The Passover Cheater


Manny Greenberg was a Passover cheater

And it pained him to know it was true

‘Cause when Manny went searching for chometz

He left in his icebox a brew.


Now to hear...
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OP-ED: When Bibi soft-pedaled my question


The 2018 Jewish Media Summit in Israel, like its two previous iterations in 2014 and 2016, has now been relegated to history. While there were many similarities to the two previous summits, this year’s conference put on jointly by the Government Press Office and the Diaspora...
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CCJN draws top honor at Press Club Awards

The Crescent City Jewish News drew a rare honor Saturday night when it was selected as the first place recipient of the Breaking News category, defeating WWL-TV. Surprised CCJN editor Alan Smason accepted the award on behalf of the website, which publishes the Best of the Crescent City Jewish News...
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CCJN, Bayou Buzz team up for live chat with Arnie Fielkow

The Crescent City Jewish News and its strategic partner Bayou Buzz, a website dealing with local and national politics, is holding a joint Facebook Live/Twitter chat on Thursday, February 22  at 3:00 p.m. with Arnie Fielkow, CEO of the Jewish Federation of Greater New Orleans.

BayouBuzz, run by attorney Stephen Sabludowsky,...
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DIASPORA!: How Katrina made me into a better Jew

By ALAN SMASON, Exclusive to the CCJN

While Hurricane Katrina was an absolute nightmare for most New Orleanians, it was my own harrowing and real-life version of a Dickensian tale played out in two cities. It was the best of times in Cleveland, and the worst of times in New...
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CCJN gains 2 writing nods at Press Club Awards

The Press Club of New Orleans honored the Crescent City Jewish News for the second year in a row with a first place award for journalistic excellence.  CCJN editor Alan Smason won the first place award in the category of Entertainment Writing for his piece on performer and composer Valerie...
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Crescent City Jewish News nabs Press Club first place prize

The Crescent City Jewish News was singled out by the Press Club of New Orleans for a first place prize in Writing and InfoGraphics at the 56th Annual Excellence in Journalism Awards at Harrah’s Casino on Saturday night, July 19.

Both CCJN editor Alan Smason and Xavier University archivist Irwin...
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Rucker, Smason speak at Morris Bart lecture

In the tradition of the theatrical adage that the show must go on, CCJN editor Alan Smason stepped in at the last minute to assist Gary Rucker, artistic director of the Kenner Rivertown Theaters for the Performing Arts, at yesterday’s Morris Bart, Sr. Memorial Lecture, June 2.

Rucker and his...
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‘Kosher Web’ at Beth Israel Wed. night

The final presentation of the continuing “Keeping Kosher” education series between Reform Congregation Gates of Prayer and Orthodox Congregation Beth Israel – “Kosher Web” – will take place this Wednesday night, October 23, at 7:30 p.m. at Congregation Beth Israel, 4004 West Esplanade Avenue in Metairie.

“Kosher Web” and will...
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Shavuot Poem: Shavuot Sundae


There once was a bully Named Gustave McSwat, Who terrorized his neighborhood With a swipe of his bat.

He hated to study, He hated his school. He’d sit and watch TV And think he was cool.

One day he caught...
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