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    Glenfiddich ambassador Allan Roth repours here

    By ALAN SMASON, Exclusive to the CCJN

    When Tales of the Cocktail opened its 15th annual conference earlier in the week, it beckoned for a number of closely-connected Jewish members of the spirits industry to arrive in the Crescent City. One of those is Allan Roth, who holds the current position of the Glenfiddich Brand Ambassador.

    Having been named one of a handful of label ambassadors, Roth represents that specific brand of single malt Speyside Scotch whisky as part of the massive portfolio of spirits offered through the William Grant and Sons labels.

    While last year was his first time...
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  • Summer Lyric’s ‘Hairspray’ glistens

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    By ALAN SMASON, Theatre Critic, WYES-TV (“Steppin’ Out“)

    When composer and lyricist Marc Shaiman and his writing partner Scott Wittman opened “Hairspray: The Broadway Musical” 15 years ago, there could not have been an expectation as to how well-received and how pervasive the musical, based on the same-titled 1988 John...
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    These rabbis have no idea why they’re on the Israeli Chief Rabbinate’s ‘blacklist’



    NEW YORK (JTA) — In 2012, Rabbi Jason Herman wrote a letter to Israel’s Chief Rabbinate certifying that a friend of his who wished to get married was Jewish and single.

    The letter was declared invalid.

    But several months later Herman, spiritual leader of the Orthodox West...
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