Jerry Silverman: Living The Federation Mission Through Good Times & Bad

    September 16, 2015

     Before Rosh Hashanah, the  Jewish New Year, The  Birmingham Jewish  Federation received a  meaningful and thought-  provoking message from  Jewish Federations of North  America (JFNA) CEO Jerry Silverman. JFNA is The BJF’s national organization. Jerry highlights the wonderful things that the Federation movement has accomplished in the past year, the serious issues we face and …..

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    The New, Improved Update Coming This Week

    September 16, 2015

    By Samantha Dubrinsky, BJF, Director of Community Impact & Special Projects For the past several months, The Birmingham Jewish Federation has been undergoing quite the transformation. We hope you have noticed, but if you haven’t, you will definitely notice before the week is over! We have decided that it is important for us to ramp …..

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    Iranians Continue To Spread Trouble In Middle East

    September 16, 2015

    By Daniel Odrezin, BJF Asst. Executive Director Throughout the debate and discussion over the Iran nuclear agreement, there was significant focus on Iran’s influence in the region. Iran’s support for terror groups in Iraq, Syria, Lebanon and Yemen is well documented, and many opposed to the agreement, including Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, argued that …..

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    Good Problems In The New Year

    September 16, 2015

    The following message is from Birmingham Jewish Federation President Jerry Held. Jerry wrote the below in connection with the start of the Jewish new year which begins tonight at sundown. It is the second installment of a two-part message. The first installment appeared in Update Friday afternoon. Jerry is pictured here with his wife, Ginger, …..

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    There’s No Place Like Home

    September 16, 2015

    By Samantha Dubrinsky, BJF, Director of Community Impact & Special Projects There’s no place like home. I was reminded of that this past week when I traveled to Washington, DC on behalf of Jewish Federations of North America, The Birmingham Jewish Federation’s national organization. I went to Washington to work on a project for JFNA’s …..

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    BJF Funds Helping Fearful European Jews At Rosh Hashanah

    September 16, 2015

    As Rosh Hashanah ushers in the new Jewish year Sunday night, The Birmingham Jewish Federation and other Jewish Federations are continuing to help Jewish communities in Europe that are fearful for their safety and well-being. Funds raised by the Jewish Federation movement have played a role in upgrading security and continue to assist European Jews …..

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    BJF Perspectives As New Year Begins

    September 16, 2015

    The following is from Birmingham Jewish Federation President Jerry Held. Jerry and his wife Ginger have been dedicated volunteer leaders in the Birmingham Jewish community for decades and we are grateful for their work and generosity. Here is the first installment of Jerry’s thoughts as Rosh Hashanah begins Sunday night. The second installment will be …..

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    It’s Nice To Be Asked

    September 16, 2015

    Update had a story recently by Birmingham Jewish Federation staff member Samantha Dubrinsky on business leaders, who are members of the Overton Group, a Jewish business organization, helping participants in You Belong In Birmingham find jobs. You Belong In Birmingham, a program of The BJF which is funded by our Annual Campaign, connects Jews in …..

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    Iran’s Cheating Well-Documented Amid Its Threats

    September 16, 2015

    By Daniel Odrezin, BJF Asst. Executive Director It has become clear over the past week that the nuclear agreement negotiated between Iran and a US-led group of world powers will be implemented as Congress does not have the votes to override a presidential veto. While many in Congress opposed the agreement, it is now time …..

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    Silver Lining In A Summer Of Stress

    September 16, 2015

    By Richard Friedman, BJF Executive Director One of the nicest things about working professionally for the North American Jewish Federation movement is the outstanding professional colleagues you get to know from other parts of the country. They are among the most talented, gifted and brightest people I have ever met — and are driven by …..

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