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Son of decorated Nazi speaks of his Jewish faith

By ALAN SMASON

In addition to the annual remembrance honoring the six million Jewish souls slain in the Holocaust, the 2016 Yom Hashoah Community-Wide Holocaust Memorial Program offered a short work from a children’s opera and the unlikely story of a son of a decorated Nazi hero who became a righteous convert to Judaism.

The two-hour long event, held last Sunday night, May 1, at the Uptown Jewish Community Center,...

Touro holds 25th Jazz Fest Shabbat

By ALAN SMASON and RACHAEL SACKS

Marking its 25th consecutive year, Touro Synagogue’s Jazz Fest Shabbat proved to be a spiritual and popular haven for both regular Reform worshippers and attendees of the music festival marred by unrelenting rainstorms in its final days. Jon Cleary, the latest New Orleanian to receive a Grammy Award for last year’s “Go Go Juice” (Best Regional Blues Root Album) and his backing...

Weekend to be filled with joy, solemnity

The Jewish community is preparing for a full weekend of activities, occupying both sides of the spectrum of emotions from joy and festivity to sorrow and solemnity.

Kicking off a week later than normal due to the onset of the Passover holiday will be the 25th annual Jazz Fest Shabbat featuring Grammy Award winner Jon Cleary and the Absolute Monster Gentlemen (see earlier CCJN story here). Cleary, who is just...

JEF’s Annual Event celebrates honorees

By GARY MICHAEL SMITH

The Jewish Endowment Foundation of Louisiana (JEF) honored several exceptional members of the New Orleans Jewish community for their philanthropy and professional service at its Annual Event on Sunday, April 17 at noon at the Westin Canal Place in downtown New Orleans.

JEF executive director Sandy Levy presented the Young Family Award for Professional Excellence to James Spiro. This award is given for demonstrating extraordinary concern...

Fire devastates Beth Israel rabbinic home

By ALAN SMASON

A kitchen fire apparently sparked by a self-cleaning oven engulfed the Congregation Beth Israel rabbinic home in flames late Tuesday afternoon, April 19, totally destroying its contents.

Rabbi Gabriel Greenberg, his wife Abby and their two small children were not inside the home at 4411 Cleary Avenue in Metairie when the blaze broke out shortly before 4:30 p.m. The rabbi and the children were in the back...

Rabbi Linden prepares for new challenge at Camp Ramah

By ALAN SMASON, Exclusive to the CCJN

With approximately nine weeks left before he leaves the Greater New Orleans area, Rabbi Ethan Linden is preparing for his last Passover season in New Orleans with mixed feelings. He is looking forward to new challenges ahead, but reluctantly saying goodbye to a community he has helped to transform for the past seven years.

Linden, the dynamic and ebullient spiritual leader of Shir...

With few gains and focused army action, Palestinian terror wave recedes

By BEN SALES

TEL AVIV (JTA) — It began almost out of nowhere. No one organized it. Israelis weren’t even sure whether to call it an “intifada.” Now, six months later, the wave of stabbings and shootings that has gripped Israel is ebbing.

According to monthly reports by the Shin Bet intelligence agency, the rate of Palestinian terror attacks has been dropping steadily since the upsurge began last October, from...

‘Wedding Doll’ film premieres at JCC tonight

“Wedding Doll,” the winner of the 2015 Jerusalem Film Festival’s award for Best First Film, makes its first appearance in New Orleans tonight at 7:00 p.m. at the Uptown Jewish Community Center as part of the continuing Bart Family Film Festival.

The Israeli film’s plot deals with the central character of Hagit (Moran Rosenblatt), a woman who has lived all of her life attempting to overcome severe learning disabilities, and...

Splendid production of ‘Cabaret’ finishes at Saenger

By BRUCE BURGUN, Special to the CCJN

The Roundabout Theatre Company swept into the Saenger Theatre Tuesday night with a splendidly vivid production of the brilliant Broadway musical classic “Cabaret.”

We all know the story: In 1930 American novelist Clifford Bradshaw (Lee Aaron Rosen) seeking inspiration travels to Weimar Republic Berlin. On New Year’s Eve he enters the notorious Kit Kat Klub, where he is seduced by the overwhelming decadence...

Jon Cleary to headline Jazz Fest Shabbat

By ALAN SMASON

The Jazz Fest Shabbat Committee didn’t know what a coup they pulled off when they announced early in the year that the headliner for this year’s Jazz Fest Shabbat event at Touro Synagogue would be British-born and longtime New Orleans resident Jon Cleary.

That’s because it wasn’t more than a month later that Cleary and his group, The Absolute Monster Gentlemen, received a Grammy Award for Best...