Nominations For BJF Board

    January 30, 2018

    Nominations For BJF Board Nominations are being sought for the Birmingham Jewish Federation’s Board of Directors. As part of this process, The BJF invites community members to suggest names for our Nominating Committee to consider. For criteria and information on how to nominate someone, please contact BJF Programs and Special Projects Coordinator Florina Newcomb at …..

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    Reimagining Grover’s Corner

    January 30, 2018

    Reimagining Grover’s Corner By Richard Friedman, Executive Director, BJF-LJCC It sometimes said that “everything’s connected.” In community work, it’s often true. I was thinking about this on a recent Saturday morning as I reflected on two things that had taken place earlier that week. The first was a meeting involving the lay and professional heads of …..

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    Colleges Brace For Rough 2018

    January 19, 2018

    Photo is of white supremacist Richard Spencer speaking to students at Auburn University.  Colleges Brace For Rough 2018 By Samantha Dubrinsky,  BJF Director of Community Impact  A disturbing article headlined “Colleges Brace for Tumult in 2018” was published in the New York Times recently. The essence of the article portrays what is expected to be …..

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    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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