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!

Gabby and The Quest to Find Jewish Characters in Books

Jewish representation in young adult literature is better than ever.

Mississippi is My Valentine

In honor of Valentine's Day, a love letter to the state I call home

What’s Southern and Jewish About Adventure Time?

Remembering Polly Lou Livingston, the iconic voice of Tree Trunks

Jewish Wisdom from Jewish Educators

Judaism has a lot to tell us about how to live a meaningful life—here's some Jewish wisdom that inspires us.

The World is Both Big and Small

Lessons in community from the pandemic year

I’ll Be Home for Hanukkah

A strange holiday season leads to new traditions

To Everything There is a Season

Reflections from a southern Jew on New Year's Eve

A Blind Date with Literature

Or, what happens when you can't judge a book by its cover.

Hanukkah Advocacy Starts at Home

Rachel's mom inspired her passion for Jewish education—and she's keeping the tradition alive.

A Former Seminarian in Seminary, Mississippi

As a Mississippi transplant, Rabbi Matt Dreffin loves sharing his Jewish story—even when it's sometimes misunderstood.