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JCC hires new CEO Stephanie Levin

The New Orleans Jewish Community Center announced a change in designation from executive director to CEO when it named Stephanie Levin to replace Leslie Fischman as its top executive.  The appointment of Levin was announced by JCC board president Aimee Bain. The appointment begins officially on June 27, 2022.    

Levin has served for the past 20 years as a Jewish professional in the San Francisco Bay Area. She has...

Arabi, N.O. East hit by tornado; assessments being made

By ALAN SMASON

One unidentified man was killed as an EF-3 tornado skipped across sections of the West Bank, crossing the Mississippi River and inflicting massive damage in Arabi and other sections of St. Bernard Parish and New Orleans East early last night.

The tornado began to form over Lake Salvador, southwest of New Orleans, around 7:15 p.m. and began to touch down from 7:20 to 7:50, before moving out...

Final LMI concert today is at Dixon Annex Recital Hall

The Louis Moreau Institute for New Music Performance (LMI) has moved its final concert for today from Annunciation Church to the Dixon Hall Annex in the Recital Hall room on the Tulane University campus.

The concert, which is this year’s final performance, is slated to begin at 2:30 p.m. Guest performer, percussionist Andrew Szypula, will be on the program featuring contemporary music played by the festival’s new music musicians.

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Jewish Federation to hold Tues. rally for solidarity with Ukraine; webinar on Wed.

Jewish Federation of Greater New Orleans CEO Arnie Fielkow has announced a rally in New Orleans on Tuesday, March 8 at 12 noon expressly to show the Federation’s solidarity with the people of war-ravaged Ukraine.

Honorary Consul of Ukraine, Edward T. Hayes, will be the on hand in Lafayette Square opposite Gallier Hall in downtown New Orleans.

Fielkow, who along with his wife Dr. Susan Fielkow, adopted their...

National WW2 Museum hosts live and virtual event tonight; register here

In observance of International Holocaust Remembrance Day, The National WWII Museum will host a special live and virtual event with Holocaust survivor and author Dori Katz in the U.S Freedom Pavilion – The Boeing Center.

A reception at 5:00 p.m. will be held prior to the 6:00 p.m. talk by Katz, who will Dori will speak about her experiences as a hidden Jewish child living...

Community leader, attorney Leon Rittenberg, Jr. held Wednesday

LEON HIRSCH RITTENBERG, JR., a major community leader and leading attorney-at-law,  died peacefully with his family by his side on Monday, Jan. 10, 2022.

He was larger than life, classic New Orleans, and dedicated to his family, friends, community and profession. A native New Orleanian, he spent almost his whole life here save for a few years of school and a few weeks for Hurricane Katrina.

Rittenberg’s maternal roots traced...

Hillel director Ron Gubitz named a Wexner Field Fellow

Ron Gubitz, executive director of Tulane Hillel, has been named a Wexner Field Fellow and will be a part of the six such class of Jewish professionals selected to its program. The Wexner Field Fellowship is an exclusive, highly competitive opportunity for Jewish communal leaders. It entails a three-year commitment in which fellows engage with each other as coaches as part of their involvement with Jewish learning...

Gates of Prayer holds ‘Turkey Parade’ to donate turkeys, raise tzedakah for community

By ALAN SMASON

In advance of this week’s Christian celebration of Christmas, Congregation Gates of Prayer elected on Sunday, December 19, to donate approximately 75 frozen turkeys to Second Harvest Food Bank as an expression of Jewish charity or tzedakah.

The program, put on jointly by the Gates of Prayer Brotherhood and Sisterhood, was timed to coincide with the religious school studies about the importance of tzedakah. Adults, working with...

Zoom webinar on Israel’s future rescheduled for Sunday

The third installment of the Louisiana Jewish Coalition’s webinar series “Looking Toward the Future” will take place via Zoom on Sunday, November 28 at at 10:00 a.m.

Originally scheduled for August 29, but postponed due to the landfall of Hurricane Ida, the series will feature the Anti-Defamation’s Southern Division Director of Community Engagement, Aaron Ahlquist and two representatives of the Israeli and Palestinian Parents Circle, Rami Elhanan and Laila Alsheikh....

Maccabeats to usher in Chanukah on Sunday at JCC

The Maccabeats, an a capella group who has achieved fame via their highly produced and clever YouTube videos, will return to the New Orleans Uptown Jewish Community Center to perform a series of Chanukah-related songs on Sunday afternoon at 2:00 p.m.

The group last performed at the JCC in 2013. The concert is part of the Cathy and Morris Bart Cultural Arts Series. 

The show is free, but requires an...