• ADL hosts inaugural ‘Concert Against Hate’

    By ALAN SMASON

    New Orleans has long treasured its rich musical heritage. From its status as the birthplace of jazz to its secure place in the annals of funk and rhythm and blues, music has been the common thread that binds its citizens. On Thursday night, the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) proved that point with the first of a series of annual concerts designed to celebrate New Orleans artists as well as to promote its agenda against anti-Semitism and all forms of prejudice and hate.

    A sold-out crowd of 300 raised $90,000 on Thursday night, June 20, at the Jazz Market...
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  • Leonard Cohen: A dark, brooding and loving genius

    By ALAN SMASON, Special to the CCJN

    Two years ago the Musée d’Art Contemporain de Montréal (MAC) organized an exhibit on Canada’s favorite son writer, composer, singer and cultural icon, Leonard Cohen. Titled “A Crack in Everything,” the immersive and interactive exhibit included a collection of commissioned works from artists...
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    Avodah New Orleans honors trio at Partners in Justice Brunch

    By ALAN SMASON, Exclusive to the CCJN

    Avodah New Orleans, the Jewish service corps, honored three New Orleans area individuals for their stellar work in promoting social justice at its annual Partners in Justice Brunch on Sunday, June 2.

    Attorney Melanie Bronfin, executive director of the Louisiana Policy Institute for...
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Current News

Special prosecutor will investigate decision to drop charges against Jussie Smollett

(JTA) — A local judge in Chicago has appointed a special prosecutor to investigate the decision by Cook County prosecutors to drop charges against actor Jussie Smollett for lying to police about a racist and homophobic attack.

Cook County Judge...
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Best-selling novelist Judith Krantz dies at 91

(JTA) — Best-selling novelist Judith Krantz, whose first novel “Scruples” was published the year that she turned 50, has died.

Krantz died on Saturday at her home in Bel Air, California at the age 91, Deadline reported.

According to the...
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Yad Vashem tells Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez to ‘learn about concentration camps’

(JTA) — Yad Vashem, Israel’s Holocaust museum, had a response to Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez referring to migrant detention centers as “concentration camps.”

“The U.S. is running concentration camps on our southern border, and that is exactly what they are,” the...
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Breaking News

John Bolton arrives for meetings in Israel amid US-Iran tension

JERUSALEM (JTA) —  U.S. National Security Advisor John Bolton arrived in Israel and met with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu amid tension between the United States and Iran.

Bolton told reporters prior to a meeting Sunday with Netanyahu that Iran should...
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Opinions & Voices

OP-ED: Goodbye to the good doctor

By ALAN SMASON

While there was nothing particularly Jewish about Mac Rebennack, the iconic New Orleans singer, arranger, composer and sometime voodoo adherent who was laid to rest on Saturday, there may never have been someone who was more attuned...
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