Southern & Jewish
Southern & Jewish celebrates the stories, people, and experiences – past and present – of Jewish life in the American South. Hosted by the Goldring/Woldenberg Institute of Southern Jewish Life, posts come from educators, students, rabbis, parents, artists, and many other “visitors-to and daily-livers-of” the Southern Jewish experience. From road trips to recipes to reflections, we’ll explore a little bit of everything – well, at least all things Southern and/or Jewish. Shalom, y’all!
Walking by the seasonal decorations already set up at stores around Jackson, I was quickly drawn into the glitz and glimmer of the holiday shopping season. With a new baby in the family, I’ve got a few wish lists to manage, and time is always of the essence.
But rather than speed through the aisles throwing gifts in the cart, each year I do try to be conscious of supporting our local merchants. It’s become far too easy for me to mindlessly add items to my Amazon cart (side note: who knew babies need SO many gadgets, and outfits, and cute tchotchkes?). Plus, walking through a store provides a higher chance that I’ll pick up some things for myself!
With that sentiment, and in honor of #ThrowbackThursday, I’d like to return attention to this post about the long tradition of Jewish merchants in the South. Many of these shops are still open for business, peddling some great gifts for you and your loved ones this year. Isn’t it better, and more meaningful — and traditional— to pick up our Hanukkah and holiday happies from our local treasures?