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Barry expected to become hurricane prior to Saturday landfall

By ALAN SMASON

Local officials cautiously awaited the arrival of bands of rain and heavy sustained winds associated with Tropical Storm Barry that were expected to begin moving into the metropolitan area at the onset of Shabbat, tonight, July 12.

New Orleans Mayor LaToya Cantrell, Jefferson Parish President Mike Yenni...
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Tropical Storm Barry threat increases

Dry air and wind shear kept Tropical Storm Barry from becoming better organized throughout the day and night on Thursday.  However, authorities tracking the storm say conditions will favor strengthening of the storm through the day Friday and that it does have the potential to make landfall near Morgan City...
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UPDATE: Both JCCs, Temple Sinai shut down due to rainstorm

By ALAN SMASON

A freak rainstorm associated with a low pressure system that weather authorities expected to strengthen further in the Gulf of Mexico and become Tropical Storm or Hurricane Barry shut down Temple Sinai and both Jewish Community Center campuses earlier today, Wednesday, July 10. A tornado warning was...
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The Chabad rebbe died 25 years ago. Here’s how his movement has survived.

By SAMUEL HEILMAN

JERUSALEM (JTA) –Twenty-five years ago, Menachem Mendel Schneerson, the 92-year-old Lubavitcher Rebbe, succumbed to his many ailments and died, to the horror of his Hasidim.

Since suffering the first of several devastating strokes on March 2, 1992, while visiting the grave of his late father-in-law and predecessor...
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Eva Kor, Holocaust survivor and forgiveness advocate, dies in Poland

By ALAN SMASON, Special to the CCJN

Eva Kor, a Holocaust survivor and forgiveness advocate, who was a featured speaker in 2012 at the National World War II Museum and was also the subject of a featured 2018 documentary film broadcast over PBS (“EvaA-7063”), passed away on July 4, 2019,...
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Time is right for ‘Freedom,’ playwright Pulitzer says

By ALAN SMASON, Exclusive to the CCJN

Given the political climate of the day and the highly-charged topic of immigration, playwright Joyce Pulitzer strongly believes there is no time like the present to revive her 2013 world premiere play, “Freedom.” 

“I don’t think there’s a more important time to bring...
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ADL hosts inaugural ‘Concert Against Hate’

By ALAN SMASON

New Orleans has long treasured its rich musical heritage. From its status as the birthplace of jazz to its secure place in the annals of funk and rhythm and blues, music has been the common thread that binds its citizens. On Thursday night, the Anti-Defamation League (ADL)...
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Leonard Cohen: A dark, brooding and loving genius

By ALAN SMASON, Special to the CCJN

Two years ago the Musée d’Art Contemporain de Montréal (MAC) organized an exhibit on Canada’s favorite son writer, composer, singer and cultural icon, Leonard Cohen. Titled “A Crack in Everything,” the immersive and interactive exhibit included a collection of commissioned works from artists...
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Avodah New Orleans honors trio at Partners in Justice Brunch

By ALAN SMASON, Exclusive to the CCJN

Avodah New Orleans, the Jewish service corps, honored three New Orleans area individuals for their stellar work in promoting social justice at its annual Partners in Justice Brunch on Sunday, June 2.

Attorney Melanie Bronfin, executive director of the Louisiana Policy Institute for...
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The scuffling behind the scenes before the collapse of the 21st Knesset

By DOV LIPMAN

 –Just one month after the inauguration of the 21st Knesset, parliamentarians voted to disband the government and send the country into national elections for the second time in six months.

The Knesset vote came after a tension-filled last-minute effort by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to...
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