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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    Samantha Dubrinsky: Israel, Rocket Fire Swims Through My Mind At LJCC Pool

    June 16, 2017

    Photo is of Rabbi Bowman. A Day At The Pool By Samantha Dubrinsky, BJF Director of Community Impact Lately, I have been exploring the Levite Jewish Community Center’s indoor pool. I’ve never really been a fan of indoor pools (to me, the fun of swimming is being outside in the sun), but I have also …..

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    From Birmingham To Europe, Young Jews Charting Own Course

    June 15, 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.) From Birmingham To Europe, Young Jews Charting Own Course By Richard Friedman, BJF Executive Director The Joint Distribution Committee (JDC) receives significant …..

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    Surprise & No Surprise

    June 9, 2017

    Photo is of Hanan Ashwari.  Surprise & No Surprise By Richard Friedman, BJF Executive Director Two events occurred recently in connection with the United Nations. One was surprising, the other not at all. Danny Danon, Israel’s Ambassador to the UN, was elected to a high-ranking UN slot. This was surprising, given the UN’s longstanding and …..

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    Layne Held: How You Can Help Make The JCC Maccabi Games Successful

    June 7, 2017

    Photo is of part of Birmingham’s JCC Maccabi Games delegation from the 2016 Games. The JCC Maccabi Games Need Your Time, Commitment The following was written by the JCC Maccabi Games Co-Chair Layne Held.  By Layne Held  The JCC Maccabi Games are less than 60 days away. Twenty-nine delegations will be in Birmingham from July 30 – …..

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    Federation, Foundation Annual Meeting June 19

    June 5, 2017

    Photo is of Jerry & Ginger Held. Federation, Foundation Annual Meeting June 19 The Birmingham Jewish Federation and Birmingham Jewish Foundation will hold their annual meeting on Monday, June 19 at the N.E. Miles Jewish Day School.  A reception will be held before the program at 5:30 pm with the meeting beginning at 6 pm. The …..

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    New West Bank City Offers Taste Of What Could Be

    June 3, 2017

    Photo is of the main city center in Rawabi. (Photo: Times Of Israel) New West Bank City Offers Taste Of What Could Be By Richard Friedman, BJF Executive Director  It’s not everyday that a place you’ve visited is in the news. Especially when you’re an American Jewish Federation director and it’s a Palestinian city in …..

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