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Dr. Joseph Caspi: Saving Young Lives Through the HeartGift Foundation

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By DEAN M. SHAPIRO, Special to the CCJN

Doctors, especially heart surgeons who save lives, are blessed with rewards that go beyond monetary compensation. The gratitude from the families of those whose loved ones are saved is priceless and it can sometimes translate into something greater and more personal –...
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Cosmetic moguls’ rivalry revealed in ‘War Paint’

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

What truly establishes “War Paint” as one of the most unusual Broadway experiences is that rarely are two Tony Award winning actresses allowed to share the stage with one another and stand strongly pound-for-pound, song-by-song next to each other and sing and...
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Edrington exec savors taste of giving

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By ALAN SMASON, Exclusive to the CCJN

Growing up in a Conservative Jewish New Jersey household prepared Marc Bromfeld for a number of things. Through his association with his synagogue and participation in the movement’s United Synagogue Youth (USY), he learned the importance of being ethical in his business and...
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Glenfiddich ambassador Allan Roth repours here

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By ALAN SMASON, Exclusive to the CCJN

When Tales of the Cocktail opened its 15th annual conference earlier in the week, it beckoned for a number of closely-connected Jewish members of the spirits industry to arrive in the Crescent City. One of those is Allan Roth, who holds the current...
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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’

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By BEN SALES

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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Israeli rabbinate ‘blacklisting’ American rabbis

NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 30:  Rabbi Avi Weiss of the Hebrew Institute of Riverdale leads a vigil and march in remembrance of the three Israeli boys who went missing on June 30, 2014 in New York City. Today the Israeli army announced that they had found three bodies, which they believe are the missing teenagers. The boys went missing more than two weeks ago in the West Bank.  (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)

By BEN SALES

(JTA) — Some 160 rabbis, including several prominent American Orthodox leaders, appear on a list of rabbis whom Israel’s haredi Orthodox-dominated Chief Rabbinate does not trust to confirm the Jewish identities of immigrants.

Rabbis from 24 countries, including the United States and Canada, are on the list....
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Shir Chadash Nearly New Sale continues

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For the past month, a dozen workers have been accepting lightly used clothing, goods, furniture and appliances in anticipation of yesterday’s and today’s annual “Nearly New” sale at Shir Chadash Conservative Congregation, 3737 West Esplanade Avenue in Metairie.

Working under congregation president Lisa Finkelstein, the volunteers and co-chair Diane Schleifstein...
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Rabbi Yochanan Rivkin assumes permanent pulpit at Anshe Sfard

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By ALAN SMASON

With his acceptance of the interim rabbinical post last year, Rabbi Yochanan Rivkin became the first rabbi in the New Orleans Jewish community’s history to assume a rabbinic seat previously occupied by a sibling. More local Jewish history was marked two weeks ago with the acceptance of...
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Suspension of Western Wall deal leaves Jewish leaders feeling betrayed

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By BEN SALES

(JTA) — They’ve tried strongly worded statements. They’ve tried private meetings with the prime minister. They’ve tried negotiations, protest and prayer.

But for the past five years, despite broad internal consensus and consistent pressure, the American Jewish establishment has been unable to persuade Israel’s government to create...
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