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Trestman authoring book on mentor

By ALAN SMASON

When she first met Bessie Margolin, Marlene Trestman had no expectations. It was, after all,  an arranged meeting by a mutual friend at Isidore Newman High School. An introductory letter in the summer of 1974 suggested the two might find mutual interests to share. Trestman, a recent graduate of the tony, private Uptown school, knew she and Margolin had some common bonds. Trestman was at that time...

Keepers of the Gate hold ‘ritzy’ tea

By ALAN SMASON

It was tea time last Sunday, June 7,  at the swank Ritz-Carlton Hotel for the Greater New Orleans chapter of Hadassah, the women’s Zionist organization. Other than major donors, the most celebrated group of annual contributors to the work of this 100-year-old organization are the Keepers of the Gate, a select group of ladies who contribute a minimum of $1,000 per year.

Approximately 25 Keepers of the...

City names field in honor of David Berger

Talk about a long time in coming. Nearly 41 years ago David Berger, a competitive student weightlifter athlete who had graduated from Tulane University, was one of 12 Israeli athletes tragically killed as a member of the Israel Olympics team at the Munich Olympic Games.

In recognition of the years he spent living in New Orleans, the New Orleans City Council selected the former Cleveland, OH native’s name  to adorn...

AVODAH brunch honors Levy, Waltzer

AVODAH, the Jewish Service Corps, held its second annual Partners in Justice brunch at Shir Chadash Conservative Congregation on Sunday, recognizing Holocaust survivor Anne Skorecki Levy and civil rights attorney Bruce Waltzer for their outstanding commitment to seeking justice in the world.

A pickup jazz quartet, many with connections to AVODAH corps members or alumni themselves,  entertained participants on the morning of June 2 as approximately 200 individuals entered the...

JWV Post hosts Memorial Day minyan

Members of the Jules Lazard Post #580 of the Jewish War Veterans (JWV) gathered at Shir Chadash Conservative Congregation Sunday morning to take part in a minyan prayer service that was followed by a program and breakfast in the social hall.

The breakfast program featured Captain Forest McNeir (U.S. Navy, ret.), acting vice-commander of the post. McNeir talked about the Machal, the foreign volunteers primarily composed of World War II...

Kullmans honored at Touro dinner

By DEAN SHAPIRO, Special to the CCJN

It was a night to long remember for the Kullmans – Ruth and Larry. Members of their family and their many friends, including two mayors and three rabbis, were present among the 200-plus people on hand to pay tribute to the couple for their many years of service to the congregation at Touro Synagogue.

The Kullmans were honored at the L’Chayim Dinner at...

UPDATED: theatre’s Jewish connections

By ALAN SMASON

This week local theaters are filled with several offerings of interest to the New Orleans Jewish community. With Steven Schwartz’s “Wicked” ensconced at the Mahalia Jackson Theater for the Performing Arts, New Orleanians are busy setting new attendance records downtown. (See ticket information at the conclusion of this article.)

Schwartz, the hit producing composer and lyricist for “Pippin” (now being revived on The Great White Way) and...

Women’s empowerment for Shavuot

By ALAN SMASON

Last week, the Rabbinical Council of America, one of the largest unions of Orthodox rabbis in the world, with over 1,000 members in 14 countries, announced its refusal to accept the impending “ordination as clergy” of the first three women to graduate from Yeshivat Maharat.

Whether these three women will eventually be addressed as rabbis or some other term remains to be seen, but the empowerment of...

Haredi youth protest women at Kotel

By BEN SALES

JERUSALEM (JTA) – Haredi Orthodox youth mobbed the Western Wall plaza by the thousands to protest Women of the Wall as they held their monthly prayer service.

The youth, many of them students from haredi Orthodox yeshivot, had filled the Western Wall Plaza by 6:40 a.m. on Friday, 20 minutes before Women of the Wall, a women’s prayer group that holds monthly services at the Wall, began...

Israelis celebrate Jerusalem Day

By ARYEH SAVIR

(Tazpit News Agency)- Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu held the weekly government meeting at Mount Herzl on Sunday in honor of Yom Yerushalayim, or Jerusalem Day which was celebrated yesterday on Wednesday, May 8.

Israel celebrated the 46th anniversary of the unification of its capital. Netanyahu stated during the special session that the liberation of Jerusalem was a part of Theodor Herzl’s vision for the Jewish State,...