A Jew, A Muslim & A Christian All Walk Into The BJF

    January 2, 2018

    Photo is of Jahan Berns. A Jew, A Muslim & A Christian All Walk Into The BJF By Samantha Dubrinsky,  BJF Director of Community Impact What’s that old joke about a Jew, a Muslim and a Christian walking into a bar? Well, just a few days ago, this happened in real life, except it wasn’t …..

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    Sadat & Begin On A Birmingham Morning

    December 27, 2017

    Sadat & Begin On A Birmingham Morning  By Richard Friedman, BJF-LJCC Executive Director    Indulge me. I’m about to reflect on one of my best and most enduring professional memories. It occurred 40 years ago when Egypt’s president Anwar Sadat flew to Israel, breaking barriers between Israel and the Arab world in a bold and …..

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    National Federations Endorse Jerusalem Decision; Gen. Krulak: Context Is Crucial

    December 13, 2017

    National Federations Endorse Jerusalem Decision; Gen. Krulak: Context Is Crucial The Birmingham Jewish Federation’s national organization Jewish Federations of North America released the below statement on President Trump’s recent decision to move the US Embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem and to formally recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.  The US administration announced a plan …..

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    Bitter Election Creates Challenge, Opportunity

    December 13, 2017

    Bitter Election Creates Challenge, Opportunity Pictured are Doug Jones, at left, and Roy Moore. Tuesday’s election results show Democrat Doug Jones defeating Republican Roy Moore for the US Senate though Moore has indicated he may challenge the close tally. Many members of the Birmingham Jewish community were involved in this election as volunteers and donors …..

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    As Year Ends, Look Into Giving Through Foundation

    December 12, 2017

    A new tax law could very likely be passed in the next several weeks.  For many this will make2017 an important year to make increased charitable gifts, and the Birmingham Jewish Foundation is encouraging people to check with their tax advisers to see if this would apply to them. In both the House and Senate …..

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    Roll It On Over To The Federation

    December 1, 2017

    Roll It On Over To The Federation If you are over the age of 70 ½,  you may have a great opportunity to make a special gift. Over the past ten years, many individuals over age 70 ½ have utilized the IRA  (Individual Charitable Account) charitable rollover to transfer up to $100,000 each year from …..

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    Changing Birmingham: A Discussion On Progress & Change Within Minority Communities

    December 1, 2017

    Changing Birmingham: A Discussion On Progress & Change Within Minority Communities By Samantha Dubrinsky,  BJF Director of Community Impact Photo is of the Birmingham skyline. Birmingham is an ever-changing city. Each day, I learn about something new that has happened or will happen in “the Magic City,” Birmingham’s very appropriate nickname. All of these changes …..

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    BJF Arm Reaches Across Globe To Help Those In Need

    November 30, 2017

    BJF Arm Reaches Across Globe  To Help Those In Need Photo is of a Rohingya child among a steady stream of Rohingya refugees crossing into Bangladesh. (Photo: PBS) By Richard Friedman, BJF-LJCC Executive Director  Emails ripple across our screens and phones these days with such rapidity and volume that many of us tend to answer them …..

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    Look Out For Birmingham-Southern

    November 30, 2017

    Photo is from the recent challah baking class at Birmingham-Southern College. Look Out For Birmingham-Southern By Samantha Dubrinsky, BJF Director of Community Impact  When I was a student at Birmingham-Southern College (longer ago than I’d like to admit), there were about seven Jewish students, including me, on campus. It might seem odd to some that …..

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    Thurgood Marshall Film Highlights, Probes Black-Jewish Partnership

    November 30, 2017

    Thurgood Marshall Film Highlights, Probes  Black-Jewish Partnership   By Richard Friedman, BJF-LJCC Executive Director  It was a powerful movie that made me proud — as an American and as a Jew. The film, “Marshall,” focuses on the pioneering civil rights work the late Thurgood Marshall did in the 1940s as an attorney for the National Association …..

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