March 15, 2021

30 Years of Shabbat Jazz: Touro Synagogue plans Jazz Fest CD

Since 1991, Touro Synagogue in New Orleans has marked the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival in its own unique style every April, holding Jazz Fest Shabbat with the traditional Shabbat evening liturgy set to jazz tunes, with a noted musical guest. Last year, as […]
March 14, 2021

Alabama prepping for Israel trade mission with virtual event in May

Image courtesy Alabama-Israel Task Force On March 12, the Alabama Department of Commerce and the Export Alabama Alliance announced that they will host a virtual trade mission to Israel on May 10 to 12, in preparation for an in-person trade mission to Tel Aviv and […]
March 14, 2021

After A Year: Remembering the Toll of Covid in the Southern Jewish Community

Ron Rich, center, with his four children. By Richard Friedman A year along, the struggles of the Covid-19 pandemic are being felt by Jewish communities throughout the Deep South — from New Orleans to Birmingham and points in between, from individuals who have recovered from […]
March 14, 2021

Metairie’s Gates of Prayer offering in-person GatesFest Music Festival

When will live music festivals return to New Orleans? According to Gates of Prayer in Metairie, on April 25. The congregation is hosting GatesFest, a Covid-safe music and art festival. The event will feature two stages and an art village. The music acts will alternate […]
March 13, 2021

Atlanta Israel Coalition offers series of virtual Israel tours

The Atlanta Israel Coalition, in partnership with the Consulate General of Israel to the Southeastern U.S., the Jewish Federation of Greater Atlanta, Herut and the Evans Family Foundation, presents Re-Discovering the Land of Israel, a series of five virtual tours of Israel, with tour guide […]
March 13, 2021

Decades later, longtime Louise Mayor Willie Sklar’s Legacy Lives On

By Richard Friedman  He was a pioneer, a bit of a legend, a go-to guy, an honorable businessman and someone who understood the importance of Jews stepping forward to play leadership roles in small Mississippi towns. His name was William (“Willie”) Sklar, and though decades have passed […]
March 12, 2021

ISJL hosting virtual Seder

For the second year, staffers at the Goldring/Woldenberg Institute of Southern Jewish Life will not be able to fan out across the region from Jackson, doing the annual Passover Pilgrimage to numerous smaller communities. Instead, ISJL will be hosting an inclusive, musical Streaming Seder over […]
March 11, 2021

Alabama, Mississippi shifted back to Israel’s Atlanta Consulate

Israeli Ambassador Gilad Erdan and Consul General Anat Sultan-Dadon Five years after Alabama and Mississippi were shifted from Israel’s consulate in Atlanta and assigned to Miami, the swap has been reversed. No one is happier than Israel’s Atlanta-based Consul General Anat Sultan-Dadon. “This is a […]
March 10, 2021

Touro Synagogue only Jewish awardee of National Fund for Sacred Spaces

Touro Synagogue of New Orleans is one of 16 congregations, and the only Jewish congregation, selected to join the National Fund for Sacred Places, a program of Partners for Sacred Places in collaboration with the National Trust for Historic Preservation. As a 2020 awardee, Touro […]