Past events

Scroll through these brief event recaps to see what we’ve been up to here at The J…


Yom Ha’atzmaut | Israeli Independence Day

May 14, 2024

  • Yom Hashoah | Holocaust Remembrance Day (evening of May 5-6)
  • Yom HaZikaron | Remembrance Day for Fallen Soldiers and Victims of Terrorism (evening of May 12-13)
  • Yom Ha’atzmaut | Independence Day (evening of May 13-14)

Collectively called Yamim | Days, each year the trio of special days noted above works together to reflect the Jewish and Israeli experience. They bring communities together to honor, remember, and celebrate, and allow people around the world to connect with Israel. 

“Here at The J we believe in the power of coming together as one big mishpacha, or family,” says Tzlil McDonald, director of Jewish life. “And in observing these days we’re not just building connections — we’re using the vibrant tapestry of Israeli culture to build bridges between Birmingham and the Israeli people.” It’s a classic example of the Jewish value of edah, or working to better understand each other by sharing cultures. Read more…

The Tikvatenu program began by closing the somber observance of Yom HaZikaron | Memorial Day before moving to the celebration of Israel’s 76th birthday. Above, children sing Israel’s national anthem, “Hatikva,” before guests indulge in a delicious buffet of freshly prepared Israeli foods along with authentic treats provided by “Box From Jerusalem,” a program crafted by Jerusalem residents — and Tikvatenu guests — Chen and Alon Koren. 

Jewish Food and Culture Fest

April 14, 2024

“This year’s event was truly wonderful,” says Executive Director Brooke Bowles. “After Iran’s attack on Israel the day before, I wondered, ‘Should we really be having a festival?’ It turns out Sunday’s event was exactly what we needed,” she explains. “We gave Birmingham’s Jewish community a reason to gather and celebrate Judaism.” Read the full recap and see photos…

Live on stage at The J: Heschel’s Passover Eve

April 11, 2024

The J — in partnership with Temple Beth-El, Temple Emanu-El, and the Jewish Community Relations Council — offered a unique opportunity to see Heschel’s Passover Eve, a solo performance that takes an intimate “behind-the-scenes” look at a special seder hosted by Rabbi Dr. Abraham Joshua Heschel and to which he has invited his friend and traveling companion Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Read more…

Candy Seder

April 7, 2024

Some 100 guests joined us for a special family-friendly Passover experience for kids that included kosher-for-Passover candy, an afikomen hunt, Haggadah coloring books, and other activities led by Robin Berger. This program was a collaboration between the N.E. Miles Day School, PJ Library, and The J.