In just another day or two our latest annual gift to the Jewish community of New Orleans – SOURCE – will be revealed. This year’s SOURCE will list all of the area’s religious institutions and community organizations as well as listing all kosher institutions and those offering Jewish goods and services. We try to be as accurate as we can and readers will note many changes and corrections from last year’s SOURCE.
SOURCE 5775 has a beautiful musical themed cover to denote the several important articles contained within that deal with Jewish influence over the development of jazz music. Both the “Satchmo and the Star” and “Jews and Jazz” articles contain important photos and information never before published. There’s also a full entertainment guide, a story on Jewish day schools and a reprinted article on up and coming performer Valerie Sassyfras. This is the type of in-depth reports and feature stories you have come to expect from the Crescent City Jewish News and one we will continue to provide to you.
We print the award-winning SOURCE and “The Best of the Crescent City Jewish News” for the benefit of those of our readers who don’t get a chance to visit our website as often as they could or who want to connect historically to our city. We are native New Orleanians publishing for the benefit of our local community. We live and maintain residences here. We contribute to the local tax base and we are a connected part of what goes on here week after week.
Moreover, we are Jewish. This may seem a given, but it may surprise some to learn that one so-called local “Jewish” publication is printed under the auspices of a Christian ministry.
Lastly, we are an independent voice for the whole of New Orleans’ Jewish community. We don’t answer to any one entity or religious movement. When we speak, we speak for the whole of New Orleans Jewry and Am Yisroel Chai. We have never been and will never be a mouthpiece for any organization. Also, we don’t solicit funds for ourselves nor advocate for any organization’s campaign one over the other.
We do have one pet project, which is the Zachor “Remember” New Orleans fund maintained by the Jewish Endowment Foundation of Louisiana. Its purpose is to digitize, archive and maintain the past newspapers and journals of the New Orleans Jewish community like the Jewish Ledger. Should you care to make a tax-deductible donation to that JEF-administered fund, they would be very proud to receive it and we can assure you that all monies received will be applied to those goals.
So, please pick up your copy of SOURCE 5775 as soon as you can. Distribution will be at all area synagogues and temples, at both JCC campuses and at special advertisers like Mardi Gras Zone, the Peacebaker, Kosher Cajun New York Delicatessen and Grocery, Maple Street Bookstore, WYES-TV and many others. Unlike those that would pretend to be the real and true voice of New Orleans’ Jewish community, only the Crescent City Jewish News is locally grown and locally proud.
Aside from picking up your copy, the only other thing we would humbly ask is for you to please support and patronize our advertisers to thank them for their very generous support of the CCJN throughout the year.
G’mar chatimah tovah.