Shalom Y’all Means All Y’all: Stories of Southern Jewish LGBTQ+ Communities


This Pride Month, MSJE will host a virtual panel with the founders of Southern Jewish LGBTQ+ groups to share the stories of how these communities came to be. The panel will include speakers from SOJOURN in Atlanta and JPNOLA in New Orleans who’ll explore why they saw a need for Jewish queer groups in the region, what existed before, how they got started, and the work they’re doing now in this niche and important space.

Through this conversation, MSJE seeks to investigate how Jewish Southern LGBTQ+ history is made, and how it is preserved, saved, and shared with future generations.

This is a free, online event! Register here for the Zoom link.

Southern Jewish Stories: Atlanta & New Orleans

Join us for a lively conversation between two Southern Jewish icons: Historian and community activist Janice Rothschild Blumberg of Atlanta, and Rabbi Edward Cohn of New Orleans.

Janice Rothschild Blumberg has been at the crucial intersection of Jewish life and Southern history for over six decades in her roles as rebbetzin of the Temple in Atlanta during the turbulent 1950s and 60s, learned historian and author, civil rights activist, and community leader.

Rabbi Edward Cohn, Rabbi Emeritus of New Orleans’ Temple Sinai, has been intimately involved in Jewish life in the New Orleans region for over 30 years, serving as the founding chairman of the New Orleans Human Relations Commission, president of the Rabbinical Council of Greater New Orleans, and chair of the New Orleans Holocaust Memorial Project among many other leading community roles.

Their discussion will range from the historical to the personal, touching on watershed moments in American history and the inner lives of Jewish leaders in two uniquely Southern landscapes.

This is a free virtual event. Register here for the Zoom link.


KIDS’ Day at the Museum

Museums are for KIDS! Join us for a special KID-centric exploration of our new art exhibition, God, Goats, and Pickup Trucks: Maurice Schmidt’s Visions of Texas (goat pun intended). We’ll engage with this bright, colorful collection with a program designed especially for inquisitive young minds, including a busy scavenger hunt, a creative goat-themed craft, and making Kosher for Passover Goat Feed (aka trail mix). 

This event is free. Register here!

Hamentaschen Family Workshop

BYO (Bake Your Own) kosher hamentaschen, Southern-style!

We are teaming up with Chabad of Louisiana to host a family hamentaschen-making workshop at MSJE on Sunday, February 26 at 3pm. You’ll make the dough and choose your perfect down-home filling, with everything from pecan praline to good ol’ apricot jam available, then leave the mess behind and take your hamentaschen home to bake – just in time for Purim. $15/family includes all supplies.

Space is limited. Register here!