Israeli Windsurfers Headed to Summer Games

Two Israeli windsurfers came home in December with medals secured at the Sailing World Championships in Perth, Australia.  Lee Korzits and Nimrod Mashiah both earned a spot at the 2012 Summer Olympics to be held in London, England in July and August. Korzits won the women’s gold medal...
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Jewish American now being held by Al Qaeda

Warren Weinstein, a 70-year-old Jewish-American kidnapped in a brazen daylight attack at his home in Lahore, Pakistan, is now in the hands of the Al Qaeda terrorist organization, according to a statement from its leader, Ayman Al-Zawahari. Weinstein’s home was attacked August 13 on the eve of the Ramadan festival...
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Barney Franks retiring from Congress

Outspoken U.S. Representative Barney Franks (D-MA) announced today he would not seek re-election in 2012. Franks, who was the first openly gay national political figure, had served as a Representative for his district since 1980. He volunteered his sexual preference in 1987, but had been re-elected with little difficulty until...
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Rhodes scholarships snagged by NY scholars

Miriam Rosenbaum, an Orthodox woman who attends Princeton and lives in the Bronx, was named one of 32 Americans recipients of the prestigious Rhodes scholarship. Rosenbaum, who plans to study bioethics while at Oxford, eventually hopes to become an advocate for elderly medical care and the disabled. Rosenbaum credited being...
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Vodka Company To Remove Offensive Billboards

Wodka Vodka released an announcement via its Twitter feed that the company had decided to remove its controversial holiday billboards.  The billboards were displayed in several New York area locations containing a large text tagline, “CHRISTMAS QUALITY, HANUKKAH PRICING.”  Above the large text contained an image of two dogs– one with a...
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Gilad Shalit undergoes surgery

Gilad Shalit is spending his second weekend of freedom as a patient at the Rambam Hospital in Haifa.  According to reports, Shalit sustained damage to his hand during his 2006 abduction.  Seven pieces of embedded shrapnel were removed during his surgery on Friday.  Reportedly, his doctors are optimistic the surgery...
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Warsaw conference deals with ‘threats’

The largest conference of European rabbis to meet in Poland since World War II has ended after addressing a number of what is perceived to be anti-Semitic threats to Jews living in Western Europe. According to the Jerusalem Post, so-called “militant secularism” is seen as a threat to two very...
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Gilad Shalit returns to Israel

Gilad Shalit, the Israeli Defense Force member captured in a border crossing incident 2006 by Hamas and held as a pawn for the last five years, crossed over from Egypt to Israel at 11 a.m. on October 18. According to reports, Shalit, 24,  is in good health despite over five...
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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...
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Federation, JEF hold 98th Annual Meeting


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...
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