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    Jazz Fest Shabbat to feature Zydeco performance


    Call it expected. Call it overdue. Just don’t call it Cajun. The 2017 Jazz Fest Shabbat to be held next Friday night, April 29, at Touro Synagogue will star accordionist Bruce “Sunpie” Barnes and the Louisiana Sunspots, marking the first time Zydeco performers be at the center of the annual music and religious celebration.

    “First off the genre was exciting for us,” Cantor David Mintz explained the selection in an interview with the CCJN. After more than 25 years of celebrating the local music culture, it occurred to the Jazz Fest Shabbat committee members that “Zydeco was...
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  • 3 popular humorists write a Haggadah for the ‘when do we eat?’ crowd



    (JTA) — Of making many Passover Haggadahs there is no end.

    If the Maxwell House version doesn’t cut it for you, there are Haggadahs for vegans, for children, for chocolate lovers and even for Christians. There’s the “Santa Cruz Haggadah” for hippies and the “New American Haggadah” for hipsters. There are annotated Haggadahs...
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    The 5 (or so) habits of successful seder leaders

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    LOS ANGELES (JTA) — What kind of leadership style works best for a seder? During a period when we are experiencing a shake-up in national leadership, you may want to re-examine the relationship that exists between leader and participants at the Passover meal.

    Though seder leaders...
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Current News

Community-wide Yom HaShoah event on Sun. night

The Community-Wide Yom HaShoah Memorial will be held at the Uptown Jewish Community Center on Sunday, April 23, beginning at 6:00 p.m.

As always, the event will get underway with the Procession of the Survivors in which the...
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AVODAH to honor Steeg, Cotton at Partners brunch on Sun.

AVODAH, the Jewish Service Corps, will be holding its annual Partners in Justice Brunch this Sunday at Temple Sinai, starting at 11 a.m. This will be the first time the event is being held at Temple Sinai and community members...
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French Jews are worried about Le Pen; now another presidential candidate scares them, too


(JTA) — Even before the communist candidate Jean-Luc Melenchon emerged as a serious contender for the presidency in France, the elections were shaping up to be a fateful moment for the country’s 500,000 Jews.

Many of them...
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Breaking News

NCJW gala event Saturday night to honor past leaders

The New Orleans Section of the National Council of Jewish Women will be holding its annual gala on Saturday night, April 22,  at Metairie Country club. This year the event will feature a tribute to the organization’s 120-year history and...
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Opinions & Voices

OP-ED: The Palestinians don’t want Mandela


(JNS.org) — Palestinian internal politics and liberal hostility to Israel came together at The New York Times this month.

The newspaper provoked a firestorm of criticism through its decision to publish an article on the eve...
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