Hurricane Irma Relief Update

    September 20, 2017

    The letter below is written by Jerry Silverman, President and CEO of Jewish Federations of North America.  JFNA is the Birmingham Jewish Federation’s parent organization. We are now at a point where we need to escalate our system’s response to Hurricane Irma and its impact across Florida and the Caribbean. While the initial reports across …..

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    “Violins of Hope” Author To Speak To Birmingham Community

    September 15, 2017

    Musicologist and author James A. Grymes will speak Sunday afternoon at Temple Emanu-El about his book “Violins of Hope: Instruments of Hope and Liberation in Mankind’s Darkest Hour .” The book tells stories of violins played by Jewish musicians during the Holocaust and later restored to life by Israeli violin-maker Amnon Weinstein. The event takes …..

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    “Shalom Y’all” Not Only Reason For Jewish Students To Migrate South

    September 15, 2017

    By Samantha Dubrinsky,  Director of Community Impact   A recent article on the online news source The Forward reported that more and more Jewish college students are finding their “home away from home” in the South. “The amount of Jewish students attending southern colleges has been sharply on the rise. Pockets of the country that …..

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    IDF Comes to the Aid of Syrian Civilians

    September 13, 2017

    By Richard Friedman, BJF Executive Director There was a powerful story on the Israeli news site Ynet that attests to Israel’s unique ethic and compassion. The story highlighted testimonies from anonymous Syrian civilians who have received free medical care at Israeli field hospitals. These hospitals provide aid to civilians whose lives have been disrupted by …..

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    War Bagel: Auburn Hillel On Winning Streak

    September 8, 2017

    By Sally Friedman, Birmingham Jewish Foundation Executive Director Jewish life at Auburn is off to a great start for the new year. Auburn is starting to attract interest and Jewish students from around the country, reflecting a recent trend outlined in a Forward magazine article “Why Jewish Students are Finding a Home in the Deep …..

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    A Helping Hand For Houston

    September 7, 2017

    By Samantha Dubrinsky,  BJF Director of Community Impact In the past week, the damage caused by Hurricane Harvey, which hit Houston, Texas last week, continues to mount. Hundreds of thousands of families have been displaced, the death toll is climbing and billions of dollars in damage to infrastructure have been estimated. “Recovery like this — …..

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    “Shalom Y’all” From the Magic City

    August 30, 2017

    By Samantha Dubrinsky,  BJF Director of Community Impact  If you’ve lived in Birmingham for any amount of time, you’ve probably heard or seen the phrase “Shalom, y’all!” This welcoming saying is something we at the Birmingham Jewish Federation genuinely mean. We strongly feel that one of our purposes is to be engaging and welcoming to …..

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    Coach Goldfarb’s International Soccer Repeat

    August 30, 2017

    It’s been quite a summer for those of us in Birmingham. The JCC Maccabi Games, hosted by the Levite Jewish Community Center, brought about 900 teen athletes, along with coaches and guests, to Birmingham for a week of athletic competition and other festivities. At the same time, this summer also saw former Birmingham-Southern College head …..

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    BJF Responds to Hurricane Harvey Disaster

    August 28, 2017

    In a response to the catastrophic floods striking Texas, Jewish Federations of North America, the Birmingham Jewish Federation’s national organization, has opened an emergency relief fund to support communities and individuals in Houston, San Antonio, Galveston, Corpus Christi and other areas that have been hammered by Hurricane Harvey. With record breaking volumes of rain having …..

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    Roll Hillel Roll

    August 25, 2017

    By Sally Friedman, Birmingham Jewish Foundation Executive Director Football, new classes, Shabbat dinners and plenty of “Roll Tides”-It’s fall semester for Jewish students at The University of Alabama.  Bama’s Bloom Hillel is ready with open arms and a welcome-back barbeque this Sunday. The last few years have seen unprecedented growth in U of A’s Jewish …..

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