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Bulgarian bombing attributed to suicide bomber with fake ID

Bulgarian officials released video surveillance pictures of the man they suspect was the suicide bomber in yesterday’s terrorist attack at Sarvofo Airport in Burgas, Bulgaria. The video pictures show a tourist wearing sunglasses, a cap, T-shirt and shorts and bearing an oversized backpack on his shoulders. The attack killed five...
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JFNA issues statement on Bulgarian bombing

Following the deadly bombing today in ‘Bulgaria, the Jewish Federations of North America (JFNA) released the following statement: “We are shocked and saddened by the bus bombing targeting innocent young Israelis traveling to Bulgaria,” said Kathy Manning, chair of the Jewish Federations of North America’s Board of Trustees. “On behalf...
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Rabbi Yosef Shalom Elyasiv, leader of haredi community, dies at 102

By MATI WAGNER

JERUSALEM (JTA) — In an age of sound bites and celebrity seekers, Rabbi Yosef Shalom Elyashiv, who died Wednesday at age 102, represented a world apart. The head of the Lithuanian haredi Orthodox community in Israel, Elyashiv was a Torah sage who shunned the limelight, dedicating himself single-mindedly...
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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...
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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...
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Israel political constellation realigns as Kadima quits government

By URIEL HEILMAN

(JTA) – For the second time in just two months, the Israeli political universe was upended when Shaul Mofaz’s Kadima Party voted to quit Israel’s governing coalition. Kadima’s departure, the result of a breakdown in negotiations over reforming Israel’s military draft law to include haredi Orthodox Jews, shatters...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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