September 18, 2020

Jerusalem Post names B’ham native Rep. Luria to 50 Most Influential Jews list

Rep. Elaine Luria, a Birmingham native who represents Virginia’s second district in Congress, was named to the Jerusalem Post’s 2020 list of the 50 Most Influential Jews in the world. Luria, who also has family in New Orleans, narrowly defeated incumbent Scott Taylor in 2018. […]
September 16, 2020

Interfaith Families Center at NOLA Federation Names First Exec. Director

Erica Golden has been selected as the first executive director of the groundbreaking Sherry and Alan Leventhal Family Foundation Center for Interfaith Families at the Jewish Federation of Greater New Orleans. The Center, one of two new Centers of Excellence announced by the Federation in […]
September 10, 2020

Bama Professor Uncovers Hidden Jewish Past — and Finds Israeli Relatives

Photo that connected Marysia Galbraith to her Jewish heritage. Taken around 1916 in Poland, her grandmother is seated on the left, with her parents, siblings, and nephew. By Richard Friedman Heritage. Holocaust. Homecoming. These three words course through the unusual story of Marysia Galbraith, a […]
September 6, 2020

New controversy for La. Rep. McCormick over tweet of antisemitic mural

A Louisiana State Senator who was criticized this summer for a Holocaust comparison in protesting against mask mandates has drawn attention for tweeting a mural that has been at the center of international antisemitism controversies. He later deleted the retweet. On Sept. 2, Rep. Danny […]
September 5, 2020

Tulane, Hebrew U. Partner for New U.S.-Israel Energy Center

Daniel Shantz, The Entergy Chair in Clean Energy Engineering at Tulane University, will lead one of three U.S.-Israel Energy Centers. (Photo by Paula Burch-Celentano) Tulane University, Louisiana State University and the University of Louisiana will partner in leading one of three inaugural U.S.-Israel Energy Centers, […]
September 3, 2020

No tourists, so Jerusalem’s Alabama Shop goes online

Just as most Alabama fans won’t be able to get into Bryant-Denny Stadium this year, Alabama fans aren’t able to travel to Jerusalem to visit the Alabama Shop. So Hani Imam is making it possible to get Alabama swag from Jerusalem online, through the new […]
September 2, 2020

Congregations prepare for a socially distant High Holy Days

Those who are used to traffic jams, remote parking and large crowds for the High Holy Days may have a sense of withdrawal this year, as most congregations in the region will have services online because of the restrictions on gatherings due to coronavirus. Even […]
September 1, 2020

Two new rabbinic Air Force chaplains describe experiences at Maxwell

The chaplains training at Maxwell Air Force Base, including Rabbi Yitzchok Lerman and Rabbi Ezra Frazer of New Jersey. Credit: Courtesy. By Elizabeth Kratz (JNS) — The weeks before, during and after Shavuot this year were unlike any other for two northern New Jersey rabbis. […]
September 1, 2020

Small Louisiana Jewish Communities Face Large Rebuilding Tasks Post-Laura

Outside Temple Sinai in Lake Charles While damage is still being assessed throughout western and central Louisiana, it is already clear that two synagogues face major repairs, and the small communities will need help accomplishing the task. Hurricane Laura came ashore near Cameron around 2 […]