B’nai B’rith Organization


B’nai B’rith Organization (beh-NAY BRITH or-gun-ih-ZAY-shin) listen


  • n. The oldest Jewish charitable organization in the United States.

Example Sentences

  • "B’nai B’rith involvement in international affairs dates to the 1870s when anti-Semitism reached new heights in Romania. Through the influence of B’nai B’rith, the U.S. government established a consulate there, and a former B’nai B’rith president, Benjamin Peixotto, was appointed the first consul." (source)

Languages of Origin

  • Textual Hebrew


  • בְּנֵי בְּרִית 'lit. children of the covenant'

    • Who Uses This

      • Jews: Jews of diverse religious backgrounds and organizational involvements
      • Organizations: People involved in a professional or volunteer capacity with Jewish nonprofit organizations


      • North America


      • The New Joys of Yiddish, by Leo Rosten and Lawrence Bush (New York, 2003[1968]).
      • The JPS Dictionary of Jewish Words, by Joyce Eisenberg and Ellen Scolnic, (Philadelphia, 2001).

      Alternative Spellings

      B’nai B’rith, Bnai Brith Organization, Bnai Brith


  • "Founded in New York in 1843 by German Jewish immigrants, B’nai B’rith is the oldest Jewish charitable organization in the United States. It is also the largest Jewish fraternal organization in the country. In addition to social, intellectual, and fraternal activities, B’nai B’rith supports the activities of its Anti-Defamation League. It also sponsors a speakers bureau on topics of Jewish interest." (JPS)

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