Special Programs

Southern Jewish Voices

A new LJCC oral history program called Southern Jewish Voices (SJV) will use a live-interview format to present stories about Jewish life in Birmingham. The program, made possible by an $8,200 grant from the Alabama Humanities Alliance, will present a series of interviews conducted in front of a live audience.

The first program will take place at The J on September 29, 6-7:30 p.m., with Esther Schuster. Additional upcoming SJV programs are scheduled for:

  • November 17 with David Sher
  • December 8
  • January 5
  • February 2
  • April 20
  • May 11

Jewish Life 101: Answering the ‘Why?’ questions

Every Thursday for five weeks, 5-6:30 p.m.: August 25-September 22 (attend as you are able)

Learn the basics of Judaism from Rabbi Yossi Friedman as he addresses numerous questions ranging from “Why is the Star of David a Jewish Symbol?” to “Why do Jews follow a lunar calendar?” and “Why doesn’t Judaism seek converts?”

No cost, but please register.

This program is made possible by a gracious grant from the unrestricted fund of the Birmingham Jewish Foundation.


The Art of Filmmaking

August 29-December 12

The Storysmith Station after-school youth program is a hands-on creative experience designed to provide children with the opportunity to explore the art of film. The program will present opportunities to direct, create, and act, utilize technology, and — perhaps most importantly — learn self-expression and problem solving. 

This introductory class, offered in cooperation with the N.E. Miles Jewish Day School, will focus on completing assignments and learning the basic tenants of visual storytelling in a fun and collaborative environment. Students will have the opportunity to make decisions and help each other evaluate the process and the final products.

  • Grades 6-9
  • $250 per child (scholarships available)
  • Mondays and Tuesdays (with overflow on Thursdays)
  • August 29 to December 12

Southern Jewish Voices oral history series will celebrate B’ham Jewish life


Revived theater program will take center stage in September