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Tropical Storm Ida forms in Gulf; expected to strengthen to hurricane

What had once been an area of disturbed weather with little closed circulation to mark it as a tropical disturbance quickly turned into a disorganized tropical storm named Ida on Thursday afternoon.

Weather forecasters say conditions are right for further formation of the system into a major hurricane later today or tomorrow as the system will use the warm waters of the Gulf of Mexico to fuel it even further...

Federation requiring vaccination proof or negative-COVID test as of Aug. 25

The Jewish Federation of Greater New Orleans has announced a new policy regarding access to the Goldring-Woldenberg Campus building, which houses its offices as well as those of the Metairie JCC and the Jewish Community Day School.

Because of rising numbers of residents affected by the spread of the Delta variant, the City of New Orleans enacted rules requiring proof of vaccinations or a polymerase chain reaction...

Jewish War Veterans convention to open Sunday

(WASHINGTON, D.C.) – The Jewish War Veterans of the U.S.A. (JWV) will hold its 126th Annual National Convention in New Orleans from Sunday, August 15 through Thursday, August 20, 2021.  

“Our convention is where Jewish members of the uniformed services and veterans come together to solve issues within their community.  From fighting anti-Semitism in the military, to speaking with Jewish youth about the...

Teen Israel Leadership Institute to offer free virtual presentations

The Center for Israel Education has announced a closing date for applications on Sept. 5, 2021 for its next virtual Teen Israel Leadership Institute (TILI),to be held at 11:00 CDT on two consecutive Sundays, Sept. 19 and 26. Teenagers between 15 and 18 are encouraged to apply.

TILI’s interactive presentations are designed to enhance teenagers’ understanding of Israel and the Jewish State’s complexity as well as its unique role in establishing...

JCRS announces new board officers

Retired businessman Michael Goldman is set to lead the Jewish Children’s Regional Service (JCRS) as the agency’s president. 

Other officers announced to the JCRS board are vice presidents Amy Gainsburgh Haspel, Alan Krilov, Rose Sher and Henry Weber. Kathy Shepard will serve as treasurer, while Carrie Pailet will be the board’s secretary.

Goldman relocated from his native New York to New Orleans in 1971. He and his wife Brenda owned...

One eruv is up, another one is down; Metairie eruv declared not kosher

While the news concerning the first-time erection of an eruv in New Orleans was trumpeted within and outside of the local observant community, the previously existing eruv in Metairie is now considered “down” or not kosher, at least temporarily.

Rabbi Josh Pernick of Congregation Beth Israel, who has been one of the Metairie religious figures maintaining the eruv there, told the CCJN that the problem was due to some work...

When Holocaust education meets critical race theory: A partisan history debate unfolds in Louisiana

By ELEANOR STERN

(JTA) — At first, Danny Mintz was excited to learn that lawmakers in his state, Louisiana, were considering mandating Holocaust education in public schools.

A director at a good-government group called the Louisiana Budget Project, Mintz knew that the local Jewish federation was encouraging his synagogue’s board to back the bill. In a state where a notorious Holocaust denier, David Duke, had been the Republican candidate for...

Orleans Parish eruv erected for first Shabbat

By ALAN SMASON, Special to the CCJN

What has long been a dream of many observant Jews living in the Carrollton, Marlyville, Broadmoor, Uptown and Garden District neighborhoods has become a reality. 

An eruv, an enclosure that extends the private domain of Jewish households into public areas, has been constructed and has been approved by city officials and certified as kosher for its first Shabbat. An eruv essentially establishes specific...

Israel hits Hamas targets in Gaza in response to ongoing arson attack

– Israeli warplanes struck Hamas targets in the Gaza Strip early on Saturday morning in response to the launch of airborne incendiary devices into Israeli territory, the Israeli military reported.

The strikes targeted a weapons-manufacturing facility and a rocket-launching site, according to the Israel Defense Forces.

During the Israeli attack, small-arms fire was directed from Gaza at nearby Israeli towns and settlements, according to Kan News.

The Israeli strikes...

Jewish motorcyclist to arrive here tomorrow on ‘Deli Schlepp’

By ALAN SMASON, Special to the CCJN

He may not be Peter Fonda or Dennis Hopper, but Steve Goode is advancing towards New Orleans on his motorcycle as part of his self-guided “Great American Deli Schlepp” tomorrow, Saturday, July 3 at 11:30 a.m. at Stein’s Deli, 2207 Magazine Street.

The Chicago area native is using the 16,000 mile motorcycle trek to 42 delicatessens across a variety of states to call...