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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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Ed Asner interview: The star of ‘A Man and His Prostate’ speaks

By ALAN SMASON, Exclusive to the CCJN

A fixture on TV and film screens for six decades, actor Ed Asner will be making a rare stop in New Orleans starring for two nights only in a one-man play “A Man and His Prostate” at Le Petit Theatre du Vieux Carré...
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Area rabbis reflect on meaning of Rosh Hashanah


In anticipation of Rosh Hashanah, four prominent New Orleans area rabbis discussed their thoughts about the holiday, noting in particular its unique relationship to personal change and time. Rosh Hashanah, which marks the beginning of the Jewish New Year, is celebrated on the...
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Reese Johanson: Making art happen in New Orleans

By DEAN M. SHAPIRO, Special to the Crescent City Jewish News

When Reese Johanson arrived in New Orleans in 1999 she was pleasantly surprised to learn that the rabbi of the Atlanta synagogue she attended as a child, Edward Paul Cohn, was the rabbi at Temple Sinai on St. Charles...
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Federation’s Soiree its biggest event to date

By ALAN SMASON, Special to the CCJN

Outlining his vision for a newly energized and committed Jewish Federation of Greater New Orleans, CEO Arnie Fielkow ascended to the podium for the first time at an annual meeting held Tuesday, September 12, at the Audubon Tea Room.

Speaking to a sold-out...
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Hadassah’s ‘Free the Tatas’ brings in disco dollars


If imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, John Travolta reaped hearty helpings of admiration at last night’s “Free the Tatas” Disco Ball given as a gala fundraiser and social event at the Cannery in Mid-City by the Greater New Orleans Chapter of Hadassah.

A crowd of...
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Jews fleeing Hurricane Irma are taking refuge in Atlanta’s synagogues


(JTA) — Rabbi Adam Starr was returning from an emergency trip to Houston, where he had helped a colleague clean up his synagogue after Harvey swept through that city, when his phone began to buzz. Jews from Florida had begun contacting Starr’s Atlanta synagogue seeking a safe...
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Hurricane Irma was no match for this mikvah on St. Martin


(JTA) — It was 5 a.m. Wednesday and Hurricane Irma was pounding the tiny Caribbean island of Saint Martin. Rabbi Moishe Chanowitz and his wife, Chana, the Chabad movement’s emissaries there, gathered their five children and hunkered down in an unlikely place: a mikvah.

According to the...
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Jewish groups attack Trump’s call to end DACA immigration program


WASHINGTON (JTA) — An array of Jewish groups and lawmakers attacked as immoral President Donald Trump’s decision to end an Obama-era program granting protections to illegal immigrants who arrived in the United States as children.

The Trump administration said Monday that it would end the Deferred Action...
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In ‘unprecedented’ role reversal, Israel looks to send $1M in aid to Houston Jews

JERUSALEM (JTA) — Israel’s Diaspora Affairs Ministry is advancing a plan to send $1 million in emergency aid to Houston’s flood-hit Jewish community.

Diaspora Affairs Minister Naftali Bennett announced the plan Monday, calling it “unprecedented.” His office said the money would go toward repairing and rebuilding local schools, synagogues and Jewish...
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