Jewish Federations Emphasize Need For Hurricane Relief Assistance

    September 29, 2017

    The following email from Jewish Federations of North America CEO Jerry Silverman was received Thursday regarding the three natural disasters that have affected Jews in the Texas, Florida and Puerto Rico. (Jewish Federations of North America is the Birmingham Jewish Federation’s national organization.) The email consists of updated information on the status of the Jewish …..

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    Federation-Foundation-Israel Bonds Event Features Outstanding Honorees

    September 27, 2017

    Each year, the Birmingham Jewish Federation, the Birmingham Jewish Foundation and Israel Bonds come together to recognize outstanding individuals at a combined community celebration. That will again be the tradition this year as the three organizations come together to pay tribute to an outstanding group of honorees. The event will be Sunday, Oct. 29 at …..

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    Miles College Hosting Holocaust Symposium

    September 25, 2017

    Miles College, located in Bessemer, Alabama is hosting a symposium on Wed., Sept. 27 entitled, “Toward Healing and Reconciliation: Lessons from the Holocaust and the Jim Crow South.” This all-day series of lectures is co-sponsored by Miles College and the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. At this educational forum, scholars, students, and the public will …..

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    High Holiday Reflections

    September 25, 2017

    By Hilary Gewant, BJF President These are the Days of Awe. These ten days between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur are for personal reflection, introspection, and forgiveness. It is our time to consider the sins of the previous year and how each of us can do better. The decisions we make can change everything. With …..

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    Hurricane Irma Relief Update

    September 20, 2017

    The letter below is written by Jerry Silverman, President and CEO of Jewish Federations of North America.  JFNA is the Birmingham Jewish Federation’s parent organization. We are now at a point where we need to escalate our system’s response to Hurricane Irma and its impact across Florida and the Caribbean. While the initial reports across …..

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    “Violins of Hope” Author To Speak To Birmingham Community

    September 15, 2017

    Musicologist and author James A. Grymes will speak Sunday afternoon at Temple Emanu-El about his book “Violins of Hope: Instruments of Hope and Liberation in Mankind’s Darkest Hour .” The book tells stories of violins played by Jewish musicians during the Holocaust and later restored to life by Israeli violin-maker Amnon Weinstein. The event takes …..

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    “Shalom Y’all” Not Only Reason For Jewish Students To Migrate South

    September 15, 2017

    By Samantha Dubrinsky,  Director of Community Impact   A recent article on the online news source The Forward reported that more and more Jewish college students are finding their “home away from home” in the South. “The amount of Jewish students attending southern colleges has been sharply on the rise. Pockets of the country that …..

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    IDF Comes to the Aid of Syrian Civilians

    September 13, 2017

    By Richard Friedman, BJF Executive Director There was a powerful story on the Israeli news site Ynet that attests to Israel’s unique ethic and compassion. The story highlighted testimonies from anonymous Syrian civilians who have received free medical care at Israeli field hospitals. These hospitals provide aid to civilians whose lives have been disrupted by …..

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    War Bagel: Auburn Hillel On Winning Streak

    September 8, 2017

    By Sally Friedman, Birmingham Jewish Foundation Executive Director Jewish life at Auburn is off to a great start for the new year. Auburn is starting to attract interest and Jewish students from around the country, reflecting a recent trend outlined in a Forward magazine article “Why Jewish Students are Finding a Home in the Deep …..

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    A Helping Hand For Houston

    September 7, 2017

    By Samantha Dubrinsky,  BJF Director of Community Impact In the past week, the damage caused by Hurricane Harvey, which hit Houston, Texas last week, continues to mount. Hundreds of thousands of families have been displaced, the death toll is climbing and billions of dollars in damage to infrastructure have been estimated. “Recovery like this — …..

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