Special Briefing on Anxiety, Conflict & Extremism

    January 6, 2017

    Special Briefing on Anxiety, Conflict & Extremism    The Anti-Defamation League, an organization funded in part by the Birmingham Jewish Federation’s Annual Campaign, will be hosting an exclusive briefing on Wednesday, Jan. 25 at Temple Emanu-El. The briefing will discuss the anxiety, extremism and conflict in the US that has emerged over the past few years. Deputy …..

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    Alabama Governor Signs ‘Governors Against BDS’ Statement

    January 6, 2017

    Photo is of Gov. Robert Bentley.  Alabama Governor Signs ‘Governors Against BDS’ Statement   By Daniel Odrezin,  BJF Asst. Executive Director We in Alabama’s pro-Israel community are very fortunate that our elected officials — both at the state and national level — are, as a rule, overwhelmingly supportive of the Jewish state and a strong …..

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    Bham Named One Of The World’s Top Places To Visit

    January 5, 2017

    Bham Named One Of The World’s Top Places To Visit   Photo is of downtown Birmingham. By Samantha Dubrinsky,  BJF Director of Community Impact Those of us who live in Birmingham know just how wonderful our “Magic City” — Birmingham’s affectionate nickname — is. But, it’s always encouraging to see that others are recognizing the …..

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    Federations Discuss Impact Of UN Security Council Vote

    January 5, 2017

    Federations Discuss Impact Of UN Security Council Vote   In the aftermath of a recent speech by Secretary of State John Kerry that was viewed by many as excessively critical of Israel, Jewish Federations of North America and the Jewish Council for Public Affairs held a conference call to provide the North American Jewish community …..

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    Confusing Times Require Knowledge, History

    January 2, 2017

      Confusing Times Require Knowledge, History  By Richard Friedman, BJF Executive Director  Amid all of the current historical and moral confusion about Israeli “settlements,” clarity is needed:  Jewish roots in the West Bank, or, what many Jews and Christians more accurately call Judea and Samaria, date back to biblical times. (See accompanying map.)    In …..

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    Neo-Nazi Plans To Rally In Montana Grow

    December 30, 2016

    The image above was posted on The Daily Stormer’s website. The building in the background of the image is a picture of Auschwitz, one of the most well-known Nazi death camps.  Neo-Nazi Plans To Rally In Montana Grow By Samantha Dubrinsky,  BJF Director of Community Impact  Disturbing reports are emerging from Montana about a neo-Nazi march …..

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    A Left Vs. Right Debate At The LJCC

    December 29, 2016

    A Left Vs. Right Debate At The LJCC By Samantha Dubrinsky, BJF Director of Community Impact   There are two sides to every story and our Birmingham Jewish community is going to have the opportunity to hear both sides of Israel’s story.    Jonathan S. Tobin, senior online editor and chief political blogger of Commentary …..

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    A Helpful History Lesson Amid US-Israel Tension

    December 29, 2016

    A Helpful History Lesson  Amid US-Israel Tension Well-known liberal Alan Dershowitz has posted an important piece on US Secretary of State John Kerry’s speech Wednesday on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Dershowitz, who makes it clear that he opposes Israeli settlements in the West Bank, which is a flashpoint between the Obama and Netanyahu governments, nonetheless writes …..

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    Reflecting On Moldova’s Jewish Community

    December 22, 2016

    Photo is of children in Moldova baking for Passover thanks to the work of the Federation-funded JDC. Reflecting On Moldova’s Jewish Community By Florina Newcomb,  BJF Programs & Special Projects Coordinator  Once in a while, Birmingham Jewish Federation Executive Director Richard Friedman sends me an article.  It’s usually an article that makes him think of me. I …..

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    Historic Savannah Synagogue Affirms Faith In Jewish Future

    December 21, 2016

    Historic Savannah Synagogue Affirms Faith In Jewish Future    Photo is the inside of Congregation Mickve Israel. By Richard Friedman, BJF Executive Director  SAVANNAH, GA — It was a festive moment.   I found myself wedged in among a broad cross-section of people, the men in tuxedos and the women in beautiful dresses, who had …..

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