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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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Jeff Berlin to join Wolff and Clark Expedition here

By ALAN SMASON

Two of the hippest Jews in jazz will join forces this weekend at Snug Harbor Jazz Bistro in the persons of pianist Michael Wolff and bass player Jeff Berlin. Wolff and Berlin, who have known each other since the Seventies when they were immersed in the New...
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THE SYRIAN SPILLOVER: Druse loyalty to Assad persists

A SPECIAL REPORT by BEN SALES

MAJDAL SHAMS, Israel (JTA) — At first glance, the identification cards of young Druze men looked identical to those of any Israeli, with a number, photo, name and address. The only difference is the citizenship line: Instead of listing “Israeli,” most of the Druze...
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Jewish Music Forum opens at Tulane, continues today

The Jewish Music Forum (JMF) opened its two-day scholarly conference, “From Europe to New Orleans: Jewish Music Past and Present” at Tulane University last night with a free concert of Jewish liturgical music at the Dixon Hall recital hall. Professor John Baron and Tulane Provost Michael Bernstein welcomed guests to...
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Tulane to host Jewish Music Forum Sunday-Monday

Tulane University will serve as the host conference site for the Jewish Music Forum titled “From Europe to New Orleans: Jewish Music Past and Present.” It all begins with a free concert at Tulane’s Dixon Recital Hall  of 19th and 20th Century synagogue music featuring local cantors and the Tulane...
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Ruth Kullman receives 2013 Hannah G. Solomon Award

By ALAN SMASON

It was a good day for Ruth Kullman on Monday. That was the day she was honored by her fellow National Council of Jewish Women (NCJW) peers and by a procession of local officials, but most especially the man she watched grow up from a small boy...
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Chag Purim – Happy Purim 5773

The festival of Purim began at sundown Saturday night with major celebrations held in Metairie and New Orleans. A joint Purim celebration between Conservative Congregation Shir Chadash and Orthodox Congregation Beth Israel was held at Shir Chadash, the second such occurrence in as many years.

Shir Chadash Rabbi Ethan Linden...
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Tulane experts studying trauma in Israel

By BARRI BRONSTON, Courtesy Tulane University Publications

Israel is nearly 7,000 miles from Tulane University, but Ron Marks, dean of the School of Social Work, could think of no better place to study trauma than a land that lives with traumatic events, or at least the threat of them, 24 hours...
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Gary Negbaur continues tour with weekend gigs

By ALAN SMASON

Like so many talented performers, Gary Negbaur has been drawn to New Orleans on many occasions. A composer, pianist and vocalist who can croon, get funky or lay down a jazz groove, Negbaur returned to the Crescent City on Tuesday to perform the first of four programs...
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JCRS needs your votes to snag $5K grant

The Jewish Regional Children’s Service (JCRS), the oldest Jewish charity in the region, is in the running to receive a minimum of $5,000 from Gulf South Bank as part of their Community Rewards program. JCRS is the only Jewish charity signed up as part of the program, but it is...
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