• Issacson speaks at Newman for Bernard Herman Memorial Lecture

    Isidore Newman School distinguished alumni Walter Issacson returned to his alma mater this week as featured speaker at the tenth annual Bernard Herman Memorial Lecture on Tuesday, April 17.

    Issacson, who recently returned to the city to become a professor at Tulane University, spoke on a number of the subjects of his recent biographies, most notably those of Apple founder Steven Jobs, founding father Benjamin Franklin, physicist Albert Einstein and Renaissance painter, sculpter and inventor Leonardo di Vinci.

    Issacson spoke before a nearly-full auditorium of Newman students on the connectivity of team-building and the importance of listening to others in finding...
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  • Transitioning from mourning to celebration, Israelis kick off 70th year joy in Jerusalem

    (JNS.org) — Following a solemn remembrance of Israel’s fallen on Wednesday as part of Memorial Day commemorations, Israelis kicked off the celebration of its milestone 70th anniversary on Wednesday night in Independence Day festivities at Mount Herzl in Jerusalem.

    The ceremony, which was the biggest and most expensive ever for the...
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    Whitbourn’s ‘Annelies’ premieres at Touro Synagogue

    By ALAN SMASON, Exclusive to the CCJN

    Touro Synagogue served as the setting for the regional premiere of an oratorio based on “The Diary of Anne Frank,” following Friday evening worship services there on April 13. Members of the Symphony Chorus of New Orleans (SCNO), along with several soloists, performed...
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Current News

Natalie Portman has ‘fallen into hands of BDS supporters,’ says Israeli culture minister

(JTA) — Israel’s culture minister said actress Natalie Portman has “fallen like a ripe fruit into the hands of the BDS movement supporters” over her refusal to come to Israel to receive an award.

Miri Regev’s assertion Friday about the...
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NJC Rabbi Deborah Zecher to belt ‘Broadway Bible’

Rabbi Deborah Zecher, the rabbi who serves the Northshore Jewish Congregation in Mandeville, is preparing a special concert tonight in lieu of regular worship services.

An accomplished cabaret performer, Zecher studied at the National Cabaret Conference at Yale...
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JCC honors Israel at 70 with celebration on Sunday

The Yom Haatzmaut celebration was held in Israel earlier in the week, but the Jewish Community Center wants everyone in New Orleans to have an opportunity to join in the gaiety with a community-wide gathering on Sunday, April 22.

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Breaking News

After Israel snub, Natalie Portman won’t get to distribute her Genesis Prize money

(JTA) — Natalie Portman will no longer get to choose where her $2 million Genesis Prize will be donated after saying she will not travel to Israel to receive the award.

Instead, the Genesis Prize Foundation will decide where the...
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Opinions & Voices

OP-ED: Please, Natalie Portman, don’t abandon Israel. Engage with its peacemakers.


NEW YORK (JTA) — Dear Natalie Portman,

I was looking forward to seeing you receive your Genesis Prize in our homeland, and disappointed upon hearing the news that you would not travel to Israel to receive what some call the...
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