B’nai B’rith Today Enters 100th Year of Its Existence
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B’nai B’rith Today Enters 100th Year of Its Existence

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The B’nai B’rith, oldest and largest national Jewish organization in the United States, tomorrow will being its 100th year of existence by mobilizing its members for an intensive membership campaign, the aim of which is to make available increased B’nai B’rith manpower and womanpower for war service.

While plans for the observance of the centennial are being held in abeyance because of the war, until early in 1943, Mr. Henry Monsky, president of the B’nai B’rith, issued a statement today emphasizing that “all efforts of the organization are at present directed towards the common task of winning the war.”

“Today, as throughout its history, B’nai B’rith is the ally of freedom and justice,” the statement says. “To their preservation we are dedicating all our manpower and all our resources. To their triumph we have already given thousands of our sons, brothers and fathers who on every fighting front are covering themselves with glory. To their certain victory we are giving blood, toil and treasure. On the home front B’nai B’rith is doing everything in its power to bolster the hand and quicken the heart of those charged with the grave responsibility of directing the national war effort. B’nai B’rith’s whole program, traditionally dynamic, has long since been effectively integrated to wartime needs and services. Today all our war efforts are directed toward the common task of winning the war.”

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