BJF Mentors Are Changing Lives

    August 8, 2015

    By Samantha Dubrinsky, BJF, Director of Community Impact & Special Projects Mentoring is a word that is often used among my peers — those in their 20s and 30s — and, most of the time, they speak of it in a longing way. They don’t have a mentor. So many of my friends, whether it …..

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    French Jews Look For Oasis In Israel

    August 8, 2015

    Last year, Israel’s number one source of immigrants came from France. France, a country that is known for its rich history, culture and vibrancy, has become a hotbed of anti-Semitism and, unfortunately, the rate of violent anti-Semitic incidents in the country continues to rise.  A record 7,200 French Jews arrived in Israel in 2014, double …..

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    Israel Clamps Down On Jewish Extremists

    August 8, 2015

    According to a report today by the Times Of Israel, the Israeli government has authorized security officials to use administrative detention and all other appropriate means to track down and hold suspects in last Friday’s murder of Palestinian infant Ali Saad Dawabsha. The Palestinian infant was killed when two homes in the Palestinian village of …..

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    Learning, Action And Iran: Perfect Night For ‘Belonging’

    August 8, 2015

    By Samantha Dubrinsky, BJF, Director of Community Impact & Special Projects There is no way we could have seen this coming. You Belong In Birmingham board member Carlie Stein and I had been working on ways to connect the group — made up of young Jews in their 20s and 30s — more deeply to …..

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    Iran: What Pollsters Should Really Ask

    August 8, 2015

    By Richard Friedman, BJF Executive Director Here is my “favorite sentence” from the Iran nuclear agreement: “Iran reaffirms that under no circumstances will Iran ever seek, develop or acquire any nuclear weapons.” There have been a lot of news stories about polls and how Americans view the Iran accord. Different polls seem to produce different …..

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    BJF Speaks Out Against Jewish Extremists’ Crime

    August 8, 2015

    Unfortunate reports came out of Israel today. A Palestinian infant was killed in the West Bank early Friday morning in an arson attack. This attack is thought to have been committed by Jewish extremists, according to a report by the Times Of Israel. Two homes in the Palestinian village of Duma were set alight, and …..

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    Big League Assignments Lead To Big League Staff

    August 8, 2015

    By Richard Friedman, BJF Executive Director If a multitude of challenges can be called a luxury of riches, then The Birmingham Jewish Federation is the place to be. Never in my 33 year BJF career, has our organization faced so many demands and complexities. From Iran to Israel to radical Islam to global anti-Semitism to …..

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    Back From Washington, Emanu-El’s Rabbi Miller To Provide Iran Briefing

    August 8, 2015

    Birmingham’s Temple Emanu-El Rabbi Jonathan Miller and long-time Birmingham Jewish community volunteer leader Alan Engel, members of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee’s National Council, were in Washington, DC this week regarding the Iran agreement. Their activities included educating Members of Congress about the dangers of the Iran nuclear deal. Rabbi Miller (pictured here) is …..

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    Changing Focus On Academic Path Benefits BJF Journey

    August 8, 2015

    By Samantha Dubrinsky, BJF, Director of Community Impact & Special Projects I have always enjoyed school. Somewhat of a “nerd,” I consistently looked forward to being in class throughout high school and college. And, when I graduated college, I really missed learning. It took me a while to come to the conclusion that I wanted …..

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    Piece On Racial Dimension Of Iran Debate Misses Mark

    August 8, 2015

    By Richard Friedman, BJF Executive Director Colbert I. King, a well-known African-American journalist and a Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist for the Washington Post, posted a column recently on the Post’s website that merits scrutiny. His piece, tied to the opposition of the Israeli government to the nuclear agreement with Iran, was headlined, “How Israel may be …..

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