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JCRS to feature ‘Roots of R&B’ at Feb. 1 gala

Jewish Children’s Regional Service (JCRS) is preparing to present its annual gala – albeit a bit earlier than normal. Typically presented in March, this year’s  Jewish Roots of Rhythm & Blues gala will be held a month earlier on Saturday, February 1, 2020 at the Hilton New Orleans Riverside.

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MLK March set for Monday; bus rides available

The Jewish Federation of Greater New Orleans will be marking the observance of Martin Luther King Day on Monday, January 17, by participating in the city’s official MLK march.

Members of the Jewish community are working in concert with the Muslim community. Federation will be offering free transportation for those...
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Moderate Jewish Democrats push bill to reverse Trump ban on migration from some Muslim countries

By RON KAMPEAS

WASHINGTON (JTA) — Two moderate Jewish Democrats spearheaded a call on the leadership of the U.S. House of Representatives to bring a bill forward that would nullify President Donald Trump’s restrictions on immigration from a number of Muslim majority countries.

“As Americans, we must stand against the...
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FBI arrests 3 suspected neo-Nazis who planned to bring weapons to a pro-gun rally in Virginia

(JTA) — The FBI has arrested three men alleged to be members of a neo-Nazi hate group who had planned to travel with firearms to a pro-gun rally in Richmond, Virginia.

The rally is scheduled for the Martin Luther King Day holiday on Monday to protest gun control measures proposed...
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Synagogues should not arm ordinary congregants, Jewish security agency says

(JTA) — If synagogues hire armed guards, they should be trained police officers, a top Jewish security agency says in a new report.

Armed congregants who are not law enforcement officers “are unlikely to have experience dealing with high-stress situations,” according to the report issued Wednesday by the Secure Community...
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Marjorie Cowen memorial this Sunday afternoon

A planned memorial for Marjorie Feldman Cowen, the former First Lady Emerita of Tulane University, who died in December of 2019, will be held this Sunday afternoon, January 19, at Touro Synagogue, 4238 St. Charles Avenue. 

The memorial service, which will be led by Rabbi Katie Bauman, will begin at...
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Florida man who hugged Nazi camp guard in court withdraws as plaintiff amid survivor controversy

(JTA) — A Florida man who has presented himself as a child Holocaust survivor has withdrawn as a plaintiff in a trial against a former Nazi concentration camp guard.

Moshe Peter Loth made headlines in November when he hugged defendant Bruno Dey during his trial in Hamburg, Germany.

Loth has told...
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Anti-Semitic incidents decreased by 27% in Ukraine in 2019, Jewish group says

(JTA) — A Jewish organization in Ukraine said that the number of anti-Semitic incidents documented there last year decreased by 27 percent over 2018.

The United Jewish Community of Ukraine, one of several groups representing Ukrainian Jewry, said in a report published Monday that it has documented 66 anti-Semitic incidents...
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Young people are responsible for most of New York City’s anti-Semitic attacks. Will Holocaust education help?

By BEN SALES

NEW YORK (JTA) — Jyrell McGriff, an African-American eighth-grader who lives in the Williamsburg section of Brooklyn, doesn’t interact much with the many Orthodox Jews who share his neighborhood.

He sees them on the street or on buses. He also has fond memories of a Jewish teacher...
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Philissa Cramer named editor in chief of the Jewish Telegraphic Agency

NEW YORK (JTA) — Philissa Cramer, a co-founder and editor at large of the award-winning education news organization Chalkbeat, has been named editor in chief of the Jewish Telegraphic Agency.

Cramer comes to JTA after 11 years at Chalkbeat, an independent journalism nonprofit covering American education with bureaus in seven...
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