• Phil Melancon prepares to channel Allan Sherman

    By ALAN SMASON

    Phil Melancon has mounted a number of successful original shows in which he also celebrated the likes of Irving Berlin, Cole Porter and George and Ira Gershwin. His prowess on the keyboards is legendary and he follows in true New Orleans fashion to other irreverent live performers like Billy Holiday and Sam Adams.

    So who does Melancon decide to ape in the first of three upcoming cabaret performances at Monkey Hill Bar, 6100 Magazine Street, than Allan Sherman, the bald, overweight and self-deprecating Jewish comedian who scored big in the 1960s? Melancon’s show titled “Hello Muddahs –...
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  • Samuels celebrates Basin Street Records’ 21st anniversary

    By BILL MOTCHAN, Special to the CCJN

    When Mark Samuels was nearing his 13th birthday, he was playing music while preparing for his bar mitzvah at what was then called the Conservative Congregation of New Orleans. Today it is known as Shir Chadash or “New Song” and that may be...
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    M. S. Rau holds birthday party for Napoleon

    By ALAN SMASON

    M. S. Rau Antiques, the renowned Royal Street dealer of rare art works and antiquities, is holding a special 250th birthday for their favorite Frenchman, Napoleon Bonaparte, the legendary soldier and conqueror who became emperor of France and nearly made it to New Orleans before his eventual...
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Current News

For this prominent Jewish Republican, Trump’s ‘disloyalty’ jab is a bridge too far

By RON KAMPEAS

WASHINGTON (JTA) — Of the many Jews unsettled by President Donald Trump’s claim that voting for Democrats would demonstrate “disloyalty” to Israel and to other Jews, Lee Zeldin might be in the toughest spot.

The New York...
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Nadler criticizes Tlaib and Omar for sharing controversial cartoon

NEW YORK (JTA) — Rep. Jerry Nadler criticized fellow Democrats Reps. Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib for sharing a cartoon that shows President Trump and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu covering their mouths. Omar, D-MN., and Tlaib, D-MI., were criticized...
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Justice Dept. office includes link from white nationalist site in daily briefing

WASHINGTON (JTA) — The Justice Department’s Executive Office for Immigration Review linked to an article on a white supremacist website in a daily news briefing sent to immigration court employees on Monday.

Buzzfeed News first reported on the move on...
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Breaking News

Kenneth Bialkin, longtime Jewish leader and philanthropist, dies at 89

WASHINGTON (JTA) — Kenneth Bialkin, a philanthropist and a longtime leader of a plethora of major Jewish organizations, has died at 89.

The Anti-Defamation League’s CEO, Jonathan Greenblatt, announced the passing of Bialkin on Friday on Twitter. Bialkin was the civil rights...
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Opinions & Voices

OP-ED: Is Donald Trump hurting Israel?

By BENJAMIN KERSTEIN AND DAVID MEYERS

  – Many of Donald Trump’s Jewish supporters are willing to overlook his flaws and failings, partly because they think he is “good for Israel.” Moving the U.S. embassy to Jerusalem, backing Israel...
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