From One To 15 Bylines

In the aftermath of our Federation/Foundation/Israel Bonds program last month,  I was standing with some community leaders and longtime Federation supporters, reflecting on the evening. I mentioned that I thought Daniel Odrezin’s talk was superb —… Continue reading


I was fortunate to have a lot of Jewish influences growing up in Birmingham.  In addition to being raised in a Jewish home, I went through Sunday school, Bar Mitzvah classes, and confirmation… Continue reading

The End of A Great Year and The Promise of An Even Better One!

The week of December 10th marked my 6 month “anniversary” as a full-time Staff Associate at The Birmingham Jewish Federation. I don’t think it was any coincidence that the week of December 10th… Continue reading

Six Pillars Of Leadership

In my 30 years as Executive Director of The Birmingham Jewish Federation, I’ve seen lots of changes.  Our lay leaders rotate periodically, guaranteeing an infusion of new faces.  At times this presents a challenge,… Continue reading

Reflecting on the future

Last month I received a personal invitation from my good friend, Lisa Engel, to come to the Jewish Community Relations Coalition meeting on Monday November 5th. Sensing this session was pretty important, I… Continue reading

As Simple As A Cup Of Coffee

  There are many things I love about my job.  One of those is getting out of the office to connect and reconnect with donors — usually over coffee.  I had the opportunity… Continue reading

Not Bad For A Day’s Work

Last Friday morning, I found myself driving on Highland Avenue to deliver a Shalom Birmingham Bag to a new comer who has recently moved into a beautiful retirement home here.   As I… Continue reading

A (2.4) Million Dollar Lesson

A strong board is the key to the success of any non-profit organization. Before last Wednesday, I had attended a few board meetings and even given a report on my work as a… Continue reading

A Little Bit of Everything…

When people ask me what I do at the Birmingham Jewish Federation, I always answer, “a little bit of everything.”  I am the Administrative Assistant, so I am usually the first person you… Continue reading

What It’s Like To Pass The Bar

The ringing phone quickly pulled me out of sleep.  Without putting on my glasses I squinted at the blurry caller ID to see my close friend and law school classmate’s name flashing across… Continue reading