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

    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 publicly criticize Israel?

    The list of issues could go on and on.

    Which is why the Levite Jewish Community Center, in partnership with the Birmingham Jewish Federation, is inaugurating a new series called “Brain Pump,” to give people the chance to come together, exchange opinions and learn from one another.

    A four part discussion series, facilitated by LJCC-BJF Executive Director Richard Friedman, Brain Pump will take place at the LJCC on June 25, July 2, July 9, July 16. The sessions will be held in the Senior Adult Lounge from 9-10 AM. Coffee and light refreshments will be provided.

    The title Brain Pump is a play on the words Body Pump which is the name of one of the LJCC’s most popular group fitness classes. The idea of the 9-10 AM morning slot is to make our discussion sessions as convenient as possible for people going to and coming from our LJCC Fitness Center at that time.

    Each session will be limited to the first 15 people who RSVP.  The goal of keeping the sessions small is to create an environment where there is discussion and everyone has the chance to participate. These sessions are open to both members of the Jewish community and broader Birmingham community.

    Richard, who will facilitate these discussions, has been to Israel 55 times over the course of his 35 year Federation career.  In addition to having met with scores of Israelis, including top-ranking officials, he’s met with Palestinians, Jordanians, Lebanese and Saudis to discuss the Middle East.  In addition, he’s written an estimated 500 stories and commentary pieces about Israel that have appeared in a range of publications including the Wall Street Journal.

    “We are excited about this new LJCC-BJF offering,” explained Priscilla Denard, the LJCC’s Director of Programming and Events. “Many great new things are happening at the LJCC, in part because of our partnership with the BJF. We want to use our community resources as efficiently and strategically as possible and also continue to expand the number of Jewish learning opportunities offered at our LJCC. Brain Pump, a fun title embracing serious issues, is one more example.”

    The first program, to be held on June 25, will focus on decisions the Trump administration has made regarding Israel and the implications of those decisions.  

    You can register for these talks each week at the LJCC Welcome Center or by emailing LJCC staffer Priscilla Denard at pdenard@bhamjcc.org.


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