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Two museum events open to celebrate Ken Burns ‘Holocaust’ and ‘Jews of the Wild West’ documentaries

Two museums – the National World War II Museum and the Museum of the Southern Jewish Experience, both in close proximity will host several showings of films of interest to the local Jewish community in the coming weeks.

WYES-TV (Channel 12) will partner with the World War II Museum with a reception and the showing of one episode of Ken Burns’ latest three-part documentary “‘The U.S. and the Holocaust.” The...

Congregation Beth Israel marks 10th anniversary in permanent Metairie home

Congregation Beth Israel, the Modern Orthodox synagogue, is preparing to mark this Shabbat on the occasion of its 10th anniversary as a permanent presence in Metairie. Following the passage of Hurricane Katrina and the failure of the drainage canal system, the New Orleans sanctuary, adjacent school and administration building at 7000 Canal Street in Lakeview was devastated in 2005.

Given an opportunity to use facilities at Congregation Gates of Prayer...

Louisiana Supreme Court overturns preliminary injunction; abortion trigger bans back in effect

By ALAN SMASON, Special to the CCJN

The Louisiana Supreme Court today struck down a preliminary injunction that had been put into place by First Circuit Judge Donald Johnson preventing the abortion trigger laws passed by the State Legislature from taking effect prior to a trial which sets to block the laws from taking effect following the overturning of Roe v. Wade by the U. S. Supreme Court.

The trial...

CGOP announces $1 million camp campaign

Congregation Gates of Prayer (CGOP) announced a $1 million investment program to help defray the costs of sleepaway Jewish camp for the benefit of the members of the Metairie Reform synagogue. 

The project called the Gates of Camp Initiative is also known as the GO-Camp Initiative and will significantly reduce the costs of sleepaway camp, long considered a rite of passage for Jewish youth, by as...

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 May 19, 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...

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...

President Herzog greets Biden at official residence in Jerusalem

– Israeli President Isaac Herzog on Thursday evening welcomed his U.S. counterpart Joe Biden at the President’s Residence in Jerusalem.

“Bougie [Herzog’s nickname], my friend, thank you for all you and your family have done to deepen the ironclad bond between our two great countries,” Biden wrote in the President’s Residence guestbook before his private meeting with Herzog.

“From our shared Irish roots to our shared love of...

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...