Christmas tree in Israeli mall called a ‘disgrace’ by Orthodox city official


JERUSALEM (JTA) — An Ashdod mall put up a Christmas tree for the first time — that’s not sitting too well with the northern Israeli city’s haredi Orthodox deputy mayor.

“This is something intended to hurt anyone who identifies as Jewish,” Avi Amsalem said in a post...
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Latkes with a Twist has largest crowd ever

If one goes by the number of latkes made, tasted and eaten, this year’s “Latkes with a Twist” event at the Press Street Station was an overwhelming success.

The fundraiser for the Jewish Children’s Regional Service has always provided interesting choices for venues including a marketplace and several bar and...
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Chabad’s Chanukah at the Riverwalk marks 29 years

By ALAN SMASON, Special to the CCJN

The Chabad Lubavitch of Louisiana organization ushered in the Chanukah holiday as it has done for the past 28 years with music, song and holiday food this past Sun., Dec. 2. The Spanish Plaza area now run by the Riverwalk Outlet Connection Mall...
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Father whose daughter was killed at Parkland shooting kindles Chanukah lights at White House


( WASHINGTON — Ten months after losing their daughter Meadow in the mass shooting at Majory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., Andrew Pollack and his family stood alongside U.S. President Donald Trump as he lit the menorah on the fifth night of Chanukah, being celebrated...
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Off the Pulpit: Mrs. Maccabee


Chanukah is made memorable largely by the latkes, the dreidel, the songs and the jelly donuts – the atmosphere of the holiday. Distinguished from the Chanukiah that we light in the window, these are a matter of custom, not of law. Much of Judaism relies on...
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Latkes with a Twist event tonight in Faubourg Marigny

Jewish Children’s Regional Service (JCRS) will host its fifth annual community-wide Chanukah party, “Latkes with a Twist” tonight at Press Street Station, 5 Homer Plessy Way in the Faubourg Marigny opposite NOCCA.

Billed as one of the top Chanukah parties in the nation, this year’s event will feature Adam Biderman,...
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Trump pledges support for Jewish victims of hate in Chanukah message

(JTA) — “Light will always break through the darkness,” President Donald Trump said in a Presidential Message released for Chanukah.

“Melania and I send our warmest greetings to our Jewish brothers and sisters in the United States, in Israel, and around the world celebrating Hanukkah,” Trump said in the message released...
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William Shatner didn’t include a Chanukah song on his new Christmas album

(JTA) — William Shatner recently released a star-studded holiday album titled “Shatner Claus,” on which he croons classic Christmas tunes as “Jingle Bells,” “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” and “Silent Night.”

But there are no Chanukah songs on it, and the Jewish icon is having regrets about that.

“I was going to do ‘Dreidel,...
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JCC hosts Chanukah event on Dec. 9

The annual Community Chanukah Celebration will be held at the Uptown Jewish Community Center, 5342 St. Charles Avenue, at 4:00 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 9.

This year’s event will feature a performance by Nefesh Mountain, the husband and wife performing artists Eric Lindberg and Doni Zasloff.

Described as “the place...
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