• Jerusalem Post names B’ham native Rep. Luria to 50 Most Influential Jews list
    Rep. Elaine Luria, a Birmingham native who represents Virginia’s second district in Congress, was named to the Jerusalem Post’s 2020 list of the 50 Most Influential Jews in the world. Luria, who also has family in New Orleans, narrowly defeated incumbent Scott Taylor in 2018. […]
  • Interfaith Families Center at NOLA Federation Names First Exec. Director
    Erica Golden has been selected as the first executive director of the groundbreaking Sherry and Alan Leventhal Family Foundation Center for Interfaith Families at the Jewish Federation of Greater New Orleans. The Center, one of two new Centers of Excellence announced by the Federation in […]
  • Tulane webinar: Ancient hatreds still drive today’s antisemitism
    By Richard Friedman There was an Internet before there was an Internet.  It was called the printing press. This simple truth was at the heart of one of many interesting observations made during a Sept. 9 webinar, sponsored by Tulane University, that probed contemporary antisemitism. […]
  • Bama Professor Uncovers Hidden Jewish Past — and Finds Israeli Relatives
    Photo that connected Marysia Galbraith to her Jewish heritage. Taken around 1916 in Poland, her grandmother is seated on the left, with her parents, siblings, and nephew. By Richard Friedman Heritage. Holocaust. Homecoming. These three words course through the unusual story of Marysia Galbraith, a […]
  • Jewish, Black voices from past provide pathway to future
    “Shared Legacies,” a new documentary highlighting the relationship between Blacks and Jews during the Civil Rights era, and how Jews supported the Black community during their time of struggle, was the focus of an online program Aug. 27, sponsored in part by the Atlanta-based Israeli Consulate […]
  • New controversy for La. Rep. McCormick over tweet of antisemitic mural
    A Louisiana State Senator who was criticized this summer for a Holocaust comparison in protesting against mask mandates has drawn attention for tweeting a mural that has been at the center of international antisemitism controversies. He later deleted the retweet. On Sept. 2, Rep. Danny […]
  • Tulane, Hebrew U. Partner for New U.S.-Israel Energy Center
    Daniel Shantz, The Entergy Chair in Clean Energy Engineering at Tulane University, will lead one of three U.S.-Israel Energy Centers. (Photo by Paula Burch-Celentano) Tulane University, Louisiana State University and the University of Louisiana will partner in leading one of three inaugural U.S.-Israel Energy Centers, […]
  • Songs of Triumph: Personal Overtones to BHEC Performances
    by Richard Friedman Talking to Juna Givhan about her singing is like being wrapped in a song. A powerful song. She laughs, she dreams, she emotes and inspires, as she reflects on the two songs she sang at the Birmingham Holocaust Education Center’s late August […]
  • No tourists, so Jerusalem’s Alabama Shop goes online
    Just as most Alabama fans won’t be able to get into Bryant-Denny Stadium this year, Alabama fans aren’t able to travel to Jerusalem to visit the Alabama Shop. So Hani Imam is making it possible to get Alabama swag from Jerusalem online, through the new […]
  • Congregations prepare for a socially distant High Holy Days
    Those who are used to traffic jams, remote parking and large crowds for the High Holy Days may have a sense of withdrawal this year, as most congregations in the region will have services online because of the restrictions on gatherings due to coronavirus. Even […]


August 12, 2020

Stein-Mart, which has Jewish Mississippi Delta origins, files bankruptcy

Stein-Mart, a 283-store retail chain with roots in Mississippi’s Jewish community, announced today that it is filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy and will close “a significant portion, if not all,” of its stores, which are in 30 states.   “The combined effects of a challenging […]
July 20, 2020

Cotton States no longer — BBYO region takes Delta name

For Jewish teens in the Deep South, Cotton States Region of BBYO is no more — the region has been renamed Delta Region. The announcement was made by regional directors Zoe Goldberg and Skylar Haas on July 17, after several years of debate over perceived […]
July 20, 2020

Changing Society: Wearing and celebrating the “New Miss”

James Meredith wearing the New Miss hat. Photo courtesy Suzi Altman With the removal of monuments and other symbols of the Confederacy from public lands, one of the biggest hurdles was Mississippi deciding on June 30, after years of controversy, to redesign the state flag, […]
July 10, 2020

“I Don’t Want Your Babies Fighting Racial Battles 50 Years From Now”

By Richard Friedman As the national temperature continues to rise over racial issues, Birmingham’s Levite Jewish Community Center recently hosted a Zoom seminar with one of the city’s most prominent African-American activists and race discussion facilitators, T. Marie King. The session centered on how to […]