The Grand Lodge of New Jersey became the third Grand Lodge of Order Knights of Pythias on March 16, 1868. The NJ Grand Lodge was founded in Camden, NJ by Samuel L. Read who also became the first Supreme Chancellor of our Order.
For 155 years, Pythian lodges across the state have supported their communities, raised funds to support local and national charities, and volunteered their efforts to assist in times of need. Through the NJ Knights of Pythias Charities Foundation, a 501C3 corp., lodges raise and donate funds to the American Cancer society, Alzheimer’s Research, local Food banks, Cystic Fibrosis Research, Diabetes Research Foundation, Deborah Hospital, local EMT units, veterans organizations, Autism Speaks and Make A Wish Foundation, to name a few.
During the pandemic the lodges focused increased efforts to support local Food Banks and the Center for Food Action. Every Fall season we gather and distribute slightly used winter coats to people in need through Jersey Cares. Local lodges also provide benevolent benefits to members as well as holding social gatherings — picnics, dinners and other events for families and guests.
See NJKOP Charities Foundation Page.
Current activities are returning to in person meetings. We welcome all men at least 18 years of age to join us in Friendship, Charity and Benevolence. For more information about membership: Call David Bellask: (732) 561-2174.
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Grand Council, Domain of New Jersey, 2022-2023
Grand Chancellor – Robert Schlegel
Grand Vice Chancellor – Sir Marvin Diner, SR
Grand Prelate – Sir Norman Goldenbaum, PGC
Grand Secretary – Sir David N Bellask, PGC, PDSC, SR
Grand Treasurer – Henry B. Kazin, PGC
Grand Master of Arms – Matthew Silverman, SR
Grand Inner Guard – Sir Joseph Spindel, PSR
Grand Outer Guard – Rafael Breitowich, PGC
Chief Tribune – Robert C. Blum, PC
Associate Tribunes –
Sir Saul Rochman, PSR
Sir Marvin Diner, PSR
Recorder – Brian Konikoff, PCDGC
Past Supreme Chancellor:
Sir Joel D. Fierstien
Henry Kazin, DSC;
Matthew Silverman, SR
Deputy Supreme Chancellor:
Henry Kazin, DSC, SR
Grand Lodge Trustees:
Rafael Breitowich, SR, 2025
Sir Marvin Diner, PSR, 2024
Matthew Silverman, SR, 2023