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Soldiers, survivors converge in Louisville

By ALAN SMASON, Exclusive to the CCJN

Frank Towers remembers the day through the haze of 68 years, a footnote at the end of World War II. Matt Rozell was never there, but through his efforts and those of his students, he can dictate with amazing accuracy what happened in...
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Tel Aviv Tzofim entertain crowd

Seventeen energetic Tzofim – Israeli Scouts – made the celebration of Yom Ha’atzmaut, or Israel Independence Day, an upbeat affair at the Uptown Jewish Community Center on Monday night. The Scouts, who all hail from Tel Aviv kept dozens of youngsters busy in a variety of games before taking to...
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Israel observes Memorial Day with siren, ceremonies

JERUSALEM (JTA) — Israel remembered its more than 25,000 fallen soldiers and terror victims with the sounding of a siren and memorial ceremonies. Yom Hazikaron, or Memorial Day, began in Israel on Sunday night with the two-minute sounding of the siren.

Locally, the Jewish Community Center is hosting a joint...
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Eizenstat addresses Yom Hashoah event

By ALAN SMASON

By all measurements that suggest greatness, Ambassador Stuart Eizenstat, is a remarkable man. Beginning with President Lyndon Baines Johnson, he has proved to be a highly respected advisor to several presidents including a stint as Jimmy Carter’s chief domestic policy advisor and several jobs in Bill Clinton’s...
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Work of Margaret Thatcher recalled

By RON KAMPEAS

WASHINGTON (JTA) — History will remember former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher for relentlessly facing down communism and helping to turn back more than three decades of socialist advance in her country.

But it was Thatcher’s embrace of British Jews and insistent promotion of Jews in her...
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Pesses holds her final Yom Hashoah Memorial

With her term of office as JCC Jewish enrichment director nearing its end, Debbie Pesses will be handling her final Yom Hashoah Community Memorial event this Sunday evening, April 7,  beginning at 7:00 p.m. The powerful event will be opened by the procession of the few remaining survivors of the...
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NCJW ‘Hawaiian Paradise’ event looks to increase numbers

Event organizers for Saturday night’s “Hawaiian Paradise,” a luau-themed fundraiser of the Greater New Orleans Chapter of the National Council of Jewish Women (NCJW), are looking to increase numbers of attendees.

Marisa Kahn, co-chair of this year’s annual event to be held April 6, at the Sun Ray Grill, 1051...
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Has Obama’s stock risen since Israel trip?

By RON KAMPEAS

WASHINGTON (JTA) — For a trip that U.S. officials had cautioned was not about getting “deliverables,” President Obama’s apparent success during his Middle East trip at getting Israel and Turkey to reconcile has raised some hopes for a breakthrough on another front: Israeli-Palestinian negotiations.

The question now...
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Campaign Celebration held at Audubon Tea Room

By JENNIE WALLAS

The beauty and elegance of the opulent Audubon Tea Room set the stage for honoring Dr. Julius Levy, Jr., as the recipient of the eighth annual Roger Bissinger Memorial Award at Federation’s 2013 Campaign Celebration. Allan Bissinger, made the presentation to Levy, citing him as an inspiration to all...
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Obama’s charm offensive: did it work?

By BEN SALES

JERUSALEM (JTA) — President Obama had three goals for his first presidential trip to Israel. He wanted to persuade Israelis that the United States is committed to preventing Iran from acquiring a nuclear weapon. He wanted to promote the renewal of Israeli-Palestinian negotiations, albeit without any specific...
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