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Benedict’s papacy: close ties with Jewish community

By RUTH ELLEN GRUBER

ROME (JTA) — Pope Benedict XVI’s eight-year reign as head of the world’s 1 billion Catholics sometimes was a bumpy one for the Vatican’s relations with Israel and the wider Jewish community. But it was also a period in which relations where consolidated and fervent pledges...
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Mardi Gras madness continues for last big weekend

The celebrations from last week’s Super Bowl XLVII had barely been stilled when the bifurcated Carnival season sprang up anew. Although there is a great deal of Catholic theology attached to the celebration of Fat Tuesday, Jews have always enjoyed a special status with the holiday as more than dedicated...
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Local artist needs ‘likes’ to win international contest

Local artist Anna Gil, whose recent shows at Gallery Orange and the Hemmerling Gallery on Royal Street have showcased her spiritual paintings, is in the running to win the first annual Golden Ghetto Award for international Jewish art.

Gil’s inspirational works are the product of prayer, meditation and study and...
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Pugnacious and proud Jew Ed Koch passes at 88

By RON KAMPEAS and URIEL HEILMAN

NEW YORK (JTA) — One of the proudest moments of Ed Koch’s life came during a trip to Israel in 1990, in the midst of the first Palestinian intifada. Koch had recently left City Hall after 12 years as mayor of New York City...
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Barton marks 10th year as emeritus administrator

By ALAN SMASON

Herbert Barton remembers the day full well when he ventured into Temple Sinai for the first time. He had come to marry his first wife Vera (née Levy) and the wedding was being celebrated in the Reform temple on St. Charles Avenue. “I still maintained my membership...
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Likud leads, but Bibi faces bumpy road

By BEN SALES

TEL AVIV (JTA) – His party shrunk, his opponents grew and his challengers multiplied. But with the results in, it seems Benjamin Netanyahu survived the Knesset elections on Jan. 22 to serve another term as prime minister.  Netanyahu faces a bumpy road ahead. His Likud party, together...
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Federation begins second century

The Jewish Federation of Greater New Orleans threw itself a 100th birthday party Tuesday night and guests of honor included New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu, noted author and speaker Rabbi Joseph Telushkin and most all of the living men and women who have led Federation through the past several decades.

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Want Hitler quotes? There’s an app for that!

By ANAV SILVERMAN

(Tazpit News Agency) Google has several applications available to users looking to be inspired by Adolf Hitler. Available on Google Play, the app store for Android products, one app that goes by the name, Infamous Adolf Hitler Quotes opens with this description: “Looking for Adolf Hitler Quotes??...
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Federation’s Centennial Jubilee Celebration starts tonight

The Jewish Federation of Greater New Orleans kicks off its yearlong Centennial Jubilee Celebration tonight with a major event at the Isidore Newman School Henson Auditorium, located at 5333 Daneel Street. A wine and light refreshment will be served at 6:15 p.m. until the opening slated for 7:00 p.m. The...
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Berk announces departure from Community Day School

By ALAN SMASON

Community Day School head of school Bob Berk surprised his faculty, board of directors, students and parents with a letter announcing his intent to step down from his position when his current contract ends in June. Berk, under whose leadership the recent name change from New Orleans...
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