• Metairie’s Gates of Prayer announces $1 million camp subsidy initiative
    Gates of Prayer campers at Henry S. Jacobs Camp, July 2022. Courtesy Gates of Prayer/Facebook Gates of Prayer in Metairie announced a $1 million initiative to defray the cost of Jewish summer camp for its members. The Gates of Camp Initiative, called GO-Camp, will reduce […]
  • Nashville mayor denounces antisemitic flyers
    John Cooper, mayor of Nashville, Tenn. Credit: John Cooper Campaign. (JNS) — John Cooper, the mayor of Nashville, Tenn., said last week that “hateful, divisive rhetoric and anti-Semitism have no place” in the city after anti-Semitic propaganda fliers were discovered at residents’ homes. The fliers […]
  • Nathan Family Supporting Foundation established at JEF with $3 million bequest
    The Jewish Endowment Foundation of Louisiana announced the establishment of the Nathan Family Supporting Foundation, with a bequest of more than $3 million from the estate of Max Nathan, Jr. The gift from his IRA is also providing additional funding to the existing Dotty Gold […]
  • L’Chaim to celebrate Holocaust center’s new name, headquarters
    A lot of changes will be celebrated when the annual L’Chaim event takes place on Sept. 18, benefiting Holocaust education in Alabama. For starters, the organization’s name has changed. The Birmingham Holocaust Education Center has become the Alabama Holocaust Education Center, reflecting its statewide role […]
  • Letter: This Mountain Brook election is important
    We are proud of our city. Our school system is in the top 1 percent nationally, and one of the best in the state for quality of schools. Our city has no financial problems. And we’re so very lucky to have three highly qualified people […]
  • Contentious school issues spill over into Mountain Brook council election
    Kent Osband Passionate controversies from the summer of 2021 have spilled over into the normally-serene Mountain Brook City Council elections, as a slate of three challengers takes on what they are portraying as the establishment. Three of the council’s five seats are up for election […]
  • New Orleans Federation announces CEO Fielkow’s retirement
    The Jewish Federation of Greater New Orleans announced that CEO Arnie Fielkow will retire at the end of the year, and a search is underway for his successor. “I’m thankful for the great opportunity to lead this wonderful organization the past 5-plus years,” Fielkow said in […]
  • Chabad, Israel Consulate give aid in flooded areas of Kentucky
    During a stop to deliver an aid package and a word of comfort, Rabbi Shlomo Litvin helped clear debris from the river bordering a home damaged in the flood. Credit: Courtesy of Chabad of Kentucky. By Faygie Holt (JNS) — Rabbi Shlomo Litvin and his […]
  • Birmingham’s Levite JCC holding a J’la
    Birmingham’s Levite Jewish Community Center kept its doors open during the Covid pandemic, providing a wide range of services to the community as normal programming could not take place and despite the financial hit required. Now, the LJCC is holding a J’la, a gala celebrating […]
  • American teens in Israel cheer for Auburn basketball team in Jerusalem
    Israel’s U20 National played against Auburn University Tigers Men’s basketball team at Jerusalem’s Malha Arena on Aug. 2. Credit: Courtesy. By Howard Blas (JNS) — Busloads of American Jewish teenagers arrived at Jerusalem’s Malha Arena to watch Israel’s U20 National play against Auburn University Tigers […]


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 […]