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JCC’s ‘Big Night In’ next Sat., Nov. 14 features Broadway, local stars

It’s time for the JCC’s annual fundraiser and because of the ongoing pandemic, it will be a virtual affair. But that doesn’t mean attendees will have to suffer through inferior entertainment.

Instead of black tie, pajamas or sweats may be the ticket as supporters of the JCC will be treated to the “Celebration 2020: JCC’s Big Night In” on Saturday, November 14 and the entertainment includes major Broadway stars and...

Entergy, CLECO crews restoring power…s-l-o-w-l-y

With hundreds of thousands of area customers still without power due to the passage of Hurricane Zeta, Entergy and CLECO crews from across the region fanned out to restore electric service. But efforts could last several more days, officials warned. 

Entergy  announced that more than 480,000 of its customers were without power after the passage of the strong Category 2 storm made landfall and blazed across the state of...

Zeta claims 2 area victims, a third in GA., as it roars up East Coast

By ALAN SMASON

Hurricane Zeta, smashed into Louisiana in record-breaking fashion, leaving two area deaths in its wake including one unidentified 55-year-old New Orleans man, who was electrocuted in Gert Town by a downed power line when he touched the live wire after the storm’s passage. Another victim was reported killed in a drowning in Biloxi on the Mississippi Gulf Coast.

According to Entergy officials, approximately 300,000 customers remained without...

Zeta slams New Orleans

By ALAN SMASON

Hurricane Zeta came roaring across Southeast Louisiana like a freight train with winds of more than 105 m.p.h. registered near Port Fouchon and Golden Meadow, prior to its heavy Category 2 winds heading into the city of New Orleans. 

Moving forward towards the northwest at more than 22 m.p.h., the system brought significant rainstorms with it, but because of the speed of the storm that had sped...

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

By RON KAMPEAS

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...