Al.Com: Bham Leaves Its Mark On Jewish Teens

    August 4, 2017

    Photo is of Jewish teens competing this past week in dance and basketball.  Bham Leaves Its Mark On Jewish Teens Today, almost 1,000 visiting Jewish teens head back to their homes after competing in the JCC Maccabi Games. These teens, however, left their mark on Birmingham and, in turn, Birmingham left its mark on the young …..

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    Civil Rights Experience Affects Maccabi Guests

    August 3, 2017

    Birmingham Civil Rights Institute is at top; Sixteenth Street Baptist Church at bottom left; Kelly Ingram Park at bottom right.    Civil Rights Experience Affects Maccabi Guests The 1960s are remembered for a lot of things. In Birmingham they have a special significance. That is when events happened here — critical components of what is referred …..

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    “Maccabi Moments” Reflect Power Of Bham’s LJCC

    August 2, 2017

    Photo is of the Birmingham JCC Maccabi Games volleyball team made up of participants from Birmingham and Birmingham’s Ukranian Sister City Vinnitsa.   “Maccabi Moments” Reflect Power Of Bham’s LJCC By Richard Friedman, BJF Executive Director  As nearly 900 Jewish teens along with coaches and other guests have descended on Birmingham this week for the …..

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    An Array Of Maccabi Happenings Mark First Full Day

    August 1, 2017

    An Array Of Maccabi Happenings Mark  First Full Day Question: What does a Jewish All-American football player, young Jewish dancers, and teen basketball players all have in common? In Birmingham, Alabama this week, where the JCC Maccabi Games are taking place, the answer is plenty! All were highlighted in the first full day of the …..

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    Roll Call Of Delegations Excites Maccabi Crowd

    July 31, 2017

    Roll Call Of Delegations Excites Maccabi Crowd Photo is of the Team Alabama delegation.  It was an evening of pageantry, passion and purpose Sunday night as the 2017 JCC Maccabi Games Opening Ceremonies were held at Bartow Arena at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. The Birmingham Jewish community, with only 6300 members, is one of the smallest communities ever to host …..

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    NY Times Story Reflects BJF Goals

    July 26, 2017

    There was an interesting piece on the New York Times website a few days ago headlined An Israeli soldier observes smoke rising from a Syrian village  “Israel’s Secret Arab Allies.”  It was by Neri Zilber, a journalist based in Tel Aviv and an adjunct fellow of the Washington Institute for Near East Policy. Zilber ties together …..

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    JCC Maccabi Games: “Hungering” For the Gold

    July 26, 2017

    Photo is of part of Birmingham’s JCC Maccabi Games delegation from the 2016 Games. “May the odds be ever in your favor.” This famous quote from the popular movie series the Hunger Games may be repeated several times in the coming week as Birmingham gears up to host the JCC Maccabi Games, a week of athletic competition …..

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    Samantha Dubrinsky Reports From Ukraine: “If We All Hold Hands Together”

    July 11, 2017

    Ukraine Trip Reinforces The Impact Of The BJF Samantha Dubrinsky, the Birmingham Jewish Federation’s Director of Community Impact, is in Ukraine for a few days. She is part of a group of Jewish Federation professionals and volunteer leaders who are spending several days in Ukraine and then traveling to Israel. Trip members are learning about …..

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    Samford Prof: Christians Must Think Differently About Israel, Jews Re Past Atrocities

    July 11, 2017

    Samford Prof: Christians Must Think Differently About Israel, Jews Re Past Atrocities Photo is of the cover of the book by McDermott “Christians Must Think Differently About Israel, Jews in Light of Past Atrocities: Gerald McDermott.” This was the headline on a recent story on the  ChristianPost.comwebsite. It was a thoughtful story on a new …..

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    This Week’s Ukraine Trip No Re-Run

    July 11, 2017

    Photo is of Samantha Dubrinsky, in the middle, in Ukraine speaking with the Joint Distribution Committee’s regional director and translator, at left, and a Ukrainian internally displaced Jew, at right.   This Week’s Ukraine Trip No Re-Run By Samantha Dubrinsky, BJF Director of Community Impact I was having a conversation with a colleague last week and …..

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