• ADL antisemitism audit shows large increases, including in parts of South
    A swastika was found on a long-abandoned hospital in Ensley, near Birmingham, last week, along with a painted banner from the white supremacist Patriot Front. The annual audit of antisemitic incidents in the United States hit an all-time high, with 3,697 incidents of assault, harassment […]
  • Broadway Shabbat and GatesFest make musical weekend for Gates of Prayer
    GatesFest 2022 Shabbat will go Broadway at Gates of Prayer in Metairie on March 31 as Cantorial Soloist Jordan Lawrence debuts her “Broadway Shabbat” service, blending show tunes with the Shabbat evening service. She will be joined by the Gates of Prayer choir and the […]
  • Wide range of sessions planned for LimmudFest New Orleans
    Limmud New Orleans is back in person this month, for the first time in five years, with over 75 sessions on “anything and everything Jewish.” The pluralistic weekend of Jewish learning, open to all and held March 17 to 19, unites different congregations from New […]
  • Day School wax museum figures celebrate Black history
    N.E. Miles Jewish Day School students watching wax museum depiction of NASA mathematician Katherine Johnson. By Kiara Dunlap If you wandered into Birmingham’s N.E. Miles Jewish Day School in late February, you might have “met” tennis star Serena Williams, civil rights activist Ruby Bridges, NASA […]
  • “Come From Away”: Welcoming strangers in extraordinary circumstances
    By Lee J. Green “Come From Away,” the touring Broadway musical which tells the remarkable true story of 7,000 stranded passengers and Gander, the small town in Newfoundland that welcomed them, lands in Birmingham March 14 to 19 at the Birmingham-Jefferson Convention Complex. The 7,000 […]
  • Levine: From watching the court to running for judge
    With crime and the local judicial system “in crisis,” Simone Levine is running for Orleans Parish Criminal District Court Section A judge in the March 25 election as someone “who is going to know the courtroom from every angle” and use a community-based approach with […]
  • 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 […]
  • JCRS gala to celebrate summer camp
    Diana Mann with her daughter Amelia, appx. 1996. When the gala committee for Jewish Children’s Regional Service was brainstorming ideas for this year’s fundraiser, nothing really excited the group — until someone suggested Jewish sleep-away camp. Most of the organizers had been to camp themselves, […]
  • AEPi looking to make a comeback at Tulane
    Eight of the ten founders of the new AEPi chapter at Tulane University, which has already grown to nearly 30 members. Pictured (from left to right): Ryan Orlov, Max Rosenberg, Simon Miller, Charlie Eckstein, Emmet Tanzar, Ben Gladstone, and Zach Sturza. Not pictured: Aaron Malamed […]
  • Family disputes new Fla. Congresswoman’s claim of “messianic” Jewish heritage
    Rep. Anna Paulina Luna (R-Fla.). Source: Twitter. (JNS) — The Pew Research Center reports that 33 Jewish lawmakers were sworn into the new 118th Congress. Newly-elected Rep. Anna Paulina Luna (R-Fla.) stands out, having identified on the campaign trail both as Congress’ first “Messianic Jew” […]


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 […]