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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...

Gates of Prayer holds ‘Turkey Parade’ to donate turkeys, raise tzedakah for community


In advance of this week’s Christian celebration of Christmas, Congregation Gates of Prayer elected on Sunday, December 19, to donate approximately 75 frozen turkeys to Second Harvest Food Bank as an expression of Jewish charity or tzedakah.

The program, put on jointly by the Gates of Prayer Brotherhood and Sisterhood, was timed to coincide with the religious school studies about the importance of tzedakah. Adults, working with...

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...

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,...

CCJN receives two citations from N.O. Press Club

The Crescent City Jewish News received a second place ranking for its editorial “Flames of Outrage” and a third place for Breaking News for its story on the swastikas and other graffiti spray painted in front of Gates of Prayer Cemetery on Joseph Street at last night’s delayed Press Club of New Orleans Excellence in Journalism Awards show.

Originally scheduled to be an in-person event in July, the gala was...

Mark Plotkin to lecture today at 4 p.m. at Tulane

Renowned ethnobotanist Mark Plotkin, a New Orleans native, will be giving a free lecture today at Tulane University on “Rum, Pirates and Medicinal Plants from New Orleans to the Amazon.” 

The lecture, part of the Marcia Monroe Conery series, will be held in Room 212, the Qatar Ballroom, of  the Lavin Bernick Center at 4:00 p.m.

Plotkin has studied in the rainforests and other far-flung areas of Central and...

Northshore Jewish Congregation to resume in-person visits next week; virtual opportunities listed

The Northshore Jewish Congregation (NJC), suffered only minor damages from Hurricane Ida last Sunday and Monday. However, at last report, it is still without power. 

In the interim, Anna Schwartz, the president of  Temple Adath Joseph in St. Louis, MO., has graciously offered to have the NJC congregation attend their services virtually.

Their Rosh Hashanah Schedule is a follows:

Monday, September 6...

Chabad locations to offer services, meals (RSVPs required)

All Chabad-Lubavitch area locations – the Btesh Family Chabad House (Uptown), the Gerson Katz Chabad Center of Metairie, Chabad of Baton Rouge and CBI (Chabad of Gulfport) will be offering full High Holiday services.

An updated list of services and meals provided through Chabad of South Florida is as follows:

BTESH FAMILY CHABAD HOUSE (UPTOWN) – HAS POWER RESTORED Service times – 7037 Freret Street Monday, Sept.  6 – 7:00...