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Better Than Chicken Soup: Healing and Charity in the Big Easy

By ALAN SMASON, Special to the CCJN

The traditional Jewish mandate of caring for the sick and infirm has evolved since the time of New Orleans’ founding 300 years ago.  Today we live in a vastly different period than those days in which factors of self-preservation and prejudice required, if...
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Trump nominates Brett Kavanaugh to serve on Supreme Court

(JTA) — President Donald Trump nominated Brett Kavanaugh to replace Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy upon his retirement at the end of July.

A federal appeals court judge in Washington, Kavanaugh, 53, is well respected by the Republican establishment, although some on the right have said he is not conservative enough....
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Shir Chadash prepares for Nearly New Sale

If it’s around time for Independence Day, it’s also around the time for the annual Shir Chadash Conservative Congregation’s big fundraiser and mitzvah project, the Nearly New Sale at the synagogue.

Shoppers interested in obtaining high-quality merchandise at bargain prices will be lining up at 3737 West Esplanade Avenue...
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Jewish editor among 5 killed in Annapolis newspaper shooting

(JTA) — One of the five victims killed in a shooting at a newspaper in Annapolis, Maryland, was Jewish.

Gerald Fischman, 61, the editorial page editor at the Capital Gazette, was killed Thursday along with four others — sales assistant Rebecca Smith, 34; editor Rob Hiassen, 59; reporter and...
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Prince William makes sobering visit to Yad Vashem and recalls his great-grandmother, a Holocaust rescuer

JERUSALEM (JTA) — Britain’s Prince William visited the Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial in Jerusalem and called it “a profoundly moving experience.”

Also Tuesday, the prince on the first official visit to Israel by a British royal met with two survivors of the Kindertransport, which brought thousands of Jewish children from...
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Tulane president visits Israel to explore collaboration opportunities

By BARRI BRONSTON, Courtesy Tulane University Publications

Leaders from Technion – Israel Institute of Technology and other Israeli universities are meeting this week with a delegation of American university presidents to exchange ideas and discuss opportunities for collaboration.

Tulane University President Mike Fitts is among a delegation of presidents of...
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SLT’s ‘My Fair Lady’ produces new leading lady

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

With both Alan Jay Lerner and Frederick Loewe’s Jewish backgrounds, there is always more than casual interest in seeing any of their shows on Broadway, as is the case with the current production at Lincoln Center of “My Fair Lady.” However, for...
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US leaves UN Human Rights Council over Israel bias


WASHINGTON (JTA) — The Trump administration has withdrawn the United States from the U.N. Human Rights Council because of its bias against Israel.

Nikki Haley, the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, and Mike Pompeo, the secretary of state, jointly announced the pullout on Tuesday evening.

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Oscar J. Tolmas L’Dor v’Dor Lobby dedicated

The Oscar J. Tolmas L’Dor V’Dor Lobby was dedicated this week, an opportunity by the Jewish Federation of Greater New Orleans to emphasize the importance of tzedekah (charity) and to recount the life, career and loves of Oscar Tolmas. 

In simple ceremonies on the third floor of the Jewish Federation Campus...
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‘The Band’s Visit’ wins 10 Tony Awards, including for best musical

(JTA) — “The Band’s Visit,” a jewel-box musical based on an Israeli film about an Egyptian band stranded in a hardscrabble Negev town, won the 2018 Tony Award for best musical.

“The Band’s Visit” dominated its categories during the 72nd annual Tony Awards ceremony at Radio City Music Hall Sunday...
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