Richard Friedman, long-time Birmingham Jewish Federation Executive Director and, more recently, CEO of both the BJF and the Levite Jewish Community Center, will be honored by Israel Bonds Sunday, Nov. 11.
The event also will include presentation of the BJF’s Joanie Plous Bayer Young Leadership award to volunteer Robin Bromberg and the Susan J. Goldberg Distinguished Volunteer Award to Ronne Hess.
The event, open to the public, will be at Temple Beth-El. There will be a reception at 4:15 pm and program at 5 pm.
Richard, who began working for the Federation in 1981, will conclude his service to the BJF and LJCC at the end of 2019.
“I am glad Israel Bonds will be honoring Richard for his dedication to Israel over the years and all he has done to educate our community and state about the importance of a strong Israel,” said longtime Israel Bonds volunteer leader Jimmy Filler who will pay tribute to Richard on behalf of Israel Bonds.
Jimmy also has volunteered to chair the 2019 BJF fundraising campaign knowing that it will be Richard’s last campaign as executive director. Birmingham businessman Harold Ripps will serve as Jimmy’s co-chair.
During his more than three decades as Federation director, Richard has helped raise approximately $100,000,000 for Jewish needs locally and globally. A journalist by training, his writing about Israel and other topics has appeared in a wide range of media outlets including the Wall Street Journal, Times Of Israel, New York Jewish Week and Los Angeles Jewish Journal.
Before joining the Federation professionally, Richard was a reporter and metro editor at the Birmingham News and taught journalism at Birmingham-Southern College.
“I am flattered that I was selected as this year’s Bonds honoree,” said Richard. “I love Israel, believe in the cause of Israel Bonds, and have watched with pride as Israel has become increasingly secure and successful over the years. I am grateful for this honor.”