Surprise & No Surprise

    June 9, 2017

    Photo is of Hanan Ashwari.  Surprise & No Surprise By Richard Friedman, BJF Executive Director Two events occurred recently in connection with the United Nations. One was surprising, the other not at all. Danny Danon, Israel’s Ambassador to the UN, was elected to a high-ranking UN slot. This was surprising, given the UN’s longstanding and …..

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    Layne Held: How You Can Help Make The JCC Maccabi Games Successful

    June 7, 2017

    Photo is of part of Birmingham’s JCC Maccabi Games delegation from the 2016 Games. The JCC Maccabi Games Need Your Time, Commitment The following was written by the JCC Maccabi Games Co-Chair Layne Held.  By Layne Held  The JCC Maccabi Games are less than 60 days away. Twenty-nine delegations will be in Birmingham from July 30 – …..

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    Federation, Foundation Annual Meeting June 19

    June 5, 2017

    Photo is of Jerry & Ginger Held. Federation, Foundation Annual Meeting June 19 The Birmingham Jewish Federation and Birmingham Jewish Foundation will hold their annual meeting on Monday, June 19 at the N.E. Miles Jewish Day School.  A reception will be held before the program at 5:30 pm with the meeting beginning at 6 pm. The …..

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    New West Bank City Offers Taste Of What Could Be

    June 3, 2017

    Photo is of the main city center in Rawabi. (Photo: Times Of Israel) New West Bank City Offers Taste Of What Could Be By Richard Friedman, BJF Executive Director  It’s not everyday that a place you’ve visited is in the news. Especially when you’re an American Jewish Federation director and it’s a Palestinian city in …..

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    Jewish Day School Students Win First Place In Science Competition

    May 25, 2017

    Photo is of NEMJDS students after winning first prize. Jewish Day School Students Win First Place In Science Competition The N.E. Miles Jewish Day School was one of eleven local schools to participate in the McWane Center’s Celebrate Science Competition, and the students’ “Brilliant Buoyancy” exhibit prototype earned first place. Their prototype will be on …..

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    Our House Is A Home For All

    May 22, 2017

    Our House Is A Home For All By Richard Friedman What an amazing afternoon it was Sunday at our Levite Jewish Community Center as the Pizitz Auditorium was bursting with love, unity, mutual respect, and a collective desire among vastly different groups and individuals to work together to build a better Birmingham for all. Our …..

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    LJCC-BJF CEO Richard Friedman: “The Day After”

    May 19, 2017

    LJCC-BJF CEO Richard Friedman: “The Day After”   By Richard Friedman Today was the day after. On Thursday, it was announced that the boards of the Levite Jewish Community Center and the Birmingham Jewish Federation had named me joint CEO over the two agencies. This decision to experiment with a new model came in the …..

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    Jewish Life In Small Towns Created Lasting Impact

    May 12, 2017

    Photo is of Steve’s family’s store.  Jewish Life In Small Towns Created Lasting Impact By Richard Friedman,  BJF Executive Director  I had a piece in Update about the kinship Jews feel toward one another being a key to what Mark Twain called our “immortality.” That thought — and the power of this connection — came …..

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    Connectedness A Key To Jewish Immortality

    May 9, 2017

      Connectedness A Key To Jewish Immortality Photo is of the Ina Levine Jewish Community Campus in Phoenix, Arizona. By Richard Friedman, BJF Executive Director Being in Phoenix recently to help that community’s Federation address issues reminded me of our connectedness as Jews, no matter where we go.  There is a special kinship among us; an …..

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    Jewish Communities Partner With FBI To Improve Security

    May 9, 2017

    Image is the FBI’s logo. Jewish Communities Partner With FBI To Improve Security Senior Homeland Security and FBI agents have briefed Jewish security and community officials at a Washington summit aimed at better preparing for a wide-range of threats and challenges, according to a report by the Times Of Israel The summit was organized by …..

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