• JPAS showcases Irving Berlin in holiday show

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

    Being Jewish during Christmas season presents many challenges to American Jews but, paradoxically, Jews have been behind a great many of the popular American holiday songs heard at this time of the year. As examples, jazz great Mel Torme wrote “The Christmas Song” on one of the hottest days in Los Angeles in 1945 and Broadway composer Frank Loesser penned this year’s controversial “Baby It’s Cold Outside” in 1942.

    No Jewish composer has ever had more Christmas success, though, than Irving Berlin. Berlin wanted to get into the holiday spirit with his own...
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  • 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...
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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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Israel’s military uncovers 4th attack tunnel from southern Lebanon

JERUSALEM (JTA) — The Israeli military has uncovered and prepared for destruction a fourth attack tunnel that starts in Lebanon and stretches into Israel.

“The route of the tunnel is under the control of the IDF and poses no threat,”...
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Trump is looking at Jared Kushner as chief of staff, report says

(JTA) — Jared Kushner is being considered for White House chief of staff, according to a CBS News report.

Kushner, who is married to Trump’s daughter Ivanka, would replace John Kelly, who is set to leave the post at the...
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A soldier’s death brings grief to Israeli army’s fervently religious battalion

By SAM SOKOL

JERUSALEM (JTA) — “Yosef! Yosef!” wailed Rabbi Eliyahu Meirav, calling out the name of his stepson lying covered in a shroud on the marble slab before him. “You were righteous. I didn’t want to believe it. You...
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Israel’s military uncovers 4th attack tunnel from southern Lebanon

JERUSALEM (JTA) — The Israeli military has uncovered and prepared for destruction a fourth attack tunnel that starts in Lebanon and stretches into Israel.

“The route of the tunnel is under the control of the IDF and poses no threat,”...
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Opinions & Voices

OP-ED: A distinct lack of Jewish outrage

By JONATHAN TOBIN

  – American Jews have often been bashed for being too Israel-centric. But while there was a great deal to be said for arguments that the organized Jewish world needed to focus more on building up...
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