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New Orleans Parents Club begins third year at Beth Israel

Jewish Family Service (JFS) and Dahlia Topolosky, Psy.D., a licensed psychologist, are teaming up again for the third consecutive year to bring relief to stressed, troubled and tired parents through the New Orleans Parents Club (NOPC). For a minimal fee parents can enroll in “Tired of Yelling,” a series of nine group sessions and one private coaching session with Topolosky, whose experience as a professional has been enhanced by her...

Federation-JEF begin centennial year; Sen. Landrieu seen via telelink

The joint meeting of the Jewish Federation of Greater New Orleans and the Jewish Endowment Foundation (JEF) of Louisiana signaled the start of the recognition of a century of progress in Jewish New Orleans.

Aside from the several meaningful presentations to outstanding leaders and reports to the community, it was also noted for several humorous technical miscues that took the edge off what might have been a stuffy and predictable...

The year that was 5772

(From  JTA and CCJN reports)

As the Jewish year 5772 draws to a close, we at the Crescent City Jewish News and JTA, the news service of  the Jewish people, are compelled to review some of the highlights on the local, national and international fronts.

September 2011

Rabbi David Polsky begins his tenure as the spiritual leader of Congregation Anshe S’Fard, the area’s only remaining Modern Orthodox (non-Chabad) synagogue in...

‘Deadly Medicine’ exhibit continues at National World War II Museum

By ALAN SMASON

Because of the circumstance of her birth as a twin, Eva Mozes Kor is alive today. Ironically, though, it was because of her status as a twin that she and her 10-year-old twin sister Miriam were subjected to a relentless series of tests and deadly experimentation by Nazi doctors. These experiments have shaped her adult life. In conjunction with the National World War II Museum’s ongoing exhibit...

Casablanca Restaurant suffers roof, rain damage

Casablanca Restaurant, the Moroccan kosher restaurant located at 3030 Severn Boulevard in Metairie, suffered extensive roof and ceiling damage along with resultant water damage from the driving rains of Hurricane Issac. Owner Linda Waknin said the upstairs took the brunt of the damage to her facility, including shutting down the upstairs dining area and forcing a cleanup to her storage room and office.

Waknin, who leases her space, is waiting...

Hurricane Issac’s pesky patriarchal precipitation passes

On the seventh anniversary of the landfall of Hurricane Katrina, the costliest natural disaster in history, Hurricane Issac advanced upon Southeast Louisiana in a slow, plodding manner, stalling and making landfall twice, eventually dumping record amounts of rain that caused widespread flooding in several neighborhoods. Rain continued throughout the day on Thursday, even though the center of the massive storm was located over 150 miles away.

But unlike seven years...

Beth Israel celebrates its dedication seven years after Katrina

By ALAN SMASON

Seven years after swirling floodwaters from broken levees flooded its sanctuary on Canal Boulevard, Congregation Beth Israel opens its new doors to the public in a weekend of special activities designed to acknowledge the tenuous journey it has endured and to spotlight the hope and promise of a bright new future. The Modern Orthodox facility, located at 4004 West Esplanade in Metairie, is situated on land the...

NOJDS opens doors for 2012-13 school year

As the 8 o’clock hour approached last Monday morning, Bob Berk, PhD., the head of school for the New Orleans Jewish Day School (NOJDS), girded for the first rush of cars that would deliver his new and old charges for yet another school year. He put on his broadest smile and opened doors for the young students who were to be part of the 16th historic year of operations for...

Team New Orleans returns from Maccabi Games

They may not have won a trove of gold, silver or bronze medals, but the 12 members of Team New Orleans representing the New Orleans Jewish Community Center at this year’s Maccabi Games in Memphis are instead carrying a lifetime of memories with them.

Accompanied by JCC sports director Josh Tolbert, the team arrived aboard a bus in Memphis on Sunday, August 5, to meet with JCC assistant director Brian...

Local chef gets to meet, film with Anthony Bourdain

By ALAN SMASON, Exclusive to the CCJN

It’s not every day that one gets to meet the inspiration behind his or her career choice. Nor is it likely that when one does, it will be in front of a camera being filmed for posterity. But that’s exactly what’s been happening this past week with Jessica Wightkin, a local culinary arts educator and chef. Inspired to take up the honorable profession...