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Beth Israel to offer Chanukah children’s program

Congregation Beth Israel is offering a children’s program on Sunday, December 18 from 3:30 – 5:00 p.m.

Tradtional sufganyot (jelly doughnuts) will be offered along with more standard New Orleans fare, snowballs. Dreidel playing will be available along with a presentation of a magician.

Chanukiah making will also be available.

JCDS to present Chanukah Extravaganza with Wax Warriors

The Jewish Community Day School (JCDS) will present this year’s  Chanukah Extravaganza on Friday, December 16 at 8:15 a.m. at Shir Chadash Conservative Congregation, 3737 W. Esplanade Avenue in Metairie.

A dress rehearsal will take place on Thursday, Dec. 15 at 10:30 a.m.

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Orrin Hatch wrote a Chanukah song and wore a mezuzah around his neck for 4 decades


(JTA) – Orrin Hatch, who died Saturday at the age of 88 from complications from a stroke after a lengthy political career that made him the longest-serving Republican in the history of the Senate, was a devout Mormon from Utah. 

But he used his Mormon faith to style himself as a lifelong friend of Jews and Israel — and the most visible way he showed his adoration...

A menorah in the window: The Biden presidency’s first Chanukah is all about visible diversity


WASHINGTON (JTA) — Douglas Emhoff was ubiquitous this Chanukah week, which makes sense — he is the first Jewish spouse of a president or vice president, and was consequently very in demand among Jews this first holiday season of the Biden presidency.

But Emhoff’s happy Jewishness, a robust embrace of his tradition and faith that has become his hallmark, was also emblematic of the message that the...

Amsterdam gets large Liberace-inspired menorah for annual Chanukah concert


AMSTERDAM (JTA) — A historic menorah that was retired from show business amid fears for its integrity — and bickering within the Dutch Jewish community over who has the right to use it — is getting a rhinestone-studded replacement.

A public candle-lighting is a major part of Amsterdam’s annual Chanukah concerts, held at the city’s Royal Concert Hall, or Concertgebouw.

Spurred by a Jewish immigrant from New...

Traditional Japanese candles and tops get a Chanukah spin in Kyoto


(JTA) — Soon after Rabbi Moti Grumach moved to Kyoto, Japan, about three years ago to serve as an emissary there for the Chabad-Lubavitch movement, he realized that a local craft dovetailed neatly with Jewish traditions.

Warosoku, or candles made from the fruit of the haze tree — or Japanese sumac, sometimes called the wax tree — are a longtime Kyoto speciality, dating back centuries. Made entirely...

At University of Chicago’s 75th Latke-Hamantash Debate, a little bit of history and a lot of ‘noshalogical’ theories


(JTA) — Since its founding in 1890, the University of Chicago has been a hub of scholarship and rigorous debate on numerous contentious subjects, from economics to law to science. But since 1946, the school has also hosted a debate on another long-running disagreement: whether latkes or hamantaschen are the superior Jewish holiday food. 

Participants in the debate, hosted by the university’s Hillel chapter, have over the...

Chanukah at Riverwalk ushers in Chanukah season


The largest Chanukah gathering in the state, the annual Chanukah at the Riverwalk event, brought out hundreds to celebrate the first night of the holiday along the Mississippi River on Sunday, November 28.

Sponsored by the Outlet Collection as well as the Fielkow and Bart families, the Chanukah at the Riverwalk dignitaries included recently re-elected Jewish District A Councilman Joseph Giarrusso and first-time Councilman-at-large winner J. P....

Off the Pulpit: Two Dreams, Two Miracles, One Meaning


Joseph has two dreams – one of sheaves and one of stars. The first is a dream of material and the second a dream of spirit.

We read the Joseph story on Chanukah, which tells of two miracles: the miracle of the military victory and the miracle of the oil. The first is a material miracle – as the Al Hanissim prayer puts it, the strong were...



“Mondegreen” signifies a phrase in a poem or song, which is misheard by the listener and replaced with another expression that may significantly alter the meaning of the original. The term is taken from the Scottish ballad, “The Bonnie Earl O’Moray.” The verse “They have slain the Earl o’ Moray/And layd him on the green” was mistaken for “They have slain the Earl o’ Moray...