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Jews in the Bible Belt’s small towns face curiosity, ignorance

By HOLLY LEBER

CHATTANOOGA, TN. (JTA) — Sometimes, Benjamin Rosenthal thinks about leaving the small town of Indianola, Miss., pop. 11,000, where he spent most of his life. “It’s very easy to lose your identity in the Bible Belt in a town when you are the religious minority,” said Rosenthal, 25.

In the Bible Belt, religion rules and Jesus is king, particularly in the small towns and cities that make up...

Egypt withdraws tanks from Sinai

JERUSALEM (JTA) — Egypt withdrew some 20 tanks from Sinai in response to Israel’s security concerns, according to an unnamed Egyptian official. The official spoke Monday to The Associated Press about the withdrawal, which comes a month after Egyptian troops, including tanks and other hardware, entered the Sinai in order to combat terrorism emanating from the peninsula and directed at both Egypt and Israel.

The 1979 Camp David peace accords stipulate...

At Democratic Convention, a focus on Jewish swing voters

By RON KAMPEAS

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (JTA) — Jewish swing voters could make or break President Obama’s bid for reelection. At least that’s the case that Democratic Party leaders made in a training session that packed one of the larger halls at the convention center here on Monday, the day before the formal start of the Democratic National Convention.

It came with a message delivered to Jewish volunteers at the convention...

Chabad offers Lulav and Etrogs for Succot

Chabad Lubavitch of Louisiana is promoting lulav and etrog sales in advance of the Succot holiday. Rabbi Mendy Schecter is in charge of ordering and he explained that the costs for a set of lulav and etrog this year will range from $55 to $120.

The two available categories from either Eretz Yisroel (land of Israel) or Italy (Yanover) each have two ranges of quality from very good to excellent....

Rabbi Wolpe to deliver invocation for Dems

LOS ANGELES (JTA) — Rabbi David Wolpe of Sinai Temple in Los Angeles will deliver the invocation at a session of the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C. Wolpe said his prayer on Wednesday evening will focus on the ideals animating the United States. The prayer will precede speeches by Elizabeth Warren, the Democratic candidate for the U.S. Senate seat from Massachusetts, and former President Bill Clinton.

This year, Wolpe...

How did you make out? Let us know

How did you fare during the storm? Were you especially taken with something that happened during the passage of Hurricane Issac that you feel needs to be said? Did the Jewish agencies do what was expected? Were there any special services you wanted to acknowledge or administrators who made a bad situation somehow seem better. Are you full of praise or critical of the way things went down. Whatever you...

Tulane Hillel has power; shut down for holiday

The Tulane Hillel’s Goldie and Morris Mintz Center for Jewish Life has had power restored, but is still shut down for the Labor Day holiday. It is expected to re-open on Tuesday morning, but no word has been received as to when customers can expect the Hillel Ktichen will also re-open. The Hillel Kitchen is one of but a few kosher restaurants in New Orleans.

The others are Kosher Cajun...

Chabad House has power restored; Rohr Chabad still powerless

Power has been restored to the Uptown Chabad House, 1216 Broadway. Morning minyans will continue there as usual at 7:00 a.m. Evening minyans will continue to be held at the Chabad Center in Metairie at 7:00 p.m. daily.

Rebbetzin Bluma Rivkin of Chabad Lubavitch of Louisiana reports that the turnout for Shabbat services at her home on Saturday was a sizable crowd of 40. The Rohr Chabad Student Center at...

Latest updates on Jewish organizations

Most of the major Jewish agencies are functioning as best they can in the wake of Hurricane Issac. Some agencies never lost their power or have had their power restored. Others are still waiting.

At present the Jewish Federation of Greater New Orleans is operational, but it has closed down for the long holiday weekend and won’t reopen until Tuesday morning.

The Uptown JCC  at last report was still without...

Updates from JCC, NOJDS, JFS, JCRS; Shabbat services schedules

Most of the major Jewish agencies are functioning as best they can in the wake of Hurricane Issac. Some agencies never lost their power or have had their power restored. Others are still waiting.

At present the Jewish Federation of Greater New Orleans is operational, but it has closed down for the long holiday weekend and won’t reopen until Tuesday morning.

The Uptown JCC  at last report was still without...