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Meet Rabbi Josh Pernick of Congregation Beth Israel

By ALAN SMASON

With all of his youthful exuberance, it’s easy to forget that, at 30 years of age,  Rabbi Joshua Pernick is now in charge of the oldest Orthodox institution in the Greater New Orleans area, occupying the Oscar J. Tolmas Rabbinic Chair at Congregation Beth Israel.

Rabbi “Josh,”...
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Back from the brink, Hadassah banks on bipartisanship in attracting new members

By RON KAMPEAS

WASHINGTON (JTA) — A decade after the Bernie Madoff debacle — one so serious that Hadassah officials refuse to even utter the Ponzi schemer’s name — the women’s Zionist organization is back.

The finances are robust — 2017 tax returns show $108 million in assets — and...
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Dr. Richard Willner receives top award from Alliance for Good Govt.

By ALAN SMASON, Exclusive to the CCJN

Dr. Richard Willner, a podiatrist and a man who has brought attention to  the plight of at-risk physicians and made their survival his personal mission, recently received the Civic Leader of the Year Award for Jefferson Parish from the Alliance for Good Government.

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Phil Melancon prepares to channel Allan Sherman

By ALAN SMASON

Phil Melancon has mounted a number of successful original shows in which he also celebrated the likes of Irving Berlin, Cole Porter and George and Ira Gershwin. His prowess on the keyboards is legendary and he follows in true New Orleans fashion to other irreverent live performers...
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Samuels celebrates Basin Street Records’ 21st anniversary

By BILL MOTCHAN, Special to the CCJN

When Mark Samuels was nearing his 13th birthday, he was playing music while preparing for his bar mitzvah at what was then called the Conservative Congregation of New Orleans. Today it is known as Shir Chadash or “New Song” and that may be...
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M. S. Rau holds birthday party for Napoleon

By ALAN SMASON

M. S. Rau Antiques, the renowned Royal Street dealer of rare art works and antiquities, is holding a special 250th birthday for their favorite Frenchman, Napoleon Bonaparte, the legendary soldier and conqueror who became emperor of France and nearly made it to New Orleans before his eventual...
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Daniel Sherman takes the bimah as Temple Sinai’s new senior rabbi

By DEAN M. SHAPIRO, Special to the CCJN

As he sat down to begin this interview, Daniel Sherman asked, “Okay, so what do I need to know about New Orleans?”

When told that, first and foremost, he needs to become a Saints fan, his response was, “Well, that shouldn’t be...
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A rabbi was in charge of 10 religions at this year’s World Scout Jamboree

By ALAN SMASON, Special to JTA

(JTA) – GLEN JEAN, West Virginia (Crescent City Jewish News via JTA) — A Reform rabbi from Maryland led the Faith and Beliefs program at the World Scout Jamboree, the first such event held in the United States since 1967.

For the past two...
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Lady Chaplains making an impact at World Scouting Jamboree

By ALAN SMASON, Exclusive to the CCJN

Religious figures have always provided integral and necessary counseling at World Scouting Jamborees. Rabbis, rectors, priests, pastors, and imams representing all of the major established religions have dispersed spiritual guidance and pastoral support for the thousands of Scouts who make the journey from...
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Tales of the Cocktail brings never before sampled wares to NOLA

By ALAN SMASON, Exclusive to the CCJN

When the heat and humidity seem at about their worst in July, it’s a sure bet that the Tales of the Cocktail spirits events will bring a refreshing opportunity to sample and sip a variety of potent potables in air conditioned comfort at...
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