• Fire devastates Rabbi Emeritus Cohn’s dwelling; donations solicited

    The home of Temple Sinai’s Rabbi Emeritus Ed Cohn was heavily damaged in a fire at the DeLimon Place condominiums last Saturday, February 2. While Cohn, his wife Andrea and daughters were unharmed, many of their possessions were destroyed or rendered inoperative.

    The Cohns were displaced by the fire and have found temporary domicile away from their home. According to a message from the Temple Sinai administration, “their belongings and condo are a nearly total loss.” In addition, the message continued, there were “at least three other congregants” who were also affected by the fire and left homeless.

    While...
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  • Kornhauser’s ‘Seeking Asylum’ seems perfectly timed

    By DEAN M. SHAPIRO, Special to the CCJN

    With the issue of immigration dominating the news recently thanks to a record-breaking government shutdown over funding for a border wall, award-winning writer/director Mari Kornhauser’s latest play, “Seeking Asylum,” is perfectly timed.

    “Seeking Asylum,” a one-act, two-character stage production, opens this Thursday,...
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    Gov. Edwards recounts trade mission to Israel

    By NICHOLAS HAMBURGER, Special to the CCJN

    Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards recounted his recent trade mission to Israel in front of a crowded assembly room at the University of New Orleans on Monday, January 28, elaborating on the economic partnership he hopes his...
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Current News

Musical Shabbat Weekend at Anshe Sfard

Probably since the Second Temple era, Jewish rabbis long ago established that a musician could not play music on Shabbat. Unlike in the Reform world (and sometimes in the Conservative world), where music playing is an established aspect of worship,...
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Ilhan Omar’s tweets alienated her district’s Jews. Can they still work with her?

By BEN SALES

(JTA) — Jewish leaders in the Twin Cities were worried that Ilhan Omar had repeated an anti-Semitic stereotype. So about half a dozen of the Minnesotans met with her for two hours at a colleague’s home.

That...
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Reported homophobic incidents in Israel increased by 54 percent in 2018, report finds

By MARCY OSTER

JERUSALEM (JTA) — Reported homophobic incidents in Israel increased by 54 percent in 2018 over the previous year, according to a new report.

The report by the Nir Katz Center on LGBT-phobia was delivered to President Reuven...
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Breaking News

Super Sunday set for Feb. 17

Super Sunday, the day set aside for fundraising from the local community to the Jewish Federation of Greater New Orleans’s Annual Campaign, takes place this Sunday, February 17. Beginning at 9:00 a.m. volunteers will join forces making telephone calls that seek pledges...
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Opinions & Voices

OP-ED: Trump’s dangerous diplomatic gamble

By JONATHAN S. TOBIN

— This week’s Warsaw summit was supposed to be about rallying the world against the threat that Iran poses to international peace. But given the complete lack of interest on the part of either...
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