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Jewish tour with Julie Schwartz this Sunday

Jewish New Orleans tour guide Julie Schwartz will lead the second of two tours sponsored by JNola and the Jewish Federation of Greater New Orleans on Sunday, September 3 with check-in beginning at 9:30 a.m.

The air-conditioned bus tour that runs from 10 a.m -1:00 p.m. is intended to help...
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Houston Jewish community ‘could take years’ to recover from Harvey

By JOSEFIN DOLSTEN

(JTA) — The Jewish community in Houston has seen “devastating” damage from Hurricane Harvey and could take years to recover, a federation official said.

“Recovery like this — it is a disaster larger than Katrina in terms of the amount of water that fell — we’re going...
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New Orleans community mobilizes for Houston as Harvey bears down on LA

By ALAN SMASON

On the ignoble anniversaries of the twin landfalls of Hurricanes Katrina and Issac, the New Orleans Jewish community mobilized for action to help rain-soaked sister city Houston recover from record setting floods brought about by Hurricane Harvey.

Harvey retreated into the Gulf of Mexico waters late Monday...
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Dozens of Houston Jewish community families displaced in ‘catastrophic’ flooding

(JTA) — Dozens of Jewish families in Houston were either evacuated or moved to the second floors of their homes due to flooding caused by Hurricane Harvey, the local Jewish Family Service said.

Some 150 neighborhood blocks in the city that are home to members of the Jewish community have been...
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Amateur astronomers flock to catch sight of rare solar eclipse

By ALAN SMASON

For only the second time in his life, Pontchartrain Astronomy Society president Barry Simon, caught sight of a rare total solar eclipse this past Monday, August 21, and the first totally American eclipse in 99 years.

The last time Simon was able to view this celestial phenomenon...
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Hundreds attend interfaith gathering to hear religious leaders denounce hate

By NICHOLAS HAMBURGER, Special to the CCJN

A crowd of more than 200 religiously diverse members gathered Monday evening, August 21, at Congregation Beth Israel in Metairie to hear members of the East Jefferson Interfaith Clergy Association (EJICA) call for a unified denunciation of anti-Semitism and racism.

Organized in the...
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Comedian, filmmaker Jerry Lewis dies at 91

(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?

By RON KAMPEAS

(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

(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

(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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