• Better Than Chicken Soup: Healing and Charity in the Big Easy

    By ALAN SMASON, Special to the CCJN

    The traditional Jewish mandate of caring for the sick and infirm has evolved since the time of New Orleans’ founding 300 years ago.  Today we live in a vastly different period than those days in which factors of self-preservation and prejudice required, if not demanded, a local Jewish hospital.

    Jewish tradition holds that pikuach nefesh – “the saving of a life” – soars above all other Commandments. The Talmud even permits violation of Biblically mandated laws, such as observance of the Sabbath, if done in the furtherance of saving a life. During the...
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  • Trump nominates Brett Kavanaugh to serve on Supreme Court

    (JTA) — President Donald Trump nominated Brett Kavanaugh to replace Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy upon his retirement at the end of July.

    A federal appeals court judge in Washington, Kavanaugh, 53, is well respected by the Republican establishment, although some on the right have said he is not conservative enough....
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    Shir Chadash prepares for Nearly New Sale

    If it’s around time for Independence Day, it’s also around the time for the annual Shir Chadash Conservative Congregation’s big fundraiser and mitzvah project, the Nearly New Sale at the synagogue.

    Shoppers interested in obtaining high-quality merchandise at bargain prices will be lining up at 3737 West Esplanade Avenue...
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Current News

Sacha Baron Cohen plays an Israeli caricature to dupe Zionist conservatives

WASHINGTON (JTA) — Sacha Baron Cohen is back, and he is taking aim at a strain of “pro-Israel” thought that has both delighted and unsettled many American Jews: the unconditional love engendered by the country among deeply conservative Americans.

In...
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Understanding the Syria moment at the Trump-Putin news conference

WASHINGTON (JTA) — The media, Congress, the international community — just about everybody is reeling after the joint news conference on Monday in Helsinki bringing together President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Among other remarkable declarations, Trump seemed...
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Following escalation with Gaza, Iron Dome battery deployed to protect Tel Aviv area

JERUSALEM (JTA) — The Israeli military deployed an Iron Dome anti-missile defense battery in the Tel Aviv area following a “situation assessment,” the Israel Defense Forces said.

Reserve soldiers were called up on Sunday to man the batteries, according to...
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Breaking News

More Birthright participants leave the trip in protest

JERUSALEM (JTA) — A group of American Jews visiting Israel on a free Birthright trip walked off the tour during a visit to the City of David in Jerusalem to visit a Palestinian family who is facing eviction from their...
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Opinions & Voices

OP-ED: Weddings are lovely; it’s the marriage that counts

By CINDY SHER

CHICAGO (JTA) — My sister was married on a beautiful summer day many years ago.

Those of us in the wedding party took pictures in a garden before the ceremony. As maid of honor, one of my...
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