• “Bar Mitzvah in Birmingham” among RMT’s Human Rights New Works
    By Lee J. Green Red Mountain Theatre’s fourth-annual Human Rights New Works Festival, to be held Sept. 24 to 26, features a couple of new plays about Holocaust survivors, as well as one focusing on New York Jews moving to a small town outside of […]
  • Arkansas study suggests more education can lead to more anti-Jewish bias
    By Larry Brook It has been commonly accepted that education is the key to fighting antisemitism, that the more education one has, the less likely one is to adhere to antisemitic beliefs. A recent study from University of Arkansas researchers turns that notion on its […]
  • New Orleanians prepare for Rosh Hashanah in “diaspora”
    Cooking out at the Chabad Center in Metairie As the initial recovery from Hurricane Ida continues in Louisiana, plans are being formulated for a High Holy Days in the diaspora, with so many community members still scattered around the country, and most of the New […]
  • Covid, Ida affect High Holy Days in the Deep South
    The 5782 United Synagogue calendar features Barry Ivker and the 2020 Temple Beth-El Rosh Hashanah Prayer Walk at the Birmingham Botanical Gardens on its cover. The Covid resurgence with the highly-contagious Delta variant has thrown High Holiday plans into disarray once again. Some congregations have […]
  • Communities still assessing post-Ida needs as Rosh Hashanah approaches
    Outside Temple Sinai in New Orleans Recovery from Hurricane Ida will be a long-term process for the Southeast Louisiana Jewish communities, but even though it will be nothing resembling the long-term displacement of Katrina, what the needs will be are not yet known. At an […]
  • Florida now has “most comprehensive” K-12 Holocaust education in U.S.
    Broward County Public Schools Department at Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Credit: YES Market Media/Shutterstock. By Sean Savage (JNS) — The Florida State Board of Education adopted new civics and Holocaust-education standards for Florida’s public schools in July, which had been pushed by the state’s governor, Ron […]
  • Louisiana communities make it through Ida with little damage, but power will remain out
    Empty ark: Rabbi David Gerber checked on the Gates of Prayer building in Metairie, noting how odd it was to see an empty ark in the darkened sanctuary, as the Torahs had been moved to higher ground in advance of the hurricane. Reports continue to […]
  • New Orleans Jewish, Jazz Landmark Leveled by Hurricane Ida
    Courtesy Google Maps The former Karnofsky Shop, a landmark in the history of New Orleans jazz, was demolished by Hurricane Ida on Aug. 29. The building at 427 South Rampart Street, which was vacant, was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2002. […]
  • Louisiana Jewish communities brace for Hurricane Ida
    Hoping there won’t be a repeat: Evacuating flooded Torahs from Beth Israel in New Orleans following Hurricane Katrina in 2005. Jewish communities in Louisiana are bracing for Hurricane Ida, which is slated to make landfall on Sunday morning, exactly 16 years after the notorious Hurricane […]
  • Coming Back from the Fire: New Iberia’s Gates of Prayer
    Members of Gates of Prayer in New Iberia weren’t expecting to spend the past year renovating their building, but mainly, they’re just happy it is still standing. The renovations were made necessary after a fire broke out in the 1903 building the morning of April […]


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 […]