Debate Over Israel Strikes Chord

    February 19, 2017

    Photo is of participants on a Birthright Israel trip. Debate Over Israel Strikes Chord   By Richard Friedman, BJF Executive Director  TEL AVIV — It was an interesting discussion that came at the end of a long day during which 30 Jewish Federation executive directors, including myself, had delved into a series of problems facing Israel. …..

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    A Country Confronts Its Complexities

    February 17, 2017

    A Country Confronts Its Complexities By Richard Friedman, BJF Executive Director  JERUSALEM — The day’s theme had a long, almost academic title: “The Long Path Towards Tolerance, Pluralism, Mutual Dependence Equity and Equality.”  Yes the title was a little dry. But the day — a long one of learning and site visits  — was anything but …..

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    Reaching Out To Bham’s Muslim Community

    February 14, 2017

    Reaching Out To Bham’s Muslim Community Image is of the Birmingham Islamic Society’s logo. By Samantha Dubrinsky,  BJF Director of Community Impact Over the past year, representatives of the Birmingham Jewish Federation have begun a dialogue with members of the Muslim community in Birmingham. After meeting with several leaders in the Muslim community, the BJF …..

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    Israel: Unifying Or Divisive?

    February 7, 2017

    Israel: Unifying Or Divisive?  By Daniel Odrezin,  BJF Asst. Executive Director   Supporting the state of Israel is one of the pillars that form the core of the Birmingham Jewish Federation’s mission.  For this reason, we believe it is very important that the American Jewish community maintain a meaningful connection to the Jewish state, and …..

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    Sunday Morning Encounter Inspires Inclusivity

    February 7, 2017

    Sunday Morning Encounter Inspires Inclusivity  By Samantha Dubrinsky,  BJF Director of Community Impact  It was early on a Sunday morning and I was a little bleary-eyed. I pulled into the Levite Jewish Community Center and was deep in thought as I exited my car and made my way to the entrance of the building.  I …..

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    Uplifting Feedback For A Young Staff Member

    February 7, 2017

    Uplifting Feedback For A Young Staff Member  By Richard Friedman, BJF Executive Director  Anyone who knows me knows that I am proud of our younger staff members. We have a great team of Millennials at the Birmingham Jewish Federation, young adults in their 20s and early 30s, who work together as a team and make …..

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    Trump’s Iran Sanctions Met With Applause

    February 7, 2017

    Trump’s Iran Sanctions Met With Applause By Daniel Odrezin,  BJF Asst. Executive Director   Photo is of a missile Iran tested at the end of 2016.  Many of President Donald Trump’s recent actions have caused anxiety and discord among Jewish groups, but there was seeming consensus in support of one major administration policy last week. …..

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    Email Exchange Highlights Jewish Saga

    February 2, 2017

    Email Exchange Highlights Jewish Saga      By Richard Friedman, BJF Executive  Director    Sometimes if you’re quiet, and listen carefully enough at the Birmingham Jewish Federation, you can eavesdrop on Jewish history, even if it’s only a tiny slice of our remarkable saga. This happened to me the other day as I took time …..

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    Positive Facebook Story Reinforces Importance Of Tolerance

    February 2, 2017

    Positive Facebook Story Reinforces Importance Of Tolerance  By Samantha Dubrinsky,  Photo is of the mosque in Victoria, Texas burning.  BJF Director of Community Impact  I deleted my Facebook account the other day. (Don’t worry, I’ve already re-activated my account.) My reason for doing this was because I was so overwhelmed by the mean-spirited, negative comments …..

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    Israel21c Introduces Day School Students To A World Of Innovation

    February 1, 2017

    Israel21c Introduces Day School Students  To A World Of Innovation   By Richard Friedman, BJF Executive Director It was 9:30 am and an idea popped into my head for the weekly Israel class I’d be teaching in 40 minutes to 7-8th graders at the N.E. Miles Jewish Day School.  The light bulb that went off for me …..

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