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    DIASPORA!: How Katrina made me into a better Jew

    By ALAN SMASON, Exclusive to the CCJN

    While Hurricane Katrina was an absolute nightmare for most New Orleanians, it was my own harrowing and real-life version of a Dickensian tale played out in two cities. It was the best of times in Cleveland, and the worst of times in New Orleans.

    Unlike the vast majority, I hadn’t evacuated or had time to prepare my home and hearth for the onslaught of a monster storm bearing down on the Louisiana coastline. I was literally out of town on vacation, expecting to return on August 29, the infamous day the hurricane made...
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  • Living life out on stage

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    By ALAN SMASON

    Sidney Smith is telling the improbable story of his exit from New Orleans after Katrina. Sitting in his tony Uptown home festooned with the famous images of rock performers and famous film and TV vestiges he has snapped through the years, he is bedecked in a casual...
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    Stratford Festival presents unabridged ‘Anne Frank’, new ‘Sound of Music’

    Sara Farb as Anne Frank in The Diary of Anne Frank. Photography by David Hou.

    By BRUCE BURGUN, Exclusive to the CCJN

    Out of the ashes of war and atrocity often great art is made.

    In the wake of the ruthless annexation of rival country Melos, Euripides shocked his Athenian audience with his ravaging portrayal of postwar refugees in “The Trojan Women.” Throughout his career,...
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Current News

Marvin Mandel, Maryland’s only Jewish governor, dies at 95

(JTA) — Marvin Mandel, the only Jewish governor of Maryland, died at 95.

Mandel, a Democrat who led the East Coast state from 1969 until 1977, died Sunday afternoon in St. Mary’s County, Maryland. The cause of death was not...
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Obama in landmark Forward interview: Hezbollah will be a focus of post-Iran deal

WASHINGTON (JTA) — A focus of security enhancement once the Iran nuclear deal goes through will be neutralizing Hezbollah’s threat to Israel, President Barack Obama said in a landmark interview with The Forward.

“As soon as this debate is over,...
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How the Pew study reveals a gulf between U.S. and Israeli haredi Jews

By BEN SALES

(JTA) — Did we need the Pew Research Center to tell us that American haredim are different than other Jews? It’s no surprise that American haredi Orthodox Jews marry young, have big families, care more about religion and skew...
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Oliver Sacks, neurologist and ‘Awakenings’ author, dies at 82

(JTA) — Dr. Oliver Sacks, a noted neurologist and the best-selling author of “Awakenings,” has died.

Sacks died Sunday of cancer at his home in New York City, according to The New York Times. He was 82.

He gained prominence...
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Opinions & Voices

OP-ED: Moving forward and towards the next anniversary

The incredible amount of coverage on TV, in magazines and newspapers on the anniversary of the landfall of Hurricane Katrina will hit a high this weekend. For those of us who have gotten past the dark days of early recovery...
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