JCC and JCDS Chanukah presentations round out Festival of Lights


Chanukah 5778 or 2017 finished with two community presentations, one at the Uptown Jewish Community Center for the entire community and the other for families associated with the Jewish Community Day School (JCDS) in Metairie. Both were designed to showcase the best the holiday offers for children. 

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A liberal group celebrated Chanukah in Trump Tower — to protest Trump


(JTA) — It would be reasonable to assume that the Jews lighting a Chanukah menorah on the fifth floor of Trump Tower supported the president.

The front of the Midtown Manhattan high-rise, after all, bears his name in large gold letters, and the trash cans in its...
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Chanukah at Riverwalk, ‘Latkes with a Twist’ highlight first local celebrations


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...
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First Person: What a liberal rabbi learned at the Trump Chanukah party


DES MOINES, Iowa (JTA) — A Jewish woman walks into the post office to buy Chanukah stamps for her holiday cards.

The person behind the counter asks, “What denominations?”

The Jewish woman responds, “Oy! Are we so polarized? Some Orthodox, some Conservative and some Reform.”

Yes, we...
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JCRS to host 4th ‘Latkes with a Twist’ party at Little Gem Saloon tonight

For the fourth year in a row, the Jewish Children’s Regional Service (JCRS) is holding its popular Latkes with a Twist event on Thursday, December 14 at 7:00 p.m.. This year the new venue is The Little Gem Saloon, 445 S. Rampart Street, a historic site important in the...
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JCC Community event slated for Dec. 17

The Jewish Community Center is pulling out all the stops and all of its Chanukiah in order to celebrate the sixth night of Chanukah as part of its annual community-wide event. The festivities will get underway at 4:00 p.m. on Sunday, December 17,  in the Mintz Auditorium of the Uptown...
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A holiday for Jews without religion


( — To the generation of European Jewish immigrants who came to the U.S. in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, Chanukah was only a minor festival in a Jewish calendar with no shortage of holidays. But for their descendants who make up the overwhelming...
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Blue Crinkle Cookies Recipe for Chanukah


(The Nosher via JTA) — In many homes, there is a tradition to bake Chanukah cookies this time of year. Whether it’s the sugar and butter mixing in the mixer, the blue and white sprinkles, or the festive menorah cookie cutters, there is something about cookie baking...
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Humble Moroccan doughnut is Israel’s Chanukah staple


TEL AVIV (JTA) – The sufganiyah is the plump, shining star of Chanukah in Israel.

During the holiday season, the famed jelly doughnut poses in the windows of cafés and bakeries across the country. It sparkles with oil and sugar, and shows just enough filling to keep...
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Eight books for Chanukah — or anytime


(JTA) — When Chanukah comes, it hangs around for more than a week. That means plenty of gifts to give, as well as ample time for procrastinators.

For your favorite Person of the Book, you can’t go too wrong with giving, uh, a book. We have eight...
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