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BBYO reunion recounted; donations just shy of $10K mark


Ask any of the more than 300 people who attended the New Orleans BBYO Reunion in late February what they thought of the festivities, and you will no doubt get very similar responses.

“We didn’t want it to end.”

“When’s the next one?”

“This was so much fun!”

To call it a success would be understatement. It surpassed even the expectations...

Should we get hammered on Purim — and Election Day?


LOS ANGELES (JTA) — Purim parties are just around the corner — as is the presidential election. This got me thinking: What does the holiday’s operative phrase, “ad lo yada,” “until one no longer knows,” really mean?

Traditionally, this rabbinic license to party, derived from the Talmud, has been taken to mean one should drink until he or she no longer knows the difference between the two...

At least 34 dead in Brussels attacks, Belgium’s Jewish schools locked down

(JTA) — Jewish schools and other institutions in Antwerp and Brussels went into lockdown following attacks in Belgium that killed at least 34 people at the main airport and in the metro in Brussels.

At least 14 people were killed in the attack Tuesday morning at Zaventem Airport, according to the online edition of the Le Soir daily. Officials said a suicide bomber detonated the deadly charge.

About an hour later,...

Limmud finishes three-day run at GOP, Tulane

Limmud Festival New Orleans organizers planned very well and the results showed that more than 400 participants had enjoyed three days of prayer, meditation and study  under its so-called “big tent” of Jewish learning.

Friday night and Saturday morning, the Limmud team facilitated prayer services for Reform, Conservative and Orthodox worship  at Congregation Gates of Prayer in Metairie, while all of Sunday’s activities occurred at the Lavin-Bernick Center on the...

Obama nominates Judge Merrick Garland to Supreme Court

(WHITE HOUSE) — In a Rose Garden ceremony today at the White House, President Obama announced his intent to nominate Merrick Garland to the Supreme Court of the United States. Merrick Garland, the chief judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia (D.C.) Circuit, has more federal judicial experience than any other Supreme Court nominee in history. No one is better suited to immediately serve...

JCC Adloyadah attracts healthy crowd

The Uptown Jewish Community Center was the site for the annual community-wide Adloyadah Purim Festival yesterday was held outside from 11:30 to 3:30 p.m.

In addition to colorful inflatable rides and slides designed for the younger set, ample popular music filled the air while delicious delicatessen food from Kosher Cajun, waffles from Waffles on Maple and even frigid and tasty snowballs from Williams-Plum Street Snowballs were served to the hungry...

JCRS’s Jewish Roots of Celebration attracts 450

The Grand Ballroom of the Hyatt Regency was filled with more than 450 supporters of the Jewish Children’s Regional Services at its gala last Friday night, March 5. The event titled Jewish Roots of Celebration: Friends|Family|Frolic|Feast” lived up to its name in every way.

Panorama Jazz Band discreetly played music during an hour-long cocktail hour, while guests congregated in anticipation of a program intended to highlight the many varied charitable...

JCRS honoree Trestman’s ‘Fair Labor Lawyer’ being released by LSU Press


With the wisdom gleaned from the experience of researching, writing and submitting to rounds of editing and academic reviews, Marlene Trestman can testify that it truly takes a village to publish a scholarly treatise. Trestman returned to her hometown of New Orleans to be recognized by the Jewish Children’s Regional Service (JCRS) at its annual gala on Saturday, March 5, and to help...

Polsky abruptly announces departure


Rabbi David Polsky, the spiritual leader of Congregation Anshe Sfard, the only non-Chabad Orthodox synagogue still located in Orleans Parish, announced in a newsletter yesterday his intention to step down from his pulpit when his current contract expires on July 31.

Polsky’s announcement follows on the heels of a similar letter drafted by Rabbi Ethan Linden of Shir Chadash Conservative Congregation, acknowledging his plans to accept the...

Israeli-American trio soared in NOFM program

By ALAN SMASON, Exclusive to the CCJN

Chamber music fans were in for a very rare treat on Wed., Feb. 24,  when the Goldstein-Peled-Fiterstein Trio starred in a program of music sponsored by the New Orleans Friends of Music (NOFM) at Tulane University’s Dixon Hall. Prior to their 8:00 p.m. concert, the trio held a re-scheduled master class performance at 5:30 in Nunnemaker Hall on the Loyola University campus, which...