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Tulane receives $1 million gift, matching challenge grant for Jewish Studies Dept.

By PATRICK DAVIS, Courtesy of Tulane University Publications

Tulane University has received a $1 million gift—and an additional matching challenge grant of up to $1 million—from the TAWANI Foundation to benefit its Jewish Studies Department.

The gift will establish the Audrey G. Ratner Excellence Endowed Fund for American Jewry and Jewish Culture in the School of Liberal Arts. It is being named in honor of the mother of TAWANI Foundation...

Federation condemns violence at Capitol insurrection

The Jewish Community Relations Council of the Jewish Federation of Greater New Orleans strongly condemned the violence at Wednesday’s insurrection at the U.S. Capitol.

“This act was a direct assault on our democratic process in its attempt to disrupt the peaceful transition of power following a presidential election,” the statement read. “We counsel members of Congress and other elected officials to speak out against Wednesday’s violence and, especially in light...

Selma Weinstein Krilov graveside funeral set for Thursday

SELMA GLORIA WEINSTEIN KRILOV, a beloved homemaker, wife and matriarch died on Monday, Dec. 21, 2020 at the age of 96.

Krilov was a longtime member of Congregation Chevra Thilim, which was founded as Orthodox and later associated with the Conservative movement. She became a member of Shir Chadash Conservative Congregation when the former Tikvat Shalom congregation merged with Chevra Thilim.

For 63 years, she was married to former furniture...

City of N.O. cancels Mardi Gras parades

Mayor LaToya Cantrell, speaking at a news conference this morning, announced what many in the city had feared for months: New Orleans Mardi Gras parades in 2021 were officially cancelled due to the continuing COVID-19 pandemic.

Cantrell acknowledged she was following the state statutes intended to halt the spread of the deadly virus. However, the City of New Orleans has imposed its own set of more restrictive policies over the...

Investigative piece in SJL magazine exposes Jewish Light

An investigative piece in Southern Jewish Life (SJL) magazine, a sister publication recognized as an official magazine of the Jewish Federation of Greater New Orleans, exposes how another publication, Jewish Light, has no local reporting and “wild circulation numbers” in its continuing endeavor to glean advertising from people and businesses attempting to reach the Jewish community.

Like the Crescent City Jewish News (CCJN), SJL is a member of the American...

Marlene Trestman talk on children’s home this Thurs., Nov. 19

Marlene Trestman, the author of a soon-to-be released book on the Jewish Orphans Home and the later renamed Jewish Children’s Home, will be the featured speaker in a Zoom talk sponsored in part by the Museum of the Southern Jewish Experience. The event takes place on Thursday, Nov. 19 at 7:00 p.m. CST.

Titled “Most Fortunate Unfortunates: New Orleans’s Jewish Orphans’ Home, 1855-1946,” the book will be published by LSU...

Shir Chadash, Hadassah cook up new cooking series via Zoom

By FRAN SIMON, Special to the CCJN 

Shir Chadash Sisterhood and Hadassah New Orleans present a new, weekly culinary series, Good Lookin’ Cookin’ via Zoom. Each session will be approximately an hour long and will be held on Tuesday mornings at 10:00 a.m. beginning on November 17, 2020.

Benay Bernstein will be the first Chef du Jour. She will demonstrate three dishes: Chicken Cacciatore with Spaghetti,...

JCC’s ‘Big Night In’ next Sat., Nov. 14 features Broadway, local stars

It’s time for the JCC’s annual fundraiser and because of the ongoing pandemic, it will be a virtual affair. But that doesn’t mean attendees will have to suffer through inferior entertainment.

Instead of black tie, pajamas or sweats may be the ticket as supporters of the JCC will be treated to the “Celebration 2020: JCC’s Big Night In” on Saturday, November 14 and the entertainment includes major Broadway stars and...

Entergy, CLECO crews restoring power…s-l-o-w-l-y

With hundreds of thousands of area customers still without power due to the passage of Hurricane Zeta, Entergy and CLECO crews from across the region fanned out to restore electric service. But efforts could last several more days, officials warned. 

Entergy  announced that more than 480,000 of its customers were without power after the passage of the strong Category 2 storm made landfall and blazed across the state of...

Zeta slams New Orleans

By ALAN SMASON

Hurricane Zeta came roaring across Southeast Louisiana like a freight train with winds of more than 105 m.p.h. registered near Port Fouchon and Golden Meadow, prior to its heavy Category 2 winds heading into the city of New Orleans. 

Moving forward towards the northwest at more than 22 m.p.h., the system brought significant rainstorms with it, but because of the speed of the storm that had sped...