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!

High Holy Days: Collective Sin, Collective Success

Within the liturgy of Yom Kippur, guilt is assumed to be collective, as we communally recite the sins. That being ...

Streaming Judaism: Dreams to Deeds Podcast Debuts

A few weeks ago, Rachel Stern wrote about the real blessings technology can bring, particularly when you’re outside of a ...

“What is Rosh Hashanah?”

As the only Jewish kid in his middle school in suburban Mississippi, my youngest son Eric will be telling his ...

A Southern Twist on Apples & Honey

The “Apples & Honey (Bourbon)” Challah Bread Pudding recipe I devised a few years ago has become my Rosh Hashanah ...

Mazel Tov to Temple Kol Tikvah

Last Wednesday morning, a beautiful photograph of Jerusalem stone appeared in my Facebook newsfeed. The picture shows a large wall ...

Texas and Illegal Jewish Immigrants

While illegal immigration has become a hot button issue in recent years, it is not a new phenomenon. In fact, ...

Pilgrimage

Pilgrimage: “a journey to a place associated with someone or something well known or respected” (The Oxford Pocket Dictionary of ...

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 ...