June 24, 2021

After parent push, Mountain Brook schools “disassociate” from ADL

After a protest by numerous parents, fueled by an email campaign, the Mountain Brook School Board stated that it will “disassociate” from the Anti-Defamation League and not use its No Place for Hate program in city schools. The push from an unidentified group throws into […]
June 24, 2021

Lenora Pate: A gift to the Jewish community, Israel

By Richard Friedman Dynamic community leader, gifted attorney and beloved friend of the Birmingham Jewish community Lenora Pate died June 23 after struggling with illness. Lenora, a devout Christian, was married to Steven Brickman, a longtime Jewish community volunteer leader. They were partners in every […]
June 20, 2021

Karnofsky, Louis Armstrong NOLA connection lives on — in Lithuania

Unveiling the Louis Armstrong plaque in Vilkija. Photos courtesy Kaunas Region Municipality The story of the Karnofsky family in New Orleans and their early support of legendary jazz singer Louis Armstrong is now being celebrated in Lithuania. On May 22, the municipality of Vilkija dedicated […]
June 18, 2021

100-year-old Myron Radwin meets an angel among us

Holly Mazer and her dad Myron Radwin By Richard Friedman Long-time well-known Birmingham Jewish community member Myron Radwin was in his room at Grandview Hospital recently recovering from surgery when something unexpected happened. Now at home and in a declining health situation, Myron and his […]
June 17, 2021

NCJW New Orleans finishes a most unusual year, looks to 125th anniversary

Passing the Gavel: Susan Hess is succeeded by Gail Pesses Though this past year has been nowhere near normal, Susan Hess, outgoing president of the National Council of Jewish Women’s Greater New Orleans Section, said that they had such strong momentum that they were able […]
June 17, 2021

Thorne pulls back “Magic Curtain” to chronicle white allies during civil rights battles

By Javacia Harris Bowser For The Birmingham Times When you think of the Birmingham Civil Rights movement of the 1960s, certain names immediately come to mind: The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., the Rev. Fred Shuttlesworth, and the Rev. Ralph Abernathy, to name a […]
June 17, 2021

Florida governor visits shul to sign emergency responders, day school funding legislation

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis signed legislation that adds funding for Jewish causes and supports Hatzalah emergency-service workers, June 17. Source: Twitter/Hatzalah of South Florida. By Faygie Holt (JNS) — Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis visited a synagogue in South Florida on June 14 to sign legislation […]
June 13, 2021

Silence in the Face of Spreading Antisemitism is not an option

By Jerry Gordon Something new and frightening happened in the U.S. during the recent 11-day rocket and missile war between Israel and U.S.-designated Palestinian terror group Hamas in Gaza that ended in a tentative cease fire on May 21. It was the outbreak of violent […]
June 11, 2021

Many changes at New Orleans ADL office — and beyond

Lindsay Friedmann The Anti-Defamation League’s South Central office in New Orleans announced that Aaron Ahlquist is becoming the director of community engagement for the Southern division, while Lindsay Friedmann is taking his former role as regional director. Melissa Licali, the South Central education director, will […]