The Grand Lodge of New Jersey became the third Grand Lodge of Order Knights of Pythias on March 16, 1868. The Grand Lodge was founded by Samuel L. Read in Camden, NJ and Read became the first Supreme Chancellor. Today Pythian lodges across the state organize and host fundraising events and volunteer in support of local charities and community organizations. Through the NJ Knights of Pythias Charities Foundation, a 501C3 corp., member knights raise funds for endeavors ranging from the American Cancer society, local Food banks, Cystic Fibrosis Research, Diabetes Research Foundation, Deborah Hospital, veterans organizations and Autism Speaks, to name a few.
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.
During the pandemic of 2020-2021 and continuing, the NJ lodges, have been focused on raising funds and contributing to Food Banks and the Center for Food Action.
Current activities are being maintained through regularly scheduled Zoom 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.
Grand Council, Domain of New Jersey, 2021-2022
Grand Chancellor – Ray Breitowich, PGC
Grand Vice Chancellor – Robert Schlegel, PC
Grand Prelate – Sir Norman Goldenbaum, PGC
Grand Secretary – Sir David N Bellask, PGC, PDSC, PSR
Grand Treasurer – Henry B. Kazin, PGC
Grand Master of Arms – Sir Marvin Diner, SR
Grand Inner Guard – Matthew Silverman, PGC
Grand Outer Guard – Sir Joseph Spindel, DSC
Chief Tribune – Robert C. Blum, PC
Associate Tribunes – Sir Saul Rochman, PSR and David Shulman, PC Recorder – Brian Konikoff, PCDGC
Past Supreme Chancellor:
Sir Joel D. Fierstien
Sir Marvin I. Diner
Henry Kazin, PGC
Deputy Supreme Chancellor:
Henry Kazin, PGC
Grand Lodge Trustees:
Sir Marvin Diner, SR, 2024
Sir Joseph Spindel, PDSC, 2023
Matthew Silverman, PGC, 2022