• How a Jewish museum in Florida landed the Elie Wiesel collection
    The Florida Holocaust Museum in downtown St. Petersburg, Fla. Credit: EQRoy/Shutterstock. By Bob Fryer (Jewish Press of Tampa Bay) — For about a year, officials at the Florida Holocaust Museum in downtown St. Petersburg kept a closely guarded secret that the museum was seeking to […]
  • Students meet with U.Va. administrators to protect Jewish students on Grounds
    The rotunda at the University of Virginian in Charlottesville, Va. Credit: Aaron Josephson via Wikimedia Commons. (JNS) — Multiple antisemitic incidents and displays of anti-Israel activism have led a group of students to meet with administrators at the University of Virginia and seek action. Joel […]
  • Louisiana’s Rep. Mike Johnson slams Biden reversal on Israeli homes in the territories
    Speaker of the House Mike Johnson (R-La.) speaks during a House Judiciary Committee field hearing on New York City violent crimes, at the Javits Federal Building in New York City on April 17, 2023. Credit: Lev Radin/Shutterstock. (JNS) — U.S. House Speaker Mike Johnson, a […]
  • Birmingham’s Beth-El hosting interfaith Shabbat weekend
    There will be an Interfaith Shabbat Weekend featuring scholar in residence Keren McGinity in Birmingham the weekend of March 8. McGinity is United Synagogue for Conservative Judaism’s interfaith specialist, and a research associate at the Hadassah-Brandeis Institute at Brandeis University. On March 8 at 9 […]
  • Five taking up DeSantis offer to transfer to Florida universities to escape antisemitism
    By David Swindle (JNS) — New data shows that an effort by Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis to respond to antisemitism in higher education has led to nominal results so far. In January, DeSantis announced an “emergency measure” during Florida’s State of the State address that […]
  • Masked neo-Nazis march through downtown Nashville
    (JNS) — Dozens of neo-Nazis bearing black swastika flags marched at the Tennessee State Capitol in Nashville on Feb. 17, drawing widespread condemnation from Jewish and political leaders, including two state representatives who blamed state Republicans for the march. “Through the weekend, Nashville experienced gross […]
  • Houston church shooter’s mother-in-law: Mental illness, not antisemitism, to blame
    Genesse Moreno By Beth Harpaz The Forward — The former mother-in-law of a woman who opened fire inside a Texas megachurch said the FBI found antisemitic material in the shooter’s home, including a painting where she’d written “Death to Jews.” “I spent 3 ½ hours […]
  • Florida House passes resolution denouncing Hamas-linked CAIR
    Sign at the building entrance to CAIR headquarters. Credit: DCStockPhotography/Shutterstock. By Benjamin Baird (JNS) — A controversial “Muslim civil-rights and advocacy” organization experienced a major blow to its reputation last week after the Florida House of Representatives voted overwhelmingly in favor of a resolution to […]
  • After concerns expressed, Texas A&M votes to close campus in Qatar
    Texas A&M University in Education City, Al Rayyan, Qatar. Credit: Arwcheek via Wikimedia Commons. From JNS and SJL reports The board of regents of Texas A&M University, a nearly 150-year-old public school with an undergraduate enrollment of more than 60,000, voted on Feb. 8 to […]
  • Mega Challah Bake 250 being organized in New Orleans
    By popular demand, the Women’s Mega Challah Bake returns for the first time since the pandemic. Chabad and Hadassah New Orleans invite all women in the community to an evening of unity and inspiration, Feb. 29 at 7 p.m. at Shir Chadash in Metairie. Previous […]


August 7, 2023

The power of summer camp — and Southern Jewish communities

Henry S. Jacobs Camp Director Anna Herman helps campers board the buses on the last-minute HSJ Magical Mystery Tour One of the unheralded qualities necessary in Southern Jewish communities is the ability to pivot — but Jewish interconnectedness around the region often makes it easier. […]
June 23, 2023

Southern Jewish Life magazine expands with new online regional edition

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — Southern Jewish Life magazine, which has covered the Jewish communities of the Deep South for over three decades, announced that it will be expanding with a new online edition covering the rest of the South. Starting with August 2023, Southern Jewish Life […]
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, […]