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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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Obama, Netanyahu reach consensus

JERUSALEM (JTA) — President Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu conveyed broad consensus on Israel’s top security priorities following a meeting in Jerusalem. In statements presented Wednesday evening at the prime minister’s residence in Jerusalem, Obama and Netanyahu emphasized the strength of the U.S.-Israel alliance. Both leaders said that...
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Obama lands, praises Israel

TEL AVIV (JTA) — President Obama began his first presidential visit to Israel with an airport speech calling the United States the “strongest ally and greatest friend” of Israel.

“Why does the U.S. stand with Israel?” Obama asked the crowd at the welcoming ceremony Wednesday afternoon at Ben-Gurion Airport. “We stand...
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Kurt Weill songs to be on tap at Mid City Theatre

By ALAN SMASON

It’s been almost 63 years since Kurt Weill died, yet his mark as a composer of music in his native Europe and his adopted homeland of America is still legendary. Many of his works have joined the pantheon of the Great American Songbook and are favorites of...
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Cantor Colman makes opera debut this weekend

By ALAN SMASON

Cantor Joel Colman, who has been a source of spiritual inspiration at Temple Sinai with his deep and profound bass-baritone voice, gets an opportunity to inspire opera goers as well when he makes his debut with the New Orleans Opera Association this weekend.

Colman,  who performed in...
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JCRS event rooted in comedy

With a nod to the Jewish comics, comedians and writers of the past, the Jewish Childrens Regional Service (JCRS) looked to the future on Saturday night as it presented the Jewish Roots of Comedy major event at Harrah’s Casino in New Orleans.

The oldest existing Jewish children’s social service organization...
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