Samford Prof: Christians Must Think Differently About Israel, Jews Re Past Atrocities

    July 11, 2017

    Samford Prof: Christians Must Think Differently About Israel, Jews Re Past Atrocities Photo is of the cover of the book by McDermott “Christians Must Think Differently About Israel, Jews in Light of Past Atrocities: Gerald McDermott.” This was the headline on a recent story on the  ChristianPost.comwebsite. It was a thoughtful story on a new …..

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    This Week’s Ukraine Trip No Re-Run

    July 11, 2017

    Photo is of Samantha Dubrinsky, in the middle, in Ukraine speaking with the Joint Distribution Committee’s regional director and translator, at left, and a Ukrainian internally displaced Jew, at right.   This Week’s Ukraine Trip No Re-Run By Samantha Dubrinsky, BJF Director of Community Impact I was having a conversation with a colleague last week and …..

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    “Decay of Jewish Federations” Article Exempts Bham

    July 11, 2017

    Photo is of young Jewish professionals in Birmingham at a You Belong In Birmingham event. (You Belong In Birmingham is a program designed to engage young Jews more deeply with the Jewish community.) “Decay of Jewish Federations” Article Exempts Bham There was a story posted recently on the website eJewish Philanthropy. It was a bleak …..

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    BJF Board Member Experiences Anti-Israel Media Bias First-Hand

    July 11, 2017

    Photo is of Jahan Berns in Israel.   BJF Board Member Experiences Anti-Israel Media Bias First-Hand Recently, Birmingham Jewish Federation board member Jahan Berns, who is Christian, went to Israel. Participants included Christian members of different congregations in Alabama. Jahan went as a representative of her church — Canvas Church. The group toured Christian sites …..

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    Bham’s Young Family Engagement Reflects National Trends

    July 11, 2017

    Photo is from a recent Birmingham PJ Library event.  Bham’s Young Family Engagement Reflects National Trends Families who receive free Jewish children’s books from the Massachusetts-based PJ Library say the program has helped them feel more connected to their Jewish communities, with interfaith families especially saying it has spurred them to celebrate Jewish holidays and Shabbat …..

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    “The Jonathan Miller Years”

    June 30, 2017

    “The Jonathan Miller Years” By Richard Friedman, BJF Executive Director The Jonathan Miller years. I’m sure glad that I was around for them. For 27 years, this outstanding rabbi and wonderful and caring man has not only enriched the lives of his congregants at Temple Emanu-El and our Jewish community, but he has made an …..

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    CJFS Says Goodbye To Longtime Clinical Director

    June 27, 2017

    CJFS Says Goodbye To Longtime Clinical Director By Elaine Witt, Collat Jewish Family Services Development and Outreach Director  A changing of the guard is occurring at Collat Jewish Family Services, a Birmingham Jewish Federation-supported organization that provides care and support for older adults regardless of faith or financial ability. Robin McMilin, the agency’s longtime Clinical Director, …..

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    Update On Israel’s Recent Decisions On Conversion, Western Wall

    June 27, 2017

    Photo is of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at the Kotel (Western Wall).   Update On Israel’s Recent Decisions On Conversion, Western Wall The following was written by Jewish Federations of North America CEO Jerry Silverman. (JFNA is the Birmingham Jewish Federation’s national organization.) The BJF received the following earlier today.  Today we met with Prime …..

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    National Experience Changes Lives, Motivates Donors

    June 19, 2017

    Photo is of students involved in ENP’s SPACE program. National Experience Changes Lives, Motivates Donors The following was written by Birmingham Jewish Federation board member Lisa Engel about her experience at the recent Jewish Federation of North America’s National Women’s Philanthropy conference (JFNA is the BJF’s national organization). Lisa recently was named as a board …..

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    Student Released From North Korea Active In Hillel

    June 19, 2017

    Photo is of Otto Wambier after he was sentenced to 15 years of hard labor. Student Released From North Korea Active In Hillel Otto Warmbier, a University of Virginia student imprisoned by North Korea who remains in a coma since his release last week, was active at the campus Hillel, had been on a Birthright …..

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