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Chanukah at Riverwalk, ‘Latkes with a Twist’ highlight first local celebrations

By ALAN SMASON

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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ADL honors Merrick, Roger & Goodman at awards dinner

By ALAN SMASON, Special to the CCJN

The South Central Region of the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) honored two local philanthropists and champions for social action as well as handing out recognition for its own local leadership at a lavish dinner at the Hyatt Regency on Tuesday night, Dec. 5.

The...
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Trump recognizes Jerusalem as Israel’s capital

WASHINGTON (JTA) — President Donald Trump signed a proclamation recognizing Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, but emphasized that he was not pre-empting negotiations over the final status of the city.

“It is time to officially recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel,” Trump said in a televised address from the...
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Trump will recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital but will not move the embassy for now

WASHINGTON (JTA) — President Donald Trump will recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, but will not open an embassy there for years, and will reassure Palestinians that his recognition does not impinge on their claims to the city.

It’s also likely to be years before an embassy opens in Jerusalem, top...
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Trump reportedly tells Abbas he intends to move US Embassy to Jerusalem

WASHINGTON (JTA) — President Donald Trump told Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas that he intends to move the U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem from Tel Aviv, Abbas’s office said.

“POTUS called to brief President Mahmoud Abbas on his intention to move the US embassy to Jerusalem,” said a tweet Tuesday from...
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Trestman Lecture discusses Margolin’s behind-the-scenes work at Nuremberg

By NICHOLAS HAMBURGER, Exclusive to the CCJN

As an orphan raised in New Orleans’ Jewish orphanage in the early 20th century, Bessie Margolin defied her underprivileged background to become not only a pioneering lawyer who championed workers’ rights before the Supreme Court, but also a significant player in the...
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Michael Flynn lied about bid to stop anti-Israel resolution at UN

WASHINGTON (JTA) — Michael Flynn, President Donald Trump’s former national security adviser, has pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI, including about his efforts to stave off a U.N. Security Council resolution opposed by Israel.

Flynn offered his plea Friday in a federal court in Washington, D.C., on charges that...
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Former sportscaster, now Israeli broadcaster set to return to NOLA

By ALAN SMASON, Exclusive to the CCJN

Surrounded by sports figures who demonstrated their athletic prowess on American fields of green and atop courts of woods, Mike Wagenheim has led an entire life of serendipity. Along the way, the award-winning sportscaster spent nearly a decade here in New Orleans and...
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Timm, Fitzpatrick play Leopold and Loeb in ‘Thrill Me’

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

While the Jazz Age produced headlines that proved titillating and provocative, none captured the nation’s attention more than the thrill-seeking murder of an innocent 14-year-old by two Jewish college graduates, Nathan Leopold and Richard Loeb. In the anything-goes period marked by the...
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Masorti leader Hess warns of threats to Israeli democracy

By NICHOLAS HAMBURGER, Special to the CCJN

Israel’s influential ultra-Orthodox contingency is threatening democracy in the country, Yizhar Hess, the chief executive of the Conservative Judaism movement in Israel, said at a talk on Wednesday, November 15 at Shir Chadash Conservative Synagogue in Metairie. In Israel, the Conservative movement is...
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