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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 to the pursuit of Torah study.

The Lithuania-born Elyashiv, a reluctant leader largely lacking in charisma, was elevated to his...

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 the education committees of both the Orthodox and Reform synagogues is part of a series titled “The World of Fiddler.”

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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 19th Century Eastern Europe culture, especially to that of the Sholem Aleichem character Tevye, whose story became the basis for...

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 the 94-seat super-majority that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu controlled in the 120-seat Knesset. It also raises questions for the future...

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 Cohen, the Department of Jewish Studies opened its doors on July 1. Jewish studies courses are in demand, with more...

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 the JCC as well as a dedicated volunteer to the Jewish community.

But she was also a lover of Mah...

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 4238 St. Charles Avenue. Saturday morning worship services are slated to begin at 10:30 a.m.  Cantor Jamie Marx will also...

Episcopal Church rejects Israel divestment resolution

(JTA) — The U.S.-based Episcopal Church adopted a resolution at its General Convention Assembly calling for “a negotiated two-state solution” and “positive investment” as responses to the Palestinian-Israeli conflict.  Also at the meeting in Indianapolis, delegates tabled a resolution urging “corporate engagement” by the church and dissemination of “information on products” made in the West Bank.

The moves “distanced the church” from the boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) movement, according...

Orthodox rabbinical group urges German Jews to defy ban on circumcision

BERLIN (JTA) — Europe’s main Orthodox rabbinical body is urging Jews in Germany to uphold the commandment to circumcise newborn sons, despite a court ruling in Germany that said circumcising young boys could be considered a criminal act. Rabbi Pinchas Goldschmidt, president of the Conference of European Rabbis, said his organization is ready to back Jews in challenging the May ruling by a Cologne district court, which Jewish groups see...