Community Bonding

    October 20, 2017

    Each year, The Birmingham Jewish Foundation, with support from our Community, conducts a drive to raise money to buy a large Israel bond for the Foundation. A donor may make a tax-deductible contribution of any amount to one of the many existing Foundation funds in an amount equivalent to a bond.  With a gift of …..

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    Mayor-Elect Randall Woodfin To Speak At Annual Community Event

    October 20, 2017

    The Birmingham Jewish Federation is excited to announce that at the upcoming Birmingham Jewish Federation/Foundation/Israel Bonds annual community event, Birmingham Mayor-Elect Randall Woodfin (pictured here) will be the guest speaker. The event is on Sunday, Oct. 29 and is open to the entire community. Mr. Woodfin, who was born and raised in Birmingham, recently won …..

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    Israeli Gal Gadot’s SNL Appearance Moves US Forward

    October 18, 2017

    By Samantha Dubrinsky,  BJF Director of Community Impact  Gal Gadot, the Israeli woman who starred in the recent film Wonder Woman, hosted Saturday Night Live, a show that has provided laughs on Saturday nights since the 1970s. The week that Gal Gadot hosted SNL was a week that culminated with a desperate need for comedic …..

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    Emergency Response to Sonoma and Napa Valley Wildfires

    October 16, 2017

    The email below was written by Mark Gurvis, the Executive Vice President of the Jewish Federations of North America. JFNA is the Birmingham Jewish Federation’s national organization. Once again we find ourselves facing significant natural disaster and devastation, this time in Sonoma and Napa Valley in California. More than 2,000 homes have been destroyed throughout …..

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    BJF, LJCC Responding To Challenge Of Engaging Young Jews

    October 16, 2017

    By Richard Friedman, Director of BJF and LJCC A recent story on the Washington Post website was headlined “Religion is increasingly less of a focus for America’s Jewish community.” The story was based on a recent study that reflected an array of trends pertaining to American Jews, their relationship to their Judaism, and their connection …..

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    Community Screening of Holocaust Escape Tunnel Film

    October 11, 2017

    Holocaust Escape Tunnel, which premiered on NOVA on APT/PBS in April of this year, documents the discovery of a Holocaust secret that lay buried for almost 70 years in Lithuania-a forgotten tunnel, dug by Jewish prisoners, using spoons and their bare hands, in a daring attempt to escape from a Nazi extermination site in 1944. …..

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    A Great Leader, A Passionate Advocate For Israel

    October 11, 2017

    Rabbi Jonathan Miller, who retired recently as Senior Rabbi at Birmingham’s Temple Emanu-El, enriched countless lives in our Jewish community and broader Birmingham community during his 27-year tenure. In addition to those achievements, Rabbi Miller was a great advocate for Israel and a strong US-Israel relationship. His passion for Israel has been inspiring and he …..

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    Young Folks Survey To Help With Reimagining Jewish Birmingham

    October 9, 2017

    The following message was sent out in an email to young folks in the Jewish community who are approximately under the age of 45. The survey mentioned in the text below will provide Birmingham Jewish community leaders with valuable information on how to move the Jewish community forward.    Read below and, if it applies to you but …..

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    Jerry Held To Be Honored With Susan J. Goldberg Distinguished Volunteer Award

    October 9, 2017

    By Samantha Dubrinsky, Director of Community Impact On Sunday, Oct. 29, the Birmingham Jewish community will gather to honor those who have received the Birmingham Jewish Federation and Birmingham Jewish Foundation  annual awards. Among those recipients is Jerry Held, who has been awarded the Susan J. Goldberg Distinguished Volunteer Award. The Susan J. Goldberg award, …..

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    A Glimpse Of Our History

    October 2, 2017

    By Richard Friedman, BJF-LJCC Executive Director In those quiet moments, the ones that often fly right by us unless we consciously stop to absorb them, important truths can be found. One came for me the other day. I was glancing at Facebook and noticed that a Facebook friend (who also is a good friend in …..

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