• IMG_2773

    Rabbi Reimer begins tenure at Temple Sinai

    By DEAN M. SHAPIRO, Exclusive to the CCJN

    On Friday evening, August 5, when Matthew A. Reimer ascends the bimah at Temple Sinai, it will be the first Shabbat service over which he will officiate as the synagogue’s new Senior Rabbi.

    Reimer, who was unanimously selected by the congregation after a yearlong nationwide search, officially assumed his duties on July 1. He is the eighth Senior Rabbi in the 146-year history of Louisiana’s largest Jewish congregation, succeeding Rabbi Edward Paul Cohn, who led Temple Sinai for the past 29 years.

    Ordained in 2007, Reimer, who was still unpacking boxes and...
    Continue Reading ⇒

  • Tal’s Hummus doubles number of Israeli restaurants here


    By ALAN SMASON, Exclusive to the CCJN

    While Shaya has received a 2016 James Beard Award and a citation from Esquire as the Best New Restaurant in America, Tal’s Hummus has quietly opened giving Magazine Street its second and, arguably, most genuine Israeli restaurant in New Orleans.

    Tal Sharon, the...
    Continue Reading ⇒

    5 Jewish things to expect from Donald Trump (and Ivanka) tonight

    CLEVELAND, OH - JULY 20:  Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump and Ivanka Trump attend  the third day of the Republican National Convention on July 20, 2016 at the Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump received the number of votes needed to secure the party's nomination. An estimated 50,000 people are expected in Cleveland, including hundreds of protesters and members of the media. The four-day Republican National Convention kicked off on July 18.  (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)


    CLEVELAND (JTA) — We’ve caught glimpses of him this week. He gave a three-line speech Monday night. The next day, he addressed the crowd via video feed.

    But Thursday night is the real thing: Donald Trump, the official nominee of the Republican Party, will address 50,000 of...
    Continue Reading ⇒

Current News

Rabbi Silver welcome dinner set for Aug. 5

Rabbi Deborah Silver, the incoming rabbi at Shir Chadash Conservative Congregation, will be honored next Shabbat with a Shabbat dinner and Kiddush at the synagogue next Friday, August 5, beginning at 6:15 p.m.

Tickets, which range in price from $12.00...
Continue Reading ⇒

Hillary Clinton, accepting nomination, lays out progressive agenda, assertive foreign policy

PHILADELPHIA (JTA) — Hillary Clinton laid out a broadly progressive domestic agenda as she accepted the Democratic presidential nomination, adopting rhetoric and policies championed by her primary rival, Bernie Sanders.

Clinton also celebrated her achievement as the first woman to...
Continue Reading ⇒

Israeli ambassador to US to DNC: Israel is committed to two-state solution

(JNS.org) —  Israeli Ambassador to the U.S. Ron Dermer told a gathering of Democrats at the Democratic National Convention (DNC) in Philadelphia that Israel still believes that a two-state solution is the best outcome to the conflict with the...
Continue Reading ⇒

Click for past articles ⇒

Breaking News

William Smolkin rites set for Sunday

WILLIAM R. SMOLKIN, a nationally-renowned consultant for the home building industry, passed away peacefully on July 27. He was 93.

Smolkin and his wife founded W R. Smolkin & Associates, highly-regarded consultancy that dealt with marketing and providing feasibility...
Continue Reading ⇒

Opinions & Voices

Changing of the rabbinic guard

For most of us, the advent of August means the last few days of vacation time from work or a signal that only a short time remains before a new school terms begin. But in New Orleans, this August means...
Continue Reading ⇒