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Touro to host Reform services through July

Touro Synagogue continues to host summer worship for area members of the Union for Reform Judaism (URJ) throughout the month of July on Friday nights and Saturday mornings.

Beginning this Friday, July 13, Rabbi Alexis Berk will lead Friday night worship services at 6:00 p.m. in the main sanctuary at 4238 St. Charles Avenue. Saturday morning worship services are slated to begin at 10:30 a.m.  Cantor Jamie Marx will also...

Metairie Chabad Center prepares to upgrade library

What once was a proper Jewish library at the Gerson Katz Chabad Center in Metaire has recently been displaced and uprooted. What once were organized and catalogued rows of reference books, prayerbooks and tractates of the Mishnah and Gemorah now lay strewn atop tables along the back hallway and in a rear room of the center.

This state of disarray is temporary, though, as the center’s director, Rabbi Yossi Nemes,...

Shir Chadash begins ‘Nearly New’ Sale July 8

The doors to Shir Chadash Conservative Congregation’s “Nearly New” sale open for the first of three consecutive days on Sunday, July 8 at 10 a.m. The four-hour sale sponsored by the Shir Chadash Sisterhood continues on Monday and Tuesday with additional sales days on Sundays July 15 and 22, also from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. For more than a month congregants and others have been donating used items to...

Sylvia Weiner rites set for Friday

Graveside funeral services for Sylvia Weiner will be conducted Friday, July 6 at 10:00 a.m on Friday at the Old Beth Israel Cemetery, 4321 Frenchmen Street. Rabbi Robert Loewy of Congregation Gates of Prayer will co-officiate with Rabbi David Posternock of Congregation Beth Israel.

Darryl Berger assumes Tulane Board chair July, 2013

By Mike Strecker

(Reprinted courtesy of Tulane University Publications)

Darryl D. Berger,who for more than 30 years has been at the forefront of major real estate transactions in New Orleans, including developments on the riverfront and French Quarter, has been named chair-elect of the Board of Tulane, the university’s main governing body. Berger’s three-year term will begin July 1, 2013.

“We are honored and fortunate to have someone...

Congregation Beth Israel to hold first services in new building

With the workmen finished construction and most of the interior finished, Congregation Beth Israel takes an important first step this Friday, holding its first Shabbat services in its new building. Although the Aron Hakodesh (holy ark) has yet to be finished, two of the congregation’s sefer Torah scrolls will be housed in a temporary ark loaned by neighbor Congregation Gates of Prayer. The permanent wooden ark, which is being shipped...

Local realtor to appear on ‘House Hunters’ on July 4

Racheal Kansas on HGTV

Rachael Kansas, a local RE/MAX realtor, has been bursting to make public one of her recent sales. The only problem is she’s contractually obligated to keep it a secret – at least until July 4 at 9 p.m CDT.

That’s when Rachael and a local Jewish newcomers couple – Brian and Alexis Caughey – will be featured on the popular HGTV cable network show “House Hunters.”

Both of the newcomers...

Etta Friedberg services announced

Visitation for Etta Friedberg will be held today, June 28, at Tharp-Sontheimer Funeral Home, 1600 North Causeway Boulevard in Metairie with visitation beginning at 2:00 p.m. Services are slated to start at 2:30 with interment to follow at the Old Beth Israel Cemetery, 4321 Frenchmen Street with Rabbi David Posternock officiating.

Zelda Ginsburg funeral set for 3:00 p.m.

Rabbi David Posternock announced the passing of Zelda Ginsburg, the wife of Mervin Ginsburg. Graveside services will be held today at 3:00 p.m. at the New Beth Israel Cemetery on Elysian Fields Avenue.

AVODAH luncheon honors Carol Neff

AVODAH: The Jewish Service Corps, recognized estate planning attorney Carol Neff as its first honoree of a Partner in Justice Jazz Brunch on Sunday at Tulane Hillel’s Goldie and Morris Mintz Center for Jewish Life.

Neff, a partner with the firm of Sessions, Fishman, Nathan & Israel, LLC,  was selected to receive the award because of her involvement in the local Jewish community and especially her work with AVODAH, since...