August 6, 2020

Congregations plan for High Holy Days — Mostly Without In-Person Services

Rosh Hashanah 5780 at Touro Synagogue in New Orleans While most congregations in the region have not announced High Holy Day plans, some have already made their decisions — and most are choosing not to have in-person services. This will be updated as more congregations […]
August 2, 2020

David Duke banned from Twitter for online hate

On July 31, Twitter announced that it was permanently banning one of Louisiana’s most notorious residents, former Ku Klux Klan Grand Wizard David Duke, for “repeated violations of the Twitter rules on hateful conduct.” Duke had over 53,000 followers on Twitter. A spokesperson said the […]
July 30, 2020

PensaKosher Initiative Makes Panhandle Kashrut Easier

Keeping kosher on the panhandle just got easier, with a four-part PensaKosher initiative from Chabad of Pensacola.   Rabbi Mendel and Nechama Danow announced the program in a video during which they seek out kosher items in Walmart. “All over the place there’s a little […]
July 23, 2020

Combining Mississippi and Israel: International Blues Day Festival Online Aug. 1

Nobody’s Fault Productions, an Israeli music producer with an emphasis on blues, will celebrate International Blues Day with a 12-hour virtual festival, featuring blues musicians from Israel and the United States, with a heavy emphasis on Mississippi. The festival will run from noon to midnight […]
July 10, 2020

Shreveport lawmaker criticized for comparing mask ordinances to Nazi tyranny

Facebook screenshot Another Louisiana lawmaker is being criticized for comparing Covid-19 mandates to the tyranny that led to Nazi Germany. In a July 7 video posted to his Facebook page, State Rep. Danny McCormick posted a video decrying a facemask mandate that had been declared […]
July 10, 2020

Madeleine Albright, Bruce Pearl to headline BHEC virtual event

Bruce Pearl speaks at the Alabama Holocaust Commemoration in Montgomery, April 2019 As the annual L’Chaim celebration by the Birmingham Holocaust Education Center moves virtual this year due to social distancing limitations, former U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright and Auburn Basketball Coach Bruce Pearl […]
July 9, 2020

Roy Moore’s defamation suit against Sacha Baron Cohen can continue

Roy Moore at a November 2017 rally The defamation lawsuit filed by former Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore against comedian Sacha Baron Cohen, Showtime and CBS can proceed, according to a New York District Court judge. On July 6, Judge Andrew Carter rejected […]
July 7, 2020

NOLA native Josh Levin explores David Duke’s rise and fall on Slate podcast

A native of the New Orleans Jewish community, Josh Levin is bringing a formative experience of his childhood to the national stage through Slate magazine’s “Slow Burn” podcast series — several episodes on the rise and fall of David Duke. Now the national editor of […]
July 5, 2020

Setting the Stage for Peaceful Progress

Sharon Malone and Don Siegal at the 2014 March on Washington Film Festival By Brian Siegal Our society is undergoing a re-examination of our attitudes and actions related to race and discrimination following the brutal killing of George Floyd by a Minneapolis police officer on […]