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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...

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....