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    Women of the Wall’s Hoffman speaks out at GOP

    By JOSH AXELROD, Special to the CCJN

    While not busy serving as the executive director of the Israel Religious Activist Center (IRAC), or leading the Women of the Wall movement she founded, Anat Hoffman has been touring American synagogues and sharing her feminist call to action. Named the fifth most influential Jew by the Jerusalem Post, Hoffman came to Congregation Gates of Prayer in Metairie this past Thursday night, December 1,  to share her message of empowerment.

    Appropriately, the singing of both the American and Israeli national anthems kicked off the event, after which Senior Rabbi Robert...
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  • Andréa Burns is red hot in ‘On Your Feet!’

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

    For more than a year On Your Feet!: The Story of Emilio & Gloria Estefan has been playing to ecstatic audiences and receiving rave reviews from fans and critics alike during its run at the Marquis Theatre in New York.

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    Rabbi Reimer installed at Temple Sinai

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    By JOSH AXELROD, Special to the CCJN

    Founded in 1870 as Louisiana’s first Reform synagogue, Temple Sinai has only had only nine senior rabbis throughout its historic existence. So the inauguration of a new rabbi is always cause for celebration. With an homage to its past and a vision to...
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Current News

Israelis remember founding father Ben-Gurion

By ANDREW FRIEDMAN

Israeli politicians, business leaders, students and residents of the Negev Desert paid tribute Tuesday to David Ben-Gurion, the country’s founding prime minister, on the 43rd anniversary of his death.

Ben-Gurion’s life was marked by a visceral loathing...
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Were claims of Israel’s ‘arson intifada’ overblown?

By ANDREW TOBIN

TEL AVIV (JTA) – As wildfires threatened Israel last week, rhetoric linking arson to terrorism heated up.

For about a week, fires across the country burned huge swaths of land, destroyed hundreds of homes and businesses, and forced...
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Online petition calls on Trump to move U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem

(JTA) — The Orthodox Union has started an online petition calling on President-elect Donald Trump to move the U.S. Embassy in Israel to Jerusalem from Tel Aviv.

The move would recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s “chosen capital,” the O.U. petition on...
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Breaking News

NYPD sees ‘huge spike’ in hate crimes post-election — Jews targeted most

NEW YORK (JTA) — The New York Police Department said it has seen a dramatic rise in hate crimes following the election of Donald Trump, with the majority of incidents directed at Jews.

There has been a 115 percent increase in...
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Opinions & Voices

While Israel tarries on pluralism, the Diaspora may be running out of patience

By RABBI ANDREW SACKS

JERUSALEM (JTA) — Like many of my friends, I grew up in the United States with a strong affinity for Israel. As a child we saved money to buy trees, learned Israeli songs, studied Hebrew, visited...
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