The Tirdof series draws from the phrase “tzedek, tzedek tirdof,” which translates to “justice, justice, you shall pursue” (Deuteronomy 16:20). We’ve heard many of you express a desire for this type of programming and we are focusing on bringing events to Beth El that allow opportunities for reflection, conversation and action. Reach out to Margaret Norman with any questions.  

View the Congregational Calendar to access the most up-to-date program details and registration information.

Check out past Tirdof programs here.

This series is part of the development of The Beth El Civil Rights Experience; a multimedia project exploring the intersections of Birmingham’s Jewish and Civil Rights histories, with an eye towards exploring the past and “building bridges” in the present and future.

Thursday July 15th 6-8PM | Temple Beth El

Behind the Magic Curtain and House of Stone: Double Book Launch with TK Thorne

Join us for a special, double book launch event with acclaimed local author TK Thorne! We’ll be celebrating the release of not one, but two new books; Behind the Magic Curtain: Secrets, Spies and Unsung White Allies of Birmingham’s Civil Rights Days and House of Stone, part of the Magic City Stories trilogy. This event will include a talk with TK Thorne, a chance to purchase signed copies of these two fantastic new releases, and light refreshments. RSVP is required and you can reserve your free ticket at

Please note that this event is going to take place indoors at Temple Beth El and that if you are not vaccinated we will ask you to please wear a face mask when you are in the building and maintain social distancing. All are welcome at this community event. You can read more about TK Thorne at

Behind the Magic Curtain: Secrets, Spies, and Unsung White Allies of Birmingham’s Civil Rights Days

 Over time, the past becomes muddied, complexities fade into predominant, simplified narratives. T.K. Thorne speaks about history’s forgotten stories during the 1950s and 60s in Birmingham, Alabama, a city that changed the course of the nation. Some are tales of courage from men and women of the Jewish and Christian communities, some reveal secret law enforcement intelligence operations, and some highlight ironies and unlikely characters who contributed to justice. Today’s polarized and changing environment in many ways reflects the turbulence of the civil rights era. The lessons learned from a deeper look into that time can help us navigate our present and choose our future.

House of Stone – Book two of the Magic City Stories trilogy

Rose Brighton, a Birmingham police detective, the last witch of her House. Her unique gift reveals the truth about the death of a university professor, plunging Rose into a race to uncover a plot that will affect countless lives.


Beth El Civil Rights Experience: Call for Lay Leaders!  

Did you know that the Beth El team has been busy developing a plan for an innovative project focused on Birmingham’s Jewish and Civil Rights history? If you are interested in getting your feet wet in an exciting multimedia community history project, get in touch! Have a Civil Rights story to share? A passion for research or grant writing? An interest in historic markers, oral history, or audio editing? Just want to learn more about this fascinating history or about the project? All skill sets and knowledge levels are welcome. Contact Margaret to learn more.