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Toussaint mourned, connection to local Jewish community recalled

By ALAN SMASON, Exclusive to the CCJN

When Allen Toussaint died of an apparent heart attack in Spain earlier in the week, the outpouring of grief from every imaginable sector of the city was palpable. This included many members of the local Jewish community. While many recalled his gentlemanly manner, his authority in the recording studio, his gift for arranging and his ability to bring the best out of others,...

Netanyahu to Jewish Federations: U.S., Israel ‘should work together now’ on Iran


( — Despite their disagreement over the Iran nuclear deal, the U.S. and Israel “can and should work together now” to ensure that Iran complies with the agreement and to curb Iranian aggression throughout the Middle East, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Tuesday at the General Assembly of The Jewish Federations of North America (JFNA) in Washington, DC.

A day after meeting with President Barack Obama...

JFNA opens GA in Washington


The Jewish Federations of North America opened its annual General Assembly on Sunday, November 8 in Washington, D.C. with a number of addresses by high profile personalities. Three of the more famous of invitees at the Opening Plenary at the Washington Hilton tugged at the emotional heartstrings of attendees, touching on issues of freedom to practice religion, fighting anti-Semitism, establishing a connection to community and reconciling one’s...

Faux/Real bows with Ben Mintz at helm

By ALAN SMASON, Exclusive to the CCJN

From the ashes of the New Orleans International Fringe Festival has risen the phoenix that is Faux/Real, a three-week celebration of theatre, food, drink and performance art across the city. At the helm of this endeavor is publisher and arts enthusiast Ben Mintz, part entrepreneur and part free spirit.

“This is actually the first time in two weeks that I’ve smiled,” said Mintz as...

At Rabin rally, calls to pursue peace and defend democracy


TEL AVIV (JTA) — Some 100,000 people joined together in central Tel Aviv on Saturday to pay tribute to slain Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin, but they were divided over what exactly they were rallying for.

The demonstration, which marked the 20th anniversary of Rabin’s assassination by a Jewish extremist incensed by his government’s efforts to reach a peace accord with the Palestinians, was called “Remembering the murder, fighting...

At Halloween, kosher candy rings the bell


LOS ANGELES (JTA) — This Saturday night, after waiting for three stars to become visible in the sky and observing Havdalah, the departing of Shabbat, with candle, wine and spice box, I will prepare to perform another ritual: I will pour gobs of candy into a large bowl to hand out to the sporadic stream of trick-or-treaters who will ring my doorbell.

Call me “orthodox” in...

Mad Hatters Tea Party a stylish affair

This year hats were the fashion statement that Hadassah members wore to their annual major fundraiser gala. The past two previous events, both titled Bra-Veaux,  brought attention to breast cancer awareness and served as a means for the the Greater New Orleans Chapter of Haddasah to auction off colorfully decorated brassieres of all shapes and sizes as fundraising items.

This year’s affair – the Mad Hatters Tea Party –  was...

Joseph’s Tomb torched ahead of Palestinian ‘day of rage’

(JTA) — Palestinian rioters set fire to the compound of the Tomb of Joseph near Nablus.

Flames engulfed the tomb, a Jewish holy site in the West Bank that is under control of Palestinian Authority policemen, early Friday morning. Several hundred people gathered outside the site and a few individuals hurled firebombs over its fence, Army Radio reported.

No one was hurt in the incident, which ended after Palestinian policemen dispersed the crowd....

JCRS held Chanukah Wrap-a-thon on Oct. 11

The Jewish Children’s Regional Service (JCRS) held its annual Chanukah Wrap-a-thon on Sunday, October 11 from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the Goldring-Woldenberg Campus building at 3737 West Esplanade Avenue in Metairie.

All members of the public were invited to attend the event, which provides holiday gifts to the needy and oftentimes overlooked Jewish children residing in the seven-state area over which JCRS serves.

This year much of...

‘Rosenwald’ documentary to bow here soon


When the Jewish Federation of Greater New Orleans celebrated its centennial two years ago, it touted the remarkable influence of Julius Rosenwald as being responsible for the formation of the disparate local Jewish charities into one central governing body.

Rosenwald not only helped pave the way for the local New Orleans Federation, but his commitment to the downtrodden African-American community, especially in the rural South, is the...