Second Incident In Arizona Underscores Security Needs

    March 27, 2017

      Photo is of the menorah before and after it was turned into a swastika. Second Incident In Arizona Underscores  Security Needs On Sunday, Update featured a story about swastikas and a white supremacist slogan being painted on a Phoenix, AZ high school.  The story focused on the incident and the response of the Jewish …..

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    Federations Helping One Another As Wave Of Anti-Semitism Continues

    March 27, 2017

      Photo is of swastikas and other graffiti that was spray painted on a high school in Arizona. Federations Helping One Another As Wave Of Anti-Semitism Continues  By Richard Friedman, BJF Executive Director Saturday evening, just as Shabbat was ending, I received an email from a friend of mine, Marty Haberer, the Executive Director of …..

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    Needs Remain Despite Recent Developments

    March 27, 2017

    Needs Remain Despite  Recent Developments The following is a message from Donald Hess, Chair of the Birmingham Jewish Federation’s Campaign for Jewish Community Security: As the new week begins, I wanted to update you on our progress regarding security, especially in light of the arrest last week of a person in Israel thought to be behind …..

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    Bham Christians Stand With Our Jewish Community Amid Security Concerns

    March 24, 2017

      Bham Christians Stand With Our Jewish Community Amid Security Concerns By Samantha Dubrinsky,  BJF Director of Community Impact    “Out of bad comes good.” I’ve always been skeptical of this cliche. But now that the Birmingham Jewish Federation’s Campaign for Jewish Community Security is underway, and our Jewish community has received a lot of …..

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    BJF Reacts To Arrest Made In Connection With Bomb Threats

    March 23, 2017

    BJF Reacts To Arrest Made In Connection With Bomb Threats  Early this morning, reports surfaced regarding an arrest in connection with the bomb threats against Jewish institutions around the US. After an almost 4 month FBI-led joint investigation, Israeli police arrested an 18-year-old Israeli individual on suspicion of being behind the threats. The individual, whose identity has …..

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    A Thank You To Hate

    March 20, 2017

    A Thank You To Hate  The following was written by Birmingham Jewish community member Joshua Rutsky (pictured here) and posted on his personal Facebook page.  Dear Sir/Madam: I wanted to thank you for your recent service to me and to the Jewish community, both here in Birmingham and throughout the US in recent weeks.  Your …..

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    Security Stress Brings Us Together, Making Us Care About One Another More Deeply

    March 19, 2017

    Security Stress Brings Us Together, Making Us Care About One Another  More Deeply By Richard Friedman,  BJF Executive Director Probably like most people, one of my great frustrations is that I don’t always have time to think about things — and fully digest them — as I go about my day to day life.  But …..

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    Jewish Security In Bham & Beyond: “We Will Not Be Deterred Or Distracted”

    March 17, 2017

    Photo is of desecrated headstones in a Jewish cemetery. (Photo: Jewish News) Standing Together Under Attack The Birmingham Jewish Federation received the below from Jewish Federations of North America, our national organization. The email came just a few days before the BJF launched a fundraising effort to enhance security at Birmingham’s Jewish institutions.  Here (slightly edited) is …..

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    Donald Hess To Chair Fundraising For Jewish Community Security: “We Shall Not Be Deterred”

    March 16, 2017

      Fundraising Launched To Enhance Security In Bham’s Jewish Community: “We Shall Not Be Deterred” By Richard Friedman, BJF Executive Director  Amid the recent wave of bomb threats directed at Jewish Community Centers and Jewish institutions throughout the country (including four at our own Montclair Road Jewish Community Campus), the painting of swastikas, destruction of …..

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    “Love Is Stronger Than Hate” Message Heard Around The World

    March 15, 2017

      “Love Is Stronger Than Hate”  Message Heard Around The World Temple Beth-El’s Rabbi Barry Leff (pictured here) shared the following with his congregation in the direct aftermath of the third (out of four) bomb threats that were called into our Montclair Road Jewish Community campus. The Jerusalem Post also published Rabbi Leff’s comments. His …..

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