There are two words powerfully associated with the Southern Jewish experience: Shalom Y’all.
In just two little words, so much is conveyed. A greeting of peace, a connection with the Jewish people, an instantly-recognizable Southernism, a welcoming, a phrase that is naturally plural and inclusive.
It’s hard to think of any other two words that, when paired together, express so much with so little.
It’s also hard to picture anything cuter than this baby in a Shalom Y’all baby onesie.
Here’s to everything our favorite phrase so quickly conveys! Shalom, Y’all!
Howdy, y’all! As the leaves turn colors and the days cool down, we’re gearing up for Hanukkah and Thanksgiving — and, of course, Thanksgivukkah. In the holiday spirit, we’ve come up with a gift guide for Southern Jews and all Jews who appreciate the slower lifestyle (with a biscuit on the side).
This blue ceramic “Shalom Y’all” Door Plaque ($16) is the perfect dose of Southern Jewish hospitality to adorn your home.
Keep those sun rays out of your eyes and sport your Southern charm with this “Shalom Y’all” Baseball Cap ($16.50).
And yet another Shalom Y’all item which will likely get you many smiles as you walk down the street. This “Shalom Y’all” t-shirt ($17.00) comes in pink and blue.
Jewish life in the United States is far too often told from an East Coast perspective. Lone Stars of David: The Jews of Texas ($24.75) tells the story of Texan Jews who forged their own Southern Jewish trajectories.
This coffee table book, Shalom Y’All: Images of Jewish Life in the American South ($9.98) is truly the perfect gift for any person in your life who appreciates photography and more so, the South.
Richly illustrated, Matzoh Ball Gumbo: Culinary Tales of the Jewish South ($20.70) is a lovely fusion of history and recipes, and will make a great gift for the kosher Southern cook in your life.
This rabbi spent his sabbatical cycling through the South, and wrote this memoir of his journey: The Jewish Pedaler ($12.30).
Hope you enjoy our picks. Here’s wishing a happy, healthy, Thanksgivukkah to you and yours!
In the early days of the Museum of the Southern Jewish Experience, photographer Bill Aron hit the road, capturing images of life in the Jewish South. These photographs led to a book, Shalom Y’All: Images of Life in the Jewish South, and also became an exhibit, Bagels & Grits, which still finds audiences through the ISJL’s museum department.
This image, Shabbat Cotton, remains one of the most iconic from this photographic series. Taken in Cary, Mississippi, at the home of the Lamensdorf family, the cotton in the background was due to be harvested – and the shot had to be snapped quickly, so the work could go on! The moment was captured, the cotton fields yielded their offering, and as the sun set, another week ended.
Shabbat shalom, y’all!