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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    LJCC Responds To New Wave Of Bomb Threats

    February 1, 2017

    LJCC Responds To New Wave Of Bomb Threats Another wave of bomb threats swept through Jewish Community Centers across the nation on Tuesday. Fourteen center in 10 states plus a Canadian province received threats, according to the JCC Association of North America. Birmingham’s Levite Jewish Community Center did not receive a threat on Tuesday, but …..

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    What The US Embassy Move To Jerusalem Could Mean For US-Israel Relationship

    January 31, 2017

    What The US Embassy Move To Jerusalem Could Mean For US-Israel Relationship  By Daniel Odrezin,  BJF Asst. Executive Director  The first week of President Donald Trump’s administration has been full of breaking news, much of it controversial and complex.  This has certainly been true on the foreign policy front including much discussion of moving the …..

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