April 6, 2006

New Orleans holds international Jewish music festival

New Orleans is known internationally for Mardi Gras and JazzFest. Could Jewish music be next in line? At the inaugural New Orleans International Jewish Music Festival, talk was already turning to next year. The festival, which was held on April 1 and 2, was the […]
March 23, 2006

Baton Rouge Federation kickoff rescheduled

Rabbi Irwin Kula, who visited Baton Rouge and New Orleans for a series of programs on healing and recovery in December, will return to Baton Rouge on May 9. The president of the National Jewish Center for Learning and Leadership, Kula will be the speaker […]
March 1, 2006

NCCJ to honor Richard Friedman

Richard Friedman, executive vice president of the Birmingham Jewish Federation, will be honored at the 38th annual National Conference for Community and Justice Brotherhood and Sisterhood Awards Dinner. Friedman has headed the Federation for 25 years. In a letter to the community, several Jewish supporters […]
February 27, 2006

Holocaust education events get underway in Birmingham

A three-month slate of Holocaust education events gets underway in Birmingham, with an unprecedented collaboration of the Birmingham Museum of Arts, Civil Rights Institute and Jewish organizations. The events center on two exhibits opening at the museum and the Civil Rights Institute. Numerous other events […]
February 24, 2006

Birmingham Jewish community reaches out after church arsons

The Jewish community of Birmingham is reaching out to churches that have been affected by this month’s rash of arsons in rural parts of the state. Ten churches burned in three separate sprees between Feb. 3 and Feb. 14. All of the churches have been […]
February 23, 2006

Rabbi, Pastor hold joint classes in Dothan

With only a few dozen families to draw from, attendance at adult education classes at Dothan’s Temple Emanu-El can be sparse. In 1996, Rabbi Larry Mahrer got permission from the board to open classes to the entire Dothan area. Two years later, he started teaching […]
February 8, 2006

New Orleans International Jewish Music Festival planned

As part of the effort to revitalize Jewish life in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina, the Gary Rosenthal Collection’s Hiddur Mitzvah Project, Moment Magazine and the Jewish Federation of Greater New Orleans are coordinating the inaugural New Orleans International Jewish Music Festival. The list of […]
January 8, 2006

Hillel students go to the rooftops to rebuild post-Katrina Mississippi

By Larry Luxner BILOXI, Miss. (JTA) – Southern Mississippi’s Jewish population has suddenly mushroomed — at least for the next week or so — as 135 members of the campus organization Hillel: The Foundation for Jewish Campus Life fan out through the area, repairing roofs […]
January 4, 2006

Ruined synagogue in New Orleans symbolizes difficulty of rebuilding

By Larry Luxner NEW ORLEANS (JTA) — From the outside, Congregation Beth Israel looks like a deteriorating building in a bad neighborhood, with its boarded-up windows, ruined facade and mountains of debris on the sidewalk out front. The reality is much worse. Except for the […]