October 13, 1843 : B’nai B’rith founded

Introduction

B’nai B’rith, the oldest Jewish service organization in the world, is founded in New York City by Henry Jones and 11 others. B’nai B’rith, meaning “Sons of the Covenant,” organized its first lodge in November, and Isaac Dittenhoefer was elected the first president. The fraternal organization went on to become a national leader in charity work and disaster relief, and in 1913 it formed the Anti-Defamation League to combat anti-Semitism. Today, some 500,000 men and women are members of B’nai B’rith.

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October 13, 1843 : B’nai B’rith founded

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    2010

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    October 13, 1843 : B’nai B’rith founded

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    October 24, 2017

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