August 18, 2020

Libeling of Police Exchanges with Israel motivated by fear, confusion

Participants in a GILEE tour talk with Arab recruits to the Israeli police.   By Richard Friedman  An enlightening discussion focusing on learning exchanges between Israeli law enforcement personnel and U.S. police departments, and the way that Israel’s adversaries exploit these exchanges to malign the […]
August 14, 2020

Florida State adopts IHRA definition after summer of campus antisemitism controversies

Ahmad Daraldik While many groups are praising Florida State University for adopting the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance’s definition of antisemitism, the move comes after a contentious summer that saw the student senate refuse to act against a president who had a history of antisemitic social […]
August 13, 2020

Jones vs. Tuberville: Which Alabama Senate candidate is better for Israel?

By Richard Friedman    In the United States Senate race in Alabama between Doug Jones and Tommy Tuberville, which candidate would be better for Israel and the U.S.-Israel relationship? It comes as no surprise that the spokesmen for two national pro-Israel political organizations, the Republican […]
August 12, 2020

Stein-Mart, which has Jewish Mississippi Delta origins, files bankruptcy

Stein-Mart, a 283-store retail chain with roots in Mississippi’s Jewish community, announced today that it is filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy and will close “a significant portion, if not all,” of its stores, which are in 30 states.   “The combined effects of a challenging […]
August 12, 2020

Alexandria native, Jacobs alumna Lauren Sobel killed in N.Y. rock climbing accident

Lauren Sobel, an Alexandria native and former Henry S. Jacobs camper and staffer, died in a rock climbing accident in New York on Aug. 9. She was 25.   Sobel, a resident of Brooklyn, was leading a climb with two friends around 3:30 p.m. at […]
August 7, 2020

Due to Covid, This Year Sidewalk Goes to the Drive-In

The “Feels Good Man” screening is sponsored by Southern Jewish Life By Lee J. Green   This year, the Sidewalk leads to the drive-in. Birmingham’s annual film festival, historically held in the downtown theatre district, will relocate to The Grand River Drive-In at The Backyard […]
August 6, 2020

Congregations plan for High Holy Days — Mostly Without In-Person Services

Rosh Hashanah 5780 at Touro Synagogue in New Orleans While most congregations in the region have not announced High Holy Day plans, some have already made their decisions — and most are choosing not to have in-person services. This will be updated as more congregations […]
August 4, 2020

New Auburn lecturer causes stir with “F— every single cop” posts

A new Auburn lecturer is making waves before even arriving on campus. Jesse Goldberg, who describes himself as a “radical anti-racist white (Jewish) teacher,” has caused a backlash by posting a tweet starting with “F— every single cop.” Goldberg will be a lecturer of African […]
August 3, 2020

Back to school? Jewish schools plan for uncertain year

Distance learning from Jewish Community Day School in Metairie After a summer of uncertainty where summer camps were closed because of coronavirus concerns but Jewish Community Center Day Camps eventually opened — under restricted capacity and social distancing — the Jewish schools in the area […]