Thursday, August 13th 2020   |


Cristobal bringing heavy rains, high winds


Tropical Storm Cristobal continued to make its way through the Gulf of Mexico, becoming better organized, but not strengthening significantly. As of late Saturday night, the center of the storm was located about 210 miles southwest of the mouth of the Mississippi River.

With dry air wrapping around it to the west and gulf temperatures hovering around 77-78 degrees Farenheit, forecasters say the potential threat to the...

Tropical Storm Cristobal, strengthening; heading for LA. coastline

Due to constraints on Shabbat, the Crescent City Jewish News will refrain from updates on Shabbat on the location of Tropical Storm Cristobal, which has moved off the Yucatan peninsula and is now gathering strength in the Gulf of Mexico, expected to hit the Louisiana coastline beginning Saturday night and Sunday morning.

Orleans Parish is already under a Tropical Storm Warning that stretches from Morgan City, LA. to Ft. Walton,...

Give NOLA Day continues till midnight

Give NOLA Day, a 24-hour fundraising effort of the Greater New Orleans Foundation to encourage donors to be generous in their philanthropy continues throughout the day.

Many area Jewish non-profits are looking to today to raise significant funds and to receive gifts from the foundation for their efforts for raising the most money in a specific hour or to randomly be selected for a prize just for participating.

Non-profits are...

Governor Edwards announces Phase 2 to start on Friday

Governor John Bel Edwards announced in his daily press conference today, June 1,  in Baton Rouge that he will issue a proclamation, effective Friday, June 5, that moves the State of Louisiana into Phase 2 of the set of proposed restrictions recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for return to normalcy from the coronavirus pandemic.

Edwards noted that the number of four deaths associated with today’s...

MSJE pushes back opening date to first quarter of 2021

With tourism non-existent and residents still sheltering in place due to restrictions to stop the spread of the novel coronavirus, the board of directors of the Museum of the Southern Jewish Experience (MSJE) have decided against opening the new museum’s doors in October, as they had been previously planned.

“Due to delays in construction, interruptions in supply chains, restrictions on travel, and the many uncertainties that lay before us all,...

Briann Shear takes over at president of N.O. Hadassah chapter via Zoom installation

Given the interesting times of the coronavirus pandemic, even mundane activities such as installations have taken on more grand stature than they might have enjoyed under less stressful times.

The Greater New Orleans Chapter of Hadassah held its annual installation on Tuesday, May 26, and because it was held over Zoom, Marla Kameny, the Souther region president was on hand to conduct the installation remotely.

At the special installation, Briann...

New Iberia synagogue catches fire; former synagogue building in Lafayette also suffers fire damage

(JTA) — A historic 116-year-old synagogue in southern Louisiana caught fire following a lightning strike. The Reform Congregation Gates of Prayer building in New Iberia, Louisiana, sustained smoke and water damage remained intact, local ABC affiliate KATC reported after a fire started in the attic on Wednesday.

The blaze was contained there after a neighboring business noticed smoke billowing out on the roof and called the fire department.

The following...

Federation, JEF partner with Metairie Bank, Humana & Israel Consul to launch healthcare workers meal program

The Jewish Federation of Greater New Orleans in partnership with the Jewish Endowment Foundation of Louisiana (JEF) , Humana of Louisiana, Metairie Bank, and the Consulate General of Israel to the Southwest, has launched the Greater New Orleans Jewish Community Healthcare Workers Take Home Meal Program. The program will serve 5,000 meals to frontline healthcare workers and medical staffers at the Tulane Medical Center, Touro Infirmary and throughout the Ochsner...

Bill Goldsmith is laid to rest in New Jersey

WILLIAM “BILL” GOLDSMITH, a retiree who had been battling several health issues, died at East Jefferson Hospital as a result of complications from COVID-19 on Tuesday, April 7. He was 92.

Goldsmith had been transferred from Colonial Oaks Nursing Home, where he had been undergoing physical therapy.

He was apparently exposed to the coronavirus at the nursing home by one of two nurses who have since tested positive for the...

COVID-19 death toll inches up to 840

(BATON ROUGE) – The latest figures from the Louisiana Department of Health show 840 deaths from COVID-19. Orleans and Jefferson Parishes continue to account for the majority of those who have been affected.

The updated figures on Sunday, April 12, show 20,595 confirmed cases of COVID-19 across all 64 parishes in the state.

According to the department, 235 deaths were recorded in Orleans Parish, while 173 dead were counted in...