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Protest rally called for Haaretz journalist

The Jerusalem Journalists Association announced plans for a massive protest this Sunday to decry the decision by the Attorney-General Yehuda Weinstein to indict Haartez reporter Uri Blau for possession of classified documents. The Department of Justice announced Wednesday that Blau would be charged following allegations which purport Blau leaked documents detailing possible assassinations of Palestinian leaders by Israeli forces, which might be labeled as escape attempts or “failed”...

Melton Mini School Graduates Class of 2012

After two years of weekly study, 14 area students became graduates of the Florence Melton Adult Mini-School and marked the event with graduation ceremonies on Tuesday, June 5 in Metairie. An ongoing project of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, the school is sponsored locally by the Jewish Community Center and the Jewish Federation of Greater New Orleans.Founded in 1986 by its namesake Florence Melton in Columbus, Ohio, the curricula for...

Rabbi Goldstein celebrates 75th birthday

Rabbi David Goldstein, Emeritus Rabbi at Touro Synagogue, was honored on the occasion of his 75th birthday with a string of well wishers and numerous platitudes at the synagogue’s social hall on Sunday evening, May 20.

Goldstein served Touro Synagogue as rabbi from 1978 through 2005, only the fourth person to serve as a rabbi for the uptown Reform temple that was formed from the earlier 19th Century Dispersed of...

Vidal Sassoon, hair stylist and philanthropist

Vidal Sassoon, the legendary Los Angeles hairstylist who revolutionized his industry in the 1960s, died at his Bel Air home on May 8 after a two-year battle with leukemia. Although Sassoon lived in the glitzy entertainment world for more than a half century, he never forgot his humble beginnings in London’s East End, nor his Jewish ancestry.  At the age of 20, Sassoon joined the Haganah and fought in Israel’s war for independence in 1948....

Famed children’s author Maurice Sendak dies

Maurice Sendak, the author and illustrator of children’s books including the 1963 classic “Where the Wild Things Are,” died of complications from a stroke in Danbury, Connecticut on May 7. He was 83. Born in Brooklyn, Sendak’s parents were Jewish immigrants from Poland, who lost many members of their family during the Holocaust. Sendak began work as an illustrator as a young man for other authors before writing and illustrating...

U. S. refuses demands via Jewish prisoner

United States officials confirmed they will not consider dealing with terrorists from the Al Queda network, who captured Jewish American worker Warren Weinstein in Pakistan. Weinstein was seen for the first time since his capture in a video posted to an Al Queda website in early May. Weinstein delivered an emotional online message in which he listed eight demands the U.S. needs to take in order to prevent his execution....

Gertrude Stein unlisted in White House proclamation

In a tradition begun in the George W. Bush administration, the White House released a proclamation declaring the month of May as “Jewish American Heritage Month.”  As part of the proclamation, several well-known Jewish figures were cited and acknowledged for their various contributions. However, following objections from Jewish scholars and leaders, a revised proclamation was issued on May 3 to exclude the name of Gertrude Stein as a “Jew who brought to...

London mayor wins re-election bid

London Mayor Boris Johnson won his bid for re-election last week. Johnson ran against the previous mayor, Ken “Red” Livingstone, who served in office 2000-2008. Livingston, a member of the British Labor Party has been cited for several anti-Semitic comments he has made and has been criticized by Jews and backers of the State of Israel for his open support of extreme and radical Islamic groups. This was Livingstone’s second...

Knesset approves sterner anti-smoking measures

Israel’s Knesset approved more anti-smoking measures on Wednesday, May 2.  These new stricter laws will be implemented in one month. Smoking will no longer be allowed at public events, outdoor sites (including the kotel or Western Wall) bus stops, outdoor concert venues, nor within ten yards of a medical clinic or a hospital entrance.  Smoking will still be permitted at stadiums.   The Deputy Health Minister is required by law to submit a report annually to...

U. S. Religion Census results released

According to the findings of its 2010 U. S. Religion Census released last week, the Association of Statisticians of American Religious Bodies confirmed that Christians including Catholics, Southern Baptists and unaffiliated evangelicals continue to be the largest groups in each state. According to the study,  the Roman Catholic Church maintained its position as the most populous church with about 59 million adherents. However, the study indicated the...