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National tour of ‘Wicked’ canceled due to hotel collapse

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

The partial collapse of the Hard Rock Hotel under construction in New Orleans on Saturday, October 12, sent tons of debris and a crane across the street impacting the historic Saenger Theater building, where the national tour of Wicked was being housed....
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Area rabbis dwell on significance of Succot

By NICHOLAS HAMBURGER, Exclusive to the CCJN

At sundown on Sunday, October 13, the agricultural festival Succot begins, continuing throughout the week until nightfall on Sunday, October 20. Referred to as “the feast of ingathering” in the Book of Exodus, the holiday celebrates the end of the harvest season, when...
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As a gunman loomed outside their synagogue, Jews in Halle kept praying

By REBECCA SPIESS and TOBY AXELROD

HALLE, Germany (JTA) — Just a few days after a deadly neo-Nazi attack here, this city in eastern Germany slowly stirs to life.

On this morning, a woman walks a small dog along the sidewalk, crossing the street to avoid the police tape and masses...
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Gunman kills two in attack on German synagogue, kebab shop

By RON KAMPEAS

(JTA) — A single gunman opened fire on a synagogue during Yom Kippur services and a kebab shop in Halle, a town in eastern Germany. The shooter reportedly was from the far right.

The masked gunman, identified as Stephan B. was captured after the incident and authorities...
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How Pittsburgh changed the way American Jews think about security

WASHINGTON (JTA) — Here’s the sad paradox of the shooting nearly one year ago at Pittsburgh’s Tree of Life synagogue: The killing of 11 worshippers, the worst attack on Jews in U.S. history, hit a community that was one of the best prepared to handle such an assault.

In the...
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Inspiring Jews we lost in 5779

By JTA Staff

(JTA) — The close of every year brings with it bittersweet reminders of the incredible figures we lost in the year that was.

This year the task of remembering the departed is particularly fraught as 12 people on the list were lost to acts of anti-Jewish violence...
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Pre-indictment hearings begin in Israel, putting Netanyahu on the political sidelines for now

By DOV LIPMAN

 – Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s pre-indictment hearing began on Wednesday after three years of investigation. Netanyahu, who did not attend the hearing, is seeking to convince Attorney General Avichai Mandelblit and state prosecutors not to indict him on charges of bribery, fraud and breach of...
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Rosh Hashanah is how we prove our humanity. Are you ready?

By RABBI DAVID BASHEVKIN 

NEW YORK (JTA) — Rosh Hashanah commemorates the creation of mankind. But if Rosh Hashanah is indeed the collective birthday of humanity, why do we “celebrate” with all our focus on God, sin and repentance?  The Rosh Hashanah liturgy is filled with references of God’s kingship as humanity...
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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is launching Trump impeachment inquiry

(JTA) — House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is launching an impeachment inquiry of President Donald Trump.

Pelosi, D-CA., made the announcement late Tuesday afternoon. The New York Times had reported on the planned announcement earlier on Tuesday.

“The president must be held accountable; no one is above the law,” Pelosi said.

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Anne Frank sculpture installed at Founders Plaza of WW2 Museum

By ALAN SMASON

The National World War II Museum, the Oscar J. Tolmas Charitable Trust and members of the Jewish community came together on Thursday, Sept. 12 to dedicate a life-sized sculpture of Holocaust victim and posthumously famous author Anne Frank.

Placed on Founders Plaza off Andrew Higgins Boulevard, the...
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