Chabad returns with Chanukah at Riverwalk



The Honorable Mayor Mitch Landrieu was chief among a number of high profile personalities who welcomed Chanukah at the Riverwalk back to New Orleans after a two-year absence on Tuesday evening, Dec. 16, the first night of the eight-day festival.

The annual event sponsored by Chabad Lubavitch of Louisiana was held for the past two Chanukah holidays at different locations within the Lakeside Shopping Mall in Metairie due to ongoing construction at the Riverwalk site. The rebuilding efforts had been undertaken by the new owners of the …
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Israel attacks Gaza for first time since cease-fire

Members of the Israel Air Force reportedly attacked strategic sites in Gaza on Friday following the launching of a rocket shell which fell into southern Israel near Eshkol earlier in the day.

This is the first time since the cease-fire following Operation Protective Edge that members of the Israel Defense …
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(JTA) — A former Clinton administration envoy has let the cat out of the bag on the issue of Palestinian incitement, putting him squarely at odds with Secretary of State John Kerry.

Shibley Telhami was one of the Clinton administration’s representatives to the Trilateral U.S.-Israeli-Palestinian Anti-Incitement Committee. Never heard of it? That’s because after meeting a few times in 1999-2000, the committee stopped functioning. Now we know why.

In a Washington Post …
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JCDS students perform at Pelicans game

Members of the Jewish Community Day School (JCDS) performed “The Star Spangled Banner” on the center court of the Smoothie King Arena on the first night of Chanukah, Tuesday, Dec. 16, just prior to the match between the New Orleans Pelicans and the Utah Jazz.

Led by JCDS music director Lauren Gisclair, images …
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Broza highlights community Chanukah event at JCC


The annual community Chanukah event, held at the Uptown Jewish Community Center on Sunday Dec. 15, featured Israeli-born musician David Broza, an internationally-hailed talent who has been hailed as the “Israeli Bruce Springsteen.”

Broza fascinated and amazed the 200-plus audience gathered inside the JCC’s Mintz Auditorium. The entire multi-generational audience …
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Despite menorah confiscations, women kindle lights at Western Wall

JERUSALEM (JTA) — Security guards at the Western Wall entrance confiscated menorahs from several women, but dozens held a candle-lighting ceremony in the women’s section.

The guards said they were acting on orders from Rabbi Shmuel Rabinowitz, the rabbinic authority of the Western Wall and holy places, the Women of the Wall organization …
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