Instruments of Hope Represent Bham’s Potential To Break Barriers

    April 24, 2018

    Photo is of the Alabama Symphony Orchestra playing the Violins of Hope.  Instruments of Hope Represent Bham’s Potential To Break Barriers By Samantha Dubrinsky,  BJF Director of Community Impact “Much like a violin, hope must be practiced.” This line said by an African-American actor during a special performance of the Alabama Symphony Orchestra stuck with …..

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    More Than Food: The Fest Is About People

    April 15, 2018

    Photo is of Allen and Shae Halpern with their daughter Ava at last year’s food festival. More Than Food: The Fest Is About People The Friedman Family Foundation Jewish Food and Culture Fest on Sunday, April 22nd from 11 am to 3 pm will be all about food, with a wide array of freshly made …..

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    Non-Violence Advocates Continue to Single Out Israel Unfairly

    April 15, 2018

    Image is of a movie poster made about Jerry Levin being held hostage and his wife Sis’s efforts to help him. Non-Violence Advocates Continue to Single Out Israel Unfairly By Richard Friedman, BJF Executive Director  Members of our Jewish community are well aware of Sis and Jerry Levin, who for years have been at the …..

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    John Buchanan: A Maverick With A Mission

    April 2, 2018

    Photo is of excerpt from 1978 Birmingham News’ story reflecting Birmingham Congressman John Buchanan’s efforts on behalf of Natan Sharansky (name spelled differently then), who at that time was an imprisoned Jewish dissident in the Soviet Union. John Buchanan: A Maverick With A Mission By Richard Friedman, BJF Executive Director Many Alabama folks well remember …..

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    Supporting Our Family During This Passover Season

    March 28, 2018

    Photo is of a Jewish man in Ukraine who is being helped by JDC.  Supporting Our Family During This Passover Season By Ronne Hess,  Jewish Community Volunteer Leader The American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee’s work is “our” — the Jewish community’s — story. When we talk about Tikkun Olam, repairing the world, many of us …..

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    Different Perspectives On Jewish Reaction To Anti-Semitism Ignite Debate

    March 21, 2018

    Photo is of Jewish tombstones that were vandalized last year in Philadelphia.  (Photo: Haaretz)  Different Perspectives  On Jewish Reaction  To Anti-Semitism Ignite Debate By Samantha Dubrinsky,  BJF Director of Community Impact  A recent opinion article in the New York Times entitled “Anti-Semitism Is Rising. Why Aren’t Jews Speaking Up?” in the New York Times has …..

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    “You Have To Have The Chutzpah To Shout It”: Mitnick Fellows On Pro-Israel Advocacy

    March 20, 2018

    Photo is of some of the Alabama delegation meeting with Rep. Terri Sewell (back center). Discovering The Chutzpah To Stand For What Is Right Through a fund established in the Birmingham Jewish Foundation by Willine and J. George Mitnick, both of blessed memory, the Birmingham Jewish Federation sends a delegation of young Jewish professionals to …..

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    Jewish Food & Culture Fest Will Bring Bham Community Together

    March 20, 2018

    Photo is of, from left, Isa Dorsky, Lori Dorsky and Jacob Halpern. Jewish Food & Culture Fest Will Bring Bham Community Together By Bob Greenberg,  Executive Director,  Temple Beth-El   When you ask Birmingham Jewish community volunteers Isa Dorsky, Lori Dorsky, and Jacob Halpern what motivated them to serve as co-chairs for this year’s newly …..

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    BJF Agencies, Israel Trauma Coalition Helping Parkland

    March 5, 2018

    Photo is of Parkland students being evacuated on the day of the shooting. BJF Agencies, Israel Trauma Coalition  Helping Parkland  From Fox News: “As the community in Parkland, Fla., works to recover from the tragic Valentine’s Day shooting at Stoneman Douglas High School that left 17 people dead, a team sent by the Israeli government …..

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    Sharansky’s Lesson On Unity & Disunity

    March 5, 2018

    Photo is, from left, Danielle Bogart, Sarah-Kate Roberts, Samantha Dubrinsky and Jamil Clayton, who are the young professionals from Birmingham attending the conference. (Lauren Klinner is also at the conference, but not pictured.) Sharansky’s Lesson On Unity & Disunity By Samantha Dubrinsky,  BJF Director of Community Impact  WASHINGTON, DC — I, along with three other …..

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