“WHITE DEMON FALLING FROM THE SKY” Mississippi reaction to snow.

This is the funniest thing I’ve seen all week.

Front windows of Temple Beth Israel containing glass from the bombing in Meridian, Mississippi; 2010. x

Jewish history in Meridian, Mississippi dates to at least 1837 when David Rosenbaum bought land in the area and was followed by five Jewish families.  The Jewish community in Meridian grew to 50 members by 1878.  Rabbi Judah Wechsler, who became Rabbi of the congregation of Temple Beth Israel in 1887, pushed for education of African Americans and the first brick public school built with public money in Mississippi to educate African Americans - the Wechsler School - was named after him as a result.

By 1906, Meridian’s growing Jewish population required a bigger building and a new synagogue was constructed in the Greek Revival style.  Although a fire damaged the building during its first year of operation, it was repaired and served the Jewish community until 1964 - when the older members of the community found it too difficult to walk up the large steps.  A new building was built outside downtown Meridian and included a sanctuary, social hall with a kitchen and a library, and an education building.

During the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960′s, the leadership of Temple Beth Israel spoke in favor of equal rights for African Americans and against the attacks of the Ku Klux Klan.  In response - on May 28th, 1968 - Temple Beth Israel was bombed.  On June 30th of that same year, two assassins from the Ku Klux Klan attempted to bomb the house of Meyer Davidson; one of the leaders of the Jewish community in Meridian.  Due to a tip off - with a reward for the informants paid by the local Jewish community - the assassins were stopped on their way there by the FBI and one was killed while another was taken into custody.  The violence of the KKK caused many Jewish people to leave Meridian, Mississippi and the current Jewish population is less than 40.  Temple Beth Israel still operates as a Reform synagogue and the front windows of the building (pictured above) contain glass from the 1968 bombing.

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Historic Wechsler School in Meridian, Mississippi; 2008. x

Following the end of slavery in the United States, African Americans in the South were free on paper but without access to education, it would be difficult for many to fully realize their freedom.  In Meridian, Mississippi, schooling for African Americans was originally done in rented rooms of the St. Paul Methodist Church but no permanent public school existed for African American students.

Rabbi Judah Wechsler of Congregation Beth Israel - also located in Meridian, Mississippi - was instrumental in changing this.  The Wechsler School - built in  1894 - became a reality due in large part to his organizing the people to vote on a public bonds measure to fund it.  The Wechsler school was one of the first brick public schools in the state of Mississippi and the first public brick school in the state for African American children.  It remained the only public high school in east central Mississippi offering black students high school degrees until 1937.  The school exists to this day and continues to carry the name of Rabbi Judah Wechsler.

Gypsy Queen By Michael Vermouth

“At one side of the parlors, with candelabra at the head and foot stands the magnificent silver-trimmed metallic casket. Hermetically sealed within, in all the barbaric splendor of a medieval Queen lays Mrs. Callie (Kelly) Mitchell, Queen of the Gypsies of America. Her swarthy face with its high cheekbones is typical of Romany tribes and the head, the upper portion of which is covered with bright silken drapery pinned at the back with pins, rests upon a cushion of filmy silk and satin. The hair is braided Gypsy fashion and the dark tresses shine. The body is attired in a Royal robe of Gypsy Green and other bright colors contrasting vividly with the somber hues usual under such circumstances. Two necklaces are around the neck, one of shells, an heirloom that was descended through generations. The lower part of the body is draped with “Sacred Linen” treasured by Gypsy bands for the use only when death overtakes one of their numbers. When the children arrive, each will put a memento of some kind in the casket and it will devolve upon the youngest child to place her mother’s earrings in the ear.” 

-Meridian Dispatch Newspaper Feb. 7, 1915-

Take a look at this man. He is a pathological stalker of women with physical disabilities. I refuse to conceal his identity when he was dumb enough to try and be my friend with his real profile. He has been harassing me for three months. I’ve been in contact with the police about it, including a detective. His usual manner is to create a fake profile posing as a disabled woman (pictures stolen from devotee porn sites) and attempts to befriend other disabled women. Once he gets their phone numbers, the calls start on an incessant basis. I’m not the only one who has posted on the internet about him either. Some of the common names he uses are Sarah Pace and Sarah Jennings. His actual name is Sam Jennings and he does not take no for an answer. I had to change my phone number weeks ago and he’s still trying to wiggle his way into my life. He’s been told no and to cease contact repeatedly. This man works for a church in Meridian, Mississippi. Do not leave him alone with females. His inability to take no for an answer makes him dangerous. Disabled women beware in particular. Spread this around. #disabled #amputee #arthrogryposis #women #stalkers

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