Southern & Jewish

Southern & Jewish

What Makes A House A (Jewish) Home?

The mezuzah isn't a finishing touch, but a starting point.

Southern & Jewish

The Sweetness of Slowing Down

This apples and honey (bourbon) challah bread pudding is a Rosh Hashanah tradition.

Charlottesville Feels Too Familiar

The hatred at the Unite the Right march was unacceptable - but not "unimaginable"

Our Mississippi Rosh Hashanah Table

Our table was once too big for us, then we became too big for it, and now we fit almost exactly in its seats… and in future years, with grandkids and the ongoing cycle of celebrations, we will outgrow it again.

How A Whale Awakened My Spirituality

Jonah isn't the only one whose journey was impacted by a big sea creature

Welcome Back to Mississippi

The ISJL's new historian isn't new to the Jewish south

My Grandpa’s 41-Year-Old T-Shirt

Why saying goodbye to summer camp is so personal.

Hitting The Road vs. Wandering the Desert

How driving cross country got me thinking about our legacy of journeys

Embracing The Southern Calm

It's good to go with the flow sometimes, y'all.

Rent A … What?

The sharp increase in hate crimes in the United States doesn’t happen in a vacuum – and I think it’s ...

Making My Invisible Disability More Visible this Jewish Disability Awareness & Inclusion Month

February is Black History Month, an important time to raise awareness – and February is also the month dedicated to ...

Celebrating Black History Month With My Jewish Baby

I want my little Jewish baby to celebrate Black History Month. As a parent, I think of appropriately acknowledging this ...

What Makes This Bat Mitzvah Different From All Others…?

The Talmud records Rabbi Chanina as stating, “I have learned much from my teachers, more from my colleagues, and the ...

Shalom Y’All: Southern Jewish Ambassador Fashion

For many of us at the Institute of Southern Jewish Life, Mississippi is our home by choice rather than our ...