These support groups are free and open to all women experiencing infertility in Birmingham.
- You will be asked to sign a confidentiality agreement.
- Registration is requested at least 24 hours in advance.
“Hi! My name is Julie, and I am the JFF-BHM city manager. I am super excited to get to know everyone and help provide resources, support, and education to those going through infertility along with the greater Birmingham Jewish community. My husband and I went through many years of infertility treatments to grow our family, and I don’t want anyone to feel isolated or alone while navigating the rollercoaster of infertility. I have personal experience with IUI, IVF, recurrent pregnancy loss, laparoscopy/hysteroscopy, pregnancy after infertility, and pregnancy after loss. I can’t wait to see JFF grow here in Birmingham!”
Caryn is a lifelong learner. In 2004, Caryn embarked on training in Pesso Boyden System Psychomotor and continues learning in that attachment-based, emotion focused and neuroscience informed healing modality today. Caryn received her Post Graduate Certificate in the Neuroscience of Leadership from Middlesex University and the NeuroLeadership Institute. In 2013 Caryn became the first Somatic Experiencing Practitioner™ in Alabama. She has been assisting for the last five years at all levels of Somatic Experiencing trainings. Caryn conducts workshops on the Neuroscience of Leadership and Somatic Leadership, and Nervous System regulation.
Formerly, Caryn worked as an attorney specializing in retirement planning, as an Executive Director of a nonprofit organization specializing in creating cultures of inclusion, conflict resolution, and leadership development. Subsequently, Caryn worked as an inpatient and outpatient social worker/therapist.
Caryn received a Suma Cum Laude Bachelors in Business Administration from Emory University’s Goizueta School of Business, a law degree from New England Law and a Master in Social Work from the University of Alabama Caryn is married and has three adult sons.
Twenty-nine years ago, my husband and I found ourselves faced with an infertility problem and IVF provided us with the opportunity we needed and wanted. It was a "game-changer" and we feel so fortunate and blessed that I wanted to give back.
There was nothing but questions in the late 1980s when Lisa first confronted issues of fertility. Resources were scarce and technology offering hope was, no pun intended, in its infancy. Fortunately, there was a young woman physician in town who was achieving success with some of that technology. Dr. Kathryn Honea of ART Alabama and her team provided the skill, guidance and understanding to help maneuver through the physical, emotional and financial strains of infertility. Daughter Natalie – who now has children of her own - was Lisa’s first IVF baby in 1987 and Hayley, in 1990, Alabama’s first baby born from a frozen embryo. Lisa and Alan are forever grateful their move to Alabama enabled them to become a family.
After learning about JFF, Danielle felt a passion to help support those going through the struggles of infertility. Building a family should not be an isolating experience. JFF makes much needed services available to the Jewish community and beyond and Danielle looks forward to her involvement.
Lauren began her career at CJFS as a Clinical Social Worker in 1992, providing counseling, case management, and financial assistance to clients. She later honed her non-profit management skills as the Director of Advancement for the N.E. Miles Jewish Day School, where she was responsible for fundraising events, marketing and recruitment.
Since taking the helm at CJFS, Lauren has developed a strategic approach, focused on building comprehensive services, collaborative partnerships, and sustainability. Lauren is passionate about the CJFS mission to strengthen families, enrich quality of life, and improve mental health and wellness.
Lauren is deeply committed to her work in Birmingham and the Jewish community, but her most meaningful roles in life are being partner to her husband and mom to her three children.
JFF’s successful model of education, support and connections to families experience infertility is a natural fit with the mission of CJFS. Our partnership expands the breadth of services we provide and the families we can touch.
He received his Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Alabama and his JD from Cumberland School of Law.
In his role as Executive Director of Financial Advisory Services for Lincoln Financial Advisors, Rob was responsible for the Delivery of Wealth Management and Financial Planning Services on a national basis.
Rob is currently enjoying his retirement spending time with family and friends, spoiling his four grandchildren, woodworking, playing golf and looking forward to resuming travel.
I have a fabulous grandson that was conceived with the help of IVF and a gestational carrier. We received a lot of guidance and emotional support through the process. Every time I look at my grandson, I know it is a miracle. I would like to help others have that experience.
She was a 2018 TedX speaker. A 2017 Vulcan Community Award winner. A 2016 Smart Honoree recognized by the Women’s Fund of Greater Birmingham, a graduate of the 2013 Nonprofit Executive Leadership Institute, a graduate from the Momentum Class of 2010-11 and a graduate from the Leadership Birmingham class of 2008. Heart Gallery Alabama was recognized as a 2017 Nonprofit of the Year award winner from the Birmingham Business Journal.
Rabbi Wright lives in Birmingham with his wife, Rachel, an internist and pediatrician at UAB, their daughter Lillian, and their twins, Maisie and Teddy. Rabbi Wright played four years of collegiate tennis and still relishes his time on the court. He is also an avid Detroit Red Wings fan.
The first commandment in Judaism is to be fruitful and multiply. However, so many Jewish families have difficulty fulfilling this mitzvah because of infertility. As a Jew, rabbi, and father, I am committed not only to counseling families who struggle with interfertility, but teaching the Jewish world the complexities and challenges of pregnancy.