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High Holidays signal a return to in-person worship for most area congregants

By DEAN SHAPIRO, A CCJN Special Report

As the High Holy Days approach and the worst of the COVID-19 pandemic recedes, services at the New Orleans area synagogues will be largely returning to normal for the first time since 2019, barring the threat of a major hurricane or other serious weather event approaching or reaching the local mainland.

Observances of Rosh Hashanah 5783 and...

Yair Lapid recommits Israel to the two-state solution in UN speech


(JTA) — Israeli Prime Minister Yair Lapid recommitted Israel to the two-state outcome in a United Nations speech on Thursday, reversing the policy of his predecessors.

Lapid was speaking to the United Nations General Assembly in New York on Thursday, just weeks before a Nov. 1 election in Israel, where he will face a challenge from Benjamin Netanyahu, who rejected the two-state outcome in recent years. 


Judy Barrasso to receive NCJW’s 2022 Hannah G. Solomon Award


Judy Barrasso has been chosen as this year’s recipient of the Hannah G. Solomon Award presented by the Greater New Orleans Section of the National Council of Jewish Women (NCJW). The award will be presented to her at the annual award luncheon to be held on Mon., October 24 from 11:30 – 2:00 p.m. at the Audubon Tea Room.

The award is presented annually to a community...

Enjoyable, informative ‘Jews of the Wild West’ opened at MSJE

By ALAN SMASON, Special to the CCJN

After more than a decade as an award-winning writer and producer for NBC News in New York, Amanda Kinsey decided, as Horace Greeley might have suggested to her: “Go West, young woman!” Kinsey, a fourth-generation photojournalist had already won five Emmy Awards, several Edward Murrow Awards for TV news and a Gracie Allen Award in which work by women about women is honored.


An Israeli comic book hero is appearing in a Marvel movie. Excitement — and backlash — have come quickly.


(JTA) — In a move that is already thrilling some Jewish audiences and stirring controversy among other international fans and activists, Marvel Studios announced that an Israeli comic book hero will appear in the next installment of its Captain America movie franchise.

“Captain America: New World Order,” which is set for release in 2024, will feature Israeli actress Shira Haas as Sabra, a hero who debuted with...

Queen Elizabeth, whose reign encompassed the 20th-century ascent of British Jewry, dead at 96


(JTA) — The reign of Queen Elizabeth II, Britain’s longest-serving monarch who died Thursday at 96, encompassed the grief and the redemption of 20th century British Jewry, as well as their evolution in British society from exoticized outsiders to inside players and leading figures.

The passing of the queen, who was surrounded by her children and grandchildren, has launched a period of widespread mourning and uncertainty among...

Major exhibit on artist and illustrator Arthur Szyk unveiled at WW2 Museum

By ALAN SMASON, Special to the CCJN

A major exhibit of one of the most well-known Jewish political artists of the 20th century, Arthur Szyk (pronounced “shick”), opened last night, Thursday, September 1,  at the National World War II Museum, the date that coincides with start of World War II 83 years ago.

Titled “In Real Times. Arthur Szyk: Art & Human Rights,” the exhibit was opened for the first...

Ken Burns’ PBS documentary ‘The U.S. And The Holocaust’ asks hard questions about how Americans treated Jews and immigrants during wartime


(JTA) — One of the first people introduced in Ken Burns’ new documentary series about the Holocaust is Otto, a Jewish man seen in the series’ first episode who tries to secure passage to America for his family but gets stymied by the country’s fierce anti-immigration legislation.

It isn’t until the third episode that viewers learn that Otto’s daughter is nicknamed Anne, and the pieces fall into...

How the 1972 Munich Massacre unfolded, through the eyes of athletes in the Olympic village


(JTA) — Bobby Jones headed to bed on Sept. 4, 1972, expecting a grueling practice schedule the next day. After a standout sophomore season at the University of North Carolina, the future NBA Hall of Famer was in Munich as a member of the U.S. men’s Olympic basketball team, which had just advanced to the medal round.

Jones didn’t get the night of sleep he was expecting.


Wolf Blitzer, the son of Holocaust survivors, discusses his new CNN special on the US Holocaust Memorial Museum


(JTA) – Growing up in Buffalo, CNN anchor Wolf Blitzer always knew he was the child of Holocaust survivors. His parents, both Polish Jews, told him often about their experiences surviving the concentration camps.

“I knew many children of Holocaust survivors whose parents didn’t speak about it,” Blitzer told the Jewish Telegraphic Agency. “But my parents were very open about it. I’m grateful that they were.”