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Hadassah to kick off free six-week music series

By FRAN SIMON

Jewish music is, broadly, music of and by Jewish people. It can be religious or secular. Some of this music dates to Biblical times and other music has originated in every time and place Jews have lived.

Of course, Jewish music has been influenced by others who live among or around Jews, while Jewish music has, in turn,  influenced broader culture.

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Hadassah Southern Region grieves missing brothers in collapse

(MIAMI) – Hadassah’s Southern Region revealed in an email to its members yesterday that Gary Cohen and his brother Brad Cohen of Birmingham, AL., the husband and brother-in-law of Mindy Cohen, the current co-president of the Birmingham chapter and a regional vice president, are both missing following the partial collapse of the Champlain Towers in Surfside, Florida.

The message also indicated Mindy Cohen’s praise for the...

Rockowers award local, regional publications

The Simon Rockower Awards for Excellence in Jewish Journalism celebrated their 40th birthday last night and on the occasion gave out presents to both the Crescent City Jewish News and Southern Jewish Life (SJL) magazine.

Initially published by SJL as an investigative report (“Shedding Light on the Light“) and later published as a concurrent news story by the CCJN, the report exposed a competitor publication, the Jewish Light, for wild...

CCJN receives two Press Club nominations for 2020 coverage

The Crescent City Jewish News was selected among the many publishing and broadcasting members for its breaking news coverage and editorial writing at a social gathering of the Press Club of New Orleans on Thursday evening, June 17.

The CCJN was selected as a finalist for the Breaking News category it won consecutively in 2018 and 2019 for its story on the street graffiti swastikas painted on Joseph Street...

Ned Goldberg set to retire from JCRS after distinguished career

Ned Goldberg, who, since 1988, has served as executive director of the Jewish Regional Children’s Service (JCRS), an agency that serves a seven-state area in the Mid-South, will be retiring in early 2022.

Since relocating from from South Florida, Goldberg has become the public face of JCRS, overseeing the organization as it expanded its existing programs intended to help special needs children and to provide financial relief for Jewish families...

National WWII Museum lists D-Day activities today

The National World War II Museum, originally founded as the National D-Day Museum, will be holding virtual and in-person events throughout the day.

Activities recalling  the 77th anniversary of the historic landing on the beaches of Normandy and the 21st anniversary of the founding of the museum will commence at 9:00 a.m. when the museum opens its doors.

Scarf giveaways for veterans from the Knit Your Bit collective, an association...

JCRS conducting Chanukah gifts campaign

The Jewish Children’s Regional Service (JCRS) will be providing Chanukah gifts to Jewish youth from families who are experiencing financial difficulties in seven state area. The states are Alabama, Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Oklahoma, Tennessee, and Texas.

Each child or youth receives eight small gifts: one for each night of Chanukah. Gifts are selected, and assigned to applicants as early as June. Families indicate on the gift application their children’s general...

Gail Pesses assumes presidency at NCJW’s installation, final event

Gail Fenton Pesses became president of the Greater New Orleans Section of the National Council of Jewish Women (NCJW) at the organization’s Closing Event and Installation reception on May 23.

Pesses took over after Susan Hess delivered her report on the previous year as the outgoing president.

Before she left office, Hess also presented the President’s Award  to Dana Shepard and Kathy Shepard in a special ceremony. The award is...

Limmud New Orleans holds free Zoom and in-person events for Shavuot

Limmud New Orleans, the group responsible for the bi-annual Limmudfest New Orleans Jewish learning sessions will be offering free online and in-person education opportunities today, prior to the onset of the Shavuot holiday.

“Step Into Shavuot ” is a joint project with Limmud with Shir Chadash Conservative Congregation and Congregation Beth Israel. The event will be held today, Sunday, May 16th from 3-5 p.m. CDT.

Tornado hits Uptown New Orleans, Algiers & Belle Chasse

By ALAN SMASON

New Orleans authorities breathed a sigh of relief after a freak EF0 tornado with winds of 85 m.p.h.  moved from west to east across the city of New Orleans, but left only damaged homes and cars and downed trees and power lines in its wake.

No injuries or deaths were reported as a result of the storm, which the National Weather Service service said first hit the...