• Proud and Bold: Olam Tova launches with clothing designs promoting Israel
    At a time when many people are reluctant to make a public display about supporting Israel, Jenna Galbut is helping people wear it on their sleeves. And their chests, their legs, their foreheads… Galbut, who made a name for herself in the last decade as […]
  • Another Beryl comes to Houston synagogue as hurricane also hits
    A Coast Guard aircrew conducts flyovers in Texas to assess the damage left behind by Hurricane Beryl in Matagorda, Texas City, Galveston and Houston, July 8, 2024. Credit: Petty Officer 2nd Class Jessica Fontenette/U.S. Coast Guard Photo. By Carin Smilk (JNS) — Those who come […]
  • Florida hands down major suspensions to students arrested at anti-Israel protest
    Ben Hill Griffin Stadium at the University of Florida. Credit: Pablo Corredor via Wikimedia Commons. Chris Summerlin, dean of students at the University of Florida in Gainesville, chose not to offer slap-on-the-wrist penalties to pro-Hamas protesters arrested on campus on April 29. Instead, Summerlin applied […]
  • Florida-Israel Space Tech partnership awards $2 million for research projects
    Space Florida, the state’s aerospace finance and development authority, and the Israel Innovation Authority announced on July 9 eight companies awarded funding to work jointly in the Space Florida-Israel Innovation Partnership Program. The joint funding program was established 11 years ago in cooperation and ongoing […]
  • Tennessee congressman makes solidarity visit to Israel
    Rep. David Kustoff (left), Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Knesset Speaker Amir Ohana at the Prime Minister’s Office in Jerusalem, July 3, 2024. Photo by Haim Zach/GPO. By Etgar Lefkovits (JNS) — He is one of two Jewish Republicans in all of Congress and hails […]
  • Ala. AG supporting Fla. synagogue’s Supreme Court suit over religious freedom
    From Young Israel of Tampa’s 2020 Chanukah on Ice event The rejection by a state agency of a Florida synagogue’s advertisement for a “Chanukah on Ice” event has resulted in a Supreme Court case supported by more than half of America’s states on the grounds […]
  • Alabama teacher receives national award for excellence in Holocaust education
    Logan Greene with Stanlee Stahl An eighth-grade teacher in Hoover, just south of Birmingham, received a prominent national award for excellence in teaching about the Holocaust. Berry Middle School’s Logan Greene received the Robert I. Goldman Award for Excellence in Holocaust Education at an advanced […]
  • Florida Jewish legislator ponders the future of Jews in the U.S.
    Florida State Representative Randy Fine at the site of the Supernova music festival massacre near Kibbutz Re’im, June 10, 2024. Credit: Courtesy. By Etgar Lefkovits (JNS) — The lone Republican Jewish lawmaker in the Florida State legislature said on June 18 that he could never […]
  • Mississippi man pleads guilty to antisemitic harassment in Pennsylvania
    Donavon Parish, in a 2022 Forrest County mugshot. Donavon Parish, 29, pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court on June 18 to cyberstalking harassment, admitting that he was motivated by Jew-hatred, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania. He faced one […]
  • Ten problems with the Ten Commandments: Louisiana version
    Ten Commandments monument outside Gates of Prayer in Metairie. SJL file. Editor’s Note: A version of this editorial originally appeared in our publication in September 2001, during the Judge Roy Moore monument dispute at the Alabama Supreme Court building. It was updated slightly to refer […]


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, […]