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“Funny, You Don’t Look Jewish”

Not actually funny. Not actually a compliment.

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 ...

The Holiness of Thrift Shopping

I may not keep traditionally kosher, but when I shop, I follow my own sort of kashrut. You won’t find ...

When Running Out of Prayer Books Is A Good Thing

Recently I had the privilege of participating in the Southern Jewish Historical Society Conference in Natchez, MS, organized by the ...

Bethany’s Brilliant (Mississippi Delta) Bat Mitzvah

Late this past fall, I received a special invitation in my inbox. Surrounded by bright pink, blue and yellow polka dots, ...

L’Dor V’Dor… In The Deep South

Over the summer, I traveled to Greenville, Mississippi for one of my Education Fellow visits to Hebrew Union Congregation. Before ...

From Fellow to Fellowship: Embracing My Southern Jewish Experience

A couple weeks ago, I was returning from vacation and was waiting for my bag at the Jackson airport baggage ...