3 Phone Calls Frame High Holy Day Regrets

    September 2, 2015

    By Richard Friedman, BJF Executive Director The Jewish High Holy Day period, which is fast approaching, is a time for self-examination, introspection, apologies to both those you’ve wronged and to God, and, ultimately, for spiritual renewal. Every Jew who takes this period seriously — which begins with Rosh Hashanah, the start of the Jewish New …..

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    Behind The Scenes Tells The BJF Story As Summer Ends

    September 2, 2015

    By Richard Friedman, BJF Executive Director So much goes on at The Birmingham Jewish Federation that even I, as Executive Director, can’t always keep track of it all. That’s why sending periodic summary emails to our BJF Executive Committee is helpful to me; they give me a chance to catch my breath and force me …..

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    Chabad Comes To University Of Alabama

    September 2, 2015

    The fast-growing international Chabad movement will have a presence at the University of Alabama this fall for the first time. This development is expected to strengthen Chabad’s growing impact in the state of Alabama and offer Jewish students another way of becoming engaged in Jewish life. Chabad encourages Jewish religious observance and has been successful …..

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    Thanking Alabama’s Dr. Witt

    September 2, 2015

    By Daniel Odrezin, BJF Asst. Executive Director I’ll always remember the first time I met Dr. Robert Witt. I was a freshman at the University of Alabama in 2005, and I received an email from the President’s office requesting a time that I could meet with the school’s chief executive. I was certainly flattered by …..

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    KC Killer Talks About Desire To Murder Jews

    September 2, 2015

    A chilling news story reported that the white supremacist charged with killing three people at Jewish sites in suburban Kansas City spent more than two hours telling jurors how he planned the attacks and that he is sorry he didn’t kill more people. According to the Chicago Tribune, Frazier Glenn Miller Jr., who is acting …..

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    Iran Restates Desire For Israel’s Demise

    September 2, 2015

    Seyed Mahmoud Nabavi, an aide to Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, has dismissed remarks by British Foreign Secretary Phillip Hammond that Tehran has changed its stance on Israel, insisting that fighting the “illegal Zionist regime” is an ongoing policy of the Islamic Republic, a news agency reported. “[The] fight against the illegal Zionist regime …..

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    Possibilities Are Endless At The LJCC

    September 2, 2015

    By Samantha Dubrinsky, BJF, Director of Community Impact & Special Projects I love Birmingham’s Levite Jewish Community Center. It literally is adjacent to our Birmingham Jewish Federation and is one of my favorite places in Birmingham. Sometimes, I feel like I might as well live there because I’m there so often. But, it hasn’t always …..

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    Gen. Krulak Featured On Leading Political News Site

    September 2, 2015

    By Daniel Odrezin, BJF Asst. Executive Director Birmingham Jewish Federation volunteer leader General Charles Krulak is increasingly becoming a leading voice in the national debate over the proposed Iran nuclear agreement. As Update reported, Gen. Krulak’s statements on the issue were recently featured in The Tower, an international e-magazine, but this week his reach expanded …..

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    Obama Urges Federations To Back Deal

    September 2, 2015

    By Daniel Odrezin, BJF Asst. Executive Director Shortly after the nuclear agreement between Iran and a US-led group of world powers was reached, Jewish Federations of North America (JFNA), The Birmingham Jewish Federation’s national organization, expressed a commitment to providing the American Jewish community with extensive information and analysis regarding the deal. It did so …..

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    N.E. Miles Students Learn Israel Through Egyptian Valedictorian

    September 2, 2015

    By Richard Friedman, BJF Executive Director When I commit to do something, I try to do it right. That’s why when our N.E. Miles Jewish Day School Head of School Debra Abolafia invited me to teach a once-a-week course on Israel and its history to seventh and eighth graders, I felt an obligation to do …..

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