February 24, 2021

New Israeli ambassador’s first official trip is Alabama civil rights tour

Ambassador Gilad Erdan talks with David Jackson of the Philos Project while crossing the Edmund Pettus Bridge, site of the 1965 Bloody Sunday civil rights demonstrations. By Larry Brook For his first United States tour after being named Israel’s ambassador to the U.S., Gilad Erdan […]
February 24, 2021

Birmingham ADL program warns that far-right extremism is increasing

By Richard Friedman There are a growing number of haters on the far right, driven by white supremacy, antisemitism, anti-government radicalism, grievance mindsets and conspiracy theories. These were among the takeaways from a recent online program on hard-right hate groups, sponsored by the Birmingham Jewish […]
February 19, 2021

Alabama, national Jewish leaders will miss having Shelby in Senate

By Richard Friedman Richard Shelby, a tall, affable man who will be remembered for years to come as a political giant, has announced that he will not seek re-election to the U.S. Senate when his current term expires. Shelby, Alabama’s senior senator, will leave behind […]
February 14, 2021

Dimensions in Testimony at National World War II Museum

With the end of World War II and the Holocaust now over 75 years in the past, the question becomes even more urgent: How will future generations hear from those who were witnesses? On Feb. 4, the National World War II Museum in New Orleans […]
February 12, 2021

Next chapter: BDS, anti-IHRA bills fail at Florida State University

Florida State University. Credit: Flickr. Continuing a year of drama over the Israel-Palestinian conflict, the student senate at Florida State University dealt a large setback to the Boycott, Divestment and Sanction movement by soundly rejecting three anti-Israel resolutions. The resolutions were written by Ahmad Daraldik, […]
February 12, 2021

Bloch named new head of Jewish-Multicultural Center in New Orleans

Aaron Bloch has been named the new executive director of the Goldring Family Foundation Center for Jewish-Multicultural Affairs, one of two new Centers of Excellence at the Jewish Federation of Greater New Orleans. Bloch will succeed Mithun Kamath, who departed for a senior position in […]
February 11, 2021

Personal work: From Houma to the world of Israeli diplomacy

Pictured, from left, are Consul General Anat Sultan-Dadon and Wendell Shelby-Wallace on the day they met at Morehouse College. By Richard Friedman How does a young African-American Christian, from a smaller, lesser-known town in Louisiana, wind up working for Israel’s Consulate General to the Southeast […]
February 9, 2021

Trump impeachment attorney has Alabama ties, history of civil rights practice

David Schoen, former President Trump’s impeachment lawyer, speaks on Fox News. Source: Screenshot. As the second impeachment trial of former President Donald Trump gets underway on Feb. 9, one of his two attorneys will be a Jewish lawyer with ties to Alabama. David Schoen, who […]
February 9, 2021

Mobile Jewish Film Festival announces lineup, adds communities

Shared Legacies For 20 years, the Mobile Jewish Film Festival has been drawing crowds in several venues throughout South Alabama. While Covid is forcing this year’s festival to retool as a virtual event, company is still coming over. The Pensacola Jewish Federation and the Jewish […]