February 18, 2024

Masked neo-Nazis march through downtown Nashville

(JNS) — Dozens of neo-Nazis bearing black swastika flags marched at the Tennessee State Capitol in Nashville on Feb. 17, drawing widespread condemnation from Jewish and political leaders, including two state representatives who blamed state Republicans for the march. “Through the weekend, Nashville experienced gross […]
February 15, 2024

Houston church shooter’s mother-in-law: Mental illness, not antisemitism, to blame

Genesse Moreno By Beth Harpaz The Forward — The former mother-in-law of a woman who opened fire inside a Texas megachurch said the FBI found antisemitic material in the shooter’s home, including a painting where she’d written “Death to Jews.” “I spent 3 ½ hours […]
February 12, 2024

Florida House passes resolution denouncing Hamas-linked CAIR

Sign at the building entrance to CAIR headquarters. Credit: DCStockPhotography/Shutterstock. By Benjamin Baird (JNS) — A controversial “Muslim civil-rights and advocacy” organization experienced a major blow to its reputation last week after the Florida House of Representatives voted overwhelmingly in favor of a resolution to […]
February 9, 2024

After concerns expressed, Texas A&M votes to close campus in Qatar

Texas A&M University in Education City, Al Rayyan, Qatar. Credit: Arwcheek via Wikimedia Commons. From JNS and SJL reports The board of regents of Texas A&M University, a nearly 150-year-old public school with an undergraduate enrollment of more than 60,000, voted on Feb. 8 to […]
February 5, 2024

Mega Challah Bake 250 being organized in New Orleans

By popular demand, the Women’s Mega Challah Bake returns for the first time since the pandemic. Chabad and Hadassah New Orleans invite all women in the community to an evening of unity and inspiration, Feb. 29 at 7 p.m. at Shir Chadash in Metairie. Previous […]
February 4, 2024

Ala. Chabad celebrates anniversary with superstar Benny Friedman in concert

Benny Friedman A major Jewish music event will take place in Birmingham on Feb. 18, as superstar Benny Friedman will headline a concert celebrating the 36th anniversary of Chabad of Alabama. “Songs and Stories of Israel: A Musical Journey through the Holy Land” will be […]
February 4, 2024

Anti-Israel group shuts down I-40 bridge over Miss. River in Memphis

Anti-Israel activists shut down the only link between Memphis and Arkansas on Feb. 3, calling for an immediate ceasefire and defunding of Israel. Memphis Voices for Palestine had been rallying at City Hall, and around 3 p.m. walked to the Hernando de Soto Bridge on […]
February 2, 2024

New Orleans concert to explore complex history of Hatikvah

The Jewish Federation of Greater New Orleans will present “Hatikvah: Hope Reborn,” a multimedia musical event exploring the origins of Israel’s national anthem. Astrith Baltsan will be the guest artist for the Feb. 24 performance. Baltsan is an Israeli concert pianist known for her interpretations […]
February 2, 2024

La.’s Kennedy introduces bills to ban UNRWA funding, expose hate in Palestinian schoolbooks

Louisiana Senator John Kennedy introduced two bills on Jan. 31 to address growing concerns about the United Nations Relief and Works Agency and its ties to Hamas and antisemitic classroom instruction in Gaza. Kennedy and Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky cosponsored the Peace and Tolerance […]