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Area Reform rabbis ramp up tech to ride out crisis

BY DEAN M. SHAPIRO, Special to the CCJN

With the spread of the coronavirus throughout the New Orleans area keeping most people sequestered in their homes, all of the local synagogues are closed and all in-house services are cancelled as the annual Passover observance begins Wednesday evening, April 8.

In...
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UPDATE: Bernie Sanders suspends presidential campaign

By RON KAMPEAS

WASHINGTON (JTA) — Bernie Sanders, the Vermont senator who became the first Jewish front-runner in a major party nomination race for president, is suspending his campaign.

In a message Wednesday to his followers, Sanders said the priority was ousting President Donald Trump, and he said he would...
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OP-ED: Passover in vitro

By ALAN SMASON

As more than one commentator has mused, this year’s Passover is very much like the very first Passover. The Torah tells us that prior to the Exodus from Egypt, as the Hebrews sheltered in their own homes with only blood on the outside of their doorposts to...
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Saints legendary kicker Tom Dempsey is dead from COVID-19 complications

By ALAN SMASON

Tom Dempsey, an unlikely hero with half a foot, but a full heart that made him a champion for legions of New Orleans Saints fans, died on Saturday from complications of COVID-19. He was 73.

The professional kicker, who established a 43-year-old record for the NFL’s longest...
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Mayor Cantrell sees progress, but urges everyone to stay at home

By ALAN SMASON

Mayor LaToya Cantrell acknowledged that 73% of her citizens are obeying the stay-at-home mandate she initiated and that the spike in confirmed cases of COVID-19 and attendant death rates have slowed. But she urged caution and implored the public to continue to shelter in place because “it...
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Jazz legend Ellis Marsalis succumbs to COVID-19 related pneumonia

By ALAN SMASON

Ellis Marsalis, Jr., a pioneer in jazz music, a renowned educator and the patriarch of the undisputed first family of New Orleans jazz, has died from pneumonia brought on by infection of COVID-19. He was 85.

Marsalis, who was a native of New Orleans, grew up as...
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LA. registers highest one-day COVID-19 death toll in past 24 hours

By ALAN SMASON

Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards announced at his 2:30 p.m. press conference today, March 31, that the total number of confirmed COVID-19 cases caused by coronavirus pandemic reached 5,237 with 239 deaths. That represents 1,212 new confirmed cases reported, the highest jump in any one 24-hour period...
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Israeli Defense Minister Bennett forbids Passover seders with grandparents

Emphasizing the heightened danger to the elderly from coronavirus infection, Israeli Defense Minister Naftali Bennett urged Jews around the world not to welcome grandparents to their homes for Passover seder.

Bennett’s stern decree was promoted in a video greeting released today, Monday, March 30. Despite the tradition of gathering all...
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Orleans, Jefferson Parish have two highest COVID-19 death rates in nation

As the United States overtook China and Italy today for the first time in the numbers of positive cases of COVID-19, the City of New Orleans (Orleans Parish) and Jefferson Parish also set gruesome numbers of their own as authorities acknowledged the two lead all other counties in the nation...
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UPDATE: Coronavirus numbers still on rise; statewide death toll stands at 83

By ALAN SMASON

With yesterday’s declaration of Louisiana as a “Coronavirus Disaster Area,” the nation’s attention is finally being drawn to Louisiana as numbers of confirmed COVID-19 cases continue to rise throughout the state. As of today, March 26, Louisiana has 2,305 confirmed cases or 510 new cases, which according...
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