“Shalom Y’all” From the Magic City

    August 30, 2017

    By Samantha Dubrinsky,  BJF Director of Community Impact  If you’ve lived in Birmingham for any amount of time, you’ve probably heard or seen the phrase “Shalom, y’all!” This welcoming saying is something we at the Birmingham Jewish Federation genuinely mean. We strongly feel that one of our purposes is to be engaging and welcoming to …..

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    Coach Goldfarb’s International Soccer Repeat

    August 30, 2017

    It’s been quite a summer for those of us in Birmingham. The JCC Maccabi Games, hosted by the Levite Jewish Community Center, brought about 900 teen athletes, along with coaches and guests, to Birmingham for a week of athletic competition and other festivities. At the same time, this summer also saw former Birmingham-Southern College head …..

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    BJF Responds to Hurricane Harvey Disaster

    August 28, 2017

    In a response to the catastrophic floods striking Texas, Jewish Federations of North America, the Birmingham Jewish Federation’s national organization, has opened an emergency relief fund to support communities and individuals in Houston, San Antonio, Galveston, Corpus Christi and other areas that have been hammered by Hurricane Harvey. With record breaking volumes of rain having …..

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    Roll Hillel Roll

    August 25, 2017

    By Sally Friedman, Birmingham Jewish Foundation Executive Director Football, new classes, Shabbat dinners and plenty of “Roll Tides”-It’s fall semester for Jewish students at The University of Alabama.  Bama’s Bloom Hillel is ready with open arms and a welcome-back barbeque this Sunday. The last few years have seen unprecedented growth in U of A’s Jewish …..

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    Holocaust Program Ignites Appreciation, Determination

    August 23, 2017

    By Richard Friedman, BJF-LJCC Executive Director Sunday afternoon there was a great program sponsored by the Birmingham Holocaust Education Center. This organization, which receives funding from the Birmingham Jewish Federation Annual Campaign, educates people about the Holocaust and this tragic chapter in Jewish and human history. Community volunteer Cathy Friedman, who has spent decades strengthening …..

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    L’Chaim Event to Honor Cathy Friedman

    August 16, 2017

    The Birmingham Holocaust Education Center’s (BHEC)  annual L’Chaim event on August 20 in the Jemison Concert Hall at the Alys Stephens Center will honor Cathy O. Friedman, local humanitarian and patron of the arts, for her ongoing commitment to Holocaust education in Birmingham. Local musical artists will be the highlight of the program. The L’Chaim …..

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    Anti-Semitism, Hitting Closer and Closer to Home

    August 16, 2017

    By Samantha Dubrinsky,  BJF Director of Community Impact I remember vividly when I realized that the nationalist/ alt-right movement in Europe was gaining traction. I can still see in my mind the picture that went along with an article on the Times Of Israel’s website discussing France’s issues with the alt-right. The picture was of …..

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    Jewish Organizations Speak Out

    August 14, 2017

    Jewish Organizations Speak Out Against Charlottesville Violence Yad Vashem Holocaust Museum on Monday condemned this weekend’s neo-Nazi rally in Virginia, saying that the ideology on display there was identical to that which led to the murder of six million Jews, according to the Times of Israel. In a statement, the remembrance center said that it …..

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    Ronne Hess Honored By United Ability

    August 14, 2017

    Inspirational Stories, Emotional Moments Highlight Tribute Evening Saturday night, August 5th was a wonderful evening at Birmingham’s Lyric Theater as United Ability honored long-time Birmingham volunteer leader and philanthropist Ronne Hess. Ronne has devoted much of her adult life to helping people with disabilities and she was honored for her dedication, commitment and financial generosity. …..

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    Richard Friedman: LJCC, BJF Stand With Israel

    August 11, 2017

    Standing With Israel In Aftermath Of Maccabi Israeli Delegation at the 2017 JCC Maccabi Games   By Richard Friedman, BJF-LJCC Executive Director One of the most emotional moments at the opening ceremonies of the recent JCC Maccabi Games in Birmingham came when a large delegation of teen athletes from Israel entered the arena. Though these …..

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