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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    Masada Story Changes Birmingham Man’s Life

    July 21, 2017

    It was not your typical headline. “Inspired by ancient  Jewish warriors, a ‘bad kid’ from Fairfield, Picture is of Coleman on top of Masada college graduate at 38, knows he’s ‘on the right path’” read the headline on a recent Al.Com story. If headlines are designed to draw in a reader, this one worked. Clicking …..

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    The Miraculous Nature Of Jewish History; Feeling At Home With Frank Lloyd Wright

    July 17, 2017

    Birmingham Jewish Federation Update Monday, July 17, 2017  Knesset Speaker’s Dramatic Return To Russia Picture is of Yuli Edelstein addressing the upper house of the Russian parliament. To be Jewish, is to be part of continuing miracles. The endurance of our peoplehood, despite obstacles and tragedies over the centuries, is one of history’s most dramatic …..

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    Samantha Dubrinsky Reports From Israel: Challenges, Triumphs & Miracles

    July 14, 2017

    Birmingham Jewish Federation Update Friday, July 14, 2017  Flight From Ukraine To Israel An Emotional Journey Samantha Dubrinsky, the Birmingham Jewish Federation’s Director of Community Impact, is in Israel for a few days. She is part of a group of Jewish Federation professionals and volunteer leaders who spent several days in Ukraine and then traveled …..

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