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ORGANIZATIONS

Cultural, Community Service and Social Organizations B’nai B’rith Maimonides Lodge #46 Steven Remer, president go4mets56@aol.com (615) 356-2383 Michael Gryll, treasurer nashgryll@comcast.net (615) 352-7070

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ounded in the fall of 1863 during the Civil War, B’nai B’rith Maimonides Lodge #46 is the oldest chartered Jewish organization in

B’nai B’rith Social Unit Joyce Fox, president Jdf3@comcast.net (615) 661-9499 Jackie Harrison, membership vice-president Jackieharrison1951@ gmail.com (615) 730-7588

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n the early 1990’s, Nashville saw an influx of Jewish empty nesters who moved here from all around the country. Most came for business reasons, and because they had moved many times, knew how important it was to become connected in the Jewish community. A chavurah was formed, which then developed into a support group, becoming both friends and family for one another. Shortly thereafter, the group decided to affiliate with B’nai B’rith International by establishing a new chapter, one which would be organized differently from

Nashville. For more than 150 years, it has maintained an outstanding record of brotherhood and benevolence. The lodge has committed to assisting the visually impaired children of Nashville and the surrounding area since 1971. It continues to support visually impaired children by sponsoring the annual Braille Challenge and the Academic Challenge at the Tennessee School for the Blind. The lodge also is working with Jewish Family Service to help meet the many needs of our local visually impaired seniors with products that will enhance their lives. existing chapters. In 1994 our unit was founded as a social group for active adults who are or about to become empty nesters, with a continuing goal of maintaining that original sense of close friendship and family. Since our inception, we have served as a model for newer chapters across the country that strive to promote friendship, social awareness and camaraderie while conforming to the values of Judaism. As a lodge of B’nai B’rith International, we adhere to and support the purposes of the national organization which has advocated for global Jewry and championed the cause of human rights since 1843. In our 23 years, we have more than tripled our membership to more than 90. Through the years, our unit has been engaged in a number of community service projects. Currently, we conduct an annual drive among our members to provide books to Book-em, which serves underprivileged children; supply items to Jewish Continued on page 52

The lodge has established a scholarship in its name and for the past four years has awarded help to a visually impaired student from Nashville pay for continuing educational needs. As part of our community outreach, the lodge also assists Jewish Family Service with its Chanukah program for Jewish families in our community. The lodge sponsors brunches throughout the year that feature interesting speakers. Traditionally, the lodge holds four events and four business meetings annually. In 2016, we participated in both the community-wide celebration of Yom Ha’atzmaut,

Israel Independence Day, and Global Day of Jewish Learning. The Maimonides Lodge #46 is very proud of its commitment to the mission of B’nai B’rith, which is recognized as a vital voice in promoting Jewish unity and continuity, supporting the State of Israel, advocating on behalf of senior citizens and providing humanitarian aid and disaster relief. There are many opportunities to work with B’nai B’nai through their website www.bnaibrith.org. The Lodge continues to research and apply methods to recruit and retain membership to meet today's busy lifestyles. •

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