• “Queer Eye” didn’t understand Nola icon Dan Stein’s Jewishness
    Jonathan Van Ness does Dan Stein’s hair, including a beard shave and a uh, knee scrub. Courtesy of Netflix By Mira Fox (The Forward) — Dan Stein is a beloved figure in New Orleans. The NOLA subreddit is full of people not only drooling over […]
  • New AHEC museum uses local survivor stories to teach about the Holocaust
    Because 6 million is a difficult number to conceptualize, the new Alabama Holocaust Education Center headquarters in Birmingham is focusing on a much smaller group. While teaching about the overall horrors of the Holocaust, the new center and museum highlights the stories of Holocaust survivors […]
  • Peaks and Valleys: Luria reflects on time in Congress, looks to future
    Rep. Elaine Luria (D-Va.) speaks on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives on the conflict between Israelis and Palestinians, May 13, 2021. Source: Screenshot/C-SPAN. By Keila Lawrence A daughter. A wife. A mother. A proud Jewish woman. An American Maritime Hero. A two-term […]
  • “On Your Feet!” story personal for Jewish actress from Argentina
    Photo: DJ Corey By Lee J. Green The Broadway in Birmingham musical “On Your Feet! The Story of Emilio and Gloria Estefan” is close to the heart for actress Cami Taleisnik, who grew up in Argentina’s Jewish community. The show opens May 9 and runs […]
  • Roskin takes cantorial position in Charlotte
    Cantor Jessica Roskin will be the interim cantor at Temple Beth El in Charlotte, N.C., this coming year. The 850-family congregation made the announcement on May 5 in an email from President Alan Kronovet, Rabbi Asher Knight and COO Jonathan Friedman. They said Roskin “will […]
  • Mixed results at GiveNOLA Day, Federation places third again
    For the second year in a row, GiveNOLA Day on May 2 was down slightly from the previous year, with some Jewish institutions seeing increases and some seeing decreases. Overall, the 24-hour online fundraiser coordinated by the Greater New Orleans Foundation raised $7.779 million through […]
  • JCRC, ADL respond to antisemitic flyers in Bywater
    A statement was issued by the Jewish Community Relations Council of the Jewish Federation of Greater New Orleans, and the Anti-Defamation League, following the recent proliferation of antisemitic flyers in the Bywater area of New Orleans, from the Goyim Defense League. Dear Jewish Community Members, […]
  • Nothing is Ever Black and White, But it Looks So Great in Blue and White
    By Robert French Recently, I and thousands of others from North America and across the globe were woven into the fabric and experience of Israel. For 2023’s General Assembly of the Jewish Federation of North America didn’t take place solely in the halls of Tel […]
  • Congressional bills aim to give highest honor to Tenn. ‘Righteous Gentile’ Roddie Edmonds
    Historical marker in Knoxville, Tenn., for Roddie Edmonds. SJL file. By Mike Wagenheim and SJL reports (JNS) — Both houses of Congress reintroduced legislation this week to honor the late Roddie Edmonds, who put his life in danger to save Jews during World War II […]
  • Florida the only U.S. state where El Al will service two cities
    An El Al airliner takes off from Ben-Gurion Airport. Oct. 25, 2021. Photo by Yossi Aloni/Flash90. (JNS) — In a reflection of growing ties, Florida will soon be the only U.S. state where El Al will service two major cities, Gov Ron DeSantis said on […]


March 17, 2023

“Innovation Embassy” established between New Orleans, Ashdod ports

Participants in the July 2022 Israel trade mission An Innovation Embassy has been established between the Port of Ashdod in Israel and five business organizations in New Orleans, a result of last summer’s Louisiana trade mission to Israel. A letter of intent was signed in […]
February 28, 2023

Birmingham Times, SJL embark on historic journalistic partnership

By Richard Friedman and Keila Lawrence The Birmingham Times, a historic newspaper serving Birmingham’s Black community; Southern Jewish Life magazine and its sister publication, Israel InSight magazine, and Miles College, an HBCU in Fairfield, have come together to create a joint journalism internship for a […]
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, […]