• Oscar J. Tolmas L’Dor v’Dor Lobby dedicated

    The Oscar J. Tolmas L’Dor V’Dor Lobby was dedicated this week, an opportunity by the Jewish Federation of Greater New Orleans to emphasize the importance of tzedekah (charity) and to recount the life, career and loves of Oscar Tolmas. 

    In simple ceremonies on the third floor of the Jewish Federation Campus building on West Esplanade this past Tuesday evening, June 12, Federation president Henry Miller stood in for CEO Arnie Fielkow to welcome members of the local Jewish community in dedicating the walls of the lobby there in Tolmas’ honor. 

    Tolmas, of blessed memory, was represented by Vincent Giardina, president, and...
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  • ‘The Band’s Visit’ wins 10 Tony Awards, including for best musical

    (JTA) — “The Band’s Visit,” a jewel-box musical based on an Israeli film about an Egyptian band stranded in a hardscrabble Negev town, won the 2018 Tony Award for best musical.

    “The Band’s Visit” dominated its categories during the 72nd annual Tony Awards ceremony at Radio City Music Hall Sunday...
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    Hadassah bestows honorary title on Lazelle Alexander

    By ALAN SMASON, Exclusive to the CCJN

    With grace, charm and her usual efficiency, Lazelle Alexander was honored by her fellow Greater New Orleans Chapter of Hadassah members in a grand gesture granted only three times previously. By accepting the title of honorary vice president, Alexander became the only living member of Hadassah...
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Current News

Palestinians launch new round of rockets into Israel

(JNS.org) — Gaza Palestinians fired three rockets at southern Israel early Monday morning, after Israel targeted perpetrators of numerous arson attacks that have been coming from the Hamas-controlled area.

Two of the Palestinian rockets landed in Israel, while the third reportedly...
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In Holland, a former jihadist reaches out to Jews for forgiveness

By CNAAN LIPSHIZ 

AMSTERDAM (JTA) — Jews were never far from the mind of Jason Walters when he was still a key member of the Netherlands’ deadliest network of jihadist terrorists.

Even after Dutch security forces arrested Walters in 2004...
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How geopolitics keeps Israel out of World Cup contention

By CHARLES DUNST 

NEW YORK (JTA) — On Thursday, Saudi Arabia and Russia opened the 2018 FIFA World Cup tournament before 81,000 fans at Moscow’s Luzhniki Stadium amid concerns over the host’s human rights record.

While Saudi Arabia and Iran will...
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Breaking News

Israel’s hosting and participation in 2019 Eurovision faces uncertain future

By YONA SCHNITZER

ISRAEL (TPS) — Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu met with Attorney General Avichai Mendelblit, Culture Minister Miri Regev and Communications Minister Ayoub Kara Monday, following reports that the European Broadcasting Union could move the 2019 Eurovision Song Contest...
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Opinions & Voices

OP-ED: That last unthinkable act

By ALAN SMASON

We lost two very industrious, highly visible celebrities this past week; two souls who were successful in so many ways.

Even I knew the value of a Kate Spade handbag. In the world of fashion, her name...
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