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Avodah New Orleans marks 10 years of social justice, activism

By NICHOLAS HAMBURGER, Exclusive to the CCJN

The New Orleans chapter of Avodah celebrated its tenth year of existence on Thursday, May 17, honoring Fran Lake, Josh Lichtman, and Dana Keren for their commitment to social justice and community activism. The event, which was held at Martin Wine Cellar, also...
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Author Edith Sheffer to speak on Asperger, autism in Nazi Vienna today at WW2 Museum

By ALAN SMASON, Special to the CCJN

Author Edith Sheffer has researched the period in Vienna prior to and during the Nazi annexation of Austria. In her book, “Asperger’s Children: The Origins of Autism in Nazi Vienna,” she has concluded that Dr. Johann “Hans” Frederich Karl Asperger, the medical theorist and...
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United States formally dedicates embassy on anniversary of Israel’s independence

By ALAN SMASON

Amidst a sea of friendly faces, representatives of the Trump administration formally dedicated the site of the new United States Embassy in Jerusalem on the anniversary of the date Israel declared its independence in 1948.

“The United States recognizes the sensitivity surrounding Jerusalem, a city that means...
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Gates of Prayer holds ‘Shalom Rav’ sendoff weekend for Rabbi Loewy

When Congregation Gates of Prayer, Metairie’s sole Reform temple, gets ready to celebrate the retirement of its senior rabbi, they do so in a very big way. As Rabbi Robert Loewy prepared to retire and move on to the revered status of emeritus rabbi, the congregation turned out in big...
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Loyola University promotes Rhonda Shear to its Den of Distinction

By ALAN SMASON, Exclusive to the CCJN

Before she became a Hollywood celebrity and cable TV star, Rhonda Shear was a young Jewish lady working towards a degree in Mass Communication at Loyola University. Now a lingerie manufacturer with a company with an estimated $100 million annual in sales, Shear...
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Elliott Raisen turns 90 in grandiose style

By DEAN M. SHAPIRO, Special to the CCJN

The air was festive and the crowd was exuberant at Shir Chadash Conservative Congregation’s social hall on the evening of April 28 as Elliott Raisen celebrated his 90th birthday vaudeville-style.

It was a showcase of singing, dancing and poetic tributes paid to...
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George Porter funks up Jazz Fest Shabbat

By ALAN SMASON

Funk, the quintessential New Orleans export from the 1970s and 1980s, found a home at the 27th annual  Jazz Fest Shabbat at Touro Synagogue last Friday evening, April 27.  Featured headline performer George Porter, Jr., bass player with the renowned Meters,  appeared along with Panorama Jazz Band,...
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Israel prepares for Giro d’Italia’s Big Start

By ELIANA RUDEE    – The biggest biking event in the history of the Jewish state is about to arrive, placing Israel in the center of the sporting map. The Giro d’Italia is second only to the Tour de France as professional cycling’s most important race.

This week, for the...
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Benjamin Netanyahu’s PowerPoint show, individual slides shown

By ALAN SMASON, Special to the CCJN

Microsoft should be proud. One of the most interesting PowerPoint slideshows created by one world leader – Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu – with the express purpose of convincing another – United States President Donald Trump – to pull out of the Iran...
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Tall ship boasts of Jewish crew member

By ALAN SMASON, Exclusive to the CCJN

With her dirty blonde hair trussed in a long, braided ponytail, her T-shirt and her strong Ashkenazic features, Inbal Newman could easily be mistaken for a camp counselor at a Jewish summer camp. She has a remarkable air of self-confidence and of being...
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