Birmingham-Southern Terror Expert: Understanding Facts

    September 24, 2015

    By Daniel Odrezin, BJF Asst. Executive Director Many of the threats facing Jews and others around the world are very complex in nature making the issues we cover in Update more and more complicated.  For this reason, we are always open to factual critiques and analysis we receive from our readers.   Recently, Update ran a …..

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    Helping Those In Need On Yom Kippur

    September 22, 2015

    The following was written by Collat Jewish Family Services Executive Director Lauren Perlman. CJFS receives funding from The BJF’s annual campaign. Here are Lauren’s thoughts on Yom Kippur and CJFS.  I might be the only one, but I like to fast on Yom Kippur. The fast is my time for meaningful, deep reflection. Giving up …..

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    Hilary Gewant: Reflecting On Forgiveness, Giving Back

    September 22, 2015

    The following was written by BJF Campaign Chair Hilary Gewant. Hilary and her husband Scott have been wonderful and generous volunteer leaders within the Jewish community. Below are Hilary’s thoughts on Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement, which begins at sundown tonight.  On Rosh HaShanah, the year’s decree is written, and on Yom Kippur it …..

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    Tiny Israel Helps California With Water

    September 21, 2015

    From Times Of Israel: “The agreement with LA County is the latest in a series of deals in which California has drawn on Israeli know-how and experience to solve the state’s ongoing water problems.”  It’s amazing how this tiny democracy — with only the same number of people as Alabama and Mississippi combined — has developed …..

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    Thanking Obama On Two Israel Fronts

    September 21, 2015

    By Richard Friedman, BJF Executive Director Though tension over the Iran deal has gripped the US-Israel relationship these past few months, our two democracies continue to have a unique and enduring alliance based on shared values and aspirations. This was brought home this past Thursday in two separate developments that reflected America’s support for Israel. In …..

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    Should Israel Take Syrian Refugees? Day School Students Ponder Dilemma

    September 18, 2015

      By Richard Friedman, BJF Executive Director… When it came to school, I was  never much for doing things in  advance. That was not a particularly good strategy, and I probably would have done better academically had I done so. But now that I’m “back in school” so to speak, I’m again not planning ahead …..

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    Richard Friedman: These Are No Easy Times For Federations

    September 17, 2015

    By Richard Friedman, Exec. Director Being Executive Director of a Jewish Federation is tough these days. Yes, it is uplifting and rewarding,  but  it’s also full of complexities and challenges. I’m not complaining, however. I love what I do. Nonetheless, the challenges were framed well in a recent email received from  Jerry Silverman, President & CEO of Jewish …..

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    Daniel Odrezin: Public Support For Iran Deal Declines

    September 17, 2015

     By Daniel Odrezin,  BJF Asst. Executive Director Last week, President Obama received enough support for the Iran nuclear agreement to ensure that Congress cannot  stop the deal from being implemented.   Much has been made of the support the Obama administration received  on an issue that many predicted would  cause   significant controversy among   …..

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    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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