The Birmingham Chapter is a vibrant and active group of over 900 members. We offer a variety of programs throughout the year on health, social action, Jewish education, and other interests. There is an annual tzedakah luncheon, and book club meetings throughout the year. Birmingham Hadassah welcomes you to join us!
Hadassah Birmingham Presents Second Anti-Bullying Program Spotlight on Homophobic Bullying
On Thursday, April 20th, 2017 Hadassah Birmingham sponsored its second free Anti-Bullying community forum. The first forum was in 2014 at Samford University. This year, the forum held at the Alabama School of Fine Arts in Birmingham focused on reducing homophobic bullying in elementary schools. Due to continued anti-gay rhetoric in our communities and because homophobia hurts and affects everyone- Hadassah Birmingham, felt it was important and timely to initiate a discussion earlier-in elementary schools. Additionally, the Gay Lesbian, and Straight Education Network-a national education organization that focuses on ensuring safety in schools for all students, recently released its 2015 School Climate Report and the overall rates of homophobic harassment are still higher than anyone should be willing to accept.
Parents, school administrators, and the community at large heard from a panelist that included Children’s Hospital staff pediatrician Dr. Morissa Ladinsky and pediatric endocrinologist Dr. Hussein Abdullatif.
Denise Brogan-Kator, state policy director with the Family Equality Council, a not for profit that works to change attitudes and policies to ensure all families are respected, loved, and celebrated —including those with parents who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or queer-was the featured speaker.
Brogan-Kator provided most current information on Alabama’s Anti-bullying laws and policies-also known as The Alabama Student Harassment Act which currently does not fully protect LGBTQ youth in schools. She also discussed how we can improve these policies and gave a brief update on the current administration’s policies related to transgender children in schools throughout the country.
Local Mountain Brook Student Blake Fields shared his 2015 TED Talk in which he shared his experience being bullied starting in elementary school and worsening in the Jr. High and the effects it has had on his life. Alabama Human Rights Campaign, State Director, Eva Kendrick, informed audience members about age appropriate resources including HRC’s Welcoming Schools program [welcomingschools.org]
A question and answer session followed the panel discussion. The forum allowed for continued discussion, assessment and development of local priorities and plans to address issues related to gender and bullying. Hassasah’s Social Action Committee will share this information and make recommendations to the already existing local organizations that work with LBGTQ.
This program was put together in collaboration the United Way of Central Alabama, SOJOURN (Atlanta),the Levite Jewish Community Center, the Magic City Acceptance Project, the Junior League of Birmingham, PFLAG-Birmingham, the Birmingham Gay & Lesbian Parenting Group, the Alabama Safe Schools Coalition and the YWCA. Support came from the Birmingham Jewish Foundation. Panel was moderated by J.W. Carpenter, Executive Director of the Birmingham Education Foundation.
Click here for WIAT- TV coverage of the event.
Social Action Committee Chairs, Sylvia Wright, Sherri Grunfeld, Amy Stiftel-Sedlis
Woman of the Year!
Mazel Tov to our very own Amy Epstein, as she was awarded Woman of the Year at the Southern Region Meeting in February! See her bio here!
Enjoy reading and want a chance to get together with some dynamic women to discuss interesting books? Then the book club is for you!
Our Hadassah Book Club meets monthly at private residences, and new members are always warmly invited to join.
Benchin' For Boobs
We had a great turnout at our first-ever bench press contest, Benchin' for Boobs on Sunday! Check out our slideshow!
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We had a fabulous annual meeting on October 18, 2015 at the Friedman Center for Jewish Life.
Susan D. Green of Birmingham Bake & Cook Co. presented 'Up Close and Personal with Vinaigrettes' while we created and enjoyed a fabulously refreshing and seasonal salad of mixed greens with almonds and dates tossed in a tangerine vinaigrette, and served with a honey-drizzled goat cheese crostini.
If you're a grandmother, please consider joining Bubbe Club. Dues are $25 and includes listing in the Hadassah Directory of all your grandchildren.
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