July 25, 2021

The Alabama connection to Israel’s growth in American football

By Richard Friedman American-style football is growing in Israel, thanks in part to a private Christian school in Huntsville. It is at that school, Madison Academy in Huntsville, that Israeli football enthusiast Ori Shterenbach’s love for the American-birthed game deepened after a great experience coaching […]
July 25, 2021

Metairie’s Jeremy Bleich part of Israel’s Olympic baseball hopes

At the Opening Ceremony of the Tokyo Olympics. NBC broadcast screenshot. Israel’s national baseball team will have a cheering section in Metairie during the Olympics as Jeremy Bleich suits up for the blue and white. A Metairie native and alumnus of the Isidore Newman School, […]
July 23, 2021

Georgia CAIR’s sloppy attempt to label an Israeli police exchange program as “anti-Muslim hate”

By Steven Emerson (IPT News) — The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) Georgia chapter was intent on making news on July 19, but apparently it couldn’t decide how. The objective was clear – to smear the Georgia International Law Enforcement Exchange, because GILEE takes American […]
July 22, 2021

Opinion: An open letter to ADL’s Atlanta office

By Kent Osband Last month, your vice-president issued two open letters to the Mountain Brook Schools community, berating MBS leaders for canceling a contract with the ADL for anti-bias education and impugning the motives of critics of the ADL program. As a highly educated, cosmopolitan […]
July 21, 2021

Mark Rubin to succeed Ned Goldberg at Jewish Children’s Regional Service

As Ned Goldberg steps down after 33 years as executive director of Jewish Children’s Regional Service, a familiar face will be succeeding him. New Orleans native Mark Rubin, who joined the social service agency in September 2012 as its first-ever development director, will step into […]
July 19, 2021

Major Louisiana mission to Israel, UAE planned for July 2022

Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards at signing of collaboration agreement between the Water Institute of the Gulf in Baton Rouge and Israel’s Zuckerberg Institute for Water Research, at Ben Gurion University on Oct. 29, 2018. The Abraham Accords were signed between Israel and four Arab […]
July 19, 2021

Louisiana Jewish Coalition announced

Temple Sinai, Lake Charles After several statewide Zooms that brought Jewish community leaders from across Louisiana together for discussions on how to help the Lake Charles community after Hurricane Laura hit the area last August, a simple question emerged: Why get together only when there […]
July 7, 2021

Mountain Brook alumni push back against schools cutting ties with ADL

Mountain Brook High School. Photo from MBHS website. After a city council meeting where Mountain Brook residents on both sides made remarks about the recent decision by city schools to disassociate from the Anti-Defamation League’s anti-bias training, opponents of the decision are fighting back. On […]
July 6, 2021

Getting together for lunch: Reflecting on civil rights sit-ins in downtown Birmingham

Michael Pizitz (Temple Emanu-El photo) and Frances Foster White (Birmingham Times photo/Ariel Worthy) By Richard Friedman It was a time long ago. So much has changed that it’s hard to remember such a situation once existed. But it did. For decades there was a brutal […]