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Arnie Fielkow tapped as next Federation CEO

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The Jewish Federation of Greater New Orleans announced on May 17  the selection of Arnie D. Fielkow as its new chief executive officer. Fielkow was selected after a comprehensive national search and will return to New Orleans, where he and his family previously resided from 2000-2011. Fielkow will begin...
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Israel reportedly provided intelligence Trump disclosed to Russia

WASHINGTON, DC - FEBRUARY 15:  (CHINA OUT, SOUTH KOREA OUT) U.S. President Donald Trump (R) and Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (L) shake hands following a joint news conference at the East Room of the White House February 15, 2017 in Washington, DC. President Trump hosted Prime Minister Netanyahu for talks for the first time since Trump took office on January 20.  (Photo by The Asahi Shimbun via Getty Images)

(JTA) — Israel was the source of the highly classified intelligence President Donald Trump disclosed to Russian officials, according to a report by The New York Times.

The Washington Post reported Monday that Trump revealed the intelligence to Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and U.N. Ambassador Sergey Kislyak in an Oval...
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Women of Valor: New Orleans Ladies

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By ALAN SMASON, Exclusive to the CCJN

With Creole culture rampant in the early days of New Orleans and the European model of a prevailing male-dominated society, it is understandable that women enjoyed little in the way of political strength, financial clout or professional opportunities. The right to vote was...
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Rod Rosenstein: 5 things to know about the man who helped get Comey fired

Rod Rosenstein, deputy attorney general nominee for U.S. President Donald Trump, listens during a Senate Judiciary Committee confirmation hearing in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Tuesday, March 7, 2017. The confirmation hearing for Rosenstein began with Republicans and Democrats squaring off over who should lead probes into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election and potential contacts between Moscow and Trumps campaign team. Photographer: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg via Getty Images

By BEN SALES

(JTA) — Until this year, Rod Rosenstein was an unassuming U.S. attorney with a reputation for fairness.

Now he’s at the center of the controversy over President Donald Trump’s snap firing of James Comey, the FBI director.

Rosenstein, 52, whose appointment by Trump as deputy attorney general...
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Trump fires FBI director Comey; aides cite handling of Clinton emails case

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(JTA) — President Donald Trump fired FBI Director James Comey, on the same day that reports indicated Comey misstated, during testimony to the Senate Judiciary Committee,  the involvement of Hillary Clinton aide Huma Abedin and her now-estranged husband Anthony Weiner in the email scandal his office investigated.

In a statement from the...
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Israeli paratroopers re-create iconic photo on 50th anniversary of the Six-Day War

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By ANDREW TOBIN

JERUSALEM (JTA) – David Rubinger’s iconic photograph of three paratroopers at the Western Wall is the defining image of the 1967 Six-Day War.

The men in the photo — Dr. Yitzhak Yifat, Tzion Karasenti and Chaim Oshri — have proudly served as symbols of the historic Israeli victory...
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Avodah honoree Deborah Cotton succumbs after brunch

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By ALAN SMASON

Deborah “Deb” Cotton, the outspoken writer and community activist who was just awarded the top honor from Avodah for her work in advocating for the African-American and Jewish communities to which she belonged, died Tuesday, May 2 as a result of the injuries she sustained in the...
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AVODAH honors Steeg, Cotton at Partners in Justice Brunch

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By ALAN SMASON

Avodah, the Jewish Service Corps, held its sixth annual Partners in Justice Brunch on Sunday, April 22 at Temple Sinai. For the second year in a row, the event was housed at a URJ (Reform) house of worship and for the fifth consecutive year two members of...
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US Anti-Semitic incidents rising in ’17, rose a third in ’16

Vandalized stones are scattered at Stone Road or Waad Hakolel Cemetery in Rochester, New York on March 3, 2017.
Vandals tumbled and defaced headstones at a Jewish cemetery in a Rochester, New York, local officials confirmed Friday, the third such cemetery in the United States to suffer damage in a surge in apparent anti-Semitic acts. Meredith Dragon, chief executive of the Jewish Federation of Greater Rochester, said local police were not yet ready to determine whether the toppling of a dozen or more headstones in the Stone Road or Waad Hakolel Cemetery overnight March 1, 2017 was an act of petty vandalism or a targeted hate crime. But New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced an investigation into the rise in crimes and threats against Jewish organizations in the state.
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By MARCY OSTER and BEN SALES

(JTA) – Anti-Semitic incidents in the United States soared 86 percent in the first three months of 2017 after rising by more than one-third in 2016, according to the Anti-Defamation League.

There has been a massive increase in harassment of American Jews, largely since...
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French Jews worried over Le Pen’s success in presidential vote’s 1st round

HENIN-BEAUMONT, FRANCE - DECEMBER 06:  French Far-Right National Front President Marine Le Pen during her speech after the announcement of the results of the first round of the regional election on December 6, 2015 in Henin-Beaumont, France. Photo by Sylvain Lefevre/Getty Images)  (Photo by Sylvain Lefevre/Getty Images)

By CNAAN LIPHSHIZ

(JTA) — Leaders of French Jewry had mixed reactions to the success of Marine Le Pen and Emmanuel Macron in the first round of the French presidential elections.

“Satisfaction and concern,” Francis Kalifat, president of the CRIF umbrella group of French Jewish communities, wrote on Twitter Sunday...
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