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Krav Maga: Israeli self defense (and workout regimen)

By JOSEPH ISAAC LIFSHITZ

(Jewish Ideas Daily) — The year was 1987 when the Intifada started. Just after I had joined a Jerusalem judo club, our instructor told us he was going to make a change in our practice sessions: we would now divide our classes between judo and Krav...
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JCC’s Chanukah community event a massive success

Jewish rock performer Rick Recht, took little time in making his charismatic presence known Monday night at the Jewish Community Center’s seventh annual Chanukah community event. He had hardly taken center stage when he insisted on the 3rd through 5th grades at the Community Day School join him on stage...
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Alon Shaya of Domenica wins Chef of the Year honor

(Editor’s note: New Orleans Magazine has elevated Israeli-born chef Alon Shaya to its highest title of “Chef of the Year” in its most recent publication. The Crescent City Jewish News is proud to reprint this article through the courtesy of the magazine.)

Chef of the Year | Alon Shaya Food...
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Monday with Morey: Melton Institute administrator lands in N.O. (finally)

By ALAN SMASON

It’s been three years in the making, but, finally, Rabbi Morey Schwartz made it to New Orleans. The jovial rabbi and author’s job as director of curriculum and faculty development coordinator for the Florence Melton Adult Mini-School Institute in Jerusalem – a project of Hebrew University –...
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After U. N. vote, what about U.S. policy?

By RON KEAMPEAS

WASHINGTON (JTA) — How the United States treats the Palestinians’ new status as a non-member state at the United Nations depends on how Palestinians plan to use it — as cudgel or outstretched hand.

Beneath the outcries of disappointment at the lopsided U.N. vote, both the United...
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New Orleans Jewish community stands with Israel at solidarity event

Louisiana’s entire United States Senate delegation was on hand on Sunday as the Jewish Federation of Greater New Orleans, along with participation from every local religious institution,  gathered at the Uptown Jewish Community Center to express solidarity with the State of Israel. Both Senators Mary Landrieu (D-LA) and David Vitter...
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ISRAEL AND HAMAS REACH A CEASE-FIRE

JERUSALEM (JTA) — A cease-fire between Israel and Hamas began at 9 p.m. local time. U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Egyptian Foreign Minister Mohamed Kamel Amr announced the agreement Wednesday evening in Cairo. It went into effect at 1 p.m. Central Standard Time.

Prior to the announcement, President...
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Bus explodes in Tel Aviv in apparent terrorist attack

JERUSALEM (JTA) — A bus exploded in Tel Aviv in what police are describing as a terrorist attack. At least 21 people were injured in Wednesday’s blast, according to a spokesman at Sourasky Medical Center – Ichilov Hospital. The bus exploded at noon in the heart of Tel Aviv, near...
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Israel reportedly holding off on ground evasion as cease-fire talks proceed

JERUSALEM (JTA) — Israel reportedly has held off on a ground invasion of the Gaza Strip in order to give cease-fire talks a chance to work. News reports on Tuesday cited an unnamed Israeli official as saying that the ground invasion was delayed as Egypt attempts to negotiate a cease-fire...
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Netanyahu eyes ramp up of IDF forces

By MARCY OSTER

JERUSALEM (JTA) — Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Israel “is prepared for a significant expansion of its operation” in the Gaza Strip on a day that dozens of rockets from Gaza were fired at Israel — including at least three at Tel Aviv that were intercepted by the...
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