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GOP announces hire of Rabbi David Gerber

Metairie’s Congregation Gates of Prayer chose its next spiritual leader on Wednesday evening as the board of trustees unanimously voted in favor of Rabbi David Gerber to assume the rabbinate on July 1, 2018. Gerber, one of two rabbis presently serving Congregation Beth Or in Maple Park, Pennsylvania, will take...
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Woody Allen ‘sad’ about Harvey Weinstein and worried about a ‘witch hunt

(JTA) — Filmmaker Woody Allen said he was “sad” for both Harvey Weinstein and his alleged victims and expressed hope that the scandal would not lead to a “witch hunt atmosphere.”

“The whole Harvey Weinstein thing is very sad for everybody involved,” he said in an interview with the BBC published Sunday....
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Last chance to see ‘Chicago’ Sunday

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

There are many reasons why John Kander and Fred Ebb’s Chicago is the longest-running American Broadway show on the Great White Way. First of all, it is a thoroughly satisfying adult comedy with a remarkable book by the late Ebb and the...
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NCJW honoree Kim Sport singled out for private, public battles

By ALAN SMASON, Exclusive to the CCJN

When the Hannah G. Solomon Award is presented at the National Council of Jewish Women (NCJW) annual luncheon this coming Monday, October 16, at the Marriott Hotel, there will probably be but a few people who won’t have a tear in their eyes from...
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Trump is ready to decertify the Iran deal. What does that mean?

By RON KAMPEAS

WASHINGTON (JTA) — President Donald Trump will present a major foreign policy speech this week on the Iran nuclear deal, reportedly decertifying its compliance with the 2015 agreement.

His words, ostensibly, will have consequences. Or perhaps not because of the type of decertification Trump reportedly is choosing....
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UPDATE: From NOLA to Israel and back; Hazelnuts to vocalize for Succot on Mon.

By ALAN SMASON, Exclusive to the CCJN

The Hazelnuts, a close harmony vocal group from Israel, has New Orleans to thank for their unique sound. Years ago they were looking for a group they could emulate and discovered vintage film recordings of the Boswell Sister, three young siblings from New Orleans via...
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Israeli officials and Jewish leaders unite in condemnation of Las Vegas shooting

By ADAM ABRAMS

(JNS.org) — Israeli officials and the leaders of major American Jewish organizations united in condemnation of Sunday night’s mass shooting in Las Vegas, in which 58 people were killed and more than 527 were wounded.

The lone suspect in the shooting, Stephen Paddock, 64, opened fire...
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An Israeli trauma expert predicted a Las Vegas attack three years ago

By BEN SALES

(JTA) — When Dr. Avi Rivkind landed in Las Vegas three years ago to lecture as a trauma care expert, he saw something that troubled him.

The airport, McCarran International, felt too open, almost exposed.

He felt no less comfortable on the city’s Strip while watching crowds...
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At least 59 dead, over 500 wounded in shooting attack in Las Vegas

(JTA) — At least 59 people are dead and 527 wounded in Las Vegas in the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history.

The attack took place at a country music festival outside the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino on the Strip late Sunday night.

The gunman has been identified as Stephen...
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Yom Kippur insights from area rabbis

By JOSH AXELROD, Exclusive to the CCJN

While the holiest day of the Jewish year, Yom Kippur, looms large, New Orleans rabbis indicated how their congregations will be commemorating the holiday that begins at sundown tonight. Also, known as the Day of Atonement, Yom Kippur takes place on the 10th...
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