Knot Pulled Tighter As Civility Wanes

    July 10, 2018

    Knot Pulled Tighter  As Civility Wanes  By Richard Friedman, BJF Executive Director Not too long ago, two of our Birmingham Jewish Federation staff members, Florina Newcomb and Samantha Dubrinsky, one of our long-time volunteer leaders, Lisa Engel, and I were discussing a disturbing trend we’ve seen evolve over the past five years: Growing polarization in …..

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    Jewish Groups React To Trump’s Supreme Court Pick

    July 10, 2018

    Photo is of Judge Brett Kavanaugh after his nomination was announced. (Photo: AP) Jewish Groups React To Trump’s Supreme Court Pick From the Times Of Israel: Almost immediately after President Trump announced federal judge Brett Kavanaugh as his nominee to replace Anthony Kennedy on the Supreme Court Monday night, Jewish groups and leaders expressed concern for …..

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    Discussion Focuses On Christian Support Of Israel

    July 10, 2018

    Discussion Focuses On Christian Support Of Israel By Richard Friedman,  BJF-LJCC Executive Director Monday morning, from 9-10 am, has become one of the most enjoyable hours of the week for me.  That’s when we’ve been having our “Brain Pump” discussions in the senior adult lounge of our Levite Jewish Community Center.  These are small group …..

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    Day School Graduates Explain Why Jewish Education Is So Important

    July 10, 2018

    Photo is of N.E. Miles Jewish Day School graduating class of 2018. Day School Graduates Explain Why Jewish Education Is So Important The recent N.E. Miles Jewish Day School graduation ceremony in Birmingham was a celebration of what makes the school unique. Graduates spoke about how their education has created their strong identity, impacted their …..

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    From Around The Corner To Across The Globe

    July 6, 2018

    Photo is from a recent You Belong In Birmingham event where about 40 young professionals gathered at a local brewery.  From Around The Corner To Across The Globe By Richard Friedman,  BJF Executive Director  As our local Jewish community and the Jewish world in general continue to evolve, we believe it’s important to articulate the importance …..

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    LJCC-BJF Discussion Series To Probe Contemporary Issues Through A Jewish Lens

    June 22, 2018

    LJCC-BJF Discussion Series To Probe Contemporary Issues Through A Jewish Lens Did the Israelis overreact at the Gaza border? Was moving the American embassy to Jerusalem a good move? Should the US have pulled out of the Iran treaty?  How do we distinguish legitimate criticism of Israel from anti-Semitic criticism of Israel? Should American Jews …..

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    “Kites Of Life” Reflect Israel’s Resilience

    June 20, 2018

    Photo is of kids and parents making “kites of life” in Sderot.   By Richard Friedman, BJF Executive Director  Nothing inspires me more than the resilience that Israelis — of all ages — show in times of crisis. And the determination the country’s civilians show in the face of terror is especially inspiring and even at …..

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    Gen. Charles Krulak Helps Recruit Jewish Students To Birmingham-Southern College

    June 20, 2018

    Photo is of Gen. Charles Krulak. By Samantha Dubrinsky,  BJF Director of Community Impact  What do a Marine & former member of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, a family from California and a Birmingham Jewish Federation professional have in common? Actually, a lot. All three are connected deeply to the Jewish community and Birmingham-Southern College. …..

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    Federation & Federation Partners On The Ground In Israel

    June 8, 2018

    Photo is people inspecting the yard of a kindergarten in Southern Israel after it was hit by a mortar shell fired from the Gaza Strip three days ago. (Haaretz) Federation & Federation Partners On The Ground In Israel The Birmingham Jewish Federation received an email from Jewish Federations of North America, our national organization, about …..

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    New Book Probes Core Of Conflict

    June 8, 2018

    Image is of the cover of Yossi Klein Halevi’s book, “Letters to My Palestinian Neighbor.” New Book Probes Core Of Conflict By Richard Friedman, BJF Executive Director If timing is everything, Israeli author and journalist Yossi Klein Halevi picked the perfect moment to release his new book “Letters to My Palestinian Neighbor.” It has come …..

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