August 28, 2020

Laura adversely affects Jewish communities in western Louisiana

Temple Sinai, Lake Charles (SJL file) Damage assessments are still underway in Louisiana following Hurricane Laura, a Category 4 storm that came ashore near Cameron around 2 a.m. on Aug. 27, with winds of about 150 miles per hour. In hard-hit Lake Charles, about 30 […]
August 27, 2020

Christian with Southern roots tapped to lead national fight against Antisemitism

By Richard Friedman The bad news for the American Jewish Committee is that its business — anti-Semitism — is booming. The good news is that AJC has made a bold decision in response — to send Holly Huffnagle, a 33-year-old Christian, with family roots that course […]
August 24, 2020

Albright, Pearl speak on importance of Holocaust education at L’Chaim gala

By Richard Friedman The powerful words of a former U.S. Secretary of State, Madeleine Albright, coupled with emotional reflections from Auburn University’s Jewish basketball coach, Bruce Pearl, highlighted the Birmingham Holocaust Education Center’s annual fundraiser August 23 as these two speakers reflected on the importance […]
August 21, 2020

ISJL offering weekly Southern Jewish Virtual Vacations

With vacations interrupted this year by the Covid pandemic, the Jackson-based Goldring/Woldenberg Institute of Southern Jewish Life has instituted a weekly Virtual Vacation, featuring interactive digital events with museums, historic sites, scholars, chefs and more from across the region. The Tuesday sessions will be on […]
August 18, 2020

Libeling of Police Exchanges with Israel motivated by fear, confusion

Participants in a GILEE tour talk with Arab recruits to the Israeli police.   By Richard Friedman  An enlightening discussion focusing on learning exchanges between Israeli law enforcement personnel and U.S. police departments, and the way that Israel’s adversaries exploit these exchanges to malign the […]
August 14, 2020

Florida State adopts IHRA definition after summer of campus antisemitism controversies

Ahmad Daraldik While many groups are praising Florida State University for adopting the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance’s definition of antisemitism, the move comes after a contentious summer that saw the student senate refuse to act against a president who had a history of antisemitic social […]
August 13, 2020

Jones vs. Tuberville: Which Alabama Senate candidate is better for Israel?

By Richard Friedman    In the United States Senate race in Alabama between Doug Jones and Tommy Tuberville, which candidate would be better for Israel and the U.S.-Israel relationship? It comes as no surprise that the spokesmen for two national pro-Israel political organizations, the Republican […]
August 12, 2020

Alexandria native, Jacobs alumna Lauren Sobel killed in N.Y. rock climbing accident

Lauren Sobel, an Alexandria native and former Henry S. Jacobs camper and staffer, died in a rock climbing accident in New York on Aug. 9. She was 25.   Sobel, a resident of Brooklyn, was leading a climb with two friends around 3:30 p.m. at […]
August 7, 2020

Due to Covid, This Year Sidewalk Goes to the Drive-In

The “Feels Good Man” screening is sponsored by Southern Jewish Life By Lee J. Green   This year, the Sidewalk leads to the drive-in. Birmingham’s annual film festival, historically held in the downtown theatre district, will relocate to The Grand River Drive-In at The Backyard […]