Update Archive

    Knot Pulled Tighter As Civility Wanes

    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…

    New Book Probes Core Of Conflict

    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…

    Brave Muslim Woman Stands Up For Israel

    Screenshot from today’s Times Of Israel website reflects Israel’s continuing security challenges. Brave Muslim Woman Stands Up For Israel Outstanding piece by a brave Muslim woman. Here’s an excerpt: “Israelis have…

    Balancing Sympathy With Facts

    May 4, 2018: Gaza border riots escalated as Palestinians vandalized and set ablaze pipes that carry fuel and gas, as well as crossings where humanitarian aid from Israel and the…

    US Policy Reversed To Israel’s Benefit

    US Policy Reversed  To Israel’s Benefit  From the Israeli newspaper Haaretz: “Trump reverses US policy: Israeli nukes not up for debate until Mideast states recognize country’s right to exist.” This…

    Is Engaging Millennials Worthless?

    Photo is of You Belong In Birmingham participants at a recent event. Is Engaging Millennials Worthless? By Samantha Dubrinsky,  Director of Community Impact There was an article recently on the Jewish…

    Sharansky’s Lesson On Unity & Disunity

    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,…

    Bowling, Belonging & A Place To Be

    Photo is of You Belong In Birmingham participants at Tuesday night’s program.  Bowling, Conversation & An Important Revelation By Samantha Dubrinsky,  BJF Director of Community Impact  On Tuesday night, I had…

    A Program in Great Taste

    If you’re a foodie and love Israel, the Levite Jewish Community Center has an event just for you! In anticipation of Israel’s big 70th birthday next May, the LJCC is…

    A Glimpse Of Our History

    By Richard Friedman, BJF-LJCC Executive Director In those quiet moments, the ones that often fly right by us unless we consciously stop to absorb them, important truths can be found….

    High Holiday Reflections

    By Hilary Gewant, BJF President These are the Days of Awe. These ten days between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur are for personal reflection, introspection, and forgiveness. It is our…

    Hurricane Irma Relief Update

    The letter below is written by Jerry Silverman, President and CEO of Jewish Federations of North America.  JFNA is the Birmingham Jewish Federation’s parent organization. We are now at a…

    A Helping Hand For Houston

    By Samantha Dubrinsky,  BJF Director of Community Impact In the past week, the damage caused by Hurricane Harvey, which hit Houston, Texas last week, continues to mount. Hundreds of thousands…

    Roll Hillel Roll

    By Sally Friedman, Birmingham Jewish Foundation Executive Director Football, new classes, Shabbat dinners and plenty of “Roll Tides”-It’s fall semester for Jewish students at The University of Alabama.  Bama’s Bloom…

    Jewish Organizations Speak Out

    Jewish Organizations Speak Out Against Charlottesville Violence Yad Vashem Holocaust Museum on Monday condemned this weekend’s neo-Nazi rally in Virginia, saying that the ideology on display there was identical to…

    Ronne Hess Honored By United Ability

    Inspirational Stories, Emotional Moments Highlight Tribute Evening Saturday night, August 5th was a wonderful evening at Birmingham’s Lyric Theater as United Ability honored long-time Birmingham volunteer leader and philanthropist Ronne…

    Maccabi Buzz Energizes Jewish Community

    Families Welcoming Athletes With Open Arms, Open Hearts Pictured here is the Israeli Delegation shortly after their arrival. Levite Jewish Community Center Executive Director Betzy Lynch phrased it well in an email…

    Next Israeli War Could Be Devastating

    At the Birmingham Jewish Federation, many things run through our minds simultaneously. Among them right now are finishing our 2017 fundraising campaign successfully, starting our 2018 fundraising campaign, bringing our…

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