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Phil Melancon prepares to channel Allan Sherman

By ALAN SMASON

Phil Melancon has mounted a number of successful original shows in which he also celebrated the likes of Irving Berlin, Cole Porter and George and Ira Gershwin. His prowess on the keyboards is legendary and he follows in true New Orleans fashion to other irreverent live performers...
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Samuels celebrates Basin Street Records’ 21st anniversary

By BILL MOTCHAN, Special to the CCJN

When Mark Samuels was nearing his 13th birthday, he was playing music while preparing for his bar mitzvah at what was then called the Conservative Congregation of New Orleans. Today it is known as Shir Chadash or “New Song” and that may be...
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M. S. Rau holds birthday party for Napoleon

By ALAN SMASON

M. S. Rau Antiques, the renowned Royal Street dealer of rare art works and antiquities, is holding a special 250th birthday for their favorite Frenchman, Napoleon Bonaparte, the legendary soldier and conqueror who became emperor of France and nearly made it to New Orleans before his eventual...
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Daniel Sherman takes the bimah as Temple Sinai’s new senior rabbi

By DEAN M. SHAPIRO, Special to the CCJN

As he sat down to begin this interview, Daniel Sherman asked, “Okay, so what do I need to know about New Orleans?”

When told that, first and foremost, he needs to become a Saints fan, his response was, “Well, that shouldn’t be...
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A rabbi was in charge of 10 religions at this year’s World Scout Jamboree

By ALAN SMASON, Special to JTA

(JTA) – GLEN JEAN, West Virginia (Crescent City Jewish News via JTA) — A Reform rabbi from Maryland led the Faith and Beliefs program at the World Scout Jamboree, the first such event held in the United States since 1967.

For the past two...
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Lady Chaplains making an impact at World Scouting Jamboree

By ALAN SMASON, Exclusive to the CCJN

Religious figures have always provided integral and necessary counseling at World Scouting Jamborees. Rabbis, rectors, priests, pastors, and imams representing all of the major established religions have dispersed spiritual guidance and pastoral support for the thousands of Scouts who make the journey from...
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Tales of the Cocktail brings never before sampled wares to NOLA

By ALAN SMASON, Exclusive to the CCJN

When the heat and humidity seem at about their worst in July, it’s a sure bet that the Tales of the Cocktail spirits events will bring a refreshing opportunity to sample and sip a variety of potent potables in air conditioned comfort at...
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A Jewish family sold this Kandinsky painting to survive the Nazis. Amsterdam is keeping it anyway.

By CNAAN LIPHSHIZ 

AMSTERDAM (JTA) — Following a protracted legal fight, the family of Irma Klein last year finally got Dutch restitution officials to recognize that the Nazi occupation forced Klein to sell her Wassily Kandinsky painting to this city’s municipal Stedelijk Museum for a fraction of its worth.

That was in 1940,...
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Dody Piper astounds in SLT’s ‘She Loves Me’

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

For its second full production of their season, Summer Lyric Theatre  at Tulane (SLT) chose “She Loves Me,” a show that could arguably be considered among the most stealthily Jewish shows in the modern Broadway lexicon. Based on “Parfumerie,” a 1937 play...
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Barry spares metro area, but rain threat remains for today

By ALAN SMASON

Hurricane Barry made landfall as expected near Intracoastal City, LA early Saturday morning, July 13, the first hurricane to hit Louisiana since Issac in 2012 and the first July hurricane since Cindy in 2005. The slow-moving storm jogged towards the west, sparing the New Orleans metropolitan area...
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