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Sandy Levy sets sights on exit from JEF after long tenure

By ALAN SMASON, Exclusive to the CCJN

For more than a quarter-century – 27 years to be exact – Saundra Katz Levy has been the executive director of the Jewish Endowment Foundation of Louisiana (JEF), the affiliate agency of the Jewish Federation of Greater New Orleans charged with managing its...
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Rabbis explore Yom Kippur theme of repentance

By NICHOLAS HAMBURGER, Special to the CCJN

“I have swept aside like a cloud thy transgressions.” Merciful in its authority, ethereal in its imagery, and intimate in its address, this line, uttered by God to the people of Israel in the Book of Isaiah, resounds with the chief concerns of...
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Rosina and Joseph Slater Torah Academy dedicated

By ALAN SMASON

The Rosina and Joseph Slater Torah Academy was officially dedicated on Thursday afternoon, September 13, in ceremonies at the school located at 5210 Esplanade Avenue. Rosina Slater, who donated $1.8 million for naming rights to honor both her and her late husband, was on hand to personally...
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Musaica presents Jewish-themed chamber concerts for High Holy Days

By DEAN M. SHAPIRO, Special to the CCJN

Perfectly timed to coincide with the Jewish High Holy Days, the nine-member, New Orleans-based chamber music ensemble, Musaica, is presenting two evening programs highlighting selected works of Jewish and Jewish-influenced composers.

On Monday, September 17, Musaica will open its 2018-19 season with...
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Area rabbis discuss how to approach Rosh Hashanah

By ALAN SMASON

Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, begins tonight, September 9 and continues through the evening of September 11. It begins the period known as the Days of Awe or the Ten Days of Penitence, which culminates with Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement and the holiest day...
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Anti-Semitic graffiti removed from NJC temple building

By ALAN SMASON, Exclusive to the CCJN

Stephen Landeche, the owner of Absolute Pressure Washing in Sildell, was so sickened by the reports that he read of the anti-Semitic slogans, white supremacist references and swastikas that had been spray painted on the rear of the Northshore Jewish Community’s (NJC) building that...
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Northshore Jewish Congregation hit with anti-Semitic graffiti

By ALAN SMASON

The Northshore Jewish Congregation (NJC) was hit by anti-Semitic graffiti spray painted on the rear of its building either late night on September 5 or sometime on Wednesday morning, September 6.  Two different spray paints – one red and the other black – were used to stain...
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NCJW president Beatrice Kahn appears at Temple Sinai

By ALAN SMASON, Exclusive to the CCJN

Beatrice Kahn, the president of the National Council of Jewish Women’s (NCJW) board, was in New Orleans to address the Greater New Orleans Section members on Monday, August 27. 

Kahn, who hails from New York, said that very few of her fellow New...
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‘Israel Bible’: Tanakh connects text to the land of Israel

Reviwed by JASON GAINES, Ph.D.,

“The Israel Bible“edited by Rabbi Tuly Weisz. Jerusalem: Menorah Books, 2018. 2190 p.

“The Israel Bible” advertises itself as the first Tanakh, or Hebrew Bible, “to highlight the special connection between the Land and the People of Israel.” It succeeds in this goal, with commentary...
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John McCain, senator who made human rights and Israel central to his foreign policy, dies at 81

By RON KAMPEAS

WASHINGTON (JTA) — Sen. John McCain, who made human rights and Israel centerpieces of his advocacy for a robust U.S. influence across the planet, has died.

The Arizona Republican died Saturday at the family ranch in Sedona, Arizona, one day after declining further treatment for brain cancer....
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