August 12, 2020

Stein-Mart, which has Jewish Mississippi Delta origins, files bankruptcy

Stein-Mart, a 283-store retail chain with roots in Mississippi’s Jewish community, announced today that it is filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy and will close “a significant portion, if not all,” of its stores, which are in 30 states.   “The combined effects of a challenging […]
July 20, 2020

Cotton States no longer — BBYO region takes Delta name

For Jewish teens in the Deep South, Cotton States Region of BBYO is no more — the region has been renamed Delta Region. The announcement was made by regional directors Zoe Goldberg and Skylar Haas on July 17, after several years of debate over perceived […]
July 20, 2020

Changing Society: Wearing and celebrating the “New Miss”

James Meredith wearing the New Miss hat. Photo courtesy Suzi Altman With the removal of monuments and other symbols of the Confederacy from public lands, one of the biggest hurdles was Mississippi deciding on June 30, after years of controversy, to redesign the state flag, […]
July 10, 2020

“I Don’t Want Your Babies Fighting Racial Battles 50 Years From Now”

By Richard Friedman As the national temperature continues to rise over racial issues, Birmingham’s Levite Jewish Community Center recently hosted a Zoom seminar with one of the city’s most prominent African-American activists and race discussion facilitators, T. Marie King. The session centered on how to […]