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Southern Jewish Voices kicks off new year with philanthropist Hal Abroms

Hal Abroms’ parents encouraged him to leave Dermott, Arkansas, which they considered “no place to raise a Jewish family.”

The J’s popular Southern Jewish Voices program will present the third installment of its second season on Wednesday, January 24, when longtime Birmingham philanthropist Hal Abroms takes center stage to be interviewed live by Margaret Norman, director of programming and engagement at Temple Beth-El. 

Complimentary tickets for the program include lunch, and a video of the event will join all other SJV sessions online.

Come hear Hal recount stories of his journey from small-town Arkansas (where his grandmother subscribed to Yiddish newspapers from New York) to Birmingham, with stints along the way that included the navy and Massachusetts Institute of Technology. His first of many trips to Israel happened shortly after the 1967 Six-Day War.

Today Hal is well known in the community as a successful businessman (including as co-owner of the Parisian department store chain), and as a civic leader and philanthropist whose name appears on multiple buildings across the city. He has long been a key supporter of such pillars of Jewish life in Birmingham as Collat Jewish Family Services and the N.E. Miles Jewish Day School.

Southern Jewish Voices is made possible by a partnership with Temple Beth-El, and with support from the Alabama Humanities Alliance and the Ted and Marjorie Levite LJCC Fund at the Birmingham Jewish Foundation.