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April 16, 2023

Jewish goalie signs with NHL’s Carolina Hurricanes

Yaniv Perets. Source: Twitter/Yaniv Perets. (JNS) — Two Jewish players helped propel Quinnipiac University in Connecticut to a championship on April 8 in the Frozen Four — the ice-hockey equivalent of the Final Four. The winning goal, which came 10 seconds into overtime, came on […]
April 16, 2023

Mad Magazine’s Al Jaffee, 102, was Savannah native

Cartoonist Al Jaffee 2016 New York Comic Con at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in New York. Credit: Luigi Novi via Wikimedia Commons. (JNS) — Al Jaffee, born Abraham Jaffee in 1921 in Savannah, Ga., died in New York City on April 10. The […]
April 14, 2023

Several Israel at 75 celebrations in the South

Last July, there was a lot of celebrating Israel in Birmingham as the World Games athletes brought home a record haul of medals. Several events are planned in the region to celebrate Israel’s 75th birthday. Here are those we had as of press time: Year […]
April 13, 2023

Tsvey Brider: Where Black and Yiddish Musical Influences Intersect

Anthony Russell and Dmitri Gaskin Anthony Mordechai Tzvi Russell and Dmitri Gaskin perform as Tsvey Brider, “Two Brothers,” but they had very different paths to Jewish music. Russell, who became an opera singer after growing up in California, is now a pioneer in Yiddish music. […]
April 12, 2023

Sugihara’s Legacy Felt in Huntsville

Mushky Cohen is in Huntsville because of a Japanese diplomat. Mushky and Rabbi Moshe Cohen established Chabad of Huntsville in 2015, following in the footsteps of her grandfather, who helped establish Chabad in Montreal — after being rescued from Europe by Chiune Sugihara. Rabbi Moshe […]
April 12, 2023

Birmingham native at center of Holocaust education efforts in Japan, celebrating Sugihara’s heroism

By Richard Friedman Fourteen time zones from Birmingham, Gary Perlman laughed and shook his head. No, he admitted over Zoom, he never could have envisioned living his adult life in Japan. Moreover, he never could have imagined that he would become a driving force behind a […]
April 11, 2023

South Carolina native PJ Schwartz to be new rabbi at Huntsville’s B’nai Sholom

Rabbi PJ Schwartz is returning to the South as the new rabbi at Temple B’nai Sholom in Huntsville, with a boost from the Central Conference of American Rabbis. Schwartz grew up in a small community in upstate South Carolina, where his synagogue in Greenville was […]
April 9, 2023

Jonathan Jackson to become Dothan’s rabbi

Rabbi Jonathan Jackson was selected as the new rabbi for Temple Emanu-El in Dothan. For the past year, Rabbi Michael Shields of Tallahassee has been the interim rabbi, since the retirement of Cantor Neil Schwartz in the summer of 2022. Shields said Jackson “has a […]
April 9, 2023

Ala.-Israel Task Force to honor Chief Justice Parker, Cherokee Chief Smith

Seth Penn, Consul General Anat Sultan-Dadon and Chief Larry Smith at a November 2021 ceremony. The Alabama-Israel Task Force will honor Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice Tom Parker and Chief Larry Smith of the Cherokee Tribe of Northeast Alabama at an Alabama-Israel Leadership Gala honoring […]