Iran’s Cheating Well-Documented Amid Its Threats

    September 16, 2015

    By Daniel Odrezin, BJF Asst. Executive Director It has become clear over the past week that the nuclear agreement negotiated between Iran and a US-led group of world powers will be implemented as Congress does not have the votes to override a presidential veto. While many in Congress opposed the agreement, it is now time …..

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    Silver Lining In A Summer Of Stress

    September 16, 2015

    By Richard Friedman, BJF Executive Director One of the nicest things about working professionally for the North American Jewish Federation movement is the outstanding professional colleagues you get to know from other parts of the country. They are among the most talented, gifted and brightest people I have ever met — and are driven by …..

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    As Terror Increases: ‘Be Alert, Be Aware,’ Says Gen. Krulak

    September 16, 2015

    By Daniel Odrezin, BJF Asst. Executive Director A story posted on the Times Of Israel website this week was headlined, “Terror in US at highest level since September 11 attacks: The number of attempted jihadist attacks in the US in 2015 is higher than it has been since 2001, congressional committee warns.” As the story …..

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    Business Leaders Reach Out To Help Young Jews Succeed

    September 16, 2015

    By Samantha Dubrinsky, BJF, Director of Community Impact & Special Projects I often feel lucky to live in Birmingham, but there are certain times when this feeling is overwhelming. One of those times was at a recent meeting with business leaders within the Jewish community. I didn’t think I would have anything in common with …..

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    Teens, Holocaust Surivors Attacked Brutally In Europe

    September 16, 2015

    A disturbing anti-Semitic attack occurred over the weekend in London that further highlights the growing anti-Jewish sentiment that is spreading throughout Europe. A 17-year-old Jewish teenager was beaten unconscious at a train stop in Manchester, England in an attack on Saturday night, the Manchester Evening News reported. Three other Jews — two 18-year-olds and a …..

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    In Wake Of Iran Deal, Enhanced Unity Seen As Holy Days Approach

    September 8, 2015

    By Richard Friedman, BJF Executive Director For those who care deeply about the security of our country and the security of Israel, two unique democracies with much in common, this summer, which has been framed by an intense debate over the Iran deal, has been one of turbulence, tension and uncertainty. People who either favor …..

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    Jews Reach Out To Desperate Refugees Amid Israeli Dilemma

    September 8, 2015

    The tragic pictures of refugees washed up on shores in Europe are hard to ignore and hard to acknowledge. In light of these tragic events involving a swelling population of migrants and refugees in Europe and the Middle East, the Joint Distribution Committee (JDC) through the Jewish Coalition for Disaster Relief is taking action. The …..

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    Samantha Dubrinsky: A Love That’s Not Black And White

    September 8, 2015

    By Samantha Dubrinsky, BJF, Director of Community Impact & Special Projects As the old adage goes, “You can’t help who you fall in love with.” And, I have learned from my dating experience that when you fall in love with someone, you better hold on tight because it’s not everyday that you find someone who …..

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    Young Bham Leaders Learn About Holocaust

    September 8, 2015

    By Samantha Dubrinsky, BJF, Director of Community Impact & Special Projects It was so quiet in the large room full of people that you could have heard a pin drop. About 150 young Rotaracters had gathered for lunch at the Harbert Center in downtown Birmingham to hear Holocaust survivor Max Steinmetz tell his story. And …..

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    French Jews Told Not To Use Term ‘Zionism’

    September 8, 2015

    According to a recent disturbing report from the Times of Israel, prominent American political strategist Stanley Greenberg has advised representatives of French Jewry to avoid mentioning Zionism when speaking to non-Jews. According to the strategist, “Zionism is seen as extremist and a force mainly in Israel, rather than Europe. Use of the term links your …..

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