• Samuels celebrates Basin Street Records’ 21st anniversary

    By BILL MOTCHAN, Special to the CCJN

    When Mark Samuels was nearing his 13th birthday, he was playing music while preparing for his bar mitzvah at what was then called the Conservative Congregation of New Orleans. Today it is known as Shir Chadash or “New Song” and that may be appropriate given his affinity for music. That initial attraction to music became even more focused when he played music alongside Wynton and Delfeayo Marsalis in high school and met their younger brother, percussionist Jason Marsalis, who was then a wunderkind three-year-old.

    Initially, Samuels played a hand-me-down, metal clarinet. He later...
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  • M. S. Rau holds birthday party for Napoleon

    By ALAN SMASON

    M. S. Rau Antiques, the renowned Royal Street dealer of rare art works and antiquities, is holding a special 250th birthday for their favorite Frenchman, Napoleon Bonaparte, the legendary soldier and conqueror who became emperor of France and nearly made it to New Orleans before his eventual...
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    Daniel Sherman takes the bimah as Temple Sinai’s new senior rabbi

    By DEAN M. SHAPIRO, Special to the CCJN

    As he sat down to begin this interview, Daniel Sherman asked, “Okay, so what do I need to know about New Orleans?”

    When told that, first and foremost, he needs to become a Saints fan, his response was, “Well, that shouldn’t be...
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Current News

California high school students make Nazi salute and sing Nazi marching song at awards ceremony

(JTA) — Students at a Southern California high school made a Nazi salute and sang a Nazi marching song at the start of an awards ceremony.

The school district will not say publicly if or how it disciplined the students.

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Here’s what Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib were going to do on their trip to Israel and the West Bank

By BEN SALES

WASHINGTON (JTA) — By now it seems clear that Reps. Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib are not going to be visiting Israel or the Palestinian areas of the West Bank.

Israel’s government announced Thursday that it would...
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IDF kills 5 terrorists attempting to cross Gaza border

By ARYE GREEN

(TPS) – Israel Defense Forces troops killed five armed Hamas terrorists attempting to cross the border in order to attack Israeli civilians early Sunday morning.

The IDF spokesperson said that shortly after IDF forces identified them, the...
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Breaking News

Jewish groups see Trump’s disloyalty remarks as ‘dangerous’ and ‘textbook anti-Semitism’

(JTA) — Mainstream and left-wing Jewish groups called out President Donald Trump as “dangerous” and displaying “textbook anti-Semitism” for accusing Jews who vote for Democrats of being “disloyal.”

“I think Jewish people that vote for a Democrat – I think...
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Opinions & Voices

OP-ED: Closed door policy

By ALAN SMASON

In recent months, the old American Dream of hope and opportunity has been contorted into a new, darker American Dream, whereby are found those who are able “to stand on their own two feet” and those who...
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