Birmingham Jewish community to hold vigil on October 30 at Temple Beth-El for victims of Pittsburgh Synagogue tragedy

The Birmingham community will join together for a vigil on Oct. 30.

In light of Saturday’s shooting at a Pittsburgh Synagogue that killed 11 people, leaders within the Birmingham Jewish community are holding a vigil to mourn the tragedy. The vigil will take place outside Temple Beth-El on Tuesday, October 30 at 6:30pm. Continue reading “Birmingham Jewish community to hold vigil on October 30 at Temple Beth-El for victims of Pittsburgh Synagogue tragedy”

“Loving kindness” – Preparing for Christmas in Birmingham (a photo essay)

Trinity United Methodist Church in Homewood

“Welcome!”

That was the response I received all day yesterday at churches throughout Birmingham as I walked up unannounced and asked to take pictures of the greenery, poinsettias, altars and creches.

Some folks were joyful, catching their second wind after a full day preparing their church for Christmas Eve. Others were focused at the task at hand, arranging flowers, the creche or the altar – but for a moment, they dropped everything and guided me.

ALL the churches I visited welcomed this stranger.  In the midst of volunteering or doing their job for the church, every person I met had this openness about them, loving -kindness… Christmas spirit.

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