Springfield, do hereby proclaim Saturday, November 9, 2013 as B’NAI B’RITH DAY in the Township of Springfield, County of Union,
State of New Jersey.
Given under my hand and the Great Seal of the Township of Springfield, County of Union, State of New Jersey, this 8th day of October, 2013.
David Amlen, Mayor