• Birmingham’s Beth-El to dedicate marker about attempted bombing
    As the World Games wind down in Birmingham, Temple Beth-El will hold a ceremony dedicating its new historical marker about the attempted 1958 bombing of the synagogue. The ceremony will be held at 12:15 p.m. on July 17. Lisa McNair, national speaker and author, and […]
  • Southern Jewish Life wins four national journalism awards
    Southern Jewish Life magazine had its best-ever showing in the 41st annual Simon J. Rockower Awards for Excellence in Jewish Journalism. The regional publication with offices in Birmingham and New Orleans received four awards in what is regarded as the “Jewish Pulitzers.” The Rockowers were […]
  • Louisiana Sen. Cassidy speaks at U. of Haifa 50th anniversary
    From left: University of Haifa president professor Ron Robin, Sen. Bill Cassidy (R-La.) and University of Haifa board member Eli Feinstein at the inauguration of University of Haifa’s Bloom School of Graduate Studies. Credit: The University of Haifa. (JNS) — Sen. Bill Cassidy (R-La.) visited […]
  • Bentonville Congregation Closes Its Doors
    The home of Etz Chaim in Bentonville until a flood in 2014. SJL file. On June 10, Congregation Etz Chaim of Northwest Arkansas in Bentonville held its final service. The service was held at Temple Shalom in Fayetteville, where the Etz Chaim memorial board will […]
  • JNOLA Holding Festival Jew Orleans for Young Adults Throughout Region
    JNOLA, the young adult group at the Jewish Federation of Greater New Orleans, is holding a festival and inviting their counterparts from around the region. Registration opens on June 15 for Festival Jew Orleans, presented by the Oscar J. Tolmas Charitable Trust. The festival will […]
  • From a Kibbutz to Bryant Denny to serving the worldwide Jewish community
    By Richard Friedman  Truth, as the old saying goes, is stranger than fiction. So… did you hear about the Israeli kibbutz girl who barely knew English who wound up as one of the halftime dancers during an Alabama football game at the height of the […]
  • New Orleans native Richard Berenson Stone was passionate voice for Israel
    U.S. President Joe Biden, Malcolm Hoenlein and Richard Stone. White House Photo. By Mike Wagenheim (JNS) And SJL reports At a time when the State of Israel needed someone to speak up for it, New Orleans native Richard Stone’s legal and courtroom skills were indispensable […]
  • Very English Tea celebrates Rabbi Deborah Silver’s New Orleans tenure
    England meets New Orleans as Shir Chadash in Metairie says farewell to Rabbi Deborah Silver. For the last six years, Silver has led the New Orleans area’s only Conservative congregation. “A Very English Tea with a New Orleans Flavor” will be held on June 12 […]
  • “Kinky Boots” director has acting roots from Center Players
    By Lee J. Green “Kinky Boots” kicks up its heels starting June 3 at Red Mountain Theatre in Birmingham, and the Tony-award-winning musical with a story about community, tolerance, and self-acceptance also represents a homecoming for director/choreographer Robin Lewis. “The message of Kinky Boots is […]
  • Home field: With World Games coming to his city, Ron Froehlich reflects on his decades of service to sports
    World Games Vice President Max Bishop and Ron Froehlich at a Birmingham Organizing Committee gathering in 2018 For decades, Ron Froehlich has traveled the world to attend every edition of The World Games, before, during and after his time as president of the International World […]


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 […]