• Antisemitic “YeIsRight” messages chalked around University of Alabama campus
    Photo courtesy Michele White “YeisRight” messages were written in chalk on sidewalks in many locations at the University of Alabama overnight. The messages of support for Kanye West, now known as Ye, drew condemnation from several directions. White supremacist groups and other antisemitic organizations are […]
  • Student’s “Ye did nothing wrong” piece causes controversy at Tulane
    Kanye West. Source: JNS/Twitter. An opinion piece written by a Tulane junior stating that “Ye did nothing wrong” has roiled the campus and caused the author to leave campus, stating she has received death threats. In promoting her piece, Sarah Ma tweeted that Kanye West, […]
  • Leading global law firm Dentons issues statement condemning antisemitism
    Antisemitic graffiti at Etz Chayim in Huntsville on the first day of Passover, April 2020. SJL file. By Richard Friedman Through an initiative that originated in Birmingham and Huntsville, Dentons, a worldwide law firm, recently released a statement condemning antisemitism and affirming its concern over […]
  • Dillard University re-launches national Black-Jewish relations center
    On Jan. 17, Dillard University President Rochelle Ford announced plans to relaunch the Dillard University National Center for Black-Jewish Relations. The reinvigorated center will continue the work of the initial center, which aimed to reduce hostilities that were emerging between members of the African American […]
  • Limmud New Orleans registration opens, speakers announced
    The first list of sessions for LimmudFest New Orleans has been released, with speakers presenting a wide range of talks and discussions for the weekend of Jewish learning. Over 70 sessions will be led by local, regional and national presenters, all of whom are volunteering […]
  • Schmidt’s Jewish Texas art displayed at Museum of the Southern Jewish Experience
    “Torah Reading.” Maurice Schmidt, 1986. San Angelo Museum of Fine Arts “God, Goats and Pickup Trucks: Maurice Schmidt’s Visions of Texas” will be the first fine art painting exhibit at the Museum of the Southern Jewish Experience in New Orleans. The exhibit will open on […]
  • New IDF fitness center honors Alabama’s Lenora Pate
    Steven Brickman in front of Israel’s new Lenora W. Pate Fitness Facility By Richard Friedman When Birmingham’s Lenora Pate died in June 2021, the Jewish community lost a friend. A devout Christian, Lenora was married to Steven Brickman, a longtime Jewish community volunteer leader. There […]
  • Selma tornado narrowly misses Mishkan Israel
    Screenshot of drone footage of downtown Selma after a large, long-track tornado tore through the city on Jan. 12. Mishkan Israel, the city’s lone synagogue, is in the upper right corner. Footage courtesy Rex Jones of Cougar Oil. Mishkan Israel, the historic synagogue in downtown […]
  • “Violin of the Flowers” to be played in New Orleans
    During the Violins of Hope programs in New Orleans, the featured violin will be the Katrin violin, which is also referred to as the “Violin of the Flowers.” The Katrin violin is a relatively recent acquisition, which the Weinsteins worked on in 2021. It came […]
  • Museum of the Southern Jewish Experience acquires Kindertransport violin
    While the Violins of Hope will be visiting New Orleans from Jan. 24 to 28, another violin from that era will be displayed as a new acquisition of the Museum of the Southern Jewish Experience — from a participant in the Kindertransport rescue of Jewish […]


September 12, 2021

Yalla: Ryan Pannone ready to move the Squadron forward

Ryan Pannone holds the Israel State Cup in 2019 If you are at a Birmingham Squadron game in the coming months and happen to hear Coach Ryan Pannone finish up a huddle with “Yalla” — you haven’t been transported to Israel, but a little of […]
August 25, 2021

Synagogue New: Baton Rouge’s two congregations decide to reunite

Beth Shalom and B’nai Israel in Baton Rouge (file photo) The weekend of Aug. 13, Beth Shalom in Baton Rouge held the last event in its Covid-extended 75th anniversary celebration. The following weekend, Beth Shalom members, along with members of B’nai Israel, the congregation it […]
August 13, 2021

Alabama’s Zionist “Odd Couple” makes impact for Israel

From left, Laura King, John Buhler, Deputy Israeli Consul General Alex Gandler, Gov. Kay Ivey, Israeli Consul General Anat Sultan-Dadon, Supreme Court Chief Justice Tom Parker and wife Dottie at May 2021 signing of resolution expressing Alabama’s support for Israel during its recent operation against […]
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 […]