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. […]
May 4, 2022

Fighting for Their Lives: Jewish Pediatrician in middle of Alabama Transgender Battles

Dr. Morissa Ladinsky By Richard Friedman Also read: Difficult Journey — Southern Jewish Transgender Male Tells His Story Passover, celebrated last month, challenges Jews not only to remember the story of the Exodus from Egypt but also to interpret and integrate it into their own […]
May 3, 2022

Opinion: Abortion access is a church-state issue of religious liberty

National Council of Jewish Women President Sheila Katz spoke at the Abortion Is Essential rally on the Supreme Court steps on Dec. 1, 2021, as hearings were held on the Mississippi abortion law. Editor’s Note: In the wake of the leaked news about a pending […]
May 3, 2022

Jewish Endowment Foundation announces largest-ever gift

Bobby Garon at the April 24 event Passing the $100 million mark in managed assets wasn’t the only big news at the Jewish Endowment Foundation of Louisiana’s gala on April 24. At the dinner, JEF announced that it recently received a legacy gift of over […]
May 3, 2022

Auburn men’s basketball to play in Israel this August

Auburn Coach Bruce Pearl and new Florida Coach Todd Golden at the Jewish Coaches Association breakfast during the Final Four, April 2 at Tulane Hillel in New Orleans. Golden received the 2022 Red Auerbach Coach of the Year award. Photo by Karina Ramirez. By Larry […]