• Yad Vashem holds unseen memories

    By ALAN SMASON

    In my two previous visits to Jerusalem, I never allowed myself the time to visit Yad Vashem, the World Holocaust Remembrance Center. I intuitively knew that a one- or two-hour tour of the facility would not be possible. Furthermore, I surmised it would also be insulting to the memory of the six million victims of the Shoah remembered there to not pay the proper amount of attention and respect.

    So I waited until my most recent trip in November to make certain that I allow myself the necessary four to five hours minimal time needed to take in the...
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  • ADL honors Steve Gleason, Oschner’s Warner Thomas

    By ALAN SMASON, Exclusive to the CCJN

    The Anti-Defamation League’s 2018 A. I. Botnick Torch of Liberty Award was presented to former New Orleans Saints safety Steve Gleason and Ochsner Hospital CEO Warner Thomas at a gala dinner on Wednesday evening, Dec. 5, at the New Orleans Marriott Hotel.

    The...
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    Chabad’s Chanukah at the Riverwalk marks 29 years

    By ALAN SMASON, Special to the CCJN

    The Chabad Lubavitch of Louisiana organization ushered in the Chanukah holiday as it has done for the past 28 years with music, song and holiday food this past Sun., Dec. 2. The Spanish Plaza area now run by the Riverwalk Outlet Connection Mall...
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Current News

Christmas tree in Israeli mall called a ‘disgrace’ by Orthodox city official

By MARCY OSTER

JERUSALEM (JTA) — An Ashdod mall put up a Christmas tree for the first time — that’s not sitting too well with the northern Israeli city’s haredi Orthodox deputy mayor.

“This is something intended to hurt anyone...
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Here’s why the arrest of a Chinese tech mogul matters for Iran — and Israel

By RON KAMPEAS 

WASHINGTON (JTA) — Canadian authorities, acting on a U.S. request, arrested a major Chinese tech mogul in Vancouver between flights on Dec. 1.

The arrest of Meng Wanzhou has already rattled U.S.-China, China-Canada and U.S.-Canada relations. China...
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Pregnant woman in critical condition and 6 others injured in West Bank terror attack

By MARCY OSTER

JERUSALEM (JTA) — A pregnant woman is in critical condition and six others are injured in a terror attack near the West Bank settlement of Ofra.

Shots were fired from a passing car on Sunday night into a...
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Breaking News

A lot of the bread in the US will no longer be kosher

NEW YORK (JTA) — The largest baking company in the United States will be removing kosher certification from nearly all of its bread and rolls.

Bimbo Bakeries USA confirmed to JTA that it will be removing the certification. The company produces brands...
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Opinions & Voices

OP-ED: It is time to abolish Israel’s Chief Rabbinate

By RUACH HIDDISH   JERUSALEM (JTA) — Israel’s Chief Rabbinate holds absolute power in key areas over the religious definition of what – and who – is Jewish. This monopoly — empowered, funded and perpetuated by the state — has...
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