• The Alabama connection to Israel’s growth in American football
    By Richard Friedman American-style football is growing in Israel, thanks in part to a private Christian school in Huntsville. It is at that school, Madison Academy in Huntsville, that Israeli football enthusiast Ori Shterenbach’s love for the American-birthed game deepened after a great experience coaching […]
  • Metairie’s Jeremy Bleich part of Israel’s Olympic baseball hopes
    At the Opening Ceremony of the Tokyo Olympics. NBC broadcast screenshot. Israel’s national baseball team will have a cheering section in Metairie during the Olympics as Jeremy Bleich suits up for the blue and white. A Metairie native and alumnus of the Isidore Newman School, […]
  • Georgia CAIR’s sloppy attempt to label an Israeli police exchange program as “anti-Muslim hate”
    By Steven Emerson (IPT News) — The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) Georgia chapter was intent on making news on July 19, but apparently it couldn’t decide how. The objective was clear – to smear the Georgia International Law Enforcement Exchange, because GILEE takes American […]
  • Opinion: An open letter to ADL’s Atlanta office
    By Kent Osband Last month, your vice-president issued two open letters to the Mountain Brook Schools community, berating MBS leaders for canceling a contract with the ADL for anti-bias education and impugning the motives of critics of the ADL program. As a highly educated, cosmopolitan […]
  • Mark Rubin to succeed Ned Goldberg at Jewish Children’s Regional Service
    As Ned Goldberg steps down after 33 years as executive director of Jewish Children’s Regional Service, a familiar face will be succeeding him. New Orleans native Mark Rubin, who joined the social service agency in September 2012 as its first-ever development director, will step into […]
  • Major Louisiana mission to Israel, UAE planned for July 2022
    Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards at signing of collaboration agreement between the Water Institute of the Gulf in Baton Rouge and Israel’s Zuckerberg Institute for Water Research, at Ben Gurion University on Oct. 29, 2018. The Abraham Accords were signed between Israel and four Arab […]
  • Louisiana Jewish Coalition announced
    Temple Sinai, Lake Charles After several statewide Zooms that brought Jewish community leaders from across Louisiana together for discussions on how to help the Lake Charles community after Hurricane Laura hit the area last August, a simple question emerged: Why get together only when there […]
  • N.C. activists prod failed Jewish leaders for not defending the community
    By Charles Jacobs (JNS) — It’s hard to ignore the simple fact that Jewish leaders have failed to stop or even slow the accelerating epidemic of Jew-hatred in America. Like failed generals fighting the last war, they have focused on Nazis and the political right […]
  • Louisiana: Don’t confuse Holocaust education with battle over Critical Race Theory
    A visitor looks at photographs of camp inmates at the Auschwitz-Birkenau Museum and Memorial in Oswiecim, Poland. Credit: Desi H. Sitorus/Shutterstock. By Jonathan Tobin (JNS) — There is no more obvious sign that American education is in trouble than the fact that most state legislatures […]
  • Mountain Brook alumni push back against schools cutting ties with ADL
    Mountain Brook High School. Photo from MBHS website. After a city council meeting where Mountain Brook residents on both sides made remarks about the recent decision by city schools to disassociate from the Anti-Defamation League’s anti-bias training, opponents of the decision are fighting back. On […]


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 […]