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Shamir remembered as mute, but resolute

By RON KAMPEAS

WASHINGTON (JTA) — When Yitzhak Shamir was Israel’s prime minister, he liked to point American visitors to a gift he received when he retired as director of the Mossad, Israel’s intelligence service. It was a depiction of the famed three monkeys: See no evil, hear no evil,...
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More Reform rabbis agree to officiate at interfaith weddings

BOSTON (JTA) — Danny Richter and his fiancee, Lauren Perkins, have never been to a Jewish wedding. That’s about to change. This fall, the interfaith couple is planning to be married in a Jewish wedding ceremony. The wedding marks other significant firsts: It also will be the first time that...
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Amid ravages of wildfires, Colorado Jews unite

By DEBRA RUBIN (JTA) — The Sidmans are among the lucky ones: Their Colorado Springs home is still standing, nearly untouched by the flames that left many of their neighbors’ houses in ashes. “I was just sobbing uncontrollably, even though my house was perfect,” Renee Sidman told the Colorado Springs...
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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...
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Jewish groups react to SCOTUS ruling on healthcare

WASHINGTON (JTA) — The U.S. Supreme Court voted to uphold President Obama’s landmark Affordable Care Act in a 5-4 vote, with Chief Justice John Roberts voting in the majority on Thursday, June 28. The Court upheld the most controversial provision of the law that required all American citizens to purchase...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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Nascent Israeli lacrosse team surprises Europeans

By Adam Soclof

(JTA) — Israel’s national lacrosse team is clinging to a one-goal lead with 20 seconds remaining when the referee blows his whistle — the Wales coach wants a stick check on an Israeli player.

The challenge fails, the stick is legal and the Israelis go...
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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.