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Thanks to our generous donors, The Birmingham Jewish Foundation is continuing to fund “acts of kindness”---whether they are close to home or across the globe. 

See below how you have helped us make a difference
Every summer, even as I an adult, I get nostalgic for my Jewish summer camp experience. It was there I developed my leadership skills, my confidence and my Jewish identity”—Henry S. Jacobs camp alum

Having attended a Jewish summer camp is one of the strongest indicators of adult Jewish involvement.  Each year, The Birmingham Jewish Foundation works with Collat Jewish Family Services to provide need-based scholarships for Birmingham kids to attend our area’s Jewish camps. CJFS and The Foundation provided scholarships for 11 Birmingham children this summer. This is done in conjunction with our local synagogues. In addition, Jewish Children’s Regional services provides need-based scholarship money and The Goldring Foundation in New Orleans provides $1500 incentive grants for first timers at Jewish camps. 

For more information on Jewish camping (and to make you wish you were 12 years old again) see


Out of the shadows--“The Best Medicine—an evening of music, laughter and uninhibited dancing”-- took place on June 29th and with a goal of raising awareness and educating our community about mental health needs. 

The evening was hosted by Beth-El’s music and youth Director, Sarah Metzger. To kick off the evening Sarah said  “(there are)  people in our community who spend most of their lives in the proverbial darkness because of a mental illness – an illness that roughly 1 in 4 people in our country suffer from, yet many of us refuse to acknowledge because we’re unable to fully comprehend it... We’re going to learn a bit more about mental illness through songs and jokes and stories, and we’re going to leave here with a few more resources of where to go if we are struggling, or where to refer people to if they come to us for help.” 

Proceeds from the evening went to the Crisis Center. The evening was underwritten by The Foundation’s Elaine and Debra Rosen Mental Health Fund.


Y’all come!—We’re all about getting young people to make Birmingham their home.

This summer, The Birmingham Jewish Foundation and the Temple Emanu-El Rabbi Grafman Endowment, underwrote Hillel Connections—a program to provide opportunities for Jewish University of Alabama students to have professional internships in Birmingham. We hope to encourage these students to settle in Birmingham after college. 

This summer, The Foundation and The Federation employed one of the interns, Emilia Cytron, an Alabama Junior from the St. Louis area.
Emilia was invaluable to us and we already miss her! 

For more on Hillel at the University of Alabama see


A Jew is asked to take a leap of action rather than a leap of faith--Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel

IsraAID, an Israeli organization funded by the Birmingham Jewish Federation’s Israel/World Jewry Bureau, co-hosted a seminar, along with Bar Ilan University, 15 Yazidi  and Christian mental health workers from the Kurdish region of Iraq on how to treat the symptoms of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).  These workers, in turn, will treat thousands of victims who suffered atrocities, including Yazidi genocide and sex slavery, at the hands of the Islamic State (IS) when it took over this region of Iraq. Over 6500 women and children were taken captive by IS. Over 3000 were liberated or escaped, but many remain missing.  IsraAid has been working with the victims since 2014. 

The Foundation’s Unrestricted Fund makes a grant to and partners with IWJB each year. 

For more on the IsraAid/Bar Ilan program see.


If you are interested in making an impact with programs such as these, contact Foundation Executive Director, Sally Friedman 205-803-1519


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