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Four students graduate NOJDS

Four New Orleans Jewish Day School fifth grade students were recognized in recent graduation ceremonies on the evening of May 30. Each student was for cited for areas in which each excelled.

William Hendrick was honored as the star reader of the year. He will be enrolling at Audubon Charter School in the fall. Elise Schneider was honored for her excellence in reading and writing Hebrew, while Nitzayah Schiller...

Melton Mini School Graduates Class of 2012

After two years of weekly study, 14 area students became graduates of the Florence Melton Adult Mini-School and marked the event with graduation ceremonies on Tuesday, June 5 in Metairie. An ongoing project of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, the school is sponsored locally by the Jewish Community Center and the Jewish Federation of Greater New Orleans.Founded in 1986 by its namesake Florence Melton in Columbus, Ohio, the curricula for...

Rabbi Goldstein celebrates 75th birthday

Rabbi David Goldstein, Emeritus Rabbi at Touro Synagogue, was honored on the occasion of his 75th birthday with a string of well wishers and numerous platitudes at the synagogue’s social hall on Sunday evening, May 20.

Goldstein served Touro Synagogue as rabbi from 1978 through 2005, only the fourth person to serve as a rabbi for the uptown Reform temple that was formed from the earlier 19th Century Dispersed of...

Boutté headlines 21st Jazz Fest Shabbat

John Boutté, a featured performer on the HBO series “Treme,” headlined the 24th annual Jazz Fest Shabbat held at Touro Synagogue on Friday, April 27.

Attendees at the historic St. Charles Avenue sanctuary filled most every seat, enjoying a memorable night of prayer and revelry that marked the first weekend of the 2012 New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival.

Cantor Jaime Marks performed with the Panorama Jazz Band and...

9/11 Event unites Jews, Muslims and Christians

While the tenth anniversary of the attacks on the World Trade Center and the District of Columbia recalled the divide between religious extremists and America, a daylong effort by the East Jefferson Interfaith Clergy Association (EJICA) sought to build trust between disparate local religious communities.

The effort began with the various religious congregations meeting for a beautification project at Kenner’s Rivertown. The complex of buildings and museums shuttered in the...

Federation, JEF hold 98th Annual Meeting

By ALAN SMASON

With reflection on the past and an eye towards the future, the 98th Annual Meeting of the Jewish Federation of Greater New Orleans and the Jewish Endowment Foundation of Louisiana (JEF) was held at the uptown JCC on Sept. 13.

New slates of candidates were elected for both organizations with Alan Franco being named as the new president of Federation. Franco takes over from outgoing president Julie...

Crescent City Jewish News admitted to American Jewish Press Association

The Crescent City Jewish News, a website and information portal designed to meet the needs of the Greater New Orleans Jewish community, was recently admitted to the American Jewish Press Association (AJPA) as a full-fledged member. The AJPA is a 46-year-old professional organization representing nearly 250 English language newspapers, magazines and individual writers throughout the United States and Canada. The CCJN is the only Louisiana-based publication to be so recognized...

Crescent City Jewish News goes live!

The Crescent City Jewish News, a website dedicated to the dissemination of news and information for the benefit of the Greater New Orleans Jewish community, is now a reality. After two years of development Alan Smason, the editor of the new enterprise expressed delight that the website can now be shared with fellow New Orleanians and others. “The CCJN will serve as a clearinghouse for traditional news and features articles,”...

Hurwitz Mintz expands, invests in future of New Orleans retail market

Nearly five years ago during the dark, uncertain days following Hurricane Katrina, Mitchell Mintz, the president of Hurwitz Mintz Furniture company, was,  understandably, skittish and apprehensive. It was a period that should have threatened the survival of his now 85-year-old furniture company.

Ensconsed in the safety of a Dallas suburb, where he, his wife Christie and daughter Cheryl had evacuated, Mintz received reports from employees and friends that confirmed his...