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Eight dead in attack at Jerusalem synagogue

– Eight people were killed and several others were injured in a terrorist shooting attack on Friday at a synagogue in Jerusalem’s Neve Ya’akov neighborhood, according to police.

Police said the terrorist was shot dead after he opened fire on officers while trying to flee on foot.

A huge force was dispatched to the scene, and a manhunt was launched for possible additional assailants.

“This is a serious...

At least 8 dead in Shabbat shooting attack on Jerusalem synagogue

By RON KAMPEAS

A shooting attack on a synagogue in the Jerusalem neighborhood of Neve Yaakov killed at least eight people on Friday, a day after an Israeli raid on a West Bank city ignited vows of retaliation by Palestinian militant groups.

The attack took place Friday evening as worshipers left Shabbat services. A gunman was killed in a shootout with police, Israeli officials said, identifying him as a resident...

Michael Cohen invested as inaugural chair of Stuart & Suzanne Grant Center for American Jewish Experience

By ALAN SMASON

Michael Cohen, Ph,D., was named the inaugural holder of the Stuart and Suzanne Grant Chair in the American Jewish Experience in ceremonies on Tuesday, January 17 at the home of Tulane president Michael Fitts at Two Audubon Place.

This event signaled the establishment of the scholarly center for Jewish studies with acknowledgments to the Grants as the benefactors of the center in ceremonies at the home.

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Israel has been an LGBTQ haven in the Middle East. Its new government could change that.

By RON KAMPEAS

(JTA) — The minister holding the country’s purse strings calls himself a “proud homophobe.” Another minister says Pride parades are “vulgar,” while a deputy minister who wants to cancel them was just given power over some aspects of what schoolchildren are taught. And then there are the lawmakers who want doctors to be able to decline medical care to LGBTQ people.

These are all members of the...

JCRS announces Macy Hart to be big part of Jewish Roots of Summer Camp gala

By ALAN SMASON

Macy Hart, the founding camp director of Henry S. Jacobs Camp in Utica, Mississippi has been announced as serving in a major capacity at the upcoming Jewish Roots of Summer Camp gala planned for the Jewish Regional Children’s Service (JCRS) on Saturday, March 11 at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel.

Hart, who also served as executive director of the Goldring-Woldenberg Institute of Southern Jewish Life, was a longtime advocate...

This year’s ‘Jewish Nobel’ is a group prize, going to Jewish activists supporting Ukraine

By PHILISSA CRAMER

(JTA) — A prize established to honor a single inspiring Jew with a lifetime of achievements has been awarded this year to a nameless group whose work is ongoing: Jewish activists in war-ravaged Ukraine.

The Genesis Prize Foundation said the war in Ukraine required a change in the approach it has taken since creating the prize, known by some as the “Jewish Nobel,” a decade ago.

“Recognizing...

Krewe of Endymion pulls Mel Gibson as 2nd Parade Marshal

By ALAN SMASON

An announcement last night by the Krewe of Endymion’s acting captain that movie star Mel Gibson would serve as the krewe’s Second Parade Grand Marshal in its upcoming parade through the streets of New Orlenas on Saturday night, February 18, was met by significant backlash from several segments of the New Orleans Jewish community including the Anti-Defamation League, the Greater New Orleans Clergy Council, the Jewish Community...

King Cake Hub continues Jewish link to Mardi Gras kickoff

By ALAN SMASON, Special to the CCJN

Jennifer Samuels and her daughter are putting a Jewish spin on a portion of a holiday usually associated with Catholic observance. With the kickoff of their King Cake Hub business at Zony Mash Beer Project, they are giving access to a multitude of king cake designs ranging from the traditional to the extraordinary.

Mardi Gras, a mainstay of New Orleans observance practically since...

18 notable Jews who died in 2022

By CALEG GUEDES-REED and GABE FRIEDMAN

(JTA) — Every year brings the opportunity to celebrate the accomplishments of well-known Jewish icons in every field and to mourn those we have lost.

Here are 18 Jews who died in 2022 and who leave outsized legacies on politics, the arts, sports and everything in between.

Madeleine Albright

The “first woman secretary of state in the United States” label will always follow Madeleine...

Tulane prepares for its first major bowl game in 72 years

By ALAN SMASON, Exclusive to the CCJN

Tulane University is ready for its first appearance at a major bowl game in 72 years, the last time being the 1940 Sugar Bowl. Suffice it to say, my mother of blessed memory was seven years old at that game. Five years earlier, I tend to doubt she was even aware of the Green Wave’s first appearance at the inaugural Sugar Bowl in...