By ALAN SMASON
This week local theaters are filled with several offerings of interest to the New Orleans Jewish community. With Steven Schwartz’s “Wicked” ensconced at the Mahalia Jackson Theater for the Performing Arts, New Orleanians are busy setting new attendance records downtown. (See ticket information at the conclusion of this article.)
Schwartz, the hit producing composer and lyricist for “Pippin” (now being revived on The Great White Way) and “Godspell” and three-time Academy Award winner for his work in film, was spotted in town this week making an impromptu visit to the New Orleans Center for the Creative Arts (NOCCA).
NOCCA was the scene this weekend for the continuation of the “Broadway at NOCCA” series as five-time Tony Award … Continue reading
Councilman Garcetti is elected first Jewish mayor of Los Angeles
LOS ANGELES (JTA) – Eric Garcetti, a veteran city councilman, became the first elected Jewish mayor of Los Angeles.
Garcetti, 42, defeated City Controller Wendy Greuel, 54 percent to 46 percent, with all precincts reporting. Greuel conceded in the early morning on Wednesday.
“Thank you Los Angeles — the hard … Continue reading
By ARKADY MAMAYSKY
In a March 9, 2013 Jerusalem Post op-ed title Narrowing the Gap between American and Israeli Jews, I presented some thoughts about how to forge closer bonds between Jews in Israel and the Diaspora to ensure that we remain a single people, rather than just coreligionists. The op-ed assumed that Israel is important, and now I would like to build upon that assumption.
The time when countries were run by dictators and … Continue reading
Congregation Beth Israel regrettably announced the deaths of two of its members with both graveside funerals to be held this Friday, May 24. Emmanuel Geiger will be buried at 11:00 a.m. at the Dispersed of Judah Cemetery on North Anthony Street in New Orleans,
Janice Ross will be buried at the Old Beth Israel Cemetery, … Continue reading
(JTA) — A Chabad center in Oklahoma City opened its building as a shelter for those displaced by a deadly tornado.
The Chabad Community Center of Southern Oklahoma also is collecting supplies for those left homeless by the tornado that tore through the Oklahoma City suburb of Moore on Monday afternoon, leaving at least 24 … Continue reading
BERLIN (JTA) — A descendant of Richard Wagner, Adolf Hitler’s favorite composer, promised to hand over the correspondence of her late father to the Bavarian State Archives.
Katharina Wagner, a great-granddaughter of the composer and director of the annual Bayreuth Festival of his works, told the Tagesspiegel newspaper in Berlin that she plans to give … Continue reading