Larry Brook

January 31, 2023

At 87, Birmingham’s Stanley Erdreich goes country

By Richard Friedman I took everything I wanted in my life Didn’t give a damn about no one Not even my wife Filled my empty house with fancy things But none of that don’t mean a thing ‘cause I’d rather have a you and me […]
January 29, 2023

After “YeIsRight” graffiti, huge crowds of Jewish Bama students at Shabbat dinner events

University of Alabama President Stuart Bell at the Alabama Hillel Shabbat dinner on Jan. 27. Security was increased at Jewish institutions around the University of Alabama in the wake of a couple dozen “YeIsRight” messages chalked around the campus in Jan. 26, some with a […]
January 26, 2023

Antisemitic “YeIsRight” messages chalked around University of Alabama campus

Photo courtesy Michele White “YeisRight” messages were written in chalk on sidewalks in many locations at the University of Alabama overnight. The messages of support for Kanye West, now known as Ye, drew condemnation from several directions. White supremacist groups and other antisemitic organizations are […]
January 25, 2023

Student’s “Ye did nothing wrong” piece causes controversy at Tulane

Kanye West. Source: JNS/Twitter. An opinion piece written by a Tulane junior stating that “Ye did nothing wrong” has roiled the campus and caused the author to leave campus, stating she has received death threats. In promoting her piece, Sarah Ma tweeted that Kanye West, […]
January 24, 2023

Leading global law firm Dentons issues statement condemning antisemitism

Antisemitic graffiti at Etz Chayim in Huntsville on the first day of Passover, April 2020. SJL file. By Richard Friedman Through an initiative that originated in Birmingham and Huntsville, Dentons, a worldwide law firm, recently released a statement condemning antisemitism and affirming its concern over […]
January 23, 2023

Dillard University re-launches national Black-Jewish relations center

On Jan. 17, Dillard University President Rochelle Ford announced plans to relaunch the Dillard University National Center for Black-Jewish Relations. The reinvigorated center will continue the work of the initial center, which aimed to reduce hostilities that were emerging between members of the African American […]
January 22, 2023

Limmud New Orleans registration opens, speakers announced

The first list of sessions for LimmudFest New Orleans has been released, with speakers presenting a wide range of talks and discussions for the weekend of Jewish learning. Over 70 sessions will be led by local, regional and national presenters, all of whom are volunteering […]
January 19, 2023

Schmidt’s Jewish Texas art displayed at Museum of the Southern Jewish Experience

“Torah Reading.” Maurice Schmidt, 1986. San Angelo Museum of Fine Arts “God, Goats and Pickup Trucks: Maurice Schmidt’s Visions of Texas” will be the first fine art painting exhibit at the Museum of the Southern Jewish Experience in New Orleans. The exhibit will open on […]
January 18, 2023

New IDF fitness center honors Alabama’s Lenora Pate

Steven Brickman in front of Israel’s new Lenora W. Pate Fitness Facility By Richard Friedman When Birmingham’s Lenora Pate died in June 2021, the Jewish community lost a friend. A devout Christian, Lenora was married to Steven Brickman, a longtime Jewish community volunteer leader. There […]