[ buh-ney brith ]
/ bəˈneɪ ˈbrɪθ /
an international Jewish organization, founded in New York City in 1843, which institutes and administers programs designed to promote the social, educational, and cultural betterment of Jews and of the public at large.
The Letter B Once Had A Much Longer NameThe letter B was part of the Phoenician alphabet more than 3000 years ago in 1000 BCE. At that time, the letter was called beth and looked a little different, but it made the sound of b and was second in the alphabet. The shape of the letter resembled the floor plan of a house, and the word beth meant “house.” This is pictured below. In Hebrew, the letter was called beth, bet, or bayt which also …
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Origin of B'nai B'rith
From the Hebrew word bənē bərīth sons of the covenant
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/ (bəˈneɪ bəˈriːθ, brɪθ) /
a Jewish fraternal organization founded in New York in 1843, having moral, philanthropic, social, educational, and political aims
Word Origin for B'nai B'rith
from Hebrew benē brīth sons of the covenant
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Jewish fraternal organization founded in New York City in 1843, Hebrew, literally "Sons of the Covenant," from bene, state construct of banim, plural of ben "son," + brith "covenant."
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper