• Dyke March 2017[1]

    Chicago LGBT march expels 3 Jews carrying rainbow flag with Star of David

    By ALAN SMASON, Special to the CCJN

    Three people carrying Jewish Pride flags, rainbow-striped flags with a Star of David at the center, were asked to leave a pro-LGBT march on Saturday, June 24, in the Chicago neighborhood of Little Village.

    Representatives of the Dyke March Collective approached Laurie Grauer, the Midwest manager of A Wider Bridge, a Jewish LGBT advocacy group for Israel, and two of her associates, about the flags in question before the march began.

    The march was part of the final celebrations for Pride Month, which is celebrated every June to recall the 1969 Stonewall Inn...
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  • Israeli government rescinds pluralistic Western Wall agreement

    JERUSALEM, ISRAEL - JANUARY 17: People pray at the Western Wall in the Old City on January 17, 2017 in Jerusalem, Israel. 70 countries attended the recent Paris Peace Summit and called on Israel and Palestinians to resume negotiations that would lead to a two-state solution, however the recent proposal by U.S President-elect Donald Trump to move the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem and last month's U.N. Security Council resolution condemning Jewish settlement activity in the West Bank have contributed to continued uncertainty across the region. The ancient city of Jerusalem where Jews, Christians and Muslims have lived side by side for thousands of years and is home to the Al Aqsa Mosque compound or for Jews The Temple Mount, continues to be a focus as both Israelis and Palestinians claim the city as their capital. The Israeli-Palestinian conflict has continued since 1947 when Resolution 181 was passed by the United Nations, dividing Palestinian territories into Jewish and Arab states. The Israeli settlement program has continued to cause tension as new settlements continue to encroach on land within the Palestinian territories. The remaining Palestinian territory is made up of the West Bank and the Gaza strip.  (Photo by Chris McGrath/Getty Images)

    JERUSALEM (JTA) — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s Cabinet has rescinded a government decision to create an official egalitarian prayer section at the Western Wall.

    The decision announced on Sunday comes after the haredi Orthdox United Torah Judaism party and the Sephardi Orthodox Shas party, both members of the current...
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    SLT’s ‘Annie Get Your Gun’ a surefire hit


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

    For those who truly love classic Broadway theatre, there are few shows that pack as much firepower as Irving Berlin’s “Annie Get Your Gun.” It was a tour de force for Ethel Merman, perhaps the greatest belter known on the Great White...
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Current News

Jewish Agency cancels Netanyahu dinner following Western Wall decision

JERUSALEM (TPS) — The Jewish Agency’s Board of Governors cancelled a dinner with Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, scheduled for Monday night, to protest Sunday’s Cabinet decision to nix an agreement to create a non-Orthodox prayer space at the Western Wall to...
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Houston Jewish federation hires its first woman CEO

(JTA) — Houston’s Jewish federation has hired its first woman as CEO.

Avital Ingber was announced Thursday as the successor to Lee Wunsch, who has served in the post for 18 years and been with the federation for three decades....
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Reform movement decries Senate Republicans health care bill

(JTA) — The Reform movement sharply criticized a Republican bill in the Senate that would repeal and replace major parts of the Affordable Care Act and make severe cuts to Medicaid.

On Thursday, Senate Republicans revealed a draft of a measure that would...
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Breaking News

Local physician Peter Zimmerman dies suddenly; funeral in NY

PETER ZIMMERMAN, M.D., a pain management specialist with offices in Metairie, Slidell and Baton Rouge, died suddenly on Friday, June 23. He was 57.

Zimmerman was a physiatrist, whose work involved determining the cause of pain in his patients and...
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Opinions & Voices

OP-ED: Here’s how we can preserve the dignity of aging Holocaust survivors


(JTA) — Nazi death marches crippled Mr. Cohen’s knees. The 94-year-old who survived Auschwitz now felt defeated trying to climb the stairs to his walk-up condo. He and his wife of 66 years used...
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