Sunday, March 15, 2020
COGAT (Coordination of Government Activities in the Territories) coordinate the delivery of 20 tons of disinfectant during the coronavirus outbreak
Israel Sends Coronavirus Aid to Gaza & West Bank
A senior official in the Palestinian Health Ministry in Gaza has confirmed that Israel has sent coronavirus testing kits to Gaza via third-party mediators, along with medical equipment, in response to an appeal by Gazan medical personnel. The official said that "handling the coronavirus outbreak takes precedence over any political consideration, and without help from Israel, Gaza would be in a very difficult situation in the case of an outbreak." No cases of coronavirus have yet been reported in Gaza. (Israel Hayom)


In wake of the coronavirus outbreak, Israel coordinated the entry of 20 tons of disinfectant into the West Bank on Tuesday. (Jerusalem Post)

"Marjorie says she hadn’t been in Birmingham for long when she began thinking of it as home – the welcome she received in the city was just that warm."
CJFS to honor Marjorie Perlman at Hands Up Together
Collat Jewish Family Services will honor Marjorie Perlman at its annual Hands Up Together event, which will be presented by Tacala Companies. The fundraiser will be held on Thursday, April 2 from 5:30-7:30 pm, at The Theodore in Avondale. The event will feature drinks, hors d’oeuvres and swinging to the retro sounds of the Marlowe Shepherd Combo. Proceeds will support CJFS programs and services for older adults of every faith and financial ability. 

2020 AIPAC Birmingham delegation (L-R) Ian Chwatuk, Lindsey Humphries, Joel Piassick, Ronne Hess, Representative Gary Palmer Alabama’s 6 th district, Jack Schaeffer, Donald Hess, Alan Engel
Birmingham Represents at 2020 AIPAC Conference
Birmingham had a great delegation attend the 2020 AIPAC conference March 7-9, including two Mitnick Fellows, Ian Chwatuk and Lindsey Humphries (left in picture). The Mitnick Fellowship Fund was established at the Birmingham Jewish Foundation by Willine and J. George Mitnick, of blessed memory, to provide Israel advocacy training for young adults.

Outstanding Birmingham Jewish Federation board member, Jahan Berns, spoke at the conference to a standing ovation. Please take time to watch her moving speech by clicking the image below. Jahan is a Christian BJFederation board member who has raised funds for “Operation Lifeshield,” the only NGO (non-governmental organization) fully-dedicated to providing protective shelters to Israeli citizens, and is funded through BJF’s Israel World Jewry Bureau. We thank Jahan for being such a dedicated supporter of the Jewish community and Israel.
Want to help Nashville recover from the recent devastating tornado? Give to the Jewish Federation and Jewish Foundation of Nashville and Middle Tennessee today!
BJF Donates to Help Nashville with Disaster Relief
The Birmingham Jewish Federation made a $1,800 donation to the Jewish Federation and Jewish Foundation of Nashville and Middle Tennessee in response to the recent tornado. The funds raised by the Federation and Foundation will help families in need after the devastating tornadoes ripped through the area recently. Our thoughts and prayers are with Nashville during this time of healing and recovery. Please see the link below if you would like to donate or help volunteer. 

By donating to the Jewish Federation relief efforts, you are giving financial support to those who need it NOW. We are here for our Jewish community in hardship, and we are here for those who have suffered loss from the tornadoes. To make a gift, click here . For more information, contact  Naomi Sedek .
Over 400 community members filled Munger Hall at BSC as Dr. Lipstadt shared her views on antisemitism today and inspired the crowd with her advice on how to combat prejudice.
Over 400 Attended Dr. Deborah Lipstadt Talk at BSC
Dr. Deborah Lipstadt, a leading Holocaust education and antisemitism expert, was hosted on March 4th by The Birmingham Jewish Federation and Foundation at Birmingham-Southern College. The event was underwritten by The Birmingham Jewish Foundation and also sponsored by Birmingham-Southern College and The Birmingham Jewish Federation, with the Birmingham Holocaust Education Center as an educational partner.

Upcoming Community Events

Science & Torah Book Club
Sunday, March 29 at 2:30 pm at Knesseth Israel. Using Rabbi Natan Slifkin's book, The Challenge of Creation , we will explore and discuss the fascinating topic of connecting Torah and Science. Topics to be covered include Evolution, Dinosaurs and the Age of the Universe.

LJCC Debuts New Membership Approach
The Levite Jewish Community Center is excited to introduce a new approach to membership that is more flexible than ever! The J has options to fit your lifestyle and, best of all, your budget. If you have any questions about our new approach to membership, please reach out to our Membership Department . Our goal in this transition is to provide you with a great customer service experience at the J, so please do not let your questions go unanswered! We'll see you at the J!


CANCELLED COMMUNITY EVENTS

PJ Library Character Breakfast to celebrate Purim!
Sunday, March 15th from 10:00-11:30 am in the LJCC Auditorium. Get the entire family dressed up as your favorite character and enjoy a fun-filled breakfast! You'll be joined with some of your favorite princesses, superheroes, and historical characters from the Purim story. Enjoy a meal, face painting, crafts, and story time. $18 for each child (includes 1 adult), $25 for each child at the door (includes 1 adult), children under 1 are free. This program is sponsored by the LJCC and PJ Library. PJ Library is funded locally by the Birmingham Jewish Foundation’s Andrew David Abroms Fund.  Register now

Color4Friendship One Mile Color Run
Sunday, March 15 at 1:30 pm at the LJCC. Join Friendship Circle for a one-mile color run! After every 1/4 mile, runners, walkers, and strollers will be doused in color! Followed by a color throw, inflatables, and more paint fun.  Learn more