• National World War II Museum unveils Operation Finale; breaks ground on Liberation Pavilion

    By ALAN SMASON

    It’s been a busy week at the National World War II Museum as they officially opened the Hall of Democracy and broke ground on the Liberation Pavilion, which will catalog the history of the liberation of the concentration and death camps by the Allies.

    At the Hall of Democracy, the first curated exhibit in the Senator John Alario, jr. Special Exhibit Hall was opened to the public last night, Thursday, October 17.

    “Operation Finale: The Capture and Trial of Adolf Eichmann” tells the story of how Mossad, the Israel Secret Service, launched a secret operation to verify...
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  • National tour of ‘Wicked’ canceled due to hotel collapse

    By ALAN SMASON, WYES-TV Theatre Critic (“Steppin’ Out“)

    The partial collapse of the Hard Rock Hotel under construction in New Orleans on Saturday, October 12, sent tons of debris and a crane across the street impacting the historic Saenger Theater building, where the national tour of Wicked was being housed....
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    Area rabbis dwell on significance of Succot

    By NICHOLAS HAMBURGER, Exclusive to the CCJN

    At sundown on Sunday, October 13, the agricultural festival Succot begins, continuing throughout the week until nightfall on Sunday, October 20. Referred to as “the feast of ingathering” in the Book of Exodus, the holiday celebrates the end of the harvest season, when...
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Current News

The Jewish arguments at the heart of Trump’s judicial nominee controversy

By RON KAMPEAS

WASHINGTON (JTA) — In 2010, Steven Menashi, then a law professor at George Mason University, wrote an article defending Israel from the charge that it’s an ethnonationalist state.

“Ethnonationalism and Liberal Democracy,” published in the University of...
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Elijah Cummings, congressman who built bridges between African-American and Jewish communities, dies at 68

By JOSEFIN DOLSTEN

(JTA) — Rep. Elijah Cummings, a longtime Baltimore congressman who worked to build ties between the African-American and Jewish communities in his district, died Thursday in his home city. He was 68.

A spokeswoman, Trudy Perkins, said...
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Benny Gantz declines Netanyahu invite into ‘broad unity government’

(JTA) — In the latest twist in Israel’s ongoing leadership struggle, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu invited his chief rival, Blue and White party leader Benny Gantz, to join him in a “broad unity government.”

Gantz declined.

In a video posted...
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Breaking News

Two area deaths announced; details pending

Late Friday, October 18, announcements on the passing of two members of the Jewish community were received by the CCJN. Because of the upcoming Shabbat, Hoshanah Rabbah, Shemini Atzeret and Simchat Torah holidays, it may not be possible to list...
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Opinions & Voices

OP-ED: A wickedly tragic collapse downtown

By ALAN SMASON

A sleepy Shabbat morning was shattered October 12 with a tumultuous roar as tons of concrete, rebar and reinforcing steel shattered to the earth and pancaked floors above, unleashing a cloud of rubble from the Hard Rock...
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