• As hatred of Jews grows, Southern mayors stand up against antisemitism
    By Richard Friedman You can’t fight City Hall, as the old saying goes. But these days, City Hall can help fight antisemitism. This is what motivated the American Jewish Committee and US Conference of Mayors to team up recently and get more than 500 mayors […]
  • What is Possible? New JLI course has the answers
    What is possible? The new Rohr Jewish Learning Institute class explores that concept, by taking the notion that “this can never happen” and transforming it into “This Can Happen: A Credible Case for Feeling Good About the Future.” The six-week course is being introduced at […]
  • When’s the Sabbath? Sen. Hyde-Smith will tell Jew
    Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith speaks about election reform proposals at a press conference on March 24. Photo courtesy Sen. Hyde-Smith’s office. By Larry Brook At a Senate hearing on state-level election reform bills on March 24, Senator Cindy Hyde-Smith of Mississippi informed New York Sen. Chuck […]
  • 6MillionSteps social media campaign promotes Holocaust awareness
    People walk toward the National Mall and Lincoln Memorial in Washington, DC this past weekend as part of the Israeli-American Council’s global #SixMillionSteps campaign. Credit: Inbal More Photography. Tulane Hillel is among 15 organizations nationally that is partnering with the Israeli-American Council on a social […]
  • Metairie’s Shir Chadash offers its Jazz Seder online
    Since large in-person gatherings are still discouraged because of Covid, Shir Chadash in Metairie is making its annual All-Star New Orleans Jazz Seder available online for congregants and others around the world to enjoy as part of their individual Passover celebrations. Held regularly since 2008 […]
  • Ignoring death threats, new Israel organization has far-reaching effects
    By Richard Friedman  A little engine that could is turning into a locomotive that can, which is all the better for Israel and the Jewish people. The Atlanta Israel Coalition, which began as an idea in Atlantan Cheryl Dorchinsky’s head and an aching in her […]
  • CAMERA: “Til Kingdom Come” documentary doctored footage
    A still from the PBS documentary “Til Kingdom Come.” Credit: PBS. By Dexter Van Zile (CAMERA.org) — A documentary critical of Israel and its Christian supporters in the United States scheduled to appear on PBS stations on March 29, the second day of Passover, includes […]
  • Virtual JCRS gala will feature preview of Trestman’s Orphans’ Home book
    Last year, one of the last major in-person events in the New Orleans Jewish community was the annual Jewish Children’s Regional Service Roots gala. With pandemic restrictions still in place for this year, when the fundraising committee was brainstorming ideas for its 2021 virtual gala, […]
  • Replanted Anne Frank Tree to be re-dedicated at Alabama Holocaust commemoration
    Joel Rotenstreich oversees planting of the new Anne Frank Tree at Kelly Ingram Park last December. Photo by David Gonnerman Though this year’s state commemoration of Holocaust Remembrance Day will be online, having that platform will make the event one of the more comprehensive since […]
  • Israel hosting flag football qualifier for Birmingham 2022 World Games
    Israel’s flag football team. Credit: American Football in Israel. By Josh Hasten (JNS) — The International Federation of American Football has selected Israel to host the Flag Football World Championships at the Kraft Family Sports Campus in Jerusalem from Dec. 6 to 8. The three-day […]


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 […]