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Stratford Festival presents unabridged ‘Anne Frank’, new ‘Sound of Music’

By BRUCE BURGUN, Exclusive to the CCJN

Out of the ashes of war and atrocity often great art is made.

In the wake of the ruthless annexation of rival country Melos, Euripides shocked his Athenian audience with his ravaging portrayal of postwar refugees in “The Trojan Women.” Throughout his career, with his history and his tragedies, Shakespeare relentlessly hounded his audience of the terrors of civil war and the perils...

Hirschfeld Age revealed at New-York Museum

By ALAN SMASON, Exclusive to the CCJN

As a celebrated artist and caricaturist, Al Hirschfeld is still without peer. His ability to capture the essence of a performer or personality with but the most diminutive of dots, the boldest of dashes or the cleverest of ciphers still captivates art lovers the world over.

But “The Line King” was much more than that. He attended more Broadway and off-Broadway openings than...

With LGBT ban lifted, Reform recommends renewing ties with Boy Scouts of America

(JTA) — After a 14-year break, Reform Jewish leaders have recommended that Jewish institutions re-establish ties with the Boy Scouts of America.

The change of heart came in response to an announcement last Monday by the Boy Scouts of America that it was canceling its policy of banning gay adults from being scout leaders and other employees.

In 2001 — shortly after the Supreme Court upheld the Boy Scouts’ right to...

TU theater chair lights up about Shakespeare Festival

By KAREN LOZINSKI, Exclusive to the CCJN

Marty Sachs’ office in McWilliams Hall on Tulane University’s verdant campus is like those of so many creative academics: a small box crowded into a suite with the other tight boxes of his colleagues ringed around a central reception area. It’s a situation familiar to many students, teachers, and professional academics—doing your work in a space that might be allocated to a walk-in...

National Jewish Committee on Scouting announces initiative

The National Jewish Committee on Scouting (NJCOS) hailed the historic decision made by the Executive Board of the Boy Scouts of America (BSA)  that eliminated all national barriers for gay adult leadership. At the same time a new effort was announced to reconnect Scouting with Jewish institutions who had previously abandoned or shut down units in protest of what was seen as discriminatory policies towards gay youth and adults.

“Today...

Going ‘Inside Out’ on Tisha B’Av

By EDMON J. RODMAN

LOS ANGELES (JTA) — Does the hit Pixar movie “Inside Out” hold a clue as to why many Jews find it so difficult to engage with Tisha B’Av? Could its cast of characters — Joy, Sadness, Anger, Fear and Disgust, who are anthropomorphized in the animated film — help us find a way around our reticence to engage in the inherent sadness of the day?

In...

CCJN gains 2 writing nods at Press Club Awards

The Press Club of New Orleans honored the Crescent City Jewish News for the second year in a row with a first place award for journalistic excellence.  CCJN editor Alan Smason won the first place award in the category of Entertainment Writing for his piece on performer and composer Valerie Sassyfras titled “Valerie Sassyfras: A Musical Phoenix Emerges.” That August 2014 article was published in SOURCE 5775. The Press Club...

Urban League president speaks at JCC

By KAREN LOZINSKI

With the 10-year anniversary of Hurricane Katrina approaching, Urban League of Greater New Orleans (ULGNO) president Erika McConduit-Diggs reflected on the slow progress the African-American community has made in recovery.

McConduit-Diggs was the speaker at the monthly Morris Bart, Sr. Memorial Lecture on Monday, July 13 at the Jewish Community Center. Following a catered kosher lunch by local chef Andy Adelman, she delineated the organization’s mission statement—to...

Following Iran deal, Israel to lobby Congress — and reconsider a strike

TEL AVIV (JTA) — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has decried an agreement over Iran’s nuclear program hundreds of times — most notably in a March speech to a joint session of Congress. Now that the agreement is signed, experts say Netanyahu has one way left to block it: Go to Congress again and persuade it to reject the deal.

The agreement finalized Tuesday morning in Vienna will relieve...

Shir Chadash Nearly New Sale concludes Sunday, Monday

The  annual Shir Chadash Conservative Congregation’s “Nearly New” sale concludes Monday night, July 20, in the congregation’s social hall at 3700 West Esplanade Avenue in Metairie. The first ever Sunset Savings Sale runs from 6:00 – 9:00 p.m. on Monday evening.

The congregation’s Sisterhood uses proceeds from the annual sale to fund programming throughout the year. They directly benefit from the sale of such items as gently used clothing, jewelry,...