High Holidays

UPDATE: From NOLA to Israel and back; Hazelnuts to vocalize for Succot on Mon.

By ALAN SMASON, Exclusive to the CCJN

The Hazelnuts, a close harmony vocal group from Israel, has New Orleans to thank for their unique sound. Years ago they were looking for a group they could emulate and discovered vintage film recordings of the Boswell Sister, three young siblings from New Orleans via...
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This panoramic succah re-creates Jerusalem in your backyard


JERUSALEM (JTA) — When it comes to Succot, the weeklong festival in which Jews live and eat in temporary huts known as succahs, no place does it better than Jerusalem. City schools and plenty of workplaces close, and a festive spirit permeates the air.

Many Jews around the...
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Shir Chadash dedicates renovated succah tonight, enjoys program on Shabbat

Shir Chadash invites the public to take part in two Succot events, one that commences tonight. A renovated succah will be dedicated tonight, Wednesday October 4 as evening falls. The succah renovation project was spearheaded by congregation president Lisa Finkelstein along with other staff and lay leaders.

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Person in the Parsha: Yom Kippur: Of Porgies, Flounder and the Whale


It was a magical summer, the kind that many of us experienced when we were very young and remember fondly for the rest of our lives. I spent that summer, as I did most of my childhood summers, with my family in the Rockaways,...
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OP-ED: Yom Kippur regrets, reflections for 5778

As the Jewish New Year is still fresh in our minds and we are directed to consider the ways of teshuvah (repentance) prior to and including the Day of Atonement, Yom Kippur, it may be the time for us to think about our actions and consider ways we can improve...
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Yom Kippur insights from area rabbis

By JOSH AXELROD, Exclusive to the CCJN

While the holiest day of the Jewish year, Yom Kippur, looms large, New Orleans rabbis indicated how their congregations will be commemorating the holiday that begins at sundown tonight. Also, known as the Day of Atonement, Yom Kippur takes place on the 10th...
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With Racial Justice March set for Yom Kippur, these Jewish groups will participate in other ways

(JTA) — Despite a controversy over the scheduling of a Washington, D.C., anti-racism protest on Yom Kippur, Jewish groups are participating in sister marches the day after the holy day.

Jewish groups participating Sunday in a New York event for the March for Racial Justice include the American Union of...
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High Holidays stand alone on the calendar for interfaith families, but still pose challenges


(JNS.org) — For many Jews, the High Holiday period is a time of deep observance and self-reflection, but for an increasingly large share of American Jewry, the holidays also bring a new set of challenges that go to the very core of one’s faith.

According to the...
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He Goat: Yom Kippur’s Prima Donna


Rosh Hashanah marks the birthday of the world – the anniversary of its creation. First, say our sages, the Creator made heaven and earth. Now on earth’s birthday He wants a birthday gift from us. No, not the trinkets we hand each...
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Rabbis Reflect on Rosh Hashanah


In anticipation of Rosh Hashanah, the Crescent City Jewish News spoke with four rabbis in the New Orleans area about their thoughts on the holiday, discussing in particular its relationship to personal change and time. Rosh Hashanah, which begins at sundown on September 20,...
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