Jewish War Veterans

Post 608

About Jewish War Veterans (JWV)

Founded in 1896 as the “Hebrew Union Veterans Association,” JWV is the oldest continuously active Veterans organization in the United States.

JWV Post 608 in Birmingham was chartered in August, 1980.

Currently, Post 608 has members who have served from WWII to Iraq/Afghanistan.


  • Maintains allegiance to USA
  • Combats anti-Semitism and bigotry in the military
  • Upholds the fair name of Jewish servicemen/women when unjustly assailed
  • Gathers and preserves the records of patriotic service performed by men/women of the Jewish faith
  • Honors the memories and shields the graves of Jewish veterans from neglect

What Does JWV Post 608 Do?

-Talk with religious school students

-Flag veterans’ graves

-Attend Veterans Day assemblies

-Attend Veterans Day Shabbat services

-Walk in Birmingham Veterans Day Parade

-Sponsors community speaking engagements

2023 Events in Birmingham

Sunday, October 29th – 10:30 AM

Veterans talk to 6th grade religious schools students at Temple Emanu-El about the veterans’ military experiences, JWV, and Veterans Day.

Friday, November 3rd – 1:30 PM

Attending the annual Veterans Day assembly at NE Miles Jewish Day School. Students and faculty at the Day School will honor our veterans.

Sunday, November 5th – 10:00 AM

Flagging of veterans’ graves by religious school students at Elmwood Cemetery.

Friday, November 10th – 6:00 PM

Veterans Shabbat service and Oneg at Temple Emanu-El.

Saturday, November 11th – 9:00 AM

Veterans Shabbat service and Kiddush at Temple Beth El.

Wednesday, January 17

JWV honored 101-year old WWII Veteran, Leonard Held 

Helpful Links

Veterans at N.E. Miles Day School


Bob Rutstein – Commander

Herb Rosenbaum – Vice Commander

Julian Brook – Treasurer

Phil Tenenbaum – Quarter Master

Milton Goldstein – Sergeant at Arms