About Us

The Birmingham Jewish Federation


The Birmingham Jewish Federation is our Jewish Community’s central fundraising, community relations and community development agency.

We are dedicated to enriching Jewish life, supporting Israel, helping all people in need, and building a better Birmingham.

Our Mission


The Birmingham Jewish Federation promotes the well-being of the Jewish people in our Community, the United States, Israel and throughout the world.

 

The Federation does this by:​
  • Maintaining a Central Jewish Community Organization
  • Raising Funds
  • Sustaining a Strong Local Jewish Community
  • Supporting Israel and Jews Throughout the World
  • Educating and Advocating on Behalf Of Israel and Jewish Causes
  • Building Bridges and Helping Strengthen Our General Community

Your Federation Dollars at Work

Raised and allocated more than $150,000 for COVID relief.
Partnering with community agencies, synagogues, & Chabad of Alabama on community programming.
Generating monthly programming for You Belong In Birmingham for young adults.

Providing community programming such as speakers and Jewish cultural activities.

Funding and direction from the BJF enabling the Jewish Community Relations Council, the civic arm of the BJF, to Build bridges of understanding within our Jewish community and to our broader community, Combat Antisemitism, Educate in support of a strong and secure Israel, Advocate and educate on social justice issues important to the Birmingham Jewish community.

Enhancing PJ Library offerings for families with young children by creating programming for young Jewish families in Birmingham, including the new “It’s In The Bag” series.

 Funding and staffing local BBYO programming.

Providing more than $195,000 to Israel and overseas Jewry for social services.
Welcoming new community members and newborn babies through Shalom Birmingham.
Allocated funds to the Sacramento Federation for their community rebuilding efforts following the devastating wildfires this year.

Israel World Jewry Bureau

  • Allowing the Federation to help fund smaller, yet equally important agencies, doing vital work for people in need in Israel and around the world.
  • Making an important difference in the lives of those we help, and enabling members of our community to work in direct partnership with our brothers and sisters in Israel and around the globe.
  • Allocated over $166,500 from 2020 Federation Campaign to IWJB programs.
  • Birthright Israel, The Joint Distribution Committee, Operation Lifeshield and Leket Israel are just a few of the 16 programs funded through IWJB.

N.E. Miles Jewish Day School

Providing families with tuition assistance which allows their children to receive a topnotch day school education.

Providing funds for curriculum, programming, and teachers’ salaries.

LEVITE JEWISH COMMUNITY CENTER

Providing scholarships for camp, preschool, and membership for those in need in the Jewish community.

Providing dollars to help with food box distribution during the pandemic.

Funding free stable internet access in the LJCC and parking lot, enabling families to access remote learning during the pandemic.

Funding childcare for community frontline workers during the pandemic.

HILLEL AT AREA UNIVERSITIES

Providing funds to Hillel at Auburn University and the University of Alabama for holiday and Shabbat meals and educational programming.

JEWISH WAR VETERANS

Supporting members and programming for Birmingham’s Post 608.

Birmingham Holocaust Education Center

Supporting the Annual Holocaust Remembrance Program.

Annually funding area teachers in four, all-day “Teaching with Stories” training workshops, designed and facilitated by BHEC.

Collat Jewish Family Services

Enabling older adults to remain living at home with an enriched quality of life.

Engaging people living with dementia and supporting their families.

Improving mental health and wellbeing of people of all ages.

Providing Jewish community financial assistance, burial assistance, interest free loans and Jewish camp scholarships.

American Jewish Committee

Providing funding to support regional and national efforts.

Anti-defamation league, Southeast

Providing general operating support to serve as a resource for the local Jewish community when antisemitic or hate incidents occur.

Future funding will be used specifically for annual teacher anti-bias trainings as ADL hopes to launch its signature anti-bullying program “No Place for Hate” in several Birmingham area schools next year.