The Menorah Pledge and Six Folds of Programming
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Menorah Pledge Principles:
The light of the Menorah symbolizes the knowledge and strength of our Order. The seven branches represent the power we have to affect our world by enriching ourselves.
We pledge our devotion to our beloved country, whose blessing we shall never take for granted. We shall guard zealously our democratic rights and shall fulfill our duties as citizens.
We have a magnificent Jewish heritage, which has enriched the civilization of every land. We shall aim to become imbued with an understanding and a love of our Jewish culture so that we may be a conscious part of the people from whom we stem. We shall always strive to live up to the ideals, which are the essence of Jewish religious faith.
We recognize our responsibility to render selfless service as citizens of the community in which we live.
We shall always be concerned with the underprivileged and distressed. We shall offer our help to those in need, recognizing that the ability to help others is a blessing and a responsibility.
We represent one of the faiths that make up the diverse patterns of the religious world. We shall learn to understand and respect our neighbor. We shall so live as individuals and groups that we may reflect credit upon the Jewish people.
We shall try to exemplify in our home the finest of Jewish family traditions.
We make possible the warmth and joy of good sisterhood through our association in Chapters. We shall respect the rights of each member. We shall make our Chapter a true example of democratic living so that companionship and friendship may endure.
Prayer for World Jewry
Ligthing the candles is a privilege we engage in that displays the freedom we, as B'nai B'rith Girls, and as Jews are able to exhibit. However, there are Jews in our world who are not allowed to observe Judaism freely. Oppressed Jewry is a major concern in our society. The light that is burning so brightly is the light of hope. We hope that one day all oppressed Jews will be able to practice Judaism as freely as we are doing here today.
The Six Folds of Programming:
This fold emphasizes and stresses the Judaic tradition of Tikkun Olam, meaning the repairing of the world in Hebrew. Community Service programming can be direct or indirect. Direct community service for example is being a volunteer for an organization, and indirect community service for example is raising money for a cause.
This fold focuses on enhancing your imaginations and discovering and widening your talents and abilities. Basically, it focuses on expressing yourself in your own unique way. Programming under the creativity fold ranges from the arts to cooking to acting/improv games, etc.
This fold deals with all aspects of Judaism and Judaic experiences, whether it is culture, prayers, holidays, customs, traditions, Israeli politics, anti-Semitism, Judaic history, etc.
This fold deals with the opportunity to get girls off their feet and up and moving! This fold covers anything that gives members the opportunity to have fun and interact with their sister BBGs.
This fold focuses on binding and bringing together all BBGs. While it focuses on good, sister-ly relations between one another and hyping up girls to become more dedicated to and more enthusiastic about BBG, it also focuses on the issues that we, as young Jewish women may face. Such issues include feminism, relationships, etc.
This fold focuses on teaching BBGs on whats happening in the world around us, whether it is good or bad. Not only does this fold focus on education, but it also focuses on taking action. Programming includes signing petitions, writing letters, distributing pamphlets, and anything that vocalizes the issue. This fold helps BBGs bring a positive change and make a difference in our world.
Although this is not a fold, it is definitely a part of BBG. It is often referred to as a subtopic of the Sisterhood fold. MBA stands for Mind-Body-Attitude. This fold focuses on addressing issues of self-esteem, body image, eating disorders, the media and its effects, lifestyles, etc.