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A Jewish family sold this Kandinsky painting to survive the Nazis. Amsterdam is keeping it anyway.

By CNAAN LIPHSHIZ 

AMSTERDAM (JTA) — Following a protracted legal fight, the family of Irma Klein last year finally got Dutch restitution officials to recognize that the Nazi occupation forced Klein to sell her Wassily Kandinsky painting to this city’s municipal Stedelijk Museum for a fraction of its worth.

That was in 1940,...
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Dody Piper astounds in SLT’s ‘She Loves Me’

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

For its second full production of their season, Summer Lyric Theatre  at Tulane (SLT) chose “She Loves Me,” a show that could arguably be considered among the most stealthily Jewish shows in the modern Broadway lexicon. Based on “Parfumerie,” a 1937 play...
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Barry spares metro area, but rain threat remains for today

By ALAN SMASON

Hurricane Barry made landfall as expected near Intracoastal City, LA early Saturday morning, July 13, the first hurricane to hit Louisiana since Issac in 2012 and the first July hurricane since Cindy in 2005. The slow-moving storm jogged towards the west, sparing the New Orleans metropolitan area...
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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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