• Fawer looks back on a stellar career in new book

    By ALAN SMASON

    Mike Fawer is a no-nonsense, criminal defense attorney. Unlike the fictional Perry Mason, who never lost a case, Fawer has been defeated in the defense of his clients from time to time. But for the majority of those who hired him, his legal acumen and defense strategies have resulted in acquittals and dismissals for his highly-visible clients. In many of those hard-fought cases which ended in mistrials, district attorneys and U.S. attorneys declined to reprosecute his clients.

    Now 82, the scruffy and gray-bearded Fawer still manifests a youthful gleam in his steely blue eyes. Mindful of his astounding record, he...
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  • 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...
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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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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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