(above: these two boys make it all especially fun. They've been to almost every synagogue in 3-1/4 states, go to summer camp at both the Birmingham and Metairie JCCs, Ramah Darom and HSJ. They're fans of beignets, biscuits, and bagels. And they're why their Daddy does all this!)
Southern Jewish Life is the magazine serving the Jewish communities of Alabama, Louisiana, Mississippi and northwest Florida. We are a unique magazine for a unique community.
This publication began in Birmingham in 1990 as The Southern Shofar, a monthly serving all of Alabama. In 1999 we expanded to Mississippi and changed the name to Deep South Jewish Voice. We added the Florida panhandle — the truly "southern" part of Florida — shortly thereafter. After Hurricane Katrina in 2005, we stepped in to serve the Louisiana Jewish community and have been the community's Jewish news source ever since. In 2009, we shifted our emphasis to exclusively local content that can't be found elsewhere, changing to a full-color magazine format and becoming Southern Jewish Life.
Today, we have two regional editions — Deep South and New Orleans, each with pages devoted to their own communities and sharing some common content of region-wide interest.
Over the years we have won many national Rockower Awards for Excellence in Jewish Journalism from the American Jewish Press Association. Our website is regularly updated with the latest news from around the region. We also publish This Week in Southern Jewish Life, an email that is one of the most comprehensive in the country, featuring regional and national stories of the week. We have Facebook and Twitter feeds, keeping readers updated on breaking news.
With the New Orleans Times-Picayune cutback to three days a week, we collaborated with the New Orleans Rabbinic Council and the Jewish Federation of Greater New Orleans to provide an email obituary list for the community, so funerals won't be missed because they take place more quickly than the "daily" paper's schedule.
It has always been our goal to provide a large-community quality publication to all communities of the South. To that end, our commitment includes mailing to every Jewish household in the region, without a subscription fee. We love what we do, and who we do it for.
Documenting this community, a community we are members of and active within, is our passion.