• After Texas synagogue incident, Presbyterian Church USA issues antisemitic statement
    Members of the Presbyterian Church USA’s Israel Palestine Mission Network pose in front of Israel’s security barrier during one of their trips to the Holy Land. The graffiti on the barrier readers “PC (USA) stands with Palestine.” Photo: Twitter. From SJL and JNS reports Jewish […]
  • Gates of Prayer announces lineup for second GatesFest, on March 27
    Last year, Gates of Prayer in Metairie held one of the first Covid-era festivals, with GatesFest taking place in parking lot pods as bands played all day. A larger GatesFest returns on March 27, and the lineup is headlined by multi-platinum artist X Ambassadors. In […]
  • How Zionists Helped Defeat Segregation in Baltimore
    Crowd outside the theater. Photo courtesy the David S. Wyman Institute for Holocaust Studies By Rafael Medoff Martin Luther King, Jr. Day this year will be commemorated just before the 75th anniversary of a remarkable but little-known campaign by American Zionists and African-Americans that helped […]
  • A new light in Baton Rouge as merged congregation announces name
    A new light is shining in Baton Rouge with the merger of the community’s two Reform congregations. On Jan. 10, Or Chadash, “a new light,” was announced as the name for the congregation, which had been going by Unified Jewish Congregation of Baton Rouge as […]
  • Alabama can combat anti-Israel hate by divesting from Unilever
    Unilever Canada sign on their head office in Toronto, Canada. Credit: JHVEPhoto/Shutterstock. By Brandy Gibson Something is rotten in Vermont. Ben & Jerry’s, perhaps the state’s most iconic global brand, decided in July to embrace and participate in the global discriminatory and antisemitic movement to […]
  • Groundbreaking partnership quietly defied the days of segregation
    Cy Steiner and Shelley Stewart By Richard Friedman It was 1958.  Not an easy time for Blacks in the Deep South. No one knew that better than Shelley Stewart, a young Birmingham-based African-American disc jockey who was gaining a wide following across the region. He […]
  • Baton Rouge Jewish Film Festival postponed
    A Crime on the Bayou For the 16th installment of the annual Baton Rouge Jewish Film Festival, the festival is looking locally for its programming. At press time, just days before the festival was to return with in-person screenings this year, the Omicron variant outbreak […]
  • Museum of the Southern Jewish Experience makes USA Today 10Best list
    The Museum of the Southern Jewish Experience in New Orleans was named to the USA Today Readers’ Choice 10Best list for Best New Attraction in 2021. A panel of experts came up with the initial 20 nominees, and the top 10 were decided by popular […]
  • Mobile Jewish Film Festival reverts to virtual for this year
    After holding a virtual event last year, the Mobile Jewish Film Festival was planning on a hybrid event this year, returning to its model of numerous films in several venues, while preserving a virtual option for all but one of the films. But at the […]
  • Growing Chabad at Panama City Beach acquiring building, launching campaign
    The Chabad Jewish Center in Panama City Beach has signed a contract on a new facility that will be renovated and become the new Chabad Center. The new building is on Miracle Strip Loop, close to where they are currently renting a space. Rabbi Mendel […]


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 […]