B’nai B’rith International is widely respected as one of the world’s largest Jewish membership organization promoting human rights, community action and humanitarian efforts. Tikkun olam is a concept that is an integral part of being Jewish. Loosely translated, it refers to our obligation to repair the world, to make the world a better place in which to live, work and play. What we in BBI do is in keeping with tikkun olam.
The Achim/Gate City lodge, established in 1870, is one of the oldest B’nai B’rith lodges. At the local level, we organize and promote volunteer community service programs, including the following:
Pinch Hitters — Our “Pinch Hitter” program (a tradition since 1980) provides hundreds of volunteers in Atlanta area hospitals and assisted living facilities to relieve Christian employees from non-technical, non-medical duty on Christmas Day so they can celebrate their holiday with their families. In 1990, President George Bush (the first) recognized this program as his 335th Volunteer Point of Light.
Enlighten America, our annual Essay Contest for middle school students, encourages respect and tolerance of our friends and neighbors’ diverse religious beliefs and racial/cultural backgrounds. Learn how to enter this contest by reading this PDF. All entries must be received by Friday, April 12, 2019. Winners will be announced on May 5, 2019.
Unto Every Person There Is a Name — We read aloud names of actual victims of the Holocaust to help people realize that there were 6 million individual lives lost, not just a monolith of many people grouped together. This nationally observed B’nai B’rith program generally occurs around Yom HaShoah. Anyone who would like to do so may read names of victims; it is quite a moving experience for the reader and for those hearing the names being read.
Cares for Kids — Annually delivers new and gently used stuffed animals to children in hospitals and homeless shelters. Since 1997 we have distributed more than 20,000 furry friends to these children and brought countless smiles to their faces.
Our social programs combined with dinner at trendy Atlanta restaurants are popular, too, along with Trivia night, outings to plays and cultural events.
For more information, please contact Harry Lutz at 678-485- 8179.