• Jewish ensemble member of ‘Les Miz’ enjoying national tour

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

    Only a few weeks ago, Gabriel Sidney Brown made the decision to leave the national road company of “Les Miserables” and enjoy some well-earned time for himself. The hard-working member of the ensemble had already logged some 15 months in the cast. He planned to see his sister in Europe and then wait out the ensuing  two months when he would begin the arduous process of auditioning, casting and shooting TV pilots.

    But once he got back home in New York, the Cleveland native received an email from the producers. A fellow...
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  • A day after Pompeo talks up US role in the Middle East, troops start to leave Syria

    By RON KAMPEAS

    WASHINGTON (JTA) — Secretary of State Mike Pompeo gave a speech Thursday in Cairo, and much of it was about dissing his boss Donald Trump’s predecessor, Barack Obama, for what Pompeo said was diminishing U.S. influence in the region.

    Pompeo’s message was clear: “America,” he said Thursday, “is...
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    New Orleans Women’s March canceled; Jewish groups disavow anti-Semitism of leadership

     By  JACKSON RICHMAN AND SEAN SAVAGE with CCJN reports     — The Women’s March New Orleans was canceled just before New Year’s Eve by organizers of the event over allegations of anti-Semitism. In a statement issued yesterday, Thursday, January 3,  by National Organization for Women (NOW) Baton Rouge president Angela Adkins,...
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Current News

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis said state will sanction Airbnb for delisting Jewish settlements

By MARCY OSTER

(JTA) — Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis said his state would take action against Airbnb for its decision to remove listings of rooms and homes for rent in West Bank Jewish settlements.

Airbnb announced in November 2018 that...
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ArtScroll prayer books have dominated in Orthodox synagogues for decades. Is that ending?

By BEN SALES

NEW YORK (JTA) — For decades, one name dominated the bookshelves and pews of American Orthodox synagogues: ArtScroll.

The Brooklyn-based publisher of Jewish books put out the most widely used Orthodox prayer book, or siddur, as well...
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Hillel International investigation finds sexual harassment claims against some donors ‘justified’

By MARCY OSTER

(JTA) — Hillel International has issued a confidential statement to its professional staff and board of directors about an internal investigation into sexual harassment allegations against some donors.

The statement said that the six-month investigation confirmed the allegations, The...
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Breaking News

Joan S. Berenson succumbs after long illness

JOAN SEIDENBACH BERENSON, a pillar of the Jewish community whose contributions to organizations like the Jewish Federation of Greater New Orleans, the Jewish Endowment Foundation of Louisiana (JEF), the Anti-Defamation League, the National Council of Jewish Women, the Jewish Community Day...
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Opinions & Voices

OP-ED: The media’s anti-Semitism problem

By SEAN BURNS

— Adolf Hitler was a genocidal dictator who unleashed the most destructive war in the history of humankind and perpetrated the Holocaust. He was also a lover of animals and art who, initially anyways, brought...
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