Gainesville Gators Give Great Insights

    October 13, 2015

    Gainesville Gators Give Great Insights  By Samantha Dubrinsky, BJF Director of Community Impact I recently returned from a trip to Gainesville, Florida where I spoke to the Jewish community about my experiences in France and Ukraine earlier this year. I went on Jewish trips to both countries to assess the needs of the Jewish communities …..

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    Report: Yemen Jews Told To Convert Or Leave

    October 13, 2015

    Report: Yemen Jews Told To Convert Or Leave  A recent Jerusalem Post story reported that Yemen’s tiny Jewish community has been ordered to convert to Islam or leave the country. The Israel-based Jewish Agency, which receives funding from The Birmingham Jewish Federation’s Annual Campaign, has been at the forefront of helping Yemen’s shrinking and beleaguered Jewish …..

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    Terror Touches Close To Home

    October 10, 2015

    Terror Touches Close To Home The following was written for Update by Ronne and Donald Hess, long-time Jewish community leaders and philanthropists. Many of us stay glued to the news of Israel….anxious to know that our people are safe and doing well.  We take pride in the accomplishments and achievements and are sad and worried …..

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    Nice Guys Don’t Always Finish Last

    October 10, 2015

    Nice Guys Don’t Always Finish Last Nice guys don’t always finish last. In fact, sometimes they finish first. And this definitely is the case with this year’s winner of The Birmingham Jewish Federation’s Susan J. Goldberg Distinguished Volunteer Award. Widely-respected community volunteer leader Richard Pizitz Jr., one of the nicest and brightest volunteers involved in …..

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    German Leader’s Words Serve As BJF Reminder

    October 9, 2015

    German Leader’s Words Serve As BJF Reminder By Richard Friedman, BJF Executive Director From The Times Of Israel: “Iran’s ongoing hostility toward Israel and its frequent calls for the destruction of the Jewish state are ‘unacceptable,’ and Tehran must change its stance, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said Saturday.” Given the unique diplomatic relationship between Israel and …..

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    BJF Thanks Bon Jovi For Sending The Right Message

    October 9, 2015

    BJF Thanks Bon Jovi For Sending The Right Message The Times Of Israel had a great story on singer Jon Bon Jovi’s first-ever performance in Israel and him telling 50,000 cheering Israelis “I’ve waited a long time for this!” A few songs into the show, according to the story, he underlined his empathy with Israel by introducing …..

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    Inspiring Words From A Terror Victim’s Mom

    October 8, 2015

    Amid the latest spate of Palestinian terror against Israelis, writer Sherri Mandell (pictured above) had an important piece on the Times Of Israel website. Sherri’s teenage son Koby was murdered by Arab terrorists in 2001.  Sherri, known to many in Birmingham through visiting our community and The Birmingham Jewish Federation’s support for a foundation in …..

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    “Israeli Lives Matter” Campaign Goes Viral

    October 8, 2015

    Over the Jewish holidays, two terror attacks in Israel occurred. And, unfortunately, on Wednesday, two more terrorist attacks took place, leaving many questioning if these recent attacks are the start of a new trend. These deadly attacks have Jews and others all around the world concerned for Israel’s safety. In an effort to express concern …..

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    Change is Good, Right?

    October 7, 2015

    Change is Good, Right? By Samantha Dubrinsky, BJF Director of Community Impact Change is good, right? As a young professional, a Millennial — someone in their mid-20s, I like to think I’m pliable and resilient, ready for whatever comes my way. That’s why when we decided to change The Birmingham Jewish Federation’s online presence — …..

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    BJF Funds Help Israel Respond To Terror

    October 7, 2015

    BJF Funds Help Israel Respond To Terror By Richard Friedman, BJF Executive Director  As murderous terrorist attacks against Israelis began intensifying recently, The Birmingham Jewish Federation received an email from the Israel-based Jewish Agency which receives funding from our BJF Annual Campaign. It came from Arthur Sandman, the Jewish Agency’s Executive Vice President for International Development. “Sadly, the recent …..

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