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WW2 Museum offers International Holocaust Remembrance Day special event

Steven Hess survived the horrors of the concentration camps along with his twin Marion Ein Lewin, one of only a few twins who lived through the Holocaust. Hess will serve as a living reminder of the Holocaust on International Holocaust Remembrance Day, Wednesday, January 27, as the National World War II Museum will present a virtual webinar with Hess titled “Survival Against All Odds” at 6:00 p.m. CST.

Hess and...

Jewish Federation looks to hire Chief Advancement Officer

The Chief Advancement Officer (CAO) of The Jewish Federation of Greater New Orleans is looking to hire a new position of Chief Advancement Officer (CAO). The position will be responsible “for developing and overseeing the execution of a high-level strategic plan for fundraising and will lead the effort to identify, cultivate, solicit, and steward annual campaign, major, and planned giving donors.”

Candidates for CAO will require “a passion...

Limmud NOLA announces Sun., March 14 virtual event

By FRAN SIMON, Special to the CCJN

Limmud NOLA will host LimmudFest this year virtually on Sunday, March 14, with opening ceremonies at 11:30 a.m. CST and sessions running from 12 – 4:30 p.m. CST. The volunteers planning LimmudFest are turning the spotlight this year onto the uniqueness of Jewish life, tradition, and expression in New Orleans, greater Louisiana, and throughout the Gulf South. 

The slate of presenters this year...

NCJW to mix up ‘Cocktails & Costumes’ this Saturday evening

The New Orleans Section of the  National Council of Jewish Women (NCJW), invites prospective and existing members to come together in a socially-distanced affair this Saturday, January 23. Titled “Costumes & Cocktails,” the event will run from 5:30 – 6:30 pm.

Bartender Adam Orzechowski will be the featured guest on a Zoom call, where he will explain how to make a “Streetcar Daiquiri.” Participants will be encouraged to make their...

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...

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,...