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Topolosky cites day school for exit

By URIEL HEILMAN

(JTA) — It didn’t take long after Rabbi Uri Topolosky moved to New Orleans in 2007 for the moderate Orthodox rabbi to win plaudits for helping the city’s Jewish community heal following Hurricane Katrina in 2005.

The congregation Topolosky was hired to lead, Beth Israel, had seen...
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Alan Veingrad: the journey to Shlomo

By ALAN SMASON

Alan Veingrad makes a living these days as a motivational speaker. But back in college and for six years in the National Football League (NFL), he was a tackle and guard who made his presence known with his hulking frame, powerful muscles and incredible agility. A four-year...
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Kornfeld starts job as JCC family life director

By ALAN SMASON

(This is the third and final report in the series on new Jewish community directors.)

Liba Kornfeld, a young, bespectacled mother and wife can’t help but beam a blatant smile as she sits behind the desk of her sparse new office in the Uptown JCC. Soon, the...
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Talora Gross takes first steps at ADL

By KAREN LOZINSKI, Special to the CCJN

When sitting in the office of the new community director for the South Central Region of the Anti-Defamation League (ADL), Talora Gross, it’s hard not to notice how bright, airy, and open to possibility it is. Tall windows overlook the gently pitched roofs...
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Michael Steiner takes over at JFS

By ALAN SMASON

(Editor’s Note: This article on new Jewish Family Service director Michael Steiner is the first of three planned articles on the three new executive directors in our community.)

With his thin statuesque frame and redoubtable smile, Michael Steiner cuts a dashing, almost Hollywood  leading-man figure...
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Showdown at the Western Wall

By BEN SALES

JERUSALEM (JTA) — On the morning of July 8, at the beginning of the Hebrew month of Av, the Western Wall plaza was a cacophonous mess. Women of the Wall, the activist group that holds women’s prayer services each month at the site known as the Kotel, loudly...
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Batsheva hits high note at GOP

By DEAN M. SHAPIRO, Special to the CCJN

Billing her style as “a cross between Theodore Bikel and Tom Lehrer from a distinctly feminine voice,” award-winning Jewish singer, songwriter and musician Batsheva Capek captivated an enthusiastic audience at Congregation Gates of Prayer in Metairie on July 17. Her songs and...
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‘Freedom’ enjoys world premiere

When Joyce Pulitzer and David Seelig began to write a play back in 1998, neither of them could suspect that the project would develop the longest of legs. Over the course of several years they collaborated on a play in which an elderly Holocaust survivor would accost a young Irish...
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Peter Wolf authors new N.O. memoir

By ALAN SMASON

Peter M. Wolf has established himself as a noted scholar in his many architectural history and art studies and as a preservationist in many of his civic endeavors. But the 77-year-old New Orleans native was scarcely prepared for his most recent literary effort,”My New Orleans Gone Away:...
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Local rabbis react to SCOTUS decisions

By ALAN SMASON

In the wake of the U.S. Supreme Court’s 5-4 decisions on Wednesday to strike down the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) and California’s voter-mandated Proposition 8, several national and community leaders have weighed in on the matter.

By striking down DOMA, legally married same-sex couples will no...
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