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JFS holds Spring Soirée in August

In a case of better late than never,  Jewish Family Service of Greater New Orleans (JFS) held its Spring Soirée, its first live gathering since 2019,  on Thursday, August 4 at Calcasieu, a Donald Link venue at 930 Tchoupitoulas Street. Originally scheduled for March, it was rescheduled because of an uptick in the COVID infection rate in March.

JFS, one of the constituent agencies of the Jewish Federation of Greater...

CCJN editor Alan Smason is cited for Best Editorial; ‘best in show’ award

Crescent City Jewish News editor Alan Smason won the Best Editorial for 2021 at the Press Club of New Orleans’ 64th Annual Excellence in Journalism Awards Gala on Saturday night, July 30, at the Higgins Hotel.

Smason won top honors for his editorial “A Failed and Flawed Presidency,” which was published on January 9, 2021, shortly after the January 6 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol. He was also the recipient...

CCJN receives four nominations for upcoming Press Club of N.O. Awards

The Crescent City Jewish News has received a total of four nominations as finalists in two categories for the upcoming 2022 Excellence in Journalism Awards sponsored by the Press Club of New Orleans,

CCJN editor Alan Smason was cited for two of the three finalists for both the Best Editorial and Best Critical Arts Review categories under the heading of Print .

Under the category of Best Editorial, Smason’s editorials...

MSJE celebrates one-year anniversary

The Museum of the Southern Jewish Experience celebrates its first year anniversary this weekend with a private patron party on Saturday night, June 11,  and a Celebration Festival on Sunday afternoon, June 12, from 12:00 to 4:00 p.m.

The doors to the museum, located at Howard Avenue, will be open to the public with all exhibits open for free. Music will be provided by several groups including Jonathan Freilich of...

Ethan Linden, former Shir Chadash rabbi, taking leave of absence as Camp Ramah director in the Berkshires

(JTA) — Rabbi Ethan Linden, the former spiritual leader of Shir Chadash Conservative Congregation, is taking a leave of absence  from his position as director of Camp Ramah in the Berkshires. This is as a result of an investigation of his handling of a 2018 sexual assault allegation involving two campers. The camp announced the leave of absence late on Friday.

The announcement came one week after a lawsuit by...

JCC hires new CEO Stephanie Levin

The New Orleans Jewish Community Center announced a change in designation from executive director to CEO when it named Stephanie Levin to replace Leslie Fischman as its top executive.  The appointment of Levin was announced by JCC board president Aimee Bain. The appointment begins officially on June 27, 2022.    

Levin has served for the past 20 years as a Jewish professional in the San Francisco Bay Area. She has...

Arabi, N.O. East hit by tornado; assessments being made


One unidentified man was killed as an EF-3 tornado skipped across sections of the West Bank, crossing the Mississippi River and inflicting massive damage in Arabi and other sections of St. Bernard Parish and New Orleans East early last night.

The tornado began to form over Lake Salvador, southwest of New Orleans, around 7:15 p.m. and began to touch down from 7:20 to 7:50, before moving out...

Jewish Federation to hold Tues. rally for solidarity with Ukraine; webinar on Wed.

Jewish Federation of Greater New Orleans CEO Arnie Fielkow has announced a rally in New Orleans on Tuesday, March 8 at 12 noon expressly to show the Federation’s solidarity with the people of war-ravaged Ukraine.

Honorary Consul of Ukraine, Edward T. Hayes, will be the on hand in Lafayette Square opposite Gallier Hall in downtown New Orleans.

Fielkow, who along with his wife Dr. Susan Fielkow, adopted their...

Community leader, attorney Leon Rittenberg, Jr. held Wednesday

LEON HIRSCH RITTENBERG, JR., a major community leader and leading attorney-at-law,  died peacefully with his family by his side on Monday, Jan. 10, 2022.

He was larger than life, classic New Orleans, and dedicated to his family, friends, community and profession. A native New Orleanian, he spent almost his whole life here save for a few years of school and a few weeks for Hurricane Katrina.

Rittenberg’s maternal roots traced...

Hillel director Ron Gubitz named a Wexner Field Fellow

Ron Gubitz, executive director of Tulane Hillel, has been named a Wexner Field Fellow and will be a part of the six such class of Jewish professionals selected to its program. The Wexner Field Fellowship is an exclusive, highly competitive opportunity for Jewish communal leaders. It entails a three-year commitment in which fellows engage with each other as coaches as part of their involvement with Jewish learning...