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Hate crime mars Chanukah

By ALAN SMASON

Four vehicles belonging to the Chabad Center of Metairie and its members had their tires punctured by an ice pick or screwdriver in what they called a deliberate “hate crime” on Shabbat. Although the deputy who responded to the incident seemed to be in agreement that it fit the description of a hate crime, the Sheriff’s office is continuing to investigate the matter and will not make...

CCJN Jewish Art and Jewish Artists event today

As part of its ongoing commitment to the Jewish community of Greater New Orleans, the Crescent City Jewish News (CCJN) has announced its first “Jewish Art and and Jewish Artists” event today, December 1, from 1:00 – 4:00 p.m.

The event, designed to spotlight both Jewish artists working in various media and non-Jewish artists who focus on Judaic themes, will be held at Congregation Beth Israel, 4004 West Esplanade Avenue...

At Thanksgivikah, celebrate uniqueness of the separate holidays

By DASEE BERKOWITZ

NEW YORK (JTA) — Some folks are taking the rare confluence this year of Thanksgiving and Chanukah to heart, renaming it Thanksgivikah, redesigning their menus for the occasion (latkes topped with cranberry relish anyone?) and refashioning ritual objects (a turkey-shaped chanukiyah called the Menurkey is gaining traction on Kickstarter).

Others are taking it one step deeper, celebrating how the combined holidays enable us to fully appreciate being...

Netanyahu: Deal with Iran an ‘historic mistake’

JERUSALEM (JTA) — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, calling an interim deal with Iran on its nuclear program a “historic mistake,” said Israel “has the right and the obligation to defend itself by itself against any threat.”

“What was agreed to last night in Geneva is not a historic agreement, it is a historic mistake,” Netanyahu said Sunday at the beginning of the regular Cabinet meeting, several hours after the...

Maccabeats take stage for JCC Chanukah event today

The Maccabeats, a premier a cappella group, known for their many popular YouTube videos depicting their pleasing harmonies, inventive rhythyms and clever lyrics will be the featured entertainment at the eighth annual Community-Wide Chanukah Celebration at the Uptown Jewish Community Center this Sunday, November 24.

The show, which is free and open to the public begins at 2:00 p.m. today at 5342 St. Charles Avenue.

Light refreshments will be served....

Blackman Lecture features Rabbi Zimmerman

The Murray Blackman Memorial Weekend held annually at Temple Sinai in honor of its previous rabbi emeritus of blessed memory gets underway tonight with scholar-in-residence Rabbi Sheldon Zimmerman.

Zimmerman is a past president of the Central Conference of American Rabbis, the rabbinic arm of the Union for Reform Judaism (the URJ, formerly the United American Hebrew Congregations, or UAHC) and a past president of the Hebrew Union College- Jewish Institute...

From evangelical Christian to Chasid

By ALAN SMASON

It is a curious tale, a tale of religious fervor and a tale smacking of incredulity. A familiar-looking Chasidic figure clad in traditional black hat garb and wearing a long beard grabs a microphone in front of a crowd and proudly proclaims he is a Jew. But when Rabbi Yaakov Ephraim Parisi explains that he arrived at his present convention following a rite of passage as, first,...

Kosherfest 2013 reflects growing demand for healthy alternatives

By MICHELE ALPERIN

(JNS.org) – The growing demand for natural, organic, vegetarian, fiber, and gluten-free alternatives among kosher consumers was apparent at Kosherfest 2013, the annual trade show of the kosher food industry, from Oct. 29-30 at the Meadowlands Exposition Center in Secaucus, NJ.

Companies big and small are in with the new trend. As Manischewitz Assistant Brand Manager Avital Pessar tells JNS.org, “We are constantly looking to find ways...

Sarna: Jews are doomed! (again)

By ALAN SMASON

With wit, sagacity and the insight born by years of historical research, Jonathan Sarna, the renowned Brandeis University professor and author, suggested that the naysayers are right: the American Jewish people are doomed.

They are doomed, he added, just as they have been throughout every historical period. Yet time after time, they have risen to the challenges both from without and within the community, said Sarna, the former...

Local teacher altered by ADL course

By ALAN SMASON

When Beth Hook was selected this past year to attend an Anti-Defamation League course on Holocaust Education, she thought it would largely be a teacher-centered  workshop. Prodded by a fellow teacher, Hook, a practicing Catholic,  is an English teacher at Archbishop Chapelle in Metairie.

At first she was interested in teaching a course that included literature written about the Holocaust such as Elie Wiesel’s “Night.”

The only...