July 7, 2020

NOLA native Josh Levin explores David Duke’s rise and fall on Slate podcast

A native of the New Orleans Jewish community, Josh Levin is bringing a formative experience of his childhood to the national stage through Slate magazine’s “Slow Burn” podcast series — several episodes on the rise and fall of David Duke. Now the national editor of […]
July 5, 2020

Setting the Stage for Peaceful Progress

Sharon Malone and Don Siegal at the 2014 March on Washington Film Festival By Brian Siegal Our society is undergoing a re-examination of our attitudes and actions related to race and discrimination following the brutal killing of George Floyd by a Minneapolis police officer on […]
July 3, 2020

New Orleans exploring new regional Jewish community security initiative

After two years of a community-wide conversation on issues of security, the New Orleans Jewish community is poised to embark on a relatively new national program. After promoting coordination and making advances in numerous areas, the security committee convened by the Jewish Federation of Greater […]
July 2, 2020

How to help effect change: Jewish community gets input from New Orleans Black leadership

While many New Orleans Black leaders were appreciative of the opportunity to speak with the New Orleans Jewish community about concrete steps that can be taken to combat systemic racism, it came with a desire to see things move past the talking stage, and an […]
July 1, 2020

NCJW celebrates Supreme Court reversal of Louisiana abortion law

The National Council of Jewish Women celebrated the United States Supreme Court June 29 ruling that struck down as unconstitutional a Louisiana law that was aimed at further restricting abortion in the state. In a 5-4 ruling, the court ruled that the law was virtually […]
June 28, 2020

Missouri activists shine light on antisemitism of King Louis IX, a.k.a. St. Louis

Statue of King Louis IX in St. Louis Combined reporting of Larry Brook, Southern Jewish Life, and Eric Berger, St. Louis Jewish Light As Confederate monuments, statues of Christopher Columbus and other flawed historical figures tumble across the country, a Jewish-Muslim coalition in St. Louis […]
June 26, 2020

Dueling Letters: Republicans, Democrats in Congress applaud, warn Israel on sovereignty

As the July 1 date approaches where Israel will begin considering extending sovereignty to Israeli towns in the territories, dueling letters have been circulated on Capitol Hill declaring whether or not U.S. Congressional representatives think it is a good idea. While the Democrats circulated a […]
June 15, 2020

Nashville Holocaust Memorial desecrated with antisemitic messages

On June 13, vandals attached a sheet containing antisemitic and white supremacist messages on the Memorial Walls at the Holocaust memorial in Nashville. The sheet, which was taped to the granite memorials at some point during the afternoon, read “Kikes Lie, Whites Die,” and referenced […]
June 12, 2020

ISJL Education Conference goes virtual this year

Every June, representatives from congregations in 13 states convene in Jackson for the Goldring/Woldenberg Institute of Southern Jewish Life’s annual education conference. Due to coronavirus, not this year. Instead, the conference, which is a requirement for the synagogues that use the ISJL’s standardized curriculum, will […]