Teens, Holocaust Surivors Attacked Brutally In Europe

    September 16, 2015

    A disturbing anti-Semitic attack occurred over the weekend in London that further highlights the growing anti-Jewish sentiment that is spreading throughout Europe. A 17-year-old Jewish teenager was beaten unconscious at a train stop in Manchester, England in an attack on Saturday night, the Manchester Evening News reported. Three other Jews — two 18-year-olds and a …..

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    In Wake Of Iran Deal, Enhanced Unity Seen As Holy Days Approach

    September 8, 2015

    By Richard Friedman, BJF Executive Director For those who care deeply about the security of our country and the security of Israel, two unique democracies with much in common, this summer, which has been framed by an intense debate over the Iran deal, has been one of turbulence, tension and uncertainty. People who either favor …..

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    Jews Reach Out To Desperate Refugees Amid Israeli Dilemma

    September 8, 2015

    The tragic pictures of refugees washed up on shores in Europe are hard to ignore and hard to acknowledge. In light of these tragic events involving a swelling population of migrants and refugees in Europe and the Middle East, the Joint Distribution Committee (JDC) through the Jewish Coalition for Disaster Relief is taking action. The …..

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    Samantha Dubrinsky: A Love That’s Not Black And White

    September 8, 2015

    By Samantha Dubrinsky, BJF, Director of Community Impact & Special Projects As the old adage goes, “You can’t help who you fall in love with.” And, I have learned from my dating experience that when you fall in love with someone, you better hold on tight because it’s not everyday that you find someone who …..

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    Young Bham Leaders Learn About Holocaust

    September 8, 2015

    By Samantha Dubrinsky, BJF, Director of Community Impact & Special Projects It was so quiet in the large room full of people that you could have heard a pin drop. About 150 young Rotaracters had gathered for lunch at the Harbert Center in downtown Birmingham to hear Holocaust survivor Max Steinmetz tell his story. And …..

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    French Jews Told Not To Use Term ‘Zionism’

    September 8, 2015

    According to a recent disturbing report from the Times of Israel, prominent American political strategist Stanley Greenberg has advised representatives of French Jewry to avoid mentioning Zionism when speaking to non-Jews. According to the strategist, “Zionism is seen as extremist and a force mainly in Israel, rather than Europe. Use of the term links your …..

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    Differences Of Opinion As Iran Deal Is Cinched

    September 8, 2015

    By Richard Friedman, BJF Executive Director Congressional approval of the Iran nuclear deal now appears assured. As this became apparent Wednesday, many in the Birmingham Jewish community were pondering the implications of the agreement and what lies ahead. There also remained a divide in our community over the agreement. Proponents felt it was a good …..

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    Iran Still Hates US

    September 8, 2015

    By Daniel Odrezin, BJF Executive Director Iran’s horrific position toward Israel, characterized by hateful and often genocidal rhetoric, has been the subject of much news coverage and is generally well-known. However, Iran’s attitude toward the US, a country with which it just spent nearly two years negotiating a nuclear pact, is oftentimes just as abhorrent. …..

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    Day School Passions Reflect Israeli Knesset

    September 8, 2015

    By Richard Friedman, BJF Executive Director It was like the Israeli Knesset — a parliamentary body know for its liveliness and passionate debate. People — young students in this case — were debating with one another and disagreeing. These seventh and eighth graders at the N.E. Miles Jewish Day School — students in a weekly …..

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    Planning For Future In Ukraine Impossible

    September 8, 2015

    By Samantha Dubrinsky, BJF, Director of Community Impact & Special Projects “Everything was planned,” a young Ukrainian Jewish woman said. “On my father’s birthday, I already knew what I would give him the following year.” Everything was planned until it simply wasn’t. This young woman’s life was turned upside down in the spring of 2014 …..

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