• Rodgers and Hamerstein’s ‘Carousel’ filled with joy, pathos

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

    Few Broadway composers had a bigger impact than Richard Rodgers, who began his career with Jewish lyricist Lorenz Hart, but whose greatest success was with librettist Oscar Hammerstein II. Hammerstein, whose grandfather was a famous Jewish impresario on Broadway, was raised under the Episcopal faith after his father had converted to Christianity. The two famously teamed up for Oklahoma, their initial success in 1943. While “Oklahoma” was still on Broadway at the St. James Theatre in 1945, the team opened their second effort, “Carousel,” directly across the street at the Majestic Theatre.

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  • Rabbi David Gerber ascends the bimah at Gates of Prayer

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

    When the members of Congregation Gates of Prayer returned to their synagogue last weekend, following a two-month summer hiatus, they were seeing a new face on the bimah for the first time in 34 years. Newly-appointed Senior Rabbi David...
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    Small story looms large in ‘The Band’s Visit’

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

    For the past seven weeks, Broadway history has been made through a spectacular bit of casting that only rarely occurs when the world of celluloid intersects with that of the Great White Way.

    Hollywood has frequently contributed to the Broadway scene. Interestingly,...
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Current News

Torah Academy changing name following major gift

In return for a major gift, Torah Academy director of development Rabbi Yossie Chesney announced today, August 17, that the naming rights of the school have been secured. Henceforth, the school will be known as the Rosina and Joseph Slater...
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Jeremy Corbyn met with terror leader weeks before deadly Jerusalem synagogue attack

JERUSALEM (JTA) — British Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn met with the leader-in-exile of a Palestinian terror group in 2014 weeks before its members carried out an attack on a Jerusalem synagogue in which six people were killed.

Last week, The...
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Israel commits to Gaza reconstruction in Hamas cease-fire deal

JERUSALEM (JTA) — Israel has committed to the reconstruction of Gaza and discussing the possibility of airports and seaports in the Hamas-controlled coastal territory.

Details have begun to emerge regarding these and other terms of the Egyptian-brokered cease-fire deal between...
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Breaking News

How a Jewish producer helped unleash Aretha Franklin’s genius


(JTA) — Aretha Franklin, the “Queen of Soul,” died Thursday at the age of 76. Her death reverberated so deeply that an incredible array of people from around the world, from Presidents Donald Trump and Barack Obama...
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Opinions & Voices

OP-ED: How to misread anti-Semitism


— In all the furor around the anti-Semitism plaguing the British Labour Party, I’ve noticed two distinct forms of defense of both the party and its far-left leader, Jeremy Corbyn.

The first defense, favored by...
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