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!

Southern & Jewish: Pride, or Prejudice?

There’s an article that’s been going around a lot this past week, about being Jewish in the South. Naturally, the ...

Obligation, Faith, and Service After the Storm

I had been out of town for a few days. When I returned to the ISJL office in Jackson, I ...

When One Ark Closes, Another One Opens

There are 650 miles and 3 states between Fort Mill, South Carolina and Greenwood, Mississippi, but their connection is closer ...

It Takes a Community: Katrina, Recovery, Resilience

Hurricane Katrina (and the man-made disaster of the levee breaks) struck Louisiana and Mississippi seven years ago today, with devastating ...

Regional Community Building & The Blessing of Skype

Skype. Gchat. iPhone. These are some of my primary tools in my modern Jewish education career. Utilizing technology is important ...

I Am “Southern & Jewish”

My name is Ann Zivitz Kimball, and I’m a proud Southern Jew. Since “Southern & Jewish” is the name of ...

Reengage! The Legacy of the Crown Heights Riots & Civil Rights

This week marks the 21st anniversary of the Crown Heights Riots. When these riots took place in 1991, I was ...

My Summer in the South: An Intern’s Perspective

At the little public library in Hartshorne, Oklahoma, I see a man wearing a camouflage-patterned Bubba Gump Shrimp Co. baseball ...

Shofar? So Good, Y’all!

Sometimes, in a small Southern town, you might not hear the call of the shofar outside of High Holy Day ...

Welcome to Southern & Jewish

Shalom, y’all! We are so excited to officially launch this blog, and have this wonderful new way to share stories ...