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Updated: Dana Kaplan in runoff for District B Council seat

Newcomer Dana Kaplan, who identifies as a Jew, has entered into the runoff election for the District B Council seat with an impressive first parlay into politics following a draft campaign to entice her to run. The Manhattan-born brunette who has made a name for herself as a champion of...
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Asner event draws lots of kids, pillowcases

Children’s author and illustrator Anne-Marie Asner had a “nice sized event,” according to 13th Annual Jewish Book Festival organizer Debbie Pesses. Even though most of the audience was pint-sized, Asner was warmly received as she read portions of her book “Shluffy Girl,” part of her Matzah Ball Books series of...
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Yulman and Glazer families bestow gifts to Tulane for new stadium

By MICHAEL STRECKER, Courtesy Tulane University Publications

Janet and Richard Yulman’s exceptional gift to name Yulman Stadium is helping the university launch a new era for our athletics program and the community as a whole. Richard Yulman is the former chairman and owner of mattress manufacturing giant Serta International. He...
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Lecture tonight by renowned Holocaust scholar on music as testimony

Joseph Toltz, a renowned Holocaust scholar who has been named as the 2011 Barbara and Richard Rosenberg fellow at the United States Holocaust Museum, will be giving a lecture tonight at Dixon Hall at 7:00 p.m. on the importance of music as a means of giving testimony to victims of...
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First-ever Orthodox-Conservative conference to bow here

Rabbis Ethan Linden of Shir Chadash Conservative Congregation and Uri Topolosky of Congregation Beth Israel have announced the first-ever joint Orthodox-Conservative Rabbinical Conference to be held in New Orleans. The conference, which runs from November 4 through 6 is by invitation-only.

The two rabbis will be welcoming other rabbis who,...
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JCC to host 13th annual Jewish Book Festival uptown; ‘Shluffy Girl’ to kick off festival Sunday morning

The New Orleans Jewish Community Center kicks off its 13th Annual Jewish Book Festival at the Uptown JCC with three events that run over the course of the next week. The festival begins in earnest this Sunday morning, November 4, at 10 a.m. with children’s author and illustrator Anne-Marie Baila Asner....
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Sunday night live fundraiser set for Community Day School

Andy Kindler, a comedian formerly seen on “Everybody Loves Raymond,” “Late Night with David Letterman” and a frequent contributor to “The Daily Show with John Stewart,” will be the headliner for the Community Day School’s annual Fall Fundraiser this Sunday night, November 4. The event begins at 5:00 p.m at...
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Gates of Prayer trip to Israel gets ‘Sandy’ extension; Sabbath seder postponed

The citizens of New York City, the Jersey Shore, Philadelphia, Baltimore and Washington, D.C. are still reeling from the effects of what had formerly been Hurricane Sandy, but the effects of that storm have reached all the way to the Holy Land. Gates of Prayer members on a mission to...
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Metairie Chabad Center to offer new course on Tanya teachings

Rabbi Mendel Ceitlin of the Gerson Katz Chabad Center of Metairie has just announced a five-week education series that begins tomorrow, Wednesday, October 31. The course will be taught on successive Wednesday nights and based on texts derived from chapters 26 and 27 of the Tanya, written 200 years ago...
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Push for Cub Scout pack fizzles at Beth Israel

Efforts to organize a new Cub Scout pack at Congregation Beth Israel failed to achieve critical mass yesterday when Rabbi Uri Topolosky met with Southeast Louisiana Council’s Pelican District Executive Yoni Sunshine. Sunshine, an Israeli-born paid Scouting professional, organized a “roundup” of youth at the new synagogue, but parents and...
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