Rabbi Jonathan Miller, who retired recently as Senior Rabbi at Birmingham’s Temple Emanu-El, enriched countless lives in our Jewish community and broader Birmingham community during his 27-year tenure.
In addition to those achievements, Rabbi Miller was a great advocate for Israel and a strong US-Israel relationship. His passion for Israel has been inspiring and he has used his outstanding speaking, writing and interpersonal skills to educate thousands about Israel and build allies for the Jewish people and Israel throughout Alabama and beyond.
He has traveled to Israel numerous times and played a major role in the success of Birmingham-based “Friendship Journeys” to Israel, which have acquainted a broad cross-section of Alabamians with the country. Â He also has been an important leader on behalf of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, helping Members of Congress better understand Israel’s unique challenges.
It is for the above reasons that Israel Bonds will be honoring Rabbi Miller on Sunday, Oct. 29 at a community event at Temple Emanuel-El. There will be a reception at 4 pm and the program will be at 5 pm. The event is free and open to the public.
“For nearly three decades, Rabbi Miller distinguished himself every day as a great community leader and a gifted advocate for a strong US-Israel relationship,” said Richard Friedman, Birmingham Jewish Federation-Levite Jewish Community Center Executive Director. “He was always out front on any issue pertaining to Israel, guiding our community and publicly framing the issues. We will always be grateful for his service.”
Rabbi Miller also brought a unique zest and vitality to his years of service in Birmingham. “To be Jewish in today’s age is a blessing our ancestors could never imagine. We have a precious legacy to protect and celebrate,” he explained recently.
In addition to Israel Bonds honoring Rabbi Miller on Oct. 29, the Birmingham Jewish Federation will present its Joanie Plous Bayer Young Leadership Award to Jahan Berns and its Susan J. Goldberg Distinguished Volunteer Award to Jerry Held. The Birmingham Jewish Foundation will present its N.E. Miles Lifetime Achievement Award to Edward Goldberg.