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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 will conduct Friday night Shabbat services at 8:00 p.m. This Shabbat Ekev a musical program titled “Friday Night Live” will...

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 five times before and each times the plaudits from the local theatre critics and community has been resoundingly positive.

Now,...

Melton “tastes” to be offered in August

Florence Melton Adult Mini-School director Debbie Pesses has announced two “tastes of Melton” to be held in August. The all-inclusive Melton school is a two-year opportunity for adult Jewish learning taught by rabbis and educators from the local community. Each “taste of Melton” is designed to introduce interested persons to the Melton core curriculum. The first “taste” will be held on Tuesday, August 14 at the Goldring-Woldenberg JCC campus in...

CCJN announces its first survey

The Crescent City Jewish News is anxious to connect to its readership in many ways. To that end the Voice of New Orleans’ Jewish community is looking for feedback to aid the staff in supporting its mission. A survey to solicit answers to questions has been instituted. The short 10 question survey is intended to get feedback from the readership to fine tune areas according to their wishes. Although this...

Lee Zurik nabs three N.O. Press Club Awards

Lee Zurik, WVUE Fox 8 investigative reporter, picked up three first place awards last night at the 54th annual Excellence in Journalism Awards sponsored by the Press Club of New Orleans. Zurik, a native New Orleanian and local community member, won a first place nod for  TV Continuing Coverage, along with his producer Marcy Planer for his piece “Swiped,” which detailed questionable credit card spending practices by local officials. Zurik...

Rabbi Loewy to showcase ‘Tevye’s World’

As part of a continuing education series jointly sponsored by Congregations Beth Israel and Gates of Prayer, Rabbi Robert Loewy will be speaking on the character of Tevye, the poor, but pious dairyman that was the subject of Yiddish writer Sholom Aleichem in several short stories. The talk, sponsored by the education committees of both the Orthodox and Reform synagogues is part of a series titled “The World of Fiddler.”

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Continuing education series at Gates of Prayer is all about Chagall, Tevye & ‘Fiddler’

In what may well  be one of the most unusual joint programs in the country, Reform Congregation Gates of Prayer welcomes its neighbor –  Orthodox Congregation Beth Israel – for three weeks of continuing education called “The World of Fiddler on the Roof.” The three nights are all related to 19th Century Eastern Europe culture, especially to that of the Sholem Aleichem character Tevye, whose story became the basis for...

Mazel tov! Tulane Jewish Studies program becomes a department

By FRAN SIMON

(Reprinted by permission of Tulane University Publications)

The Jewish studies program at Tulane University has come into its own. When students attend fall semester courses, the program will be a stand-alone department within the School of Liberal Arts. Nearly 30 years after the Jewish studies program was established by Joe Cohen, the Department of Jewish Studies opened its doors on July 1. Jewish studies courses are in demand, with more...

Playmakers ‘Jungle Book’ performance to benefit NJC

Playmakers Theater’s  upcoming performance of “The Jungle Book” next Saturday, July 21, will benefit the Northshore Jewish Congregation. The production begins at 1:00 p.m. at the Greater Covington Center, Furhmann Auditorium, 317 Jefferson Street, Covington, LA. It will be directed by Frank Levy.

JCC announces Mah Johngg tourney in honor of Harriet Kugler

Typically, the Jewish Community Center holds two Mah Johngg tournaments a year. This year’s Summer Tournament on Sunday, July 22 will be made even more special by its dedication to the memory of Harriet Wainer Kugler. Kugler, who suffered a fatal stroke last September, was a philanthropist and longtime employee of the JCC as well as a dedicated volunteer to the Jewish community.

But she was also a lover of Mah...