Tuesday, October 20th 2020   |


Chabad to continue to hold daily minyans

Rabbi Mendel Rivkin of Chabad Lubavitch of Louisiana  reminds everyone that daily minyans for those saying Kaddish, etc. will continue to be held twice daily. Morning services will be held at 7:00  at the Chabad House, 1216 Broadway in New Orleans. If power isn’t restored soon, a new venue will be chosen, he said. Mincha and Ma’ariv services will begin at 7:00 p.m. at the Chabad Center in Metairie.

Pictures from Beth Israel dedication program

They say a picture is worth a thousand words. Yet, these pictures speak to the emotions of a day that was seven years in the making.

Congregation Beth Israel enjoyed a day of dedication last Sunday with speeches by politicians and a number of self-congratulatory acknowledgements to key movers and shakers within and without its congregational family. The events began at Congregation Gates of Prayer, the Reform temple Beth Israel...

JCC announces closures

In advance of the arrival of the storm that is expected to strengthen into Hurricane Issac, New Orleans Jewish Community Center executive director Leslie Fischman has announced that both JCC campuses, uptown and Metairie, will close today (Monday) at 5:00 p.m. Both JCCs will remain closed all day Tuesday. Fischman said she expects to be closed all day on Wednesday too. However, depending on whether the storm moves through the...

Federation issues statement on Tropical Storm Issac

In a release sent out on Sunday night Jewish Federation of Greater New Orleans executive director Michael Weil announced plans to prepare for the expected landfall of what is expected to be Hurricane Issac on Wednesday morning. Weil reminded members of the Jewish community that a mandatory evacuation has not been issued yet by city officials. He urged residents to continue to make plans for evacuation, if necessary, should city...

A synagogue dedication, community rejuvenation & Orthodox-Reform bonds


(JTA) — Seven years ago an iconic picture for many Jews of the devastation wrought by Hurricane Katrina was of men waist deep in a flooded synagogue carrying Torahs to safety. This weekend, in a celebration of physical and spiritual unity, the Torahs of that congregation were carried into their new home next to the Reform congregation that offered space to the Modern Orthodox synagogue and now shares...

Kabbala for Young Professionals meets

Young professionals interested in learning Kabbala are invited to take part in a dinner and study session this Monday night. The session and dinner sponsored by the uptown Louisiana Chabad Lubavitch will be held at the home of Sandy Cohen, 1000 Moss Street. The event begins at 8:00 and should continue until 10:00 p.m.

Rabbi Cohn joins with Rabbis for Obama

Rabbi Ed Paul Cohn of Temple Sinai has joined forces with over 600 fellow rabbis nationwide to lend his support to the political campaign for President Barack Obama’s re-election. The Obama-Biden website unveiled a new webpage titled Rabbis for Obama on Tuesday, listing state-by-state endorsements from the rabbis. Cohn is the only rabbi listed from Louisiana and the Gulf Coast region.

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 New Orleans Survey conducted and published in 2007 by Louisiana State University associate professor Frederick Weil.

While some have questioned...

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 flooding.  Davis has been a highly visible member of the organization, serving to  helping to organize political debates and forums...

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 the now merged Northshore chapter, will serve as installing officer.

Faye Lala, who is currently serving as treasurer, will begin...