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  • FYI: first person, live reports from Israelis

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    November 16, 2012 | 9:36 am

    I can describe the reality here, I can ask you to imagine what it's like, but no matter what I will say, it will be very hard for anyone who's not here to comprehend. In the past three days, 350 missiles have been fired to Israeli cities, most of them to southern cities. In the...

  • Solidarity under attack

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    November 12, 2012 | 9:43 am

    This weekend, once again, the people of Southern Israel were under attack. Missiles fired from Gaza exploded in the middle of cities, and people were wounded, both physically and mentally. This weekend was also the formal beginning of winter time here. After an everlasting summer,...

  • Jews in the Bible Belt’s small towns face curiosity, ignorance

    August 30, 2012 | 2:13 pm

    Sometimes, Benjamin Rosenthal thinks about leaving the small town of Indianola, Miss., pop. 11,000, where he spent most of his life.

    He wants to go somewhere bigger, with more Jews.

    “It’s very easy to lose your identity in the Bible Belt in a town when you are the religious...

  • IAF strikes two Gaza targets as escalation in south continues

    June 20, 2012 | 1:30 pm

    The Israeli Air Force on Wednesday evening struck two targets in the northern Gaza Strip, in response to earlier rocket fire.

    The two targets were terrorist bases, according to an IDF statement.

    Earlier on Wednesday, a rocket fired from Gaza directly hit a home in the Sdot Negev Regional Council, one of around 55 rockets and mortars fired into Israel since the morning. Several people suffered from shock.

    The Iron Dome anti-rocket system intercepted a rocket fired at Netivot on Wednesday.

    Read more at Haaretz.com.

  • Giving a boost to Jewish life in the South

    April 21, 2011 | 4:02 pm

    As Allie Goldman’s plane was making its descent on the blazing 97-degree Midland/Odessa airport in west Texas, the landscape dotted with oil dykes looked foreign to the Dallas native even though it was the same state.

    But Goldman’s work schedule for the weekend was familiar:...

  • Traveling rabbi serves tiny Southern congregations

    March 31, 2010 | 11:42 am

    From chron.com:

    NATCHEZ, Miss. — As the sun inched below the horizon in this Mississippi River town, people arrived alone or in small groups and walked up the steps of Temple B’nai Israel on Shabbat.

    Only about a dozen Jewish residents remain in Natchez, a city of about 16,400 best known for its elaborate plantation homes. As younger generations moved away, the congregation hasn’t had its own full-time rabbi since 1976.

    Read the full article at http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/ap/tx/6937924.html

  • Civil War Jews Who Weren’t Just Whistlin’ Dixie

    April 2, 2009 | 1:23 pm

    At the Passover seder next Wednesday evening, our children will recite the traditional question, “How is this night different from all other nights?” But the adults at the table are the ones who appreciate how this night really is different — not only from the rest of the year,...

  • Group offers $50,000 to lure Jews to rural ‘Bama.

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    September 9, 2008 | 12:21 am

    Not that they would want me anyway, but the Jews of Dothan couldn’t pay me enough to make aliyah to the tiny Alabama town. And $50,000 certainly wouldn’t cut it.

    This plot, hatched by the Blumberg Family Jewish Community Services of Dothan, to absorb moving expenses and provide an...

  • South has more plans to get guns in churches

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    August 21, 2008 | 8:01 pm

    First Georgia, now Tennessee. I know they just had a big church tragedy, but you have got to be kidding me.

  • Lowcountry Leisure—Southern Escape Steeped in History

    By Roslyn Farhi

    August 17, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    So you've seen "Big Fish," "Forrest Gump" and "Driving Miss Daisy," and now you think you know what the South is all about -- old mansions, moss-draped oaks, steamy swamps. Think again.

    The South is a vibrant tapestry of culture, and its Jewish communities are important threads....

  • Spectator - Fiddle Dee Dee and Oy Vey!

    By Gaby Friedman

    February 2, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Like any good Southerner, Brian Bain eats moon pies and punctuates his sentences with "y'all." But Bain is also Jewish, which colors his experience as a third-generation Southerner in a unique way.

    In his documentary film, "Shalom Y'all," Bain set out to explore exactly what being...

  • Wild Ride With Wildlife in Miami

    By Lisa Alcalay Klug

    April 14, 2005 | 8:00 pm


    Stretching along the popular beachfront area of Miami, approximately 650,000 Jewish residents support more than 100 synagogues, several Jewish community centers and abundant kosher restaurants, including authentic Thai food. The South Florida city even employs a full-time kashrut...