New Campaign Is Taking Hold Amid Excitement

    September 2, 2015

    By Richard Friedman, BJF Executive Director No matter how many times I’ve been in these meetings, they always seem fresh and exciting. I’m referring to the first meeting of the year to plan the coming Birmingham Jewish Federation campaign, a meeting that typically includes staff members and volunteers who will be leading the fundraising effort. …..

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    Act Against UN’s Anti-Semitic Cartoons

    September 2, 2015

    Oftentimes the United Nations is a source of difficulty for Israel and Jews in general. Anti-Semitism and anti-Zionism run rampant at this international body and too often the Jewish people and Jewish state are isolated and treated unfairly. And now there is another glaring instance. The UN’s special relief agency for Palestine has disseminated crude, …..

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    Richard Friedman: BJF Travels To Mississippi…And Beyond

    September 2, 2015

    By Richard Friedman, BJF Executive Director It was a long day’s journey into night — I left the house at 5:30 AM this past Sunday and arrived back home shortly after midnight. I drove to Mississippi, first to Hattiesburg then Gulfport, and spent a total of ten hours in the car. It was worth it. …..

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    A Lesson On The Gift That Keeps On Giving

    September 2, 2015

    By Samantha Dubrinsky, BJF, Director of Community Impact & Special Projects We in the Birmingham Jewish community are lucky to have many Jewish organizations that are working hard to serve the local and global Jewish community in a number of ways. One of those impactful organizations is The Birmingham Jewish Foundation, which helps fund Jewish …..

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    Israel Battle Intensifies On College Campuses

    September 2, 2015

    The “Israel battle” is expected to intensify on many American college campuses this coming academic year. Groups hostile to the Jewish state, often led by Muslim student activists, have succeeded in the past few years in portraying Israel in a negative and unfair way and making Jewish and other pro-Israel students feel uncomfortable for their …..

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    As New Year Approaches, Aliyah Of Choice Grows

    September 2, 2015

    By Samantha Dubrinsky, BJF, Director of Community Impact & Special Projects The Jewish New Year and High Holy Day season, which will occur in September, are often a time for reflection and evaluation. This period of introspection and spiritual renewal not only gives me an opportunity to turn inward personally, but also a chance to …..

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    Gen. Krulak’s BJF Leadership Makes International Impact

    September 2, 2015

    Birmingham Jewish Federation volunteer leader retired Marine General Charles Krulak was recently featured in The Tower. This is an international e-magazine affiliated with The Israel Project, an Israel education and advocacy group. The article highlighted Gen. Krulak’s involvement with The BJF on national and global issues and called attention to his opposition to the nuclear …..

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    Framing Anti-Semistism: Bullying Jews In France

    September 2, 2015

    By Samantha Dubrinsky, BJF, Director of Community Impact & Special Projects On a recent Tuesday morning, I found myself being introduced to a group of 6th, 7th and 8th graders at the N.E. Miles Jewish Day School as “Ms. Dubrinsky.” I was the students’ teacher for the morning and our task was to learn about …..

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    Obama To Address Federations On Iran

    September 2, 2015

    Jewish Federations of North America, The Birmingham Jewish Federation’s national organization, and the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations will host a live webcast featuring a special address by President Obama on the Iran nuclear agreement. The President’s address will take place Friday, August 28th at 1:10 pm CDT. The webcast comes as …..

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    Rick, Bubba & Iran

    August 26, 2015

    By Daniel Odrezin, BJF Asst. Executive Director Rick Burgess and Bill “Bubba” Bussey are local celebrities in Birmingham. Some people love their nationally-syndicated radio program the “Rick & Bubba Show” and others aren’t big fans. But no matter where you go in our city, everyone knows who they are. Regardless of your opinion of the …..

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