Jerusalem’s Anguished Mayor Asks Federations For Help

    October 16, 2015

    Jerusalem’s Anguished Mayor Asks Federations For Help As violence has increased in Israel in recent weeks, Jewish Federations of North America (JFNA), The Birmingham Jewish Federation’s national organization, has monitored developments on the ground to provide the North American Jewish community with information as the situation unfolds. As part of these efforts, JFNA convened a conference …..

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    Florina Newcomb: BJF Helped Her, Now She’s Helping BJF

    October 15, 2015

    Florina Newcomb: BJF Helped Her, Now She’s Helping BJF We at The Birmingham Jewish Federation are proud to announce that we have hired a new staff person, Florina Shilkrot Newcomb. Florina, who grew up in Birmingham, comes to us with past Federation experience and an eager attitude to make a difference. She will serve as our …..

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    Kerry’s Comments On Terror Troubling

    October 15, 2015

    Kerry’s Comments On Terror Troubling By Richard Friedman, BJF Executive Director  From the Jerusalem Post: “A ‘massive increase in settlements’ built by Israel in recent years has led to the ‘frustration’ and ‘violence’ now stoking its decades-old conflict with the Palestinians, US Secretary of State John Kerry said at Harvard University.” This was a disturbing comment …..

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    Foundation To Honor Cynthia & Raymond Tobias With N.E. Miles Award

    October 14, 2015

    Foundation To Honor Cynthia & Raymond Tobias With N.E. Miles Award When Cynthia and Raymond Tobias and their children moved to Birmingham from South Africa in 1987, it was a great day for our community.  Since that day, almost 30 years ago, they have shown their devotion to Jewish life in many ways, both through their …..

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    Call With Jerusalem Mayor Postponed Until Thurs.

    October 14, 2015

    Call With Jerusalem Mayor Postponed Until Thurs. Jewish Federations of North America, The Birmingham Jewish Federation’s national organization, is monitoring events closely in the wake of the terrorist attacks that have been occurring in Israel with growing intensity. To brief the North American Jewish community on the security issues facing Israel, Jewish Federations of North America was scheduled to host …..

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    ederations To Be Briefed On Growing Terror Against Israelis

    October 13, 2015

    Federations To Be Briefed On Growing Terror Against Israelis The following was received a few minutes ago from Jerry Silverman, CEO of Jewish Federations of North America, The Birmingham Jewish Federation’s national organization:  We are monitoring events closely and will continue to keep you updated. After two weeks of daily violence throughout Israel, the most …..

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    Gainesville Gators Give Great Insights

    October 13, 2015

    Gainesville Gators Give Great Insights  By Samantha Dubrinsky, BJF Director of Community Impact I recently returned from a trip to Gainesville, Florida where I spoke to the Jewish community about my experiences in France and Ukraine earlier this year. I went on Jewish trips to both countries to assess the needs of the Jewish communities …..

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    Report: Yemen Jews Told To Convert Or Leave

    October 13, 2015

    Report: Yemen Jews Told To Convert Or Leave  A recent Jerusalem Post story reported that Yemen’s tiny Jewish community has been ordered to convert to Islam or leave the country. The Israel-based Jewish Agency, which receives funding from The Birmingham Jewish Federation’s Annual Campaign, has been at the forefront of helping Yemen’s shrinking and beleaguered Jewish …..

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    Terror Touches Close To Home

    October 10, 2015

    Terror Touches Close To Home The following was written for Update by Ronne and Donald Hess, long-time Jewish community leaders and philanthropists. Many of us stay glued to the news of Israel….anxious to know that our people are safe and doing well.  We take pride in the accomplishments and achievements and are sad and worried …..

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    Nice Guys Don’t Always Finish Last

    October 10, 2015

    Nice Guys Don’t Always Finish Last Nice guys don’t always finish last. In fact, sometimes they finish first. And this definitely is the case with this year’s winner of The Birmingham Jewish Federation’s Susan J. Goldberg Distinguished Volunteer Award. Widely-respected community volunteer leader Richard Pizitz Jr., one of the nicest and brightest volunteers involved in …..

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