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Eva Schloss talk at JCC is largest indoor Jewish event

By ALAN SMASON, Special to the CCJN

An evening with Holocaust survivor Eva Schloss drew a record crowd for a Jewish indoor event on Tuesday, November 6, at the Uptown Jewish Community Center.

Sponsored by Chabad-Lubavitch of Louisiana, the event drew more than 600 persons, so many that some had...
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National results in races of interest to Jewish America

(JTA) — Democrats took control of the House of Representatives in the midterm elections held Tuesday, with Jewish Congress members poised to take key leadership roles. Republicans looked to increase their majority in the Senate.

Five Jewish Democrats are set to chair key House committees, including three representatives from New...
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Officers elected, Pittsburgh victims mourned at 105th Annual Federation Meeting

By DEAN M. SHAPIRO, Special to the CCJN

With the tragedy at Pittsburgh’s Tree of Life Synagogue hate crime still fresh in people’s minds, the Jewish Federation of Greater New Orleans and the Jewish Endowment Foundation of Louisiana (JEF) went on with their 105th annual meeting at the Uptown Jewish...
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Community vigil draws hundreds to stand against hate

By ALAN SMASON, Special to the CCJN

Hundreds of members of the Jewish community and friends from the outside community at large assembled at Shir Chadash Conservative Congregation on Sunday evening, October 28,  to hear rabbis and elected officials speak out against the tragic shooting in Pittsburgh on Saturday.

The...
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UPDATE: 11 dead, 6 others injured in Pittsburgh synagogue shooting

By ALAN SMASON

In the deadliest attack on the Jewish community in U.S. history, a gunman killed 11 people and injured six others, two critically, at a Pittsburgh synagogue Saturday morning. Of the six injured, four were police officers and SWAT members who had responded to the shooting. None of...
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Bianco’s ‘Goblins’ to haunt chamber music festival

By DEAN M. SHAPIRO, Special to the CCJN

Some of the greatest composers throughout history wrote some of their greatest musical works while in their teens, 20s and 30s. Mozart, Schubert and Mendelssohn are the names that most readily come to mind.

Mary Bianco (neé Marx) is an example of...
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Rabbi Reimer announces decision not to renew contract at Temple Sinai; departure slated for June, 2019

By ALAN SMASON

Rabbi Matthew Reimer, the senior rabbi at Temple Sinai, announced his intention on Wednesday, October 24, not to renew his initial three-year contract with the synagogue. That contract will expire at the end of June, 2019. 

The surprise announcement was issued through Temple Sinai president Judge Robin Giarrusso,...
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Israeli President Reuven Rivlin calls for ‘reverse Birthright’ at opening of Jewish federations’ conference

TEL AVIV (JTA) — Israeli President Reuven Rivlin has called for a “reverse Birthright” that would take Israelis to see the American Jewish community firsthand.

Rivlin made his remarks Monday at the opening of the General Assembly, the annual conference of the Jewish Federations of North America, in Tel Aviv.

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Shelbie Mac soars into the stratos with ‘Peter Pan’

By ALAN SMASON, WYES-TV Theatre Critic (“Steppin’ Out“)

If anyone questioned if Shelbie Mac is the greatest young talent to come down the pike since the late Cynthia Owen, all doubts have been erased with her starring role in Peter Pan, currently playing the boards at the Jefferson Performing Arts Center...
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Susan Hess accepts NCJW Hannah Solomon Award

By ALAN SMASON, Special to the CCJN

Community activist, volunteer and philanthropist Susan Hess accepted the 2018 Hannah G. Solomon Award from the Greater New Orleans Section of the National Council of Jewish Women (NCJW) on Monday, October 15 at the New Orleans Marriott Hotel.

The award is chosen by an...
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