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Comedian, filmmaker Jerry Lewis dies at 91

WASHINGTON, DC - JANUARY 07:  Comedian Jerry Lewis attends The Lincoln Awards: A Concert For Veterans & The Military Family presented by The Friars Foundation at John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts on January 7, 2015 in Washington, DC.  (Photo by Larry French/Getty Images for The Friars Club)

(JTA) — Comedian and filmmaker Jerry Lewis, known for his work with singer-actor Dean Martin and his four decades of hosting the Muscular Dystrophy telethon, has died.

Lewis, best known for his starring role in “The Nutty Professor,” died Sunday morning at his home in Las Vegas, The Las Vegas...
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Review: Was Stephen Bannon good for the Jews?

WASHINGTON, DC - FEBRUARY 24: Chief Strategist Steve Bannon walks behind U.S. President Donald Trump toward Marine One before departing from the White House on February 24, 2017 in Washington, DC. President Trump is making the short trip to National Harbor in Maryland to speak at CPAC the Conservative Political Action Conference. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)


(JTA) — Stephen Bannon, whose advice to President Donald Trump was that “darkness is good,” was thrust out into the light of the sunshiny day enveloping Washington, D.C., on Friday: He is no longer Trump’s strategic adviser.

It’s not clear yet what led to Bannon’s departure. He alone...
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White House: Stephen Bannon is out as chief strategist

WASHINGTON, DC - JUNE 01:  Senior Counselor to the President Steve Bannon helps with last minute preparations before President Donald Trump announces his decision to pull out of the Paris climate agreement at the White House June 1, 2017 in Washington, DC. Trump pledged on the campaign trail to withdraw from the accord, which former President Barack Obama and the leaders of 194 other countries signed in 2015 to deal with greenhouse gas emissions mitigation, adaptation and finance so to limit global warming to a manageable level.  (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

(JTA) — Stephen Bannon is leaving his position as White House chief strategist.

White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said that Friday was Bannon’s last day in the role.

“White House Chief of Staff John Kelly and Steve Bannon have mutually agreed today would be Steve’s last day,” Sanders...
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13 dead, over 50 injured in Barcelona van-ramming attack near kosher restaurant

Medical staff members and policemen stand in a cordoned off area after a van ploughed into the crowd, injuring several persons on the Rambla in Barcelona on August 17, 2017.
Police in Barcelona said they were dealing with a "terrorist attack" after a vehicle ploughed into a crowd of pedestrians on the city's famous Las Ramblas boulevard on August 17, 2017. Police were clearing the area after the incident, which has left a number of people injured. / AFP PHOTO / Josep LAGO        (Photo credit should read JOSEP LAGO/AFP/Getty Images)

(JTA) — A van plowed through a crowd of people on Barcelona’s main shopping street, reportedly killing at least 13 people and injuring over 50 others. The driver is still missing, according to authorities, who continue their manhunt for him.

Police said they were treating the Thursday incident as a...
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Trump names KKK, white supremacists, neo-Nazis in condemnation of Charlottesville rally

WASHINGTON, D.C. - AUGUST 14: (AFP-OUT) U.S. President Donald Trump makes a statement on the violence this past weekend in Charlottesville, Virginia at the White House on August 14, 2017 in Washington, DC. Heather Heyer, 32, was killed in Charlottesville when a car allegedly driven by James Alex Fields Jr. barreled into a crowd of counter-protesters following violence at the 'Unite the Right' rally. Two Virginia state police troopers were also killed when their helicopter crashed while covering events on the ground. (Photo by Chris Kleponis-Pool/Getty Images)

WASHINGTON (JTA) — Amid a furor over his delay in denouncing a white supremacists’ rally in specific terms, President Donald Trump condemned the “racist violence” at the Charlottesville event and declared that “racism is evil.”

“Racism is evil and those who cause violence in its name are criminals and thugs,...
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Zionist feminists shunned at SlutWalk Chicago


(JTA) — About a dozen Zionist feminist activists participated in SlutWalk Chicago despite opposition to their presence.

The new Zioness group had announced that it would join in the annual demonstration Saturday against sexual violence to promote the idea that Zionism and progressive values are compatible.

SlutWalk Chicago organizers said prior to...
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Meryl Zimmerman a finalist in Stage Door Idol competition


By ALAN SMASON, Exclusive to the CCJN

The third time is apparently the charm for local singer, teacher and musician Meryl Zimmerman as she will be competing as one seven finalists for the title of 2017 Stage Door Idol at the National World War II Museum.

Zimmerman, an attractive brunette...
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Museum of Southern Jewish Experience moving here


By DEAN M. SHAPIRO, Special to the CCJN

The Museum of the Southern Jewish Experience, founded in 1986 at the Union for Reform Judaism’s Henry S. Jacobs Camp in Utica, Mississippi and recently shuttered, will reopen within two years in larger, more centrally located quarters in New Orleans, it was...
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Summer Lyric ends season with great ‘Gypsy’


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

With the final production of its 50th anniversary year, Summer Lyric Theatre (SLT) at Tulane has pulled off an amazing series under the helm of artistic director Michael McKelvey and “Gypsy” is the cherry on top of its sweet confectionary of Broadway...
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Tony Award winning ‘Indecent’ finishing its Broadway run

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

Near the beginning of Indecent, the one-act ensemble piece by Paula Vogel, which netted director Rebecca Taichman her first Tony Award, the character of Lemml, the Stage Manager (Richard Topol), peers into the darkness enveloping the theater audience and announces “Every night...
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