Cantor Mintz is installed at Touro


By KAREN LOZINSKI, Exclusive to the CCJN

The celebration of the formal installation of Cantor David Mintz took place during last week’s Shabbat service at Touro Synagogue, taking normally anticipated joy and gratitude to soaring levels of ebullience through worship and song.

The service was jointly led by Touro Rabbi Alexis Berk  and Rabbi Angela Buchdahl, the senior rabbi of Central Synagogue of New York. Buchdahl was instrumental in Mintz’s appointment to his new cantorial position at Touro, as Mintz completed his internship under her tutelage at Central while he …
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JEF brunch on Sunday

The Jewish Endowment Foundation of Louisiana will be presenting their annual event this Sunday, a brunch at the Hilton Hotel Riverside. The keynote speaker will be Aaron David Miller, the vice-president of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars.

Being honored with the presentation of the Tzedakah Award this year …
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On October 20, 2014, I finished a short three-minute speech to about 1,500 Jews in front of the New York City Metropolitan Opera House on the occasion of the opening of the snuff Palestinian terrorist opera, “The Death of Klinghoffer.” As I was getting off the podium, a rabbi, who shall remain nameless, said to me, “You really shouldn’t have attacked the Jews here.” I nodded politely, and went my way. However, …
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‘Bra-Veaux!’ co-chair is breast cancer survivor


Saturday night’s second annual “Bra-Veaux!” fundraiser for breast cancer awareness and research will have special meaning for co-chair Judge Miriam Waltzer.  Waltzer, who co-chairs with Barbara Kaplinsky, was the first woman elected to a Criminal Court judgeship in Orleans Parish. She accepted the position of the Greater New Orleans Chapter …
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Rabbi Cohn receives Living Legend Award from Marc Morial

Former Mayor Marc Morial did not disappoint a small crowd gathered in the Temple Sinai chapel last Friday evening, October 17. Morial was on hand as president and CEO of the National Urban League, based in New York,  to present Rabbi Ed Paul Cohn the Living Legend Award sponsored by his civil rights …
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Shabbat on Halloween: Horror of horrors or wonder of wonders?

By EDMON J. RODMANLOS ANGELES (JTA) — With a borscht-curdling geshrei, Halloween this year falls on Shabbat. On a Friday night, trick-or-treaters, even Jewish ones, will be knocking.Should we open the door? Or should we be spooked about joining the celebration?After reading that on Oct. …
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