• Birmingham Jewish fertility group holds Nov. 4 kickoff
    Also see: Expanding nationally, Jewish fertility group opening Birmingham office The Birmingham location of the Jewish Fertility Foundation will have its official launch party on Nov. 4 at 7 p.m., at Chabad of Alabama. The women-only reception will include wine and cheese, and desserts. Speakers […]
  • ISJL prepares for “Who Knows One” competition
    The online Jewish geography game Who Knows One comes full circle with a fundraising event to benefit the Goldring/Woldenberg Institute of Southern Jewish Life. The Oct. 28 game will feature two rounds, one matching former ISJL Education Fellows, with the other involving current and former […]
  • Museum of the Southern Jewish Experience has low-key mezuzah hanging
    Jay Tanenbaum passes the “ceremonial screwdriver” to Morris Mintz The Museum of the Southern Jewish Experience was originally going to hold a grand opening weekend at the beginning of October, but the Covid resurgence led to the celebration being postponed. While a celebration will eventually […]
  • CDC Covid study of summer camp relies on Ramah experiences
    At Ramah Darom, the goal was “Stay Positive, Test Negative” The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention published a paper on what it takes to have a successful summer camp experience in the age of Covid — and the study was entirely about the experiences […]
  • With “Chutzpah,” Breman Museum celebrates 25th anniversary
    In 25 years, the William Breman Jewish Heritage Museum in Atlanta has collected a lot of stories about Southern Jewry, many of which involve more than a bit of chutzpah. For its anniversary, the museum has assembled a collection of Georgia and Alabama Jewish artifacts […]
  • Rabbi Pernick leaving Metairie’s Beth Israel
    “After significant thought and deliberation,” Rabbi Joshua Pernick informed Metairie’s Beth Israel that he will not seek a renewal of his contract next summer, and will “take the next step on my life journey.” Pernick arrived in the summer of 2019 to lead the modern […]
  • “Jew” or “Geo”? Arkansas Senator says “slur” was mis-heard
    An Arkansas state senator is saying he was mis-heard by many people after remarks about Afghanistan seemed to include a slur. On Sept. 30, the Arkansas Senate was discussing a resolution to condemn the Biden administration’s mishandling of the American withdrawal from Afghanistan earlier in […]
  • Ask Bubba Meyer: The same guy was a rabbi and an antisemitic priest in New Orleans?
    With the caption “Rabbinical Freak,” this photo of Elfenbein/Tillinger ran in The Sentinel. “Ask Bubba Meyer”: A regular SJL feature Q: Bubba, are reports that New Orleans once had a rabbi who also served as an antisemitic Greek Orthodox priest at the same time true? […]
  • Louisiana legislator in another controversy over Nazi analogy for Covid vaccine mandates
    Rep. Danny McCormick. Source: Facebook A Louisiana legislator isn’t backing down in the face of criticism for a tweet comparing vaccine mandates to the rise of Nazi Germany. On Sept. 15, hours before the start of Yom Kippur, Rep. Danny McCormick, who has been outspoken […]
  • Ramah Darom celebrates 25th summer, embarks on 10-year expansion plan
    At its online 25th anniversary celebration on July 25, Ramah Darom unveiled a new strategic plan to expand the Conservative movement summer camp and year-round retreat center in north Georgia. The Kadima campaign seeks to build the future of Ramah Darom by expanding and broadening […]


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 […]