Larry Brook

January 19, 2022

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 […]
January 13, 2022

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 […]
January 11, 2022

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 […]
January 11, 2022

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 […]
January 9, 2022

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 […]
January 9, 2022

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 […]
January 6, 2022

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 […]
January 4, 2022

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 […]
January 4, 2022

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 […]