• Masorti leader Hess warns of threats to Israeli democracy

    By NICHOLAS HAMBURGER, Exclusive to the CCJN

    Israel’s influential ultra-Orthodox contingency is threatening democracy in the country, Yizhar Hess, the chief executive of the Conservative Judaism movement in Israel, said at a talk on Wednesday, November 16 at Shir Chadash Conservative Synagogue in Metairie. In Israel and elsewhere around the world, the Conservative movement is referred to as Masorti, which in Hebrew means “tradition.”

    According to Hess, Jewish pluralism, or the free practice of various systems of Judaism, is currently at risk in Israel.

    Hess pointed to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s “tricky” freezing of an agreement last June that...
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  • ‘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...
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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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Current News

I tried to speak to Bernie Bernstein — any Bernie Bernstein — and this is what happened

By BEN SALES 

NEW YORK (JTA) — Just who is Bernie Bernstein, exactly?

Well, first things first: He — or, more accurately, it — is a disembodied voice that has become a supporting character in the brouhaha surrounding Roy Moore,...
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Right, Left-Wing Parties Split on Trump Peace Initiative

(TPS) — Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu declined to address reports Sunday that President Donald Trump is planning to table a new Israel-Palestinian peace initiative, other than to say that his approach to a plan, should one become public, will rest...
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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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Breaking News

Sen. Al Franken accused of inappropriate behavior by a second woman

(JTA) — A second woman has come forward to accuse Sen. Al Franken of inappropriate behavior.

Lindsay Menz, 33, said that Franken, a Minnesota Democrat, grabbed her buttocks while they took a photo together at the Minnesota State Fair in...
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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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