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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...

Obama administration raps Israeli settlements report

(JTA) — The Obama administration criticized an Israeli panel finding that West Bank settlements are legal under international law. “We do not accept the legitimacy of continued Israeli settlement activity and we oppose any effort to legalize settlement outposts,” State Department spokesman Patrick Ventrell told reporters Monday evening in answer to a question about the Levy Committee report. Ventrell added that the State Department is “concerned about it, obviously.”

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Metairie Chabad Center prepares to upgrade library

What once was a proper Jewish library at the Gerson Katz Chabad Center in Metaire has recently been displaced and uprooted. What once were organized and catalogued rows of reference books, prayerbooks and tractates of the Mishnah and Gemorah now lay strewn atop tables along the back hallway and in a rear room of the center.

This state of disarray is temporary, though, as the center’s director, Rabbi Yossi Nemes,...

Presbyterian Church’s narrow rejection of divestment a sign of anti-Israel push

By RON KAMPEAS and NEIL RUBIN

WASHINGTON (JTA) – Proponents of using economic pressure to force Israel out of the West Bank may have lost a key battle this week — by a hair’s breadth — but they have no intention of giving up. That’s the message from backers of a divestment motion at the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church (USA), which late Thursday night rejected a proposal to...

Shir Chadash begins ‘Nearly New’ Sale July 8

The doors to Shir Chadash Conservative Congregation’s “Nearly New” sale open for the first of three consecutive days on Sunday, July 8 at 10 a.m. The four-hour sale sponsored by the Shir Chadash Sisterhood continues on Monday and Tuesday with additional sales days on Sundays July 15 and 22, also from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. For more than a month congregants and others have been donating used items to...

SEEKING KIN: A Changing of the Genealogy Guard in Israel

By HILLEL KUTTLER

BALTIMORE (JTA) — Yitzhak Mann’s brother-in-law reached Israel in 1950 a broken man, his life in Belgium shattered. His wife, daughters and many other kin were murdered in the Holocaust, so in Israel he searched for his lone surviving relative. The brother-in-law submitted his own name to the radio program “Hamador L’chipus Krovim” (Searching for Relatives Bureau) for broadcast. Yitzhak Mann listened that day. The men soon were...