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Jewish New Orleans population soars past pre-Katrina numbers

The New Orleans Jewish community turned a significant corner recently when, according to figures from the Jewish Federation of Greater New Orleans, the population reached the number of 9,580. That figure puts the Jewish population number well over the estimated 9,500, which was published in the Jewish Community of Greater...
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Davis to receive coveted Salmon Award

The New Orleans Chapter of the National Council of Jewish Women (NCJW) has announced the recipient of the 2012 Harold G. Salmon Award as Ina Weber Davis. Davis, a former president of NCJW from 2007-2010, had been credited with reinvigorating the organization following the devastation associated with the Hurricane Katrina-related...
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Hadassah New Orleans chapter holds installation today

The New Orleans Chapter of Hadassah will install several officers for the calendar year at its meeting today. Although president Julie Schwartz will retain her position for the forthcoming year, several other officers will change their terms or begin new terms of office. Terri Gross, an attorney formerly associated with...
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Touro Synagogue Choir retreat announced

Touro Synagogue Cantor Jamie Marx announced a retreat for the Touro Synagogue Adult Choir this weekend. The retreat will be located at the Rosaryville Spirit Life Center in Pontchatoula administered by the Dominican Sisters of Peace. This retreat will allow the 32-member choir to practice as well as to commune...
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Hal Ungar appointed to new Young Judaea national inaugural board of directors

Hal Ungar, a local attorney, and lifelong member of Young Judaea has been appointed to the national inaugural board of directors, charged with revitalizing the 103-year-old institution. A split with the national Hadassah executive board was announced in early July, making Young Judaea an independent organization for the very first...
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CCJN Exclusive: Latter-Day Saints find temporary home at Temple Sinai

Members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, known colloquially as the Mormons because the major book of their canon is the Book of Mormon, have had a quandary for much of the past year.  Plans for a church expansion in the 3600 block of St. Charles Avenue...
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Sami Rohr, Tulane Chabad benefactor, dies at 86

(JTA) — Sami Rohr, a major philanthropist whose giving created and sustained hundreds of Chabad-Lubavitch houses around the world, including the Rohr Chabad Student Center at Tulane University, died at 86. Rohr, who died Sunday in South Florida and was buried Tuesday in Jerusalem, reportedly gave some $250 million to Jewish...
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Team New Orleans heads to Memphis for Maccabi Games

The 2012 Maccabi Games Team organized through the  New Orleans JCC is preparing for the start of this year’s games on Sunday, August 5 in Memphis. This is the 30th anniversary of the very first Maccabi Games, Olympic-styled sports events intended solely for Jewish athletes. The New Orleans delegation of...
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Reform services continue at Gates of Prayer this Friday

Summer worship services for the Union for Reform Judaism (URJ) community  will continue at Congregation Gates of Prayer Synagogue, 4000 West Esplanade Avenue in Metairie, continue this Friday evening, August 10. URJ community worship services will be held at Gates of Prayer through the end of August.

Rabbi Robert Loewy...
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Summer Lyric’s ‘Fiddler’ runs till Sunday

It was only three and a half years ago that Randy Cheramie tackled the role of Tevye the milkman in the Jefferson Performing Arts Center’s production of “Fiddler on the Roof.” The beloved Sheldon Harnick and Jerry Bock musical has been a mainstay with Cheramie. He has played the role...
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