“Kites Of Life” Reflect Israel’s Resilience

    June 20, 2018

    Photo is of kids and parents making “kites of life” in Sderot.   By Richard Friedman, BJF Executive Director  Nothing inspires me more than the resilience that Israelis — of all ages — show in times of crisis. And the determination the country’s civilians show in the face of terror is especially inspiring and even at …..

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    Gen. Charles Krulak Helps Recruit Jewish Students To Birmingham-Southern College

    June 20, 2018

    Photo is of Gen. Charles Krulak. By Samantha Dubrinsky,  BJF Director of Community Impact  What do a Marine & former member of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, a family from California and a Birmingham Jewish Federation professional have in common? Actually, a lot. All three are connected deeply to the Jewish community and Birmingham-Southern College. …..

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    Federation & Federation Partners On The Ground In Israel

    June 8, 2018

    Photo is people inspecting the yard of a kindergarten in Southern Israel after it was hit by a mortar shell fired from the Gaza Strip three days ago. (Haaretz) Federation & Federation Partners On The Ground In Israel The Birmingham Jewish Federation received an email from Jewish Federations of North America, our national organization, about …..

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    New Book Probes Core Of Conflict

    June 8, 2018

    Image is of the cover of Yossi Klein Halevi’s book, “Letters to My Palestinian Neighbor.” New Book Probes Core Of Conflict By Richard Friedman, BJF Executive Director If timing is everything, Israeli author and journalist Yossi Klein Halevi picked the perfect moment to release his new book “Letters to My Palestinian Neighbor.” It has come …..

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    Brave Muslim Woman Stands Up For Israel

    June 8, 2018

    Screenshot from today’s Times Of Israel website reflects Israel’s continuing security challenges. Brave Muslim Woman Stands Up For Israel Outstanding piece by a brave Muslim woman. Here’s an excerpt: “Israelis have the right to defend themselves and their families from those who openly declare their intent to murder them. They have the duty to do so. …..

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    Balancing Sympathy With Facts

    June 8, 2018

    May 4, 2018: Gaza border riots escalated as Palestinians vandalized and set ablaze pipes that carry fuel and gas, as well as crossings where humanitarian aid from Israel and the international community passes into the Gaza Strip to aid Gaza residents. (Photo from IDF’s website.) Balancing Sympathy  With Facts  By Richard Friedman,  BJF Executive Director …..

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    The Palestinians Can Solve Their Plight By Accepting Israel

    June 8, 2018

    Photo is of Palestinian protestors on the Gaza border.  The Palestinians Can Solve Their Plight By Accepting Israel By Richard Friedman,  BJF Executive Director Lots of people have lots of opinions these days on the Hamas-inspired attacks on Israel’s border with the Gaza Strip. While there are those who would like to portray these threatening …..

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    US Embassy Moves To Jerusalem, Conflict In Gaza

    May 15, 2018

    Photos show Palestinian demonstrations in Gaza, left, and the new US Embassy in Jerusalem, right. (Photo: New York Times) US Embassy Moves To Jerusalem, Conflict In Gaza On Monday, the US Embassy in Israel was moved from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. The official move of the embassy came after a decision President Trump made in …..

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    Attacks Against Israel Continue On Country’s Gaza Border

    May 8, 2018

    Photo is of Palestinian protestors trying to pull down the fence that separates Israel and Gaza.(Photo: New York Times)  Attacks Against Israel Continue On Country’s Gaza Border Too often, media coverage of Israel, and, in particular, its response to security challenges, lacks context and depth and portrays the country in a negative light. It tends …..

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    Two Unique Experiences, One Inescapable Conclusion

    May 4, 2018

    Photo is from the new lynching museum in Montgomery. Two Unique Experiences, One Inescapable Conclusion By Richard Friedman,  BJF Executive Director  Jewish Telegraphic Agency (JTA) posted an interesting piece recently connecting the new museum in Montgomery focusing  on American racism and lynchings to the ways the Holocaust has been remembered. The story, written by reporter …..

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