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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 inspired to help those less fortunate when she became familiar with the story of her grandfather’s Holocaust rescue by a...

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 yarmulke and the other with a Santa Claus hat.

The New York Regional Office of the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) called the...

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 was a success.

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 important Jewish institutions: brit milah (ritual circumcision) and shechita (ritual kosher slaughter). Coupled with anti-Israel sentiment, the rabbis expressed concern...

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 years of  imprisonment. The Israeli and French national reportedly expressed happiness at regaining his freedom and regret on missing his...

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 various religious congregations meeting for a beautification project at Kenner’s Rivertown. The complex of buildings and museums shuttered in the...

Federation, JEF hold 98th Annual Meeting

By ALAN SMASON

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 both organizations with Alan Franco being named as the new president of Federation. Franco takes over from outgoing president Julie...

Crescent City Jewish News admitted to American Jewish Press Association

The Crescent City Jewish News, a website and information portal designed to meet the needs of the Greater New Orleans Jewish community, was recently admitted to the American Jewish Press Association (AJPA) as a full-fledged member. The AJPA is a 46-year-old professional organization representing nearly 250 English language newspapers, magazines and individual writers throughout the United States and Canada. The CCJN is the only Louisiana-based publication to be so recognized...

Crescent City Jewish News goes live!

The Crescent City Jewish News, a website dedicated to the dissemination of news and information for the benefit of the Greater New Orleans Jewish community, is now a reality. After two years of development Alan Smason, the editor of the new enterprise expressed delight that the website can now be shared with fellow New Orleanians and others. “The CCJN will serve as a clearinghouse for traditional news and features articles,”...

Hurwitz Mintz expands, invests in future of New Orleans retail market

Nearly five years ago during the dark, uncertain days following Hurricane Katrina, Mitchell Mintz, the president of Hurwitz Mintz Furniture company, was,  understandably, skittish and apprehensive. It was a period that should have threatened the survival of his now 85-year-old furniture company.

Ensconsed in the safety of a Dallas suburb, where he, his wife Christie and daughter Cheryl had evacuated, Mintz received reports from employees and friends that confirmed his...