• Jacksonville business owner says flying Nazi flag as anti-Israel protest isn’t antisemitic
    Photo by WJAX-TV By David Swindle (JNS) — Radi Ahmad, who owns a tire store in Jacksonville, Fla., insists that he isn’t a Jew-hater despite flying a Nazi flag on a busy street with a large Jewish community. Ahmad said the flag display “is his […]
  • Not just about Israel: Hamas supporters’ anti-U.S. agenda opened eyes at North Carolina
    Jewish and non-Jewish students at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill hold up the American flag. A full water bottle thrown by a pro-Hamas protester at the students can be seen passing the flag. Source: Screenshot/Bryan Anderson on X. By Mike Wagenheim (JNS) […]
  • South Carolina adopts IHRA working definition of antisemitism
    South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster signs a bill into law codifying the IHRA working definition of antisemitism on May 23, 2024. Credit: S.C. Governor’s Office. (JNS) — South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster signed H. 4042, a bill that codifies the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance’s working […]
  • Florida mayor praised for ‘courage, character’ after apology for supporting permanent ceasefire
    Christi Fraga, mayor of the Doral, Fla., speaks during a groundbreaking ceremony for the future site of the new military housing complex supporting U.S. Southern Command’s service members and their families on Jan. 29, 2023. Credit: Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Erica Bechard/U.S. Navy Photo. […]
  • New Orleans City Council staffer targeted in anti-Israel vandalism
    During the night of May 16, vandals attacked the Zuckerman home in New Orleans, drenching an Israeli flag in red paint, which spread over the front of the house. On May 19, members of their congregation, Gates of Prayer in Metairie, came by to help […]
  • ZAKA, Israel’s disaster response, holding community event in Metairie
    ZAKA personnel and Israeli soldiers at the forensic center in the Shura military base near Ramle, where hundreds of dead bodies arrived after Hamas’s Oct. 7 massacre, Oct. 13, 2023. Photo by Nati Shohat/Flash90. New Orleans knows all too well that when disaster hits around […]
  • At Duke: Pro-Israel students pro-active on campus
    Students gather for a community vigil at Duke University organized by Hillel and Chabad shortly after Oct. 7. Photo by Jewish Life at Duke By Arno Rosenfeld (The Forward) — The only tents on Duke University’s campus this year had nothing to do with the […]
  • How students are brainwashed to hate Israel: Antisemitic narratives unquestioned at Duke
    Duke Chapel at Duke University. Credit: Wikimedia Commons. By Amy Rosenthal (JNS) — It’s appalling to watch students at prestigious institutions shout in support of terrorism and a place that doesn’t exist: “Palestine.” How did young people become so delusional, misinformed and morally bankrupt? The […]
  • Even in the “haven” of Florida, there are still on-campus issues
    University of Florida student Sara Beer, the new president of the Jewish Student Union, near a pro-Palestinian protest on campus in April 2024. Photo by Ilene Prusher By Ilene Prusher (The Forward) — As pro-Palestinian protests rocked elite campuses across the country this school year, […]
  • In Rosh Ha’Ayin, a quiet Israel Independence Day
    Editor’s Note: Rosh Ha’Ayin is the Partnership2Gether community for the Birmingham and New Orleans Jewish communities, and the official sister city in Israel for the city of Birmingham. Dear friends, 76 years of Independence. But it’s the saddest Independence Day ever. How can we celebrate when […]


August 7, 2023

The power of summer camp — and Southern Jewish communities

Henry S. Jacobs Camp Director Anna Herman helps campers board the buses on the last-minute HSJ Magical Mystery Tour One of the unheralded qualities necessary in Southern Jewish communities is the ability to pivot — but Jewish interconnectedness around the region often makes it easier. […]
June 23, 2023

Southern Jewish Life magazine expands with new online regional edition

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — Southern Jewish Life magazine, which has covered the Jewish communities of the Deep South for over three decades, announced that it will be expanding with a new online edition covering the rest of the South. Starting with August 2023, Southern Jewish Life […]
August 26, 2022

Editorial: Jewish community needs to tell antisemitic Presbyterian Church (USA) goodbye

By Larry Brook, editor The Presbyterian Church (USA) has declared Israel’s creation to be a disaster, calls Israel an apartheid state, made an explicit comparison of Israel to Nazi Germany under the banner of “never again” and redefined antisemitism to encompass non-Jews. Why, then, is […]
November 11, 2020

Shedding light on the Light

Self-described “local” paper has almost no local reporting, wild circulation numbers — but plenty of ads from politicians and others thinking they are reaching the local Jewish community Editor’s Note: This piece won the national Boris Smolar Award for Excellence in Enterprise or Investigative Reporting, […]