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JCC announces Maccabi team formation

The New Orleans Jewish Community Center has announced its Maccabi Team delegation will travel to Orange County, California to participate in the competition in sports and art this year.  The event to be held August 4-9 will allow local Jewish teen athletes and artists to compete and connect with other Jewish teens from across North America.

To be eligible to participate Jewish teens must be between the ages of 13...

Obama: Resistance to policy inspires holiday today

WASHINGTON (JTA) — President Obama in a statement marking International Holocaust Remembrance Day said the spirit of Holocaust resistance must inspire policy today. “While this is a time for mourning and reflection, it is also the time for action,” Obama said in the statement released Sunday.

“On this day, we recall the courage, spirit and determination of those who heroically resisted the Nazis, exemplifying the very best of humanity,” he said....

JNOLA launches with event at Manning’s

The Jewish Federation of Greater New Orleans’ confederation of all young adult organizations into one called JNOLA kicked off its first event with a major event at Manning’s Restaurant in the Harrah’s Hotel complex off Fulton Street. The event held on January 10 was made even more special when restaurant owner and New Orleans Saints legend Archie Manning came into the party to rub elbows with the 300 young Jewish...

NCJW rallies for support of 40th anniversary of Roe v. Wade

The National Council of Jewish Women’s (NCJW) Michelle Erenberg chaired a program on the 40th anniversary of the controversial Supreme Court decision (Roe v. Wade) that permits abortion on demand. The program held Tuesday night at Cafe Istanbul in the New Orleans Healing Center was co-sponsored by the Louisiana Association of Planned Parenthood, the National Organization for Women, the American Civil Liberties Union, Louisiana Progress and several other organizations.


Rome to dim Colosseum lights in protest of Hungarian far-right party

ROME (JTA) — The lights of the ancient Colosseum in Rome will be dimmed to protest anti-Semitic and racist acts and statements by Hungary’s ultranationalist Jobbik party. The initiative, sponsored by Rome’s city government and the Rome Jewish community, will take place Jan. 27 on International Holocaust Memorial Day. It will be one of scores of events across Italy marking the day.

In a statement Wednesday announcing the initiative, Rome...

British Foreign Office lists Israel as ‘country of concern’

(JTA) — The British Foreign Office included Israel as “a country of concern” in a report on human rights violators. Israel appeared on a list in a quarterly report on human rights and democracy issued Thursday by the foreign office of 28 countries accused of perpetrating human rights violations.

The report cites the Gaza war of last year and other recent violence on the joint border, Israeli settlement expansion and...

Tel Aviv Lollapalooza cancelled

JERUSALEM (JTA) — The Lollapalooza music festival scheduled to take place in Tel Aviv was canceled. No reason was given for the cancellation for the August event in Yarkon Park, the Los Angeles Times reported. A festival spokeswoman characterized the cancellation as a postponement.

The website for Lollapalooza Israel was closed earlier this month, according to the newspaper. The event had been announced last August.

Israeli organizers and promoters reportedly...

Hebrew Playboy coming to Israel

NEW YORK (JTA) — A Hebrew version of Playboy magazine is coming to Israel.

Attorney Daniel Pomerantz, an Israeli immigrant from Chicago, has negotiated the rights for the Israeli version of the men’s magazine, Haaretz reported. There is no launch date yet but eventually it will be available in print and online.

“We went to Hefner’s estate with the Israeli team to learn from the Playboy experts,” said Pomerantz, speaking...

Why America has no chief rabbi


(Jewish Ideas Daily) — The public face of world Jewry will change this summer.  Come September, both England and Israel will install new chief rabbis.  Jonathan Sacks, the brilliant and widely published chief rabbi of the United Kingdom, is retiring to be succeeded by the affable Ephraim Mirvis, currently rabbi of the Finchley Synagogue in North London. Yona Metzger, the chief rabbi of the Ashkenazi community...

Election Analysis: Can Lapid and Netanyahu make common cause?


(JTA) — This week’s election in Israel was a watershed — but not in the ways one might think. In almost every election cycle, the campaign has been about one thing. To adapt James Carville’s famous adage: It’s about security, stupid.

Except this time, it wasn’t.

The reason is counterintuitive: With Israel facing immense security challenges on everything from Iran to the Arab Spring to Hamas’ growing...