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, […]
May 28, 2020

JCCs reopening, but with a very different look

Checking temperatures at the New Orleans Jewish Community Center After being closed since mid-March, the two locations of the New Orleans Jewish Community Center opened on May 26, while Birmingham’s Levite Jewish Community Center opens its doors on June 1. For members visiting either institution, […]
May 15, 2020

Calling it out: Student swastika video causes controversy in Mountain Brook

Footage of high school students joking around and drawing swastikas on a student’s back has led to an examination of antisemitism at Mountain Brook High School. The footage that was posted to the What’s Happening in Mountain Brook Facebook page by Caroline Gill came from […]
March 19, 2020

Finding the Virtual Jewish Community during Social Distancing

Rabbi Mendel Rivkin leads minyan from Chabad of Louisiana on Facebook. Here are some online activities being organized nationally and by congregations in our region. We will continue to update as we learn of more opportunities. Because of the prevalence of Zoombombing, we have removed […]
January 15, 2020

Fraud alert: Email request scam spoofs several rabbis in region

An email spoofing scam has hit several congregations in the region, where the rabbi supposedly sends out an email requesting gift cards or looking for personal information. Over the weekend, rabbis in Tuscaloosa, Birmingham and Montgomery reported having spoofed emails, and today two New Orleans […]