• “Midsummer” production returns to Alabama Shakespeare Festival’s roots
    By Lee J. Green The Alabama Shakespeare Festival is connecting the present with the past as they kick off the 2023-24 season with the show that started it all when the ASF moved to Montgomery in 1985. William Shakespeare’s classic comedy “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” […]
  • ADL South Central combines fundraisers into one major event
    The South Central region of the Anti-Defamation League is merging its two annual fundraisers into one main event, debuting on Oct. 4 as the Concert Against Hate, featuring the A.I. Botnick Torch of Liberty Awards and the Community Impact Awards. This year’s Botnick honorees are […]
  • November opening for WWII Museum’s Liberation Pavilion
    The National WWII Museum will open the highly anticipated Liberation Pavilion, its final permanent exhibit hall, and officially dedicate the Col. Battle Barksdale Parade Ground, an outdoor gathering space in the heart of the New Orleans campus, on Nov. 3 — in time for the […]
  • Israeli Consul General does Mississippi tour, visits Birmingham
    Consul General Anat Sultan-Dadon met with Governor Tate Reeves. Israeli Consul General Anat Sultan-Dadon recently had a series of meetings with government, academic and business leaders in Alabama and Mississippi, exploring ways to expand collaboration between the states and Israel. Sultan-Dadon heads the Israeli Consulate […]
  • Jewish Broadcasting Service expands availability in region
    JBS series “In the Spotlight” with host Abigail Pogrebin By Lee J. Green Jewish Broadcasting Service Acting CEO Darah Golub remembers back in 2005, when her father, Rabbi Mark S. Golub, said American television needed a Jewish channel. Today, JBS is a non-profit Jewish television […]
  • Arrest made in murder of Israeli business owner in Birmingham
    Snir Lalum, an Israeli living in Birmingham, was killed in what was considered a robbery attempt on Aug. 24. Lalum, 44, was co-owner of Insta-Movers and was opening the business for the day around 5 a.m. when he was apparently followed to the business from […]
  • “Honey Girl of Auschwitz” bringing message of resilience
    A survivor of Auschwitz who travels the country speaking about resilience, tolerance and forgiveness will be in Louisiana next month. Esther Basch, known as “The Honey Girl of Auschwitz,” says that while she can’t forget what happened to her, she can forgive, because holding a […]
  • Hoover library to host Yiddish Book Center “Stories of Exile” series
    Hoover Public Library, just south of Birmingham, kicks off four months of activities connected to the Yiddish Book Center’s Stories of Exile program. The library is one of 29 in the country to receive the grant for a reading and discussion program to engage teens […]
  • Decades of Service: Jewish Family Service celebrates 75 years of helping New Orleans
    Council Member Jennifer Van Vrancken presents proclamation to JFS President Debbie Pesses and JFS Executive Director Roselle Ungar. Photos by Donna Matherne Seventy five years ago, what is now Jewish Family Service of Greater New Orleans started with refugee resettlement, case management and financial assistance. […]
  • Preserving Alabama’s Jewish history: Symposium held in Montgomery
    Rabbi Scott Looper welcomes attendees to Temple Beth Or. Who is preserving Alabama’s Jewish stories, and what resources exist to make sure the stories aren’t forgotten? On July 25, about 80 people from around the state attended the first-ever Alabama Jewish Culture and History Symposium, […]


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, […]