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April 30, 2023

Florida the only U.S. state where El Al will service two cities

An El Al airliner takes off from Ben-Gurion Airport. Oct. 25, 2021. Photo by Yossi Aloni/Flash90. (JNS) — In a reflection of growing ties, Florida will soon be the only U.S. state where El Al will service two major cities, Gov Ron DeSantis said on […]
April 28, 2023

Every Republican Governor Marks Jewish American Heritage Month

Hanukkah menorah by Manfred Anson. Weitzman National Museum of American Jewish History, 2011.139.1. Donated by Dr. Aaron Feingold in honor of Zara Feingold and Rachel Feingold. Every Republican governor in the country — 26 of them — signed a statement marking Jewish American Heritage Month, […]
April 27, 2023

Peace Concert to feature Violin of Hope

Five years after Sallie Downs and Dianne Mooney produced a series of events in Birmingham for the Violins of Hope, they are producing a Peace Concert to close the International Peace Conference being held in Birmingham from May 4 to 6. Downs said she felt […]
April 27, 2023

Birmingham hosting International Peace Conference

Birmingham, a symbol for non-violent revolution, is hosting an International Peace Conference from May 4 to 6. Rotary International District 6860 of North and Central Alabama is partnering with the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute and the Institute for Human Rights at the University of Alabama […]
April 25, 2023

Local organizations look to receive on May 2 GiveNOLA Day

Jewish community agencies are looking to build on last year’s success in GiveNOLA Day, which will be on May 2. GiveNOLA Day is a 24-hour online fundraiser coordinated by the Greater New Orleans Foundation for non-profits in the greater New Orleans area. The 17 participating […]
April 24, 2023

Florina’s Moldova Homecoming

Florina Newcomb looks out at the streets of Kishinev from her hotel room. Photo by Andrew Newcomb. By Richard Friedman Five thousand, five hundred and eighty-eight miles from Birmingham, 34 years after she left Moldova as a five-year-old girl, Florina Shilkrot Newcomb, a wife and mother of two, returned home. In 1989, she and her […]
April 21, 2023

CJFS Hands Up Together celebrates 20th anniversary of personal care program

Twenty years ago, the Lucille Beeson Trust of Canterbury Methodist Church provided startup funding that enabled Birmingham’s Collat Jewish Family Services to begin providing personal care services. From an initial 10 clients, the program, which provides services that enable older adults on limited incomes to continue living […]
April 18, 2023

Florida CFO warns Norway against divesting from Israel

By Mike Wagenheim (JNS) — Ahead of a visit to Israel by Republican Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, the Sunshine State’s chief financial officer told JNS that Norway is out of line in considering divesting from the Jewish state. Jimmy Patronis, the Florida CFO, sent a […]
April 17, 2023

Alabama Legislature salutes Israel at 75

On April 14, Alabama Governor Kay Ivey signed Alabama Senate Joint Resolution 8, which honors the 75th anniversary of Israel, and reaffirms the bonds of friendship and cooperation between Alabama and Israel. The resolution also marks the 80th anniversary of the Alabama Legislature’s call in […]