Phillip Ensler


David Cohen


Harriette Dorosin 


Kathryn Hess 


Joy Blondheim 


Ari Hagler


Jeff McKinney


Tina McManama


Lew Nyman


Kenneth Shinbaum 


Lisa Weil



Rabbi Scott Kramer 


Rabbi Scott Looper



Scott Harris


Tzlil Bandy McDonald                        

A Message From Our Leadership

Dear Community Members –


The Tree of Life Synagogue tragedy in Pittsburgh, the report of the rise of anti-Semitic attacks in the United States, and the on-going threats to Israel’s security marked a year of immense distress for Jews here and throughout the world.


In the past few weeks alone, the news has been filled with more troubling headlines for Jews.


In France, a Jewish cemetery was vandalized, as 37 Jewish tombstones were desecrated with swastikas.


The acclaimed American author, Alice Walker, called author David Ickes “brave”, despite his belief that Jews either funded the Holocaust or that the Holocaust never happened. She gave a glowing endorsement of his conspiracy writings that invoke the most egregious, anti-Semitic stereotypes of Jews manipulating and controlling the world.


In a facetiously titled op-ed, “Of course it’s George Soros’s fault. It’s always George Soros’s fault.”, nationally syndicated journalist Dana Millbank wrote about the litany of anti-Semitic conspiracies spread this year that blamed Jewish philanthropist George Soros for many of the world’s ills.


And, the United Nations failed to condemn the terror tunnels dug by Hezbollah from Lebanon into Israel.


The events of this past year serve as somber reminders that the role of the Jewish Federation of Central Alabama is not one that we can take for granted. It is essential that we continue to support Jewish life in Central Alabama, throughout the country, and the world. We do this in numerous ways, including:


  • Support for Hillel at the University of Alabama and Auburn, as well as Hillel Connections, which would give Jewish UA students the opportunity to live in Montgomery and experience an internship and Jewish life next summer.
  • JCRS programs such as the PJ Library, which provides monthly gifts of Jewish books and music to all children ages 6-11 that are designed to nurture family life and Jewish identity.
  • Camp scholarships for overnight Jewish camps and travel stipends to encourage members of our community to visit Israel and participate in JFNA missions.
  • A widespread and diverse Federation portfolio in Israel, including helping those wanting to emigrate to Israel.
  • Community programing, including IsraelFest, movie screenings, and town halls.

In our darkest moment, following the Pittsburgh tragedy, our community showed what we are capable of when we stand together. We may be a small community, faced with our own challenges, but when we unify, we are strong and hopeful for the future of Jewish life.


Your loyal support for our 2018 annual campaign is critical to our work. We are grateful for you giving generously. If you have not yet donated, please donate by the end of January to Federation to ensure we can best continue our work in the coming year. You can make your donation via mail, contacting Tzlil at tzlil.jfca@gmail.com or 334-318-7828, or online. 


Wishing you and your loved ones a happy new year,