Differences Of Opinion As Iran Deal Is Cinched

    September 8, 2015

    By Richard Friedman, BJF Executive Director Congressional approval of the Iran nuclear deal now appears assured. As this became apparent Wednesday, many in the Birmingham Jewish community were pondering the implications of the agreement and what lies ahead. There also remained a divide in our community over the agreement. Proponents felt it was a good …..

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    Iran Still Hates US

    September 8, 2015

    By Daniel Odrezin, BJF Executive Director Iran’s horrific position toward Israel, characterized by hateful and often genocidal rhetoric, has been the subject of much news coverage and is generally well-known. However, Iran’s attitude toward the US, a country with which it just spent nearly two years negotiating a nuclear pact, is oftentimes just as abhorrent. …..

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    Day School Passions Reflect Israeli Knesset

    September 8, 2015

    By Richard Friedman, BJF Executive Director It was like the Israeli Knesset — a parliamentary body know for its liveliness and passionate debate. People — young students in this case — were debating with one another and disagreeing. These seventh and eighth graders at the N.E. Miles Jewish Day School — students in a weekly …..

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    Planning For Future In Ukraine Impossible

    September 8, 2015

    By Samantha Dubrinsky, BJF, Director of Community Impact & Special Projects “Everything was planned,” a young Ukrainian Jewish woman said. “On my father’s birthday, I already knew what I would give him the following year.” Everything was planned until it simply wasn’t. This young woman’s life was turned upside down in the spring of 2014 …..

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    The Nonstop Iranian War Against Israel Continues

    September 8, 2015

    By Daniel Odrezin BJF Asst. Executive Director Monday’s Update featured a disturbing story highlighting Iran’s continued demonization of Israel, notably its assertion that seeking the destruction of the Jewish state remains a pillar of the country’s foreign policy. However, as is often the case with Iran’s stance towards Israel, as soon as you believe it’s …..

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    Jew-Hating Killer Convicted Of Murders

    September 2, 2015

    Justice has been served against Frazier Glenn Miller, 74, a veteran who founded the White Patriot Party in North Carolina, and who has now been convicted of killing three individuals at Jewish institutions in the Kansas City area last year. Miller never denied the killings but argued they were necessary to stop what he called …..

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    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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