Friday, January 15th 2021   |


In an Arab first, Bahraini institution joins with State Dept. to combat anti-Semitism and anti-Zionism


WASHINGTON (JTA) — A Bahraini institute has signed an agreement with the US State Department to combat anti-Semitism, anti-Zionism and delegitimization of Israel.

The memorandum of understanding, signed Thursday in Washington, D.C., marks the first time an Arab country has embraced a key Trump administration agenda item, to get countries to include anti-Zionism and some forms of harsh criticism of Israel in their definitions of anti-Semitism. It...

CCJN takes home several 2019 Press Club Awards

After two years of winning two “best in show” awards from the Press Club of New Orleans, the Crescent City Jewish News settled for several second and third place awards including second place for Best Website.

In addition, editor Alan Smason was given third place for Best Editorial, a category he won last year and for which he also won the Ashton Phelps Sr. MemorialAward for “best in show.” Smason’s...

Metairie Chabad to host new ‘Secrets of the Bible’

Rabbi Mendel Ceitlin of the Chabad Center of Metairie is hosting a series of classes as part of his latest learning opportunity. Titled “Secrets of the Bible,” the Jewish Learning Institute (JLI) course is created through the Chabad-Lubavitch organization and is designed to revisit various stories from the Bible to allow allow adults to uncover their hidden meanings and to obtain insights into the mysteries of life.

Dan Baum, New Yorker writer, bestselling author of ‘Nine Lives’ dies in CO.

DAN BAUM, a freelancer journalist who wrote for New Yorker magazine, extensively chronicling New Orleans and its recovery from the effects of Hurricane Katrina and the related breeches of drainage canals that flooded the city, died at his home in Boulder, CO. on October 8. He was 64.

While Baum published “Nine Lives: Mystery, Magic, Life and Death in New Orleans,” under his own byline of Dan Baum, it was...

CCJN nominated as finalist for Press Club of N.O. Awards

The Crescent City Jewish News was nominated as a finalist in three categories today when the Press Club of New Orleans announced the preliminary results from the judging of its annual Excellence in Journalism Awards.

The CCJN was announced a finalist for the Best Website category, while editor Alan Smason was selected as a finalist for Best Editorial, a category he won last year and for which he also received...

Oscar Tolmas L’Dor V’Dor Award presentation tonight at 6

The public is invited to register and witness the third annual Oscar Tolmas L’Dor V’Dor Award presentation this evening via a Zoom webinar broadcast.

The reception will focus on the presentation of the annual award chosen to honor a community volunteer who has significantly impacted the New Orleans Jewish community. The 2020 award is being presented to former Jewish News editor and Limmudfest New Orleans founder Gail Chalew by Oscar...

NCJW to sponsor Virtual Town Hall for judges

The New Orleans Section of the National Council of Jewish Women (NCJW) has just announced a new coalition with several other highly visible political organizations intended to educate and inform the public about the upcoming elections for area judges. 

Titled “The Justice We Want Depends on the Judges We Choose,” these Virtual Town Halls will hear from each of the candidates in a setting of 50-minutes...

Tropical Storm Sally socks Florida; heads for NOLA

Tropical Storm Sally has soaked South and Central Florida with between 3 and 7 inches of rainfall as it slowly moves is way into the upper portions of the Gulf of Mexico.

The storm, which is loosely organized at present is expected to strengthen into a Category 1 hurricane by Monday, moving towards the west, northwest at 12 miles per hour. Officials expect it to further strengthen into a Category...

Arnie Fielkow joins with local theater company tonight on NOLA Theatre Talk

Jewish Federation of Greater New Orleans CEO and president Arnie Fielkow will join in a discussion tonight, Friday, September 4, regarding “What’s Going On?”

The TV show being aired over WUPL, Channel 54, is geared towards teenagers of high school age.

Fielkow will appear on NOLA Theatre Talk along with Anthony Bean, the theatre figure whose company is sponsoring and promoting the show.

NOLA Theatre Talk is hosted by CCJN...

Federations, JEF form Hurricane Laura Fund

The Jewish Federation of Greater New Orleans, the Jewish Federation of Baton Rouge, the North Louisiana Jewish Federation and the Jewish Endowment Foundation of Louisiana have all joined forces to raise money for the devastated portions of Lake Charles, LA. and northward to Shreveport affected by the landfall of Hurricane Laura, the most destructive hurricane recorded in Louisiana history.

Synagogues in Lake Charles and Alexandria were badly damaged, according to...