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Federation announces hurricane preparedness

In a recent mass e-mail Jewish Federation of Greater New Orleans executive director Michael Weil advised members of the local Jewish community of Federation’s plans in the event of a hurricane. In the event of a mandatory evacuation, Weil said, Federation offices in Metairie will be closed and communications will be available through cell phones, e-mail and, possibly, regular mail. Camp Henry S. Jacobs in Utica, Mississippi will be available...

Carole Neff to be honored at AVODAH lunch on Sunday

Carole Neff, a community leader of AVODAH: The Jewish Service Corps during its four-year existence in New Orleans, is slated to be honored this Sunday, June 24,  at the organization’s inaugural Partners in Justice Jazz Brunch, according to AVODAH executive director Dani Levine.

Neff has served as chair of the local chapter of AVODAH’s advisory council since it began here in late 2007. As such, she has been one of...

When Michael Met Mildred

Mildred Covert and Michael Twitty

By ALAN SMASON

Was there ever a more improbable meeting of two Jewish culinary celebrities than that which took place last week in New Orleans? Washington, D.C. area resident Michael Twitty, an African-American Jew and authority on African and other ethnic food, came to the Big Easy to connect to his cultural roots specifically through Southern and Jewish food.

Standing toe to toe with...

‘Nearly New’ items sought by Shir Chadash

As sure as the heat and humidity rise during summer in New Orleans, the appearance of the month of June means that Shir Chadash Conservative Congregation’s Sisterhood will be collecting items for its “nearly new” fundraiser sale of goods. Volunteers are accepting most items on any day with the exception of Shabbats between now and the beginning of July.

Books, recordings, articles of clothing, toys and stuffed animals, kitchen appliances,...

Northshore Jewish Congregation announces officers

The Northshore Jewish Congregation recently elected its slate of new officers each to one-year terms for 2012-2013 (5772-5773). These new officers are Ira Rosenzweig, president; Patti Oppenheim, vice-president; Jeff Rubin, treasurer and Cathy Hunter, secretary. In addition Lois Jampole was elected to serve a three-year term on the Congregation’s Board of Trustees. The Northshore Jewish Congregation, located at 1403 North Causeway Boulevard in Mandeville, LA, was founded 15 years ago....

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...