August 1, 2006

Alabama communities plan Israel rallies

A former president of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee will speak at a Mobile event, while the brother of Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert will address an Israel rally in Birmingham. On Aug. 4, the Mobile Jewish community will come together at Ahavas Chesed […]
July 16, 2006

Birmingham launches emergency campaign, already over $150,000

In response to the current situation in the Middle East, the Birmingham Jewish Federation is launching an emergency campaign in support of Israel. Federation Executive Director Richard Friedman, who is in Israel with a United Jewish Communities Campaign Chairs and Directors Mission, consulted with Federation […]
July 16, 2006

First person account: War Report from Northern Israel

By Michael Reagan DSJV Columnist Editor’s Note: Michael Reagan grew up in Birmingham, and made aliyah a couple of years ago. This is the latest in a series of columns about his transition to life in Israel, from the beginning of the current situation last […]
July 10, 2006

Interfaith Mission to Prague, Israel

While the May interfaith mission to Prague and Israel from Birmingham may have been the last program in a series of Holocaust education events, the tone at the group’s reunion on June 19 was anything but somber. Most of the participants in the mission gathered […]
June 21, 2006

Presbyterians overwhelmingly approve compromise on Israel divestment

The Presbyterian Church (USA) voted 483-28 to approve a compromise resolution that, while not eliminating the option of divestment, puts the issue in its broader context within the church. The resolution was passed at 5 p.m. at the church’s General Assembly in Birmingham. The resolution […]
June 20, 2006

Jewish community learns about Presbyterian divestment issue

By Judith Michaelson Four years and two months ago in a dark dungeon in Karachi, Pakistan, in the midst of the great madness, there was a young man who looked straight into the eyes of evil at a moment of great crisis [and] said, “My […]
June 18, 2006

Presbyterians Promote Divestment Compromise

At some point this week, the Presbyterian Church (USA) will consider a measure to affirm the intent — if not the wording — of a 2004 divestment resolution that alarmed the pro-Israel community, while apologizing to the Jewish community for what many committee members considered […]
June 11, 2006

An Overview of the Divestment Issue

From June 15 to 22, Birmingham will host the Presbyterian Church (USA) General Assembly, which is held every other year. The Jewish world is very interested in the proceedings because of a 2004 resolution that called for the church enact a process of “phased, selective […]
June 7, 2006

Jacobs Camp Plans to Rebuild Lake

Jonathan Cohen admits it is fun to watch the grass being mowed in the middle of Lake Gary at the Henry S. Jacobs Camp. The flip side, of course, is that the lake has drained to the point where there is grass that needs mowing. […]