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    Should we feast or fast during 4th of July weekend?

    By EDMON J. RODMAN

    LOS ANGELES (JTA) — On this holiday weekend, due to a confluence of special days — Independence Day, the 17th of Tammuz and Shabbat — American Jews will have the opportunity to both celebrate our religious freedom and retrace what we did when it was threatened.

    The 17th of Tammuz, a little-known fast day, commemorates the breach of Jerusalem’s walls by the Romans that led to the destruction of the Second Temple — and, eventually, to another chapter of the Jewish Diaspora. The day also marks the beginning of the three-week mourning period leading to Tisha b’Av.

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  • Houston: ‘We still have a problem’

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    By ALAN SMASON

    Just a little over one month ago and days before the start of the official hurricane season, a massive cell of thunderstorms hit the Houston area, dumping 11 inches of rainwater into the city, overtopping bayous and sending flash floods roiling into homes and businesses.

    Many of...
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    Jewish groups celebrate Supreme Court’s legalization of gay marriage nationwide

    WASHINGTON, DC - JUNE 26:  Same-sex marriage supporters rejoice after the U.S Supreme Court hands down a ruling regarding same-sex marriage June 26, 2015 outside the Supreme Court in Washington, DC. The high court ruled that same-sex couples have the right to marry in all 50 states.  (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

    WASHINGTON (JTA) – How often do you get the opportunity to pack “109 years,” #LoveWins and the colors of the rainbow into 140 characters?

    That’s how the American Jewish Committee celebrated the Supreme Court ruling Friday extending marriage rights to gays throughout the United States.

    “For 109 years AJC has stood...
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Current News

Declining United Church of Christ’s Israel divestment may not pack any punc

By SEAN SAVAGE

(JNS.org) – The United Church of Christ (UCC) this week became the latest mainline Protestant denomination to approve a resolution calling for divestment from companies that do business with Israel. But given the UCC’s declining membership, coupled...
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CCJN announces Red Beans & Rice Cook-Off with Torah Academy

The Crescent City Jewish News and Torah Academy have jointly announced the 1st Original Red Beans & Rice Cook-Off to be held on Labor Day, Monday, September 7, from 12:00 noon to 4:00 p.m. on the grounds of Torah Academy,...
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Nicholas Winton, Kindertransport organizer known as ‘British Schindler,’ dies at 106

(JTA) — Sir Nicholas Winton, who organized the Kindertransport that rescued 669 children from Nazi-occupied Czechoslovakia, has died.

Winton, known as the “British Schindler,” died Wednesday at 106.

The baptized son of Jewish parents, Winton was a 29-year-old stockbroker when...
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Breaking News

Edel Ginsburgh memorial service set for Monday

EDEL GINSBURGH passed away peacefully in her sleep this morning, July 3, 2015. To read her obituary, please click here.

Burial will be private. Visitation will begin at 11:30 a.m. at Temple Sinai, 6227 St. Charles Avenue, on Monday, July...
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Opinions & Voices

Calendar Coincidence

Dear Editor:

In 1776, Independence Day was observed on July 4 which was the 17th of Tammuz on the Jewish calendar. In a rare calendar convergence in 2015, we will be celebrate Independence Day on July 4...
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