Unfortunate Times Emphasize Update’s Importance

    August 8, 2015

    By Richard Friedman, BJF Executive Director Recently, we ran a story in Update about the evolution of Update. I explained that as Update really began to grow about seven years ago, I confided to one of our volunteer leaders that we had two goals in mind. The first was to develop a timely information vehicle …..

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    BJF Board To Consider Opposing Iran Accord

    August 8, 2015

    By Daniel Odrezin, BJF Asst. Executive Director At a special Birmingham Jewish Federation Board meeting Thursday evening, The BJF’s Executive Committee will unanimously recommend a resolution opposing the Iran agreement. “After serious deliberation, our Executive Committee has concluded that it is important for The BJF to take a position in opposition to this agreement, as …..

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    You Belong Meets Iran: ‘I Just Didn’t Realize How Scary All This Is’

    August 8, 2015

    By Richard Friedman, BJF Executive Director Watching our “You Belong In Birmingham” group grow and involve new people almost weekly is one of my greatest pleasures as Birmingham Jewish Federation Executive Director. BJF staff professional Samantha Dubrinsky has done a masterful job building and expanding the group and in an Update piece she did recently …..

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    The Gay Pride Tragedy: Hate In Wake Of Love

    August 8, 2015

    By Samantha Dubrinsky, BJF, Director of Community Impact & Special Projects Several weeks ago, people all over the world celebrated love when the US Supreme Court made gay marriage legal. So many expressions of love and acceptance have been spread since the decision was made. Though I recognize and respect the views of those who …..

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    Netanyahu Speaks To Federations Tues. On Iran Agreement

    August 8, 2015

    On Tuesday, August 4, at 12 pm CST Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will address the North American Jewish community on the implications of the Iran agreement. Netanyahu’s address is being hosted by Jewish Federations of North America, The Birmingham Jewish Federation’s national organization. Please take the opportunity to join this historic webcast, co-sponsored by …..

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    BJF Mentors Are Changing Lives

    August 8, 2015

    By Samantha Dubrinsky, BJF, Director of Community Impact & Special Projects Mentoring is a word that is often used among my peers — those in their 20s and 30s — and, most of the time, they speak of it in a longing way. They don’t have a mentor. So many of my friends, whether it …..

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    French Jews Look For Oasis In Israel

    August 8, 2015

    Last year, Israel’s number one source of immigrants came from France. France, a country that is known for its rich history, culture and vibrancy, has become a hotbed of anti-Semitism and, unfortunately, the rate of violent anti-Semitic incidents in the country continues to rise.  A record 7,200 French Jews arrived in Israel in 2014, double …..

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    Israel Clamps Down On Jewish Extremists

    August 8, 2015

    According to a report today by the Times Of Israel, the Israeli government has authorized security officials to use administrative detention and all other appropriate means to track down and hold suspects in last Friday’s murder of Palestinian infant Ali Saad Dawabsha. The Palestinian infant was killed when two homes in the Palestinian village of …..

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    Learning, Action And Iran: Perfect Night For ‘Belonging’

    August 8, 2015

    By Samantha Dubrinsky, BJF, Director of Community Impact & Special Projects There is no way we could have seen this coming. You Belong In Birmingham board member Carlie Stein and I had been working on ways to connect the group — made up of young Jews in their 20s and 30s — more deeply to …..

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    Iran: What Pollsters Should Really Ask

    August 8, 2015

    By Richard Friedman, BJF Executive Director Here is my “favorite sentence” from the Iran nuclear agreement: “Iran reaffirms that under no circumstances will Iran ever seek, develop or acquire any nuclear weapons.” There have been a lot of news stories about polls and how Americans view the Iran accord. Different polls seem to produce different …..

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