Southern Jewish Voices

Final session of Season 2

On May 22 at noon see Adam Wright, spiritual leader at Temple Emanu-El in Birmingham.


Southern Jewish Voices is a collaborative effort between the Levite Jewish Community Center and Temple Beth-El to present stories about Jewish life in Birmingham and around the South. The program is presented through a series of interviews conducted in front of a live audience and includes a complimentary lunch. Videos of all sessions are archived online.

“With antisemitism on the rise, the need to understand one another and our history is more important than ever,” says Brooke Bowles, executive director at The J. “When people hear a story, they connect, are inspired, and become open to hearing more.”

Read ‘Southern Jewish Voices expands scope, adds lunch


Past interviews

  • Miriam Friedman, director of the Jo Ann Hess Morrison Chai Tots Preschool (April 17)
  • Knesseth Israel leaders Beth Scherer-Smokey and Martin Stein (March 20)
  • Interfaith discussion with Maurine Halpern, who is Catholic, and her husband Jacob, who is Jewish (February 28)
  • Hal Abroms, philanthropist (January 24)
  • Phillip Ensler, civil rights attorney and state representative for District 74 (which includes Montgomery) — and the only Jewish member of the Alabama legislature (November 29)
  • Ronne Hess, philanthropist and volunteer (October 25)

Special thanks to funding from the Alabama Humanities Alliance and the Ted and Marjorie Levite LJCC Fund at the Birmingham Jewish Foundation for their support of this program.


Catch up on season one (2022-23)

Margaret Norman (in blue chair) kicked off SJV’s inaugural season when she interviewed Esther Schuster (see link below).