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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    Al.Com: Bham Leaves Its Mark On Jewish Teens

    August 4, 2017

    Photo is of Jewish teens competing this past week in dance and basketball.  Bham Leaves Its Mark On Jewish Teens Today, almost 1,000 visiting Jewish teens head back to their homes after competing in the JCC Maccabi Games. These teens, however, left their mark on Birmingham and, in turn, Birmingham left its mark on the young …..

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    Civil Rights Experience Affects Maccabi Guests

    August 3, 2017

    Birmingham Civil Rights Institute is at top; Sixteenth Street Baptist Church at bottom left; Kelly Ingram Park at bottom right.    Civil Rights Experience Affects Maccabi Guests The 1960s are remembered for a lot of things. In Birmingham they have a special significance. That is when events happened here — critical components of what is referred …..

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    “Maccabi Moments” Reflect Power Of Bham’s LJCC

    August 2, 2017

    Photo is of the Birmingham JCC Maccabi Games volleyball team made up of participants from Birmingham and Birmingham’s Ukranian Sister City Vinnitsa.   “Maccabi Moments” Reflect Power Of Bham’s LJCC By Richard Friedman, BJF Executive Director  As nearly 900 Jewish teens along with coaches and other guests have descended on Birmingham this week for the …..

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    An Array Of Maccabi Happenings Mark First Full Day

    August 1, 2017

    An Array Of Maccabi Happenings Mark  First Full Day Question: What does a Jewish All-American football player, young Jewish dancers, and teen basketball players all have in common? In Birmingham, Alabama this week, where the JCC Maccabi Games are taking place, the answer is plenty! All were highlighted in the first full day of the …..

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    Roll Call Of Delegations Excites Maccabi Crowd

    July 31, 2017

    Roll Call Of Delegations Excites Maccabi Crowd Photo is of the Team Alabama delegation.  It was an evening of pageantry, passion and purpose Sunday night as the 2017 JCC Maccabi Games Opening Ceremonies were held at Bartow Arena at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. The Birmingham Jewish community, with only 6300 members, is one of the smallest communities ever to host …..

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