Person in the Parsha: Chanukah



There is so much to say about Chanukah. One hardly knows where to begin.

First of all, there is the history. It is recorded in the Talmud, but the historical details contained there are scant: a...
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Chabad’s Chanukah at the Riverwalk lighting today

Chabad-Lubavitch of Louisiana hosts its Chanukah at the Riverwalk annual event today beginning at 4:00 p.m. today, December 2, to usher in the holiday.

While this has been one of the largest Jewish community events, attendance at last year’s event was noticeably down due to several factors, the most notable...
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OP-ED: Why my Israeli college displayed a Chanukah menorah and a Christmas tree


KIRYAT ONO, Israel (JTA) — Last year, at the diverse campuses of Ono Academic College, some of my students expressed concern and even dismay over the Christmas tree we had set up next to the Hanukkah menorah. The students were understandably wary of what such Christian symbols have...
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Chanukah at Riverwalk set for Dec. 2 at 4:00

Chabad-Lubavitch of Louisiana has announced the date and time of the celebration that had been one of the largest attended Jewish community events, Chanukah at the Riverwalk.

Due to ongoing construction last year, the event had a smaller turnout than in previous years due to its being held in the...
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JCRS to host 5th ‘Latkes with a Twist’ in Faubourg Marigny

For the fifth year in a row, Jewish Children’s Regional Service (JCRS) will host its annual community-wide Chanukah party, “Latkes with a Twist.” Billed at one of the top Chanukah parties in the nation, this year’s event will be held in the Faubourg Marigny on Thursday, Dec. 6, at Press...
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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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