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The year that was 5772

(From  JTA and CCJN reports)

As the Jewish year 5772 draws to a close, we at the Crescent City Jewish News and JTA, the news service of  the Jewish people, are compelled to review some of the highlights on the local, national and international fronts.

September 2011

Rabbi David Polsky...
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‘Deadly Medicine’ exhibit continues at National World War II Museum

By ALAN SMASON

Because of the circumstance of her birth as a twin, Eva Mozes Kor is alive today. Ironically, though, it was because of her status as a twin that she and her 10-year-old twin sister Miriam were subjected to a relentless series of tests and deadly experimentation by...
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Casablanca Restaurant suffers roof, rain damage

Casablanca Restaurant, the Moroccan kosher restaurant located at 3030 Severn Boulevard in Metairie, suffered extensive roof and ceiling damage along with resultant water damage from the driving rains of Hurricane Issac. Owner Linda Waknin said the upstairs took the brunt of the damage to her facility, including shutting down the...
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Hurricane Issac’s pesky patriarchal precipitation passes

On the seventh anniversary of the landfall of Hurricane Katrina, the costliest natural disaster in history, Hurricane Issac advanced upon Southeast Louisiana in a slow, plodding manner, stalling and making landfall twice, eventually dumping record amounts of rain that caused widespread flooding in several neighborhoods. Rain continued throughout the day...
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Beth Israel celebrates its dedication seven years after Katrina

By ALAN SMASON

Seven years after swirling floodwaters from broken levees flooded its sanctuary on Canal Boulevard, Congregation Beth Israel opens its new doors to the public in a weekend of special activities designed to acknowledge the tenuous journey it has endured and to spotlight the hope and promise of...
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NOJDS opens doors for 2012-13 school year

As the 8 o’clock hour approached last Monday morning, Bob Berk, PhD., the head of school for the New Orleans Jewish Day School (NOJDS), girded for the first rush of cars that would deliver his new and old charges for yet another school year. He put on his broadest smile...
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Team New Orleans returns from Maccabi Games

They may not have won a trove of gold, silver or bronze medals, but the 12 members of Team New Orleans representing the New Orleans Jewish Community Center at this year’s Maccabi Games in Memphis are instead carrying a lifetime of memories with them.

Accompanied by JCC sports director Josh...
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Local chef gets to meet, film with Anthony Bourdain

By ALAN SMASON, Exclusive to the CCJN

It’s not every day that one gets to meet the inspiration behind his or her career choice. Nor is it likely that when one does, it will be in front of a camera being filmed for posterity. But that’s exactly what’s been happening...
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Cantor Colman: From Fairfax to ‘Fiddler’

Colman motorcyle

By ALAN SMASON

Cantor Joel Colman, a hulking figure of a man with a deep and rich bass-baritone voice to match his size,  has been a busy bee these days. Fresh off the June summer worship services at Temple Sinai, Colman, who hails from Detroit, was invited to visit his...
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‘Dark Knight Rises’ prompts spiritual journey for Jewish fans

Zach Yanowitz

By ALAN SMASON

Until this year, when Hollywood released “The Avengers,” there had been no comic book character adapted for the screen as successful as the Batman. Making his debut in Detective Comics 73 years ago, Batman was the brainchild of Jewish illustrators Bob Kane and Bill Finger. Together they...
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