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Zoom webinar on Israel’s future rescheduled for Sunday

The third installment of the Louisiana Jewish Coalition’s webinar series “Looking Toward the Future” will take place via Zoom on Sunday, November 28 at at 10:00 a.m.

Originally scheduled for August 29, but postponed due to the landfall of Hurricane Ida, the series will feature the Anti-Defamation’s Southern Division Director of Community Engagement, Aaron Ahlquist and two representatives of the Israeli and Palestinian Parents Circle, Rami Elhanan and Laila Alsheikh....

Maccabeats to usher in Chanukah on Sunday at JCC

The Maccabeats, an a capella group who has achieved fame via their highly produced and clever YouTube videos, will return to the New Orleans Uptown Jewish Community Center to perform a series of Chanukah-related songs on Sunday afternoon at 2:00 p.m.

The group last performed at the JCC in 2013. The concert is part of the Cathy and Morris Bart Cultural Arts Series. 

The show is free, but requires an...

Chelsea Clinton says it’s no surprise that Facebook allows book burning groups — Zuckerberg once defended Holocaust deniers

By RON KAMPEAS

(JTA) — Chelsea Clinton took Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg to task Wednesday for allowing groups to use the social network to organize book burnings. Clinton compared the phenomenon to Facebook’s past resistance to banning Holocaust deniers from the platform.

“Come for the book burning, stay for the s’mores,” Clinton, the daughter of former President Bill Clinton and 2016 Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton, said in a tweet...

Apple sues NSO Group, the Israeli spyware firm sanctioned by US

By SHIRA HANAU

(JTA) — Apple filed a lawsuit in federal court Tuesday against NSO Group, the Israeli firm that was sanctioned by the United States last month for selling its cell phone hacking spyware to governments that used it to spy on activists and journalists.

Apple is seeking a permanent injunction that would prevent NSO Group from using Apple software. The company is also seeking damages of over $75,000.

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In a victory for efforts to quash the violent far-right, jury docks Charlottesville rally organizers $25 million

By RON KAMPEAS

(JTA) — A jury awarded $25 million against the white-supremacist organizers of the deadly 2017 Charlottesville far-right rally, although it deadlocked on awarding damages under federal law. Even as she declared victory in their effort to thwart organizers of potentially violent white supremacists events, one of the plaintiffs’ lawyers reportedly hopes to retry the rally organizers on federal charges.

Jurors in the civil case against 24 groups...

As Republicans delay Deborah Lipstadt’s nomination, Biden names Aaron Keyak to be deputy antisemitism monitor

By RON KAMPEAS

WASHINGTON (JTA) — The Biden administration named Aaron Keyak, who spearheaded Joe Biden’s presidential campaign outreach to the Jewish community, to the post of deputy antisemitism monitor as Republican senators continue to block the nomination to the top position of Deborah Lipstadt, the noted Holocaust scholar.

“Aaron Keyak will be joining the Department shortly to assume the position of Deputy Special Envoy to Monitor and Combat Anti-Semitism,”...

IDF seizes 120 kilos of cocaine and marijuana on the border with Egypt

– Israeli forces on Saturday seized narcotics worth tens of millions of shekels on the Egyptian border, the Israeli military reported.

Military spotters identified a number of suspicious individuals along the border on Saturday night, the army said in a statement. The troops scrambled to the scene seized some 120 kilograms of cocaine and marijuana.

It was the second major drug bust by the Israel Defense Forces in...

One dead, three wounded in Old City terror shooting; Hamas terrorist neutralized

– One person was killed and three wounded in a terrorist attack in Jerusalem’s Old City on Sunday morning, according to Israeli media reports. The assailant was killed by police officers on the scene.

According to police, at approximately 9 a.m., a man later identified as Fadi Abu Scheidam, of Shuafat, open fire near the Chain Gate to the Temple Mount with a submachine gun, wounding two civilians....

Pro-Israel pastor apologizes for hosting event where Michael Flynn called for US to have ‘one religion’

By RON KAMPEAS

(JTA) — The Christian Zionist pastor of a major church asked forgiveness for allowing the church to host an event where Michael Flynn said that the United States should only have one religion.

“Last week I allowed an event to be held at Cornerstone Church by an outside organization,” Pastor Matt Hagee said in a statement Thursday. “Regrettably, the organization was not properly vetted. It was not...

Shir Chadash to offer day-long Chanukah celebration on Dec. 5

Shir Chadash Conservative Congregation has announced plans for a full day of Chanukah-related activities on Sunday, December 5, which corresponds to the seventh day of the eight-day holiday.

The day begins at 9:00 a.m. with “Superhero” Shul School and programs designed for the younger set. All children are encouraged to come dressed as their favorite superhero as a way of honoring the ancient Maccabees. Each class will have its own,...