• 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 Gerber was officiating over his first service at the Reform temple in Metairie.

    Taking the reins from now-Emeritus Rabbi Robert Loewy, Gerber has spent the past two months getting acclimated to his new home in the New Orleans area, as well as with his staff and key members of the...
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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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    Granddaughter interviews grandmother, great aunt for school’s film project

    By ALAN SMASON, Exclusive to the CCJN

    Rebecca Brown always knew that her grandmother, Lila Millen, was a Holocaust survivor, but it wasn’t until she interviewed her for her Memphis religious school’s film project, “Names, Not Numbers,” that she began to understand how very young she was at the time.

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Current News

Avital Ostfield named new director of education at Temple Sinai

Avital Ostfield, most recently associated with a Conservative synagogue in suburban St. Louis, MO., has been named Temple Sinai’s new director of education, effective August 1, 2018.

Ostfield, a native of Israel who speaks fluent Hebrew, was recently the director...
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Stephen Miller’s uncle calls him an ‘immigration hypocrite’

(JTA) — The uncle of Stephen Miller, a senior adviser to President Donald Trump, has accused his nephew of being an “immigration hypocrite” who supports policies that would have condemned his own Jewish family to death if they had...
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Palestinian flags fly in Tel Aviv as Arabs protest controversial nation-state law

TEL AVIV (JTA) — Tens of thousands of Israeli Arabs, some waving Palestinian flags, gathered in Tel Aviv’s Rabin Square on Saturday evening to protest the recent passage of Israel’s nation-state bill enshrining the state’s Jewish character.

At a protest...
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Breaking News

Journalist Peter Beinart detained and questioned at Israeli airport

(JTA) — Peter Beinart said he was detained at Ben Gurion Airport for an hour and questioned by an Israeli security official about his political activism.

Beinart, a prominent liberal Zionist journalist and commentator, was interrogated Sunday at the Tel...
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Opinions & Voices

OP-ED: What Palestinian flags reveal about Israel’s nation-state law

 For the second consecutive week, Tel Aviv’s Rabin Square was the site of a Saturday-night protest against Israel’s nation-state law. But the difference between the two demonstrations speaks volumes about the nature of the debate over the controversial...
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