• 100-year-old Myron Radwin meets an angel among us
    Holly Mazer and her dad Myron Radwin By Richard Friedman Long-time well-known Birmingham Jewish community member Myron Radwin was in his room at Grandview Hospital recently recovering from surgery when something unexpected happened. Now at home and in a declining health situation, Myron and his […]
  • Birmingham rally describes toll of rising antisemitism
    From top left clockwise: Danny Cohn, Rabbi Adam Wright, Dov Wilker, Ed Fields By Richard Friedman With hostility and hatred toward Jews intensifying across the country, the Birmingham Jewish Federation hosted a “Stand Up to Antisemitism” rally at Temple Emanu-El on June 16. According to […]
  • Thorne pulls back “Magic Curtain” to chronicle white allies during civil rights battles
    By Javacia Harris Bowser For The Birmingham Times When you think of the Birmingham Civil Rights movement of the 1960s, certain names immediately come to mind: The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., the Rev. Fred Shuttlesworth, and the Rev. Ralph Abernathy, to name a […]
  • Silence in the Face of Spreading Antisemitism is not an option
    By Jerry Gordon Something new and frightening happened in the U.S. during the recent 11-day rocket and missile war between Israel and U.S.-designated Palestinian terror group Hamas in Gaza that ended in a tentative cease fire on May 21. It was the outbreak of violent […]
  • Many changes at New Orleans ADL office — and beyond
    Lindsay Friedmann The Anti-Defamation League’s South Central office in New Orleans announced that Aaron Ahlquist is becoming the director of community engagement for the Southern division, while Lindsay Friedmann is taking his former role as regional director. Melissa Licali, the South Central education director, will […]
  • The frustration of dealing with a two-front war against Israel
    Deputy Consul General Alex Gandler By Richard Friedman Israel and Jews everywhere who feel an attachment to the Jewish state are fighting a two-front war. Each battle is perplexing and dangerous in its own way. The first is the asymmetrical war with Iranian-backed Hamas and […]
  • The Palestinian “Battle Flag” rapidly becoming like the Confederate one
    Pro-Palestinians confront Jewish patrons at a restaurant in Los Angeles as the conflict between Israel and Hamas in Gaza rages on, May 2021. Source: Screenshot. By A.J. Caschetta (JNS) — By now, everyone has seen video footage or read articles about angry, young thugs in […]
  • After 34 years, Ned Goldberg retiring as head of JCRS
    In 2018, Ned Goldberg was honored at the JCRS annual Jewish Roots gala for his then-30 years of service to the agency. The Jewish Children’s Regional Service, which serves Jewish families and youth in a seven-state region, announced on June 7 that Ned Goldberg will […]
  • Starting Block combines sports management with multicultural understanding
    Arnie Fielkow, CEO of the Jewish Federation of Greater New Orleans, wanted to start a program that would be a “legacy” and would combine his loves of sports, Judaism and bringing people together. Partnering with the Chase family, that vision is coming true as the […]
  • Rally held after Florida Holocaust Museum vandalized
    Vandalism discovered at the Florida Holocaust Museum in St. Petersburg, May 2021. Credit: Courtesy. (JNS) — One week to the day after the Florida Holocaust Museum in St. Petersburg was vandalized, hundreds gathered on June 3 to say no to antisemitism and stand up for […]


December 29, 2020

NOLA Center takes students on virtual civil rights tour

Spencer R. Crew, interim director of the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of African-American History and Culture, discusses the civil rights battles of 1963 in Alabama. By Richard Friedman An imaginative, diverse and compelling program took place online on Dec. 21, highlighting facets of hate that […]
November 17, 2020

“Anne and Emmett” meet in Memory to inspire change today

Student actors Allyn Hackman, left, and Cameron Mayers. (Photos by J. Hun-En Joswick) By Richard Friedman It was a trip Cameron Mayers had to make, driving 90 miles and 65 years back into history. Mayers, an 18-year-old Mississippi State University freshman, would play Emmett Till in […]
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 For years, the Jewish Light has claimed to be the “true community newspaper” for New Orleans and […]
October 27, 2020

Zionist Progressives assert their identity on behalf of Israel

by Richard Friedman Before long, a new roar may be heard in Baton Rouge. This one, though, may not be coming from Louisiana State University’s Tiger Stadium. Instead, it may be the roar of Zioness. Zioness is not a typo. It’s a new, fast-growing organization made […]