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Sirote & Permutt is pleased to announce that the firm will participate in Forging Ahead: Civil Rights Stories and Song on January 12–13, 2018

December 21, 2017

Sirote is pleased to announce that the firm will participate in Forging Ahead: Civil Rights Stories and Song on January 1213, 2018. The purpose of the two evenings, which are being planned by Temple Beth-El, Temple Emanu-El, and the Birmingham Holocaust Education Center, is to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the attempted bombing of Temple Beth-El in Birmingham, Alabama. The event will remember and explore how the Civil Rights Movement impacted Birmingham, particularly the Jewish community, and will address how the events of that time led to changes that have an impact even today.

Sirote attorneys have a rich history in the Jewish community and in the civil rights movement, from the 1950s to the present. Sirote supports this significant, historical event, and Sirote attorneys Ronald Levitt and Jahan Berns are members of the Committee planning this event.  Sirote was founded in 1946 by returning Jewish veterans of World War II. Facing a legal community that frowned upon hiring Jewish lawyers, these veterans built their own firm dedicated to hard work, challenging conventional law firm structures, and delivering zealous legal representation for all of its clients. That dedication is instilled in every Sirote lawyer to this day. It is the foundation upon which Sirote has earned the trust of clients from the smallest local business owners to the Fortune 500 companies.

The program on Friday night is free of charge and will be held at Temple Emanu-El from 5:30-8:00 pm.  It will include author T.K Thorne, Rabbi Douglas Kohn, Ellen Cooper Erdreich, Sol Kimerling, Cantor Jessica Roskin, Sarah Metzger, and other voices from our community as speakers. Friday’s program is entitled “The Context: Circa 1950s Civil Rights and the Jewish Community” and includes an appetizer reception and a Shabbat service.

The program on Saturday night will also take place at Temple Beth-El from 6:30–9:00 pm and will feature UAB professor of history Pamela King, Birmingham Mayor Randall Woodfin, former Birmingham Mayor Richard Arrington, Rabbi Barry Leff, and "Soul Daughter" musician Neshama Carlebach. The focus of Saturday’s program, which includes a Havdalah service, a musical performance starring Neshama Carlebach, and a dessert reception, is “From Seeds of Discord to Seeds of Change: The Attempted Bombing of Temple Beth-El and the Murder of Four Little Girls.” The speakers will talk about what was learned in efforts to bring the perpetrators of the bombings to justice and its relevance for today’s community. Tickets are required for reservations (free of charge) for Saturday evening. For reservations, please click here to aquire tickets. For more information, contact the Temple Beth-El office at 205-933-2740 or email here.

In addition to Sirote, other supporters of the event include the Rita C. Kimerling Family Fund, the Steiner Interfaith Fund of the Grafman Endowment Fund for Temple Emanu-El, the Birmingham Jewish Foundation, the Birmingham Holocaust Education Center, the Suzanne and Howard Bearman Education Fund of the Temple Beth-El Foundation, Southern Jewish Life Magazine, Temple Beth-El Men's Club and Sisterhood, and Temple Emanu-El Sisterhood.

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