• Artist Annie Richardson dies after stabbing attack at Louisiana Tech
    Annie Weinstein Richardson, one of the four women stabbed in an attack at Louisiana Tech in Ruston on Nov. 13, died the next evening. Richardson was walking with three friends outside Lambright Sports and Wellness Center, the campus recreation facility, when they were attacked shortly […]
  • Dillard president among scheduled speakers at March for Israel in DC
    Dillard University President Rochelle Ford, right, spoke at the American Jewish Press Association convention in New Orleans this past July. From SJL and JNS reports Louisiana will be well represented on the speaker stage at the March for Israel in Washington on Nov. 14. The […]
  • Michael Rawl named new CEO of New Orleans JCC
    While it may seem that Michael Rawl was born to head a Jewish Community Center, as he reflects on his journey to New Orleans, it was more like he stumbled into the work. “It seemed like it would have been such a good choice,” he […]
  • “A Jewish Hero”: Lone Soldier from Atlanta killed in Jerusalem attack
    A Lone Soldier from Atlanta was killed on Nov. 6 in a stabbing attack in Jerusalem. Sgt. Elisheva Rose Ida Lubin, 20, was a border police officer near Herod’s Gate at Jerusalem’s Old City. She had immigrated to Israel in August 2021 and was drafted […]
  • Two new exhibits detail the Rosenwald Schools story
    Students and teachers at Jefferson Jacob School, in Prospect, Ky., circa 1920s.Photo by Andrew Feiler/The Filson Historical Society Two exhibits focusing on the partnership between a Black academic and a Jewish philanthropist to expand educational opportunities for Southern Blacks a century ago are opening in […]
  • Global Editorial: Jews worldwide haven’t been this fearful in living memory
    Editor’s Note: The following piece, an initiative of the Jewish News in London and The Jerusalem Post, is being published simultaneously in Jewish media outlets around the world. “Jews worldwide haven’t been this fearful in living memory” Jewish media outlets worldwide call for combating the surge in antisemitism Two […]
  • Standing with Israel? Take a bow
    Blue and white bows are popping up on mailboxes in the Birmingham suburbs as a small showing of solidarity has greatly exceeded expectations. Mountain Brook residents Rachel Mazer and Emily Ulmer Feinstein had traveled to Israel together last year, and after the Oct. 7 attack, […]
  • Using the term “genocide” regarding Gaza is a dangerous misuse of the word
    Posters accusing Israel of genocide, such as this one at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, are common in anti-Israel events. Courtesy Southern Jewish Life. by Jay Michaelson (The Forward) — Last week, I argued in these pages that Israel’s military operations in Gaza, however […]
  • Southern states show support through large Israel Bonds investments
    Dani Naveh, president and CEO of Israel Bonds. Credit: Courtesy of Israel Bonds. Throughout the region, state governments are putting their money behind their words in expressing solidarity and confidence with Israel. Several states are increasing their investments with the Development Corporation for Israel, also […]
  • Florida takes lead as universities probe SJP for support of terrorism
    Flags held at a prior “Day of Rage” attended by Students for Justice in Palestine and other anti-Israel organizations. Credit: A Katz/Shutterstock. From JNS and staff reports With increasingly virulent and violent rhetoric emanating from anti-Israel rallies, generally billed as events of solidarity with Gaza, […]


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, […]