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    Glenfiddich ambassador Allan Roth prepares to repour here

    By ALAN SMASON, Exclusive to the CCJN

    When Tales of the Cocktail opens its 15th annual conference today, Tuesday, July 18, one of the many Jewish members of the spirits industry arriving in the Crescent City will be Allan Roth. Roth holds the current position of the Glenfiddich Brand Ambassador.

    Having been named one of a handful of label ambassadors, Roth represents that specific brand of single malt Speyside Scotch whisky as part of the massive portfolio of spirits offered through the William Grant and Sons labels.

    While last year was his first time as a participant with Tales of...
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  • Summer Lyric’s ‘Hairspray’ glistens

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

    When composer and lyricist Marc Shaiman and his writing partner Scott Wittman opened “Hairspray: The Broadway Musical” 15 years ago, there could not have been an expectation as to how well-received and how pervasive the musical, based on the same-titled 1988 John...
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    These rabbis have no idea why they’re on the Israeli Chief Rabbinate’s ‘blacklist’



    NEW YORK (JTA) — In 2012, Rabbi Jason Herman wrote a letter to Israel’s Chief Rabbinate certifying that a friend of his who wished to get married was Jewish and single.

    The letter was declared invalid.

    But several months later Herman, spiritual leader of the Orthodox West...
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A tale of two Palestinian worlds; sharp dichotomy between Israeli minorities


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Jerusalem District Commander Yoram Halevy ordered the closure on Wednesday over the Jewish...
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Pink Floyd founding member Roger Waters has spent the last decade disparaging the Jewish state. Labeled an anti-Semite by the Anti-Defamation League, Waters compares Jews to Nazi collaborators and claims that Israel is a “racist apartheid regime” that practices “ethnic...
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