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September 19, 2003 - Image 40

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The Detroit Jewish News, 2003-09-19

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more than 500 people gathered at
Adat Shalom Synagogue to celebrate
B'nai B'rith's 160th anniversary at a
festive dinner. He outlined the many
f the only images that come to
ways B'nai B'rith is beginning to reach
mind when you hear the term
out to the younger generation and to
B'nai B'rith are softball teams
and bowling leagues, John Rofel communities outside the traditional
Oakland County axis.
of West Bloomfield has a few words
As a whole, B'nai B'rith is the
for you.
largest non-gov-
"B'nai B'rith is
ernmental sponsor
not just a social
of senior housing
thing," says Rofel,
worldwide. It
president of the
brings Israeli chil-
organization's
dren to summer
Great Lakes
camp in Pennsyl-
Region. "It's an
vania and distrib-
educational
utes textbooks to
process, a human-
Paraguay and
itarian organiza-
medical supplies
tion, a place to
— $14 million
share Jewish val-
worth so far — to
ues. "
Argentina.
Founded in
Founders of
1843 by 12 Jewish
Hillel, the Center
immigrants in
for Jewish Life on
New York, the
Campus as well as
Independent
the Anti-
Order of B'nai
John Rofel, president, Great Lakes
Defamation
League,
B'rith was based on Region ifnai Brith
B'nai B'rith has
the teachings of
non-governmental status at the United
Judaism but free of specific ideology.
Nations. Its current educational pro-
Instead, its members were united by a
grams include "Enlighten America,"
common purpose of service to their
which fights inequality and injustice
community and their world. Today,
through various educational publica-
B'nai B'rith has members in 58 coun-
tions and presentations.
ties, carrying out Jewish concepts of
Closer to home, B'nai B'rith's Great
tzedakah, fellowship and inclusion.
Lakes Region is "helping people be
Jewish in outstate communities,"
Service Near And Far
Rofel says, including Bay City,
Rofel was in his element Sept. 7, when
COVENANT on page 42

DIANA LIEBERMAN
Staff Writer

7 1S 300

Helping to celebrate B'nai Brith's 160th anniversary were top youth leadership of
BBYO Michigan Region: Eddie Rubin of Farrington Hills, Whitney Aidenbaum
of West Bloomfield and Eric Hoffman of Farmington Hills.

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