Janet Bordelon

Dr. Janet Bordelon became the Historian at the Goldring/Woldenberg Institute of Southern Jewish Life in June 2014.


Articles by Janet Bordelon

Those Who Can, Teach

It’s been a nostalgic week for me. Although I defended my dissertation in June of last year and officially earned ...

Georgia: A Southern Jewish Tail

I’m a cat person. I currently have a sweet cat named Ella, who moved down to Mississippi with me last ...

Passover in the Mississippi Delta

As Passover draws to a close, I’m reflecting on the seder I attended this year—a small and joyful gathering of ...

He Lived Long, Prospered… And Spoke Yiddish

Like so many others, I was very saddened to hear about the passing of Leonard Nimoy last week. One of my ...

Jewish Food, Texas, History & Memories

I’m a historian, and a native Texan, and Jewish; I love food and especially food history. So when those interests ...

Choice & The Chosen: The Divided Debate of Jews & School Choice

This Friday, I will be giving a lecture about my dissertation, Choice Among the Chosen: The School Choice Movement and ...

Mississippi: Jewish in Plenty of Ways That Matter

I recently came across this list of the “most and least Jewish states.” The list is derived from a study by ...

Menorahs In The Public Square: A History

There’s something prominently displayed at the Mississippi Governor’s mansion: a nativity scene. Seeing it recently took me by surprise. When ...

How Thanksgiving Became The Holiday We (All) Now Celebrate

The November holidays embodies values important both in Judaism and American culture.

The Yiddish Author You Never Heard Of, And The Southern Jewish Man Who Will Introduce You To Him

One of my favorite things about my new role as a full-time historian at the ISJL is getting to meet ...