• Chanukah at Riverwalk, ‘Latkes with a Twist’ highlight first local celebrations

    By ALAN SMASON

    Chanukah is in the much colder air we are all breathing these days with two recent celebrations setting the bar for joyous holiday festivity.

    Two events set the bar for local celebrations as the Chabad Lubavitch of Louisiana organization and the Jewish Children’s Regional Service (JCRS) held their own distinctly different events to usher in the Festival of Lights that commemorates the rededication of the Temple and the Jewish victory over the Hasmonean empire in the Second Century B.C.E.

    Chabad’s annual Chanukah at the Riverwalk event was held the first night of the holiday in a different location this year. Due to construction at the Spanish Plaza where it has been traditionally held, the event was instead placed on the second-floor terrace of the Riverwalk Outlet Mall. The event was held in honor...
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  • ADL honors Merrick, Roger & Goodman at awards dinner

    By ALAN SMASON, Special to the CCJN

    The South Central Region of the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) honored two local philanthropists and champions for social action as well as handing out recognition for its own local leadership at a lavish dinner at the Hyatt Regency on Tuesday night, Dec. 5.

    The...
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    Trump recognizes Jerusalem as Israel’s capital

    WASHINGTON (JTA) — President Donald Trump signed a proclamation recognizing Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, but emphasized that he was not pre-empting negotiations over the final status of the city.

    “It is time to officially recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel,” Trump said in a televised address from the...
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Current News

Mollye P. Smolkin services set for Tuesday, Dec. 19

MOLLYE PLOTKA SMOLKIN, a former office manager in a successful and nationally-recognized real estate consulting firm and a homemaker, died Thursday, December 14 at Woldenberg Village. She was 92.

A native of Mobile, Alabama, she married her childhood sweetheart at...
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Israel’s intelligence affairs minister proposes Saudi-led peace negotiations

JERUSALEM (JTA) — Intelligence Affairs Minister Yisrael Katz proposed that Saudi Arabia sponsor new Israeli-Palestinian peace talks in an interview with a Saudi newspaper.

In the wide-ranging interview published Wednesday on the Elaph website, Katz said he would be willing to join...
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Why Jewish day schools are breathing a little easier on tax bill

By RON KAMPEAS

WASHINGTON (JTA) — Lawmakers finalizing the proposed tax overhaul reportedly have removed a provision that had sent shivers through the graduate student and Jewish day school communities.

The House version of the reform bill, which was drafted...
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Breaking News

Conservative movement severs ties with former youth director over alleged sexual abuse

By ELIZABETH KRATZ

(JNS.org) — The congregational arm of Conservative Judaism has severed ties with the longtime director of the denomination’s youth movement after receiving “multiple testimonies” that corroborated an allegation of sexual abuse.

Allegations about Jules Gutin, 67,...
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Opinions & Voices

OP-ED: Ending the silence on abuse

By JONATHAN S. TOBIN

(JNS.org) — A story about movie mogul Harvey Weinstein (pictured) has led to what may well be a crucial turning point in the way sexual misconduct is viewed, writes JNS Editor in Chief Jonathan S. Tobin....
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