New Orleans celebrates Israel; views Spielberg film

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By ALAN SMASON

As the final hours waned on Yom Hazikaron, Israel Memorial Day, the New Orleans Jewish community gathered at the National World War II Museum to stand in solidarity with the Jewish State and to welcome the arrival of Yom Ha’atzmaut, Israel’s Independence Day.

They did so first with solemnity and ceremony as members of the New Orleans Rabbinic Council gave readings to make the audience mindful of the 23,085 victims lost during the Israeli war for independence …
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Jazz Fest Shabbat streams tonight

The 24th annual Jazz Fest Shabbat will be seen and heard over the Internet for the very first time this year. In previous years, WWOZ-FM broadcast the audio portion of the Jazz Fest Shabbat service.

This year the entire service and concert will be streamed …
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By DEBBIE WASSERMAN SCHULTZ

(JTA) — This weekend, a collection of GOP presidential candidates will arrive in Las Vegas for a meeting of the Republican Jewish Coalition. But don’t allow yourself to be fooled into thinking that these candidates are making a real attempt to appeal to American Jewish voters. Their presence is all about winning over a single Jewish donor: Sheldon Adelson.

Obviously, these candidates are familiar with how …
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Rosenthal, Schliefstein honored at AVODAH jazz brunch

AVODAH, the Jewish service corps, held its annual Partners in Justice luncheon on Sunday, April 19, honoring two community members who have made a difference in reporting on environmental issues or advocating for change to prevent possible future disasters.

Times Picayune environmental reporter and author Mark Schliefstein and Levees.org founder …
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Netanyahu’s Independence Day message praises troops’ ‘fighting spirit’ in Gaza

(JTA) — In his Independence Day address, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu praised the fighting spirit of troops in Gaza.

Netanyahu’s praises came in the Hebrew-language version of a video released by his office at the start of Israel’s 67th Independence Day, which this year fell on Thursday. The English-language …
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Rocket fired at Israel from Gaza near end of Independence Day

(JTA) — A rocket was fired at southern Israel from the Gaza Strip in the final hours of the country’s Independence Day.

Sirens blared in the Sderot region for the first time in months due to Thursday’s rocket, which caused no injuries or damage. It landed within Israeli territory in …
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