Holocaust Program Ignites Appreciation, Determination

    August 23, 2017

    By Richard Friedman, BJF-LJCC Executive Director Sunday afternoon there was a great program sponsored by the Birmingham Holocaust Education Center. This organization, which receives funding from the Birmingham Jewish Federation Annual Campaign, educates people about the Holocaust and this tragic chapter in Jewish and human history. Community volunteer Cathy Friedman, who has spent decades strengthening …..

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    L’Chaim Event to Honor Cathy Friedman

    August 16, 2017

    The Birmingham Holocaust Education Center’s (BHEC)  annual L’Chaim event on August 20 in the Jemison Concert Hall at the Alys Stephens Center will honor Cathy O. Friedman, local humanitarian and patron of the arts, for her ongoing commitment to Holocaust education in Birmingham. Local musical artists will be the highlight of the program. The L’Chaim …..

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    Anti-Semitism, Hitting Closer and Closer to Home

    August 16, 2017

    By Samantha Dubrinsky,  BJF Director of Community Impact I remember vividly when I realized that the nationalist/ alt-right movement in Europe was gaining traction. I can still see in my mind the picture that went along with an article on the Times Of Israel’s website discussing France’s issues with the alt-right. The picture was of …..

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    Jewish Organizations Speak Out

    August 14, 2017

    Jewish Organizations Speak Out Against Charlottesville Violence Yad Vashem Holocaust Museum on Monday condemned this weekend’s neo-Nazi rally in Virginia, saying that the ideology on display there was identical to that which led to the murder of six million Jews, according to the Times of Israel. In a statement, the remembrance center said that it …..

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    Ronne Hess Honored By United Ability

    August 14, 2017

    Inspirational Stories, Emotional Moments Highlight Tribute Evening Saturday night, August 5th was a wonderful evening at Birmingham’s Lyric Theater as United Ability honored long-time Birmingham volunteer leader and philanthropist Ronne Hess. Ronne has devoted much of her adult life to helping people with disabilities and she was honored for her dedication, commitment and financial generosity. …..

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    Richard Friedman: LJCC, BJF Stand With Israel

    August 11, 2017

    Standing With Israel In Aftermath Of Maccabi Israeli Delegation at the 2017 JCC Maccabi Games   By Richard Friedman, BJF-LJCC Executive Director One of the most emotional moments at the opening ceremonies of the recent JCC Maccabi Games in Birmingham came when a large delegation of teen athletes from Israel entered the arena. Though these …..

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    BJF’s Florina Newcomb: Update Stories Hit Home

    August 9, 2017

    As Personal As It Gets by Florina Newcomb, Programs and Special Projects Coordinator One of the most favorite parts of my job at the Birmingham Jewish Federation is staffing the Israel-World Jewry Bureau (IWJB).  IWJB is the BJF’s overseas allocations process.  Basically, Jewish non-profit organizations from overseas apply for funding for various projects/services and the …..

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    Farewell To Lynches Caps Era Of Achievement

    August 7, 2017

     LJCC Director Heading For San Diego  Amid Emotional Goodbyes It was a wonderful evening a few weeks ago. The senior adult lounge at the Levite Jewish Community Center was packed, with LJCC staff  and other community members. They were there to thank and say goodbye to the LJCC’s departing Executive Director Betzy Lynch; her husband …..

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    Maccabi Buzz Energizes Jewish Community

    July 30, 2017

    Families Welcoming Athletes With Open Arms, Open Hearts Pictured here is the Israeli Delegation shortly after their arrival. Levite Jewish Community Center Executive Director Betzy Lynch phrased it well in an email she sent out Friday morning. “After nearly two years of planning the JCC Maccabi Games are finally here,” wrote Betzy.  “Our first delegation of athletes arrived from …..

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    Next Israeli War Could Be Devastating

    July 24, 2017

    At the Birmingham Jewish Federation, many things run through our minds simultaneously. Among them right now are finishing our 2017 fundraising campaign successfully, starting our 2018 fundraising campaign, bringing our Campaign for Jewish Community Security to a successful conclusion, and phasing in a new collaborative arrangement between the BJF and the Levite Jewish Community Center …..

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