The Birmingham Jewish Federation, Birmingham Jewish Foundation and Israel Bonds will be hosting a star-studded evening this Sunday, Oct. 29, at Temple Emanu-El. The program, headlined “Birmingham and Beyond,” is free and open to the public. There will be a reception at 4 pm and the program will start at 5 pm.
Among the “stars” are four extraordinary leaders who have enriched our Jewish community, Israel and the broader Birmingham community in a multitude of ways.
Well-known volunteer leader Jerry Held will receive the Federation’s Susan J. Goldberg Distinguished Volunteer Award; Federation board member Jahan Berns will be given the Joanie Plous Bayer Young Leadership Award; long-time volunteer leader Edward Goldberg will receive the Birmingham Jewish Foundation’s N.E. Miles Lifetime Achievement Award, and Rabbi Jonathan Miller, rabbi emeritus of Temple Emanu-El, will be presented the Star of David award by Israel Bonds.
One of the brightest stars of the program will be Birmingham’s new Mayor-Elect Randall Woodfin. The Mayor-Elect, in his first formal address to our Jewish community, will share his vision for Birmingham. The evening in turn will give Mr. Woodfin the chance to get to know our community better and meet many members of our community. He will be introduced by a long-time friend of our Jewish community, retired Marine general Charles Krulak, who is serving as a leader of the Mayor-Elect’s transition team.
The honorees as well as those who will be presenting them Sunday were brushing up on their talks this week and it promises to be an outstanding evening. Jerry will be introduced by his three children, Brian Held, Elisa Held Nelson, and Layne Held.Â Jahan will be presented by Richard Friedman, Executive Director of the Federation and Levite Jewish Community Center. Past Federation and Foundation President Ginger Held will introduce Edward Goldberg. Long-time Jewish community philanthropist Jimmy Filler will pay tribute to Rabbi Miller. Federation President Hilary Gewant will open the evening and Foundation President Richard Pizitz Jr. will make the concluding remarks.
“I am really excited about the program Sunday,” said Richard Friedman. “I’m blessed to have worked in some capacity with every honoree as well as every presenter, and I can promise you that this will be one of our best awards programs ever. Each year, this event reminds me of the extraordinary passion that our volunteer leaders have for our community and I am sure that Sunday will be no exception.”
So please join us Sunday for “Birmingham and Beyond” — a tribute to our city, Jewish community and the state of Israel. The “stars” will be shining that night and a large crowd will make the evening glow even more brightly!