August 8, 2024

Building on last year’s success, the Levite Jewish Community Center will host its 3rd annual J’la Gala to benefit our wide range of programming for children and adults. This year’s theme, “Growing Stronger Together,” celebrates the critical role that The J plays every year in the lives of thousands.


Since 1906, what we know today as the Levite Jewish Community Center has brought people together to create bonds, meet goals, and share experiences. We’re still growing stronger together as we continue on our mission that’s rooted in the Jewish values of creating, serving, and enhancing community.

Take a look at what we’ve been up to!

We’re growing our diverse community together:

  • Need-based fee waivers so that no preschool student, camp participant, or member is unable to access The J’s offerings.
  • Specially designed activities for our members and Veterans Affairs partners with disabilities.
  • Programs that reach more than 150 underserved youth including swim lessons and community theater. 

We’re growing our broader community together:

  • More than 150 people attended our “Fighting for Their Lives” educational seminar that spelled out the challenges facing transgenered youth and the state of their care in Alabama.
  • Some 200 area business leaders attended our seminar that discussed the rise in antisemitism.
  • In the wake of the horrific October 7 attack on Israel, we created a community “living room” where many devastated by the attack found comfort through togetherness. 
  • Along with partner organizations, we hosted a solidarity gathering in support of the victims of the October 7 attack and their families.
  • Our annual Jewish Food and Culture Fest brought more than 2,000 people to our campus this spring for great food, music, and company.

And of course we’re growing our members together

In addition to our myriad fitness and recreational offerings, let’s not forget our knitting group — a social club that crafts hats and scarves for young cancer patients, and that we offer mahjong, bridge, and senior adult fitness classes to our older members. And our Thursday Family Fun Night pool parties are weekly summer highlights for many families. 

We’re thrilled with how we’re Growing Stronger Together at The J. With your help, we look forward to growing even more.  

Read all about and see photos from J’la 2023

Read all about and see photos from J’la 2022

Donate to our silent auction

Artwork, performance tickets, personal training sessions, dining packages, tennis lessons, a taco party, and weekend getaways are just a few of the dozens of items we’ve offered in past J’la silent auctions. If you have an item or a service that you’d like to offer — getting your business name in front of some 200 guests at the same time — please reach out to Erin Bodden.

Sponsorship opportunities

Like it? Put your name on it.

Our annual J’la Gala provides critical resources toward the goal of Growing Stronger Together at The J, and we hope you’ll support the event as a sponsor.

As an event sponsor, you and your organization will contribute to the continuation of more than a century of service in Birmingham. Sponsors will receive the publicity and perks outlined below.

Contact Brooke Bowles (205-383-4373) for more information.

About the event


J’la 2024 will bring together Jewish and non-Jewish philanthropic community members and corporate sponsors who are excited to support the efforts of the LJCC.

Details for the evening

  • Tickets: $125
  • Silent auction and cocktail hour
  • Plated three-course kosher dinner prepared by Chef Maureen Holt
  • Program
  • Live auction and fund-a-need managed by C. King Benefit Auctions


Contact Executive Director Brooke Bowles (205-879-0411) with your questions.

Meet last year’s J’la sponsors