LJCC-BJF CEO Richard Friedman: “The Day After”

    May 19, 2017

    LJCC-BJF CEO Richard Friedman: “The Day After”   By Richard Friedman Today was the day after. On Thursday, it was announced that the boards of the Levite Jewish Community Center and the Birmingham Jewish Federation had named me joint CEO over the two agencies. This decision to experiment with a new model came in the …..

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    Jewish Life In Small Towns Created Lasting Impact

    May 12, 2017

    Photo is of Steve’s family’s store.  Jewish Life In Small Towns Created Lasting Impact By Richard Friedman,  BJF Executive Director  I had a piece in Update about the kinship Jews feel toward one another being a key to what Mark Twain called our “immortality.” That thought — and the power of this connection — came …..

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    Connectedness A Key To Jewish Immortality

    May 9, 2017

      Connectedness A Key To Jewish Immortality Photo is of the Ina Levine Jewish Community Campus in Phoenix, Arizona. By Richard Friedman, BJF Executive Director Being in Phoenix recently to help that community’s Federation address issues reminded me of our connectedness as Jews, no matter where we go.  There is a special kinship among us; an …..

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    Jewish Communities Partner With FBI To Improve Security

    May 9, 2017

    Image is the FBI’s logo. Jewish Communities Partner With FBI To Improve Security Senior Homeland Security and FBI agents have briefed Jewish security and community officials at a Washington summit aimed at better preparing for a wide-range of threats and challenges, according to a report by the Times Of Israel The summit was organized by …..

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    “Going Away Makes Me Want To Come Home”

    May 9, 2017

     “Going Away Makes Me Want To Come Home” By Richard Friedman, BJF Executive Director One of the best ways for a Federation director to learn is by spending time in another community. For me, that’s sure been the case this week as I’ve been out West helping the Jewish Federation of Greater Phoenix. It’s the …..

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    CJFS Honors Sherri & David Romanoff

    May 9, 2017

    Photo is of David & Sherri Romanoff. (Photo: Barry Altmark) CJFS Honors Sherri & David Romanoff The following was written by Collat Jewish Family Services Development and Outreach Director Elaine Witt. It originally appeared in Village Living. Collat Jewish Family Services is a recipient of funds from the Birmingham Jewish Federation’s Annual Campaign.    By …..

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    UN Passes Anti-Israel Resolution On Israel’s Birthday

    May 9, 2017

    UN Passes Anti-Israel Resolution On Israel’s Birthday Photo is of Israel’s Ambassador to UNESCO Carmel Shama-Hacohen (left) draped in an Israeli flag. The United Nation’s cultural body passed the latest in a series of resolutions that denies Israeli claims to Jerusalem, in a move forcefully condemned by Israel. It was also seen as a diplomatic …..

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    Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey Signs Statement Against Anti-Israel Movement

    May 1, 2017

    Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey Signs Statement Against Anti-Israel Movement The American Jewish Committee has called on all state governors to condemn the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement, and affirm that Israel remains a vital US ally and economic partner.    The BDS movement seeks to demonize, delegitimize, and isolate Israel, America’s strongest democratic ally …..

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    Israel Celebrates 69th Birthday, Population Climbs

    May 1, 2017

    Israel Celebrates 69th Birthday, Population Climbs On its 69th birthday, Israel is celebrating a population of 8,680,000, which is 43% of world Jewry, according to a report from the Times Of Israel. Over the past 12 months some 174,000 babies were born, 44,000 people died and 30,000 new immigrants arrived in the country. Overall, the …..

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    “Momma Bears” Shake Up Birmingham

    April 26, 2017

    “Momma Bears” Shake Up Birmingham   By Samantha Dubrinsky, BJF Director of Community Impact In the middle of the bomb scares, the pressure, the confusion, the anxiety, the disruption on our Montclair Road Jewish Community Campus and throughout much of the Jewish world that occurred over a recent two month period, there was one bright …..

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