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Delta gathers strength in Caribbean; headed into Gulf and our way

Just as many fall hurricanes have done in the past, Hurricane Delta rapidly intensified from a tropical wave and depression into a tropical storm and hurricane in just two days. 

On Monday, the 25th named storm of the year, was not very organized as it moved into the Caribbean Ocean. It increased in wind strength from 35 m.p.h. to 75 m.p.h. and then intensified another 65 m.p.h. in wind strength...

SPECIAL REPORT: Eight months into the pandemic, Israel is readying refrigerated morgues. How did it get here?

By MARCY OSTER and GABE FRIEDMAN

(JTA) — Israel has been known as a country that can rise to face a crisis — usually of the military kind — quickly and efficiently.

The country’s response to the coronavirus pandemic in its early months garnered international praise, and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at one point boasted that “the world is learning from us.”

But now Israel has become the world’s foremost...

President Trump and First Lady Melania test positive for COVID-19

(WASHINGTON) – The White House announced Thursday night that both President Donald and First Lady Melania Trump have tested positive for COVID-19. In addition, Hope Hicks, the former communications director for the White House, has also tested positive.

Vice President Mike Pence announced on Thursday he had met with the President on Tuesday in the Oval Office along with several White House counselors, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Supreme...

‘Ash keeps raining and the smoke is still thick’: How the Northern California fires affected an already disrupted Yom Kippur

By MAYA MIRSKY, DAN PINE and GABE STUTMAN 

(J. the Jewish News of Northern California via JTA) — Rabbi Stephanie Kramer and her family were at home when they got the call to evacuate as Kol Nidre was ending on Sunday evening.

“A very loud alert went off on all our phones,” said Kramer, senior associate rabbi of Congregation Shomrei Torah in Santa Rosa, California, which had prerecorded the opening...

Are the Proud Boys anti-Semitic? Your primer on the far-right group Trump told to ‘stand back and stand by’

By BEN SALES

(JTA) — Who are the Proud Boys, the far-right group that Donald Trump name-checked at the first presidential debate? And do they hate Jews?

The answer to the second question: Some of them — including their founder — certainly do.

Let’s back up: At the debate Tuesday night, moderator Chris Wallace asked Trump whether he would condemn white supremacists from the debate stage. He did not. What...

Kaplinsky adds new Jewish spiritual role to his acting career.

By ALAN SMASON, Exclusive to the CCJN

For as long as he can remember, David Kaplinsky has had a calling as an actor. Like all members in his Conservative congregation, the period of introspection known as the Days of Awe, from Rosh Hashanah to Yom Kippur, has always held great spiritual resonance for him, but his kavanah (spiritual intention) and teshuvah (repentance) has been acted out previously as part of...

Trump nominates Metairie native Amy Coney Barrett to replace Ginsburg on SCOTUS

By RON KAMPEAS

WASHINGTON (JTA) — President Donald Trump’s pick to replace Ruth Bader Ginsburg on the Supreme Court is Amy Coney Barrett, a Metairie native and devout Catholic. She is a conservative midwestern judge whom commentators compare to the late justice Antonin Scalia.

Barrett, nominated Saturday, who lives in Indiana and is a judge on the Chicago-based 7th Circuit Court of Appeals, has a spare political record. The 48-year-old,...

Ruth Bader Ginsburg, first Jewish woman to serve on Supreme Court, dies at 87

By SARAH WILDMAN

WASHINGTON (JTA) – Ruth Bader Ginsburg, the first Jewish woman to serve on the Supreme Court and a tireless advocate for gender equality, has died at 87.

A fierce jurist known for her outsized presence and outspokenness, Ginsburg died from “complications of metastatic pancreas cancer,” the Supreme Court announced Friday night. She had previously survived multiple bouts of different cancers over the course of two decades, vowing...

Area synagogues to observe High Holy Days virtually and limited in-person

BY DEAN M. SHAPIRO, Special to the CCJN

As sundown approaches on the New Year and the hurricane threat passes, rabbis and their staffs at the three New Orleans area Reform synagogues and the Conservative congregation in Metairie are concluding preparations for celebrating the High Holy Days in an unprecedented way.

Observances of Rosh Hashannah 5781 and Yom Kippur will be offered through a variety of live and pre-recorded streaming...

Israel officially signs peace treaties with UAE and Bahrain in White House ceremony

By MARCY OSTER

(JTA) — Israel signed peace treaties with the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain at the White House on Tuesday, with President Donald Trump calling the moment the “dawn of a new Middle East.”

Details about the treaties have yet to be disclosed, but they broadly normalize relations between the two Arab countries and Israel, including the opening of embassies in each of the nations for the first...