Roll Call Of Delegations Excites Maccabi Crowd

    July 31, 2017

    Roll Call Of Delegations Excites Maccabi Crowd Photo is of the Team Alabama delegation.  It was an evening of pageantry, passion and purpose Sunday night as the 2017 JCC Maccabi Games Opening Ceremonies were held at Bartow Arena at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. The Birmingham Jewish community, with only 6300 members, is one of the smallest communities ever to host …..

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    NY Times Story Reflects BJF Goals

    July 26, 2017

    There was an interesting piece on the New York Times website a few days ago headlined An Israeli soldier observes smoke rising from a Syrian village  “Israel’s Secret Arab Allies.”  It was by Neri Zilber, a journalist based in Tel Aviv and an adjunct fellow of the Washington Institute for Near East Policy. Zilber ties together …..

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    JCC Maccabi Games: “Hungering” For the Gold

    July 26, 2017

    Photo is of part of Birmingham’s JCC Maccabi Games delegation from the 2016 Games. “May the odds be ever in your favor.” This famous quote from the popular movie series the Hunger Games may be repeated several times in the coming week as Birmingham gears up to host the JCC Maccabi Games, a week of athletic competition …..

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    Samantha Dubrinsky Reports From Ukraine: “If We All Hold Hands Together”

    July 11, 2017

    Ukraine Trip Reinforces The Impact Of The BJF Samantha Dubrinsky, the Birmingham Jewish Federation’s Director of Community Impact, is in Ukraine for a few days. She is part of a group of Jewish Federation professionals and volunteer leaders who are spending several days in Ukraine and then traveling to Israel. Trip members are learning about …..

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    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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