Larry Brook

June 20, 2022

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 […]
June 3, 2022

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 […]
June 1, 2022

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 […]
May 31, 2022

“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 […]
May 18, 2022

Op-Ed: Celebrations of Alice Walker demonstrate that Jews don’t count

Editor’s Note: Alice Walker will appear at the Mississippi Book Festival in Jackson on Aug. 20 for a celebration of the 40th anniversary of “The Color Purple,” and the time that she lived in Mississippi. Our previous article about the event can be found here. […]
May 9, 2022

Ukraine war is personal for the Fielkows

Arnie Fielkow with his two adopted daughters, Yana, left, and Svetlana as they talk to their sister Natalya, who is still in Ukraine. By Richard Friedman  When Russia invaded Ukraine, the Jewish Federation world leapt into action on numerous fronts, but for Arnie Fielkow, the […]
May 8, 2022

Chabad Center in Tallahassee destroyed by fire, Torahs lost

Photo courtesy Tallahassee Fire Department/Facebook An early-morning fire gutted the Chabad of the Panhandle building in Tallahassee on May 8. The building was unoccupied at the time and there were no injuries, but the Torah scrolls and hundreds of books were also lost. The Tallahassee […]
May 4, 2022

Fred Levin gets his Way as downtown Pensacola shuts down

Escambia County Commissioner Lumon May said that legendary Pensacola trial lawyer and longtime friend Fred Levin would often talk about plans for his funeral. He envisioned it being at the arena, with schools letting out, government offices shutting down for the week. Instead, he died […]
May 4, 2022

Difficult Journey: Southern Jewish Transgender Male Tells His Story

By Richard Friedman Also Read: Fighting for Their Lives: Jewish Pediatrician in middle of Alabama Transgender Battles Let’s call him Bobby. It once was Barbara. He was assigned female at birth. As he came of age, it didn’t fit. It didn’t make sense to him. […]