Jerry Held’s Solo Flight

    August 26, 2015

    By Richard Friedman, BJF Executive Director There’s a saying that “behind every great man there is a great woman.” I don’t know about the great man part in my case. But I do know that the great woman part is true both personally and professionally, since my wife Sally is also our Birmingham Jewish Foundation …..

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    See You In September

    August 26, 2015

    By Richard Friedman, Executive Director September is my favorite month. It is a time of the year when I feel infused with optimism, excitement and a belief that The Birmingham Jewish Federation will do new and important things in the coming year. How can September mark the beginning of the new year? The answer is …..

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    Magical Dreams In Mississippi, With Help From Our Foundation

    August 26, 2015

     By Sally Friedman, Executive  Director,  Birmingham Jewish  Foundation  Forty years is a milestone for  an organization — particularly  a Jewish one because of the significance Jewish tradition attaches to the number 40. This summer, Camp Dream Street — a five day, four night camping program for children with physical disabilities — celebrated its 40th anniversary. …..

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    After 2000 Years, Israeli Homecoming With Help From BJF

    August 26, 2015

     When you make a contribution  to The Birmingham Jewish  Federation Annual Campaign,  part of your money goes to  fund the work of the Israel-  based Jewish Agency which  helps Jews from around the  world immigrate to Israel to  build new lives in the Jewish homeland. The process of Jews immigrating to Israel is referred to …..

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    Online Learning Takes School To New Levels

    August 18, 2015

     By Samantha Dubrinsky, BJF, Director of Community Impact & Special  Projects  Whenever I tell someone that I’m getting  my graduate degree through an online  program, they usually give me a funny  look, followed by a comment that is along  the lines of, “That must be weird not being  in a classroom!” And, they’re right — …..

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    Alabama Colleges Stand Up Against Anti-Jewish Activity

    August 18, 2015

     By Daniel Odrezin, BJF Asst. Executive Director  As much of the pro-Israel  community’s efforts and  energy are focused around the  Iranian nuclear agreement  debate in Washington,  Jerusalem, and at the United  Nations, it is very easy to forget that growing anti-Israel sentiment and, in some cases, anti-Semitism are directly affecting thousands of college students on …..

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    Anti-Semitism In Texas, Federations Respond

    August 18, 2015

     An upsetting report came out  of San Antonio, Texas last  week. Dozens of homes and  cars were vandalized with anti-  Semitic graffiti and rocks.  Swastikas were spray-painted  on Jewish memorials, along  with the letters “KKK” and other racially charged language. The word “Jew” was plastered across an SUV. The attack has been classified as a …..

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    Strike A Match At Auburn

    August 17, 2015

     By Sally Friedman,  Birmingham Jewish  Foundation,  Executive Director  As Auburn University is  starting up its school year, the  Jewish community on Auburn’s campus is ramping up as well. Recently, a fund was opened in The Birmingham Jewish Foundation to eventually provide scholarships for Jewish freshmen at Auburn. A generous donor has agreed to match the …..

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    Obama Administration Unfairly Criticizes AIPAC

    August 17, 2015

     By Daniel Odrezin,  BJF Executive Director  In recent weeks, the American Israel Public  Affairs Committee (AIPAC) has been criticized  by the Obama administration for strongly  opposing the Iran agreement.  Obama administration officials have criticized  the lobbying efforts AIPAC is spearheading in  opposition to the agreement and have  attempted to link the organization to the 2003 …..

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