Arrest Made In JCC Bomb Threat Investigation

    March 3, 2017

            Just days after the most recent wave of bomb threats on JCCs and Jewish schools all across the country, the US Attorney for Southern New York announced Friday morning that a 31-year-old St. Louis man was arrested in connection with at least eight of the bomb threats. According to a statement …..

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    Birmingham-Southern Announces Abroms Scholars Program

    March 2, 2017

                  Among the Birmingham Jewish Federation’s many efforts to strengthen our Jewish community is our continued work to grow Jewish life on Alabama’s college campuses.  One of those schools is Birmingham-Southern, where the BJF recently provided seed money to assist in creating a Hillel student organization on campus. Because …..

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    BJF A Resource For Understanding Today’s Events

    March 1, 2017

    BJF A Resource For Understanding Today’s Events By Richard Friedman, BJF Executive Director People always seem to value the work we do at the Birmingham Jewish Federation and the many services we offer. That was made clear once again by an email I received the other day from one of our long-time supporters.. “I am …..

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    Making A “Shift” After Seven Meaningful Years

    March 1, 2017

    Making A “Shift” After Seven Meaningful Years By Daniel Odrezin,  BJF Asst. Executive Director  I have been a part of the Birmingham Jewish Federation — and the Federation has been a part of me — in one way or another for almost seven years.  I started working at this special organization as an intern while …..

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    Montclair Campus Receives Third Bomb Threat; Town Hall Scheduled For Monday

    February 28, 2017

        The Birmingham Jewish community’s Montclair Road campus received a false bomb threat shortly after 8:00 AM Monday for the third time this year and the second time in two weeks.  Previous calls were received by the Levite Jewish Community Center (LJCC), but Monday’s was received by the N.E. Miles Jewish Day School (NEMJDS), …..

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    Trump’s Two Sides Create Emotional Swap

    February 23, 2017

              By Richard Friedman, Executive Director As he marks his first month in office, Donald Trump continues to remain controversial, even making many people enthusiastic and unenthusiastic at the same time. Examples happened within the past few days. Trump’s UN Ambassador, former South Carolina governor Nikki Haley (pictured here), began making …..

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    Iran Continues Calls For Israel’s Destruction

    February 21, 2017

      By Daniel Odrezin Asst. Executive Director In the summer of 2015, as the US and other world powers hammered out the details of a landmark agreement to rollback Iran’s pursuit of a nuclear weapon, many proponents of the deal claimed that the agreement would encourage the Iranian regime to moderate its words and actions …..

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    LJCC Receives Second Bomb Threat; Trump Issues Forceful Condemnation

    February 21, 2017

    For the second time in as many months, Birmingham’s Levite Jewish Community Center (LJCC) received a false bomb threat Monday morning. The LJCC’s safety protocol was enacted and local police responded to the scene.  The building was cleared and all normal activity resumed shortly thereafter. Many LJCC members and pre-school parents – some Jewish, some …..

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    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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