• Tales of the Cocktail brings never before sampled wares to NOLA

    By ALAN SMASON, Exclusive to the CCJN

    When the heat and humidity seem at about their worst in July, it’s a sure bet that the Tales of the Cocktail spirits events will bring a refreshing opportunity to sample and sip a variety of potent potables in air conditioned comfort at various venues around town. 

    Of course, the headquarters for this year’s events presented by the Tales of the Cocktail Foundation is firmly entrenched at the Royal Sonesta Hotel. But this year, as was the case last year, a number of nearby partners at cozy bars such as Curio, The Chart...
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  • A Jewish family sold this Kandinsky painting to survive the Nazis. Amsterdam is keeping it anyway.


    AMSTERDAM (JTA) — Following a protracted legal fight, the family of Irma Klein last year finally got Dutch restitution officials to recognize that the Nazi occupation forced Klein to sell her Wassily Kandinsky painting to this city’s municipal Stedelijk Museum for a fraction of its worth.

    That was in 1940,...
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    Dody Piper astounds in SLT’s ‘She Loves Me’

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

    For its second full production of their season, Summer Lyric Theatre  at Tulane (SLT) chose “She Loves Me,” a show that could arguably be considered among the most stealthily Jewish shows in the modern Broadway lexicon. Based on “Parfumerie,” a 1937 play...
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Current News

Congress tackles the anti-Israel boycott, but bipartisanship is fleeting


WASHINGTON (JTA) — On Wednesday, the Foreign Affairs committee in the Democratic-led House unanimously condemned the boycott Israel movement. On Thursday, the leader of the Republican-led Senate said it wasn’t enough, even if the full U.S. House...
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On 25th anniversary of AMIA bombing, Argentina lists Hezbollah as terrorist group

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (JTA) — Argentina listed Hezbollah as a terrorist group on Thursday, the 25th anniversary of a deadly attack on Argentine Jews attributed to the Lebanon-based militia.

Hezbollah, which has denied any involvement in the 1994 bombing on...
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Jeffrey Epstein denied bail, judge says he poses danger

NEW YORK (JTA) — Jeffrey Epstein was denied bail on sex trafficking charges.

A Manhattan federal judge, Richard Berman, said in his ruling Thursday that the 66-year-old financier poses a danger to former victims and potential new ones.

In 2008,...
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Breaking News

The Jewish reporter who brought the 1969 moon landing into America’s living rooms


NEW YORK (JTA) — In the 1960s, astronauts Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin and John Glenn were household names, idolized as god-like figures by a public enraptured by NASA’s forays into space.

There was also Jules Bergman, who...
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Opinions & Voices

OP-ED: Jews Must not be shields for Trump’s racism


President Trump did what seemed nearly impossible this week, sinking to a new low in demanding that four Democratic congresswomen “go back” to their countries of origin. The president’s racist attacks on sitting members of the...
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