• ‘The King and I’ livens up Saenger Theater

    By DEAN M. SHAPIRO, Special to the CCJN

    In the mid-1800s, when the then-superpowers of Great Britain and France were amassing their vast overseas empires and hungrily swallowing up the smaller enclaves of Southeast Asia, only one of those nations managed to maintain its independence: the Kingdom of Siam.

    It was largely by adapting itself to Western ways that Siam, ruled by King Mongkut from 1851 to 1868, was able to keep its autonomy as it gradually morphed into the present-day parliamentary democracy now known as Thailand. In order to learn more about Western ways and incorporate some of them...
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  • Simon’s ‘Odd Couples’ on boards at Rivertown

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

    There is no doubt that Neil Simon is one of the great Jewish comedic geniuses in American theatre. With an innate understanding of what is funny, steeped in his early days as a writer when he penned classic skits for people like...
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    JTS honors Dr. Thomas Oelsner at Mardi Gras World

    By NICHOLAS HAMBURGER, Special to the CCJN

    Touro Infirmary Foundation held its annual gala at Mardi Gras World this past Saturday night, November 4, honoring Dr. Thomas Oelsner, a retired nephrologist who served as Touro Infirmary’s first Chief of Nephrology. Oelsner, who worked at the hospital from 1967 to...
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Current News

Islamic Jihad raises combat preparedness to highest level, monitors Israelis

(JNS.org) — Amid rising tensions between the Gaza-based terror group Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ) and Israel, PIJ has reportedly raised its level of readiness for conflict to the highest degree.

The terror group is also purportedly closely monitoring the movements...
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JCDS holds impressive gala on Nov. 5

The Jewish Community Day School (JCDS)held its annual gala fundraiser at the Goldring-Woldenberg Campus in Metairie, the building in which it holds its classes and other events throughout the year. However, the gymnasium was transformed into a glittering and sparkling...
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Stephen Bannon: ‘I’m proud to be a Christian Zionist’

By BEN SALES

NEW YORK (JTA) — Stephen Bannon, the former chief strategist for President Donald Trump, called himself a “Christian Zionist” at the Zionist Organization of America’s annual dinner.

He also praised Republican Jewish megadonor Sheldon Adelson for his...
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Breaking News

Sen. Al Franken accused of groping broadcaster while she was sleeping

(JTA) — A female news anchor has accused Sen. Al Franken of touching her breasts while she was sleeping when both took part in a 2006 tour to entertain U.S. troops.

Leeann Tweeden, a Los Angeles-based news anchor and former...
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Opinions & Voices

Federations rally around pluralism — but wish they didn’t have to

By ANDREW SILOW-CARROLL

LOS ANGELES (JTA) — Leaders of North America’s Jewish federation movement kicked off their annual conference here Sunday with a tribute to the 1987 march on Washington that brought out hundreds of thousands of people in support...
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