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    David Kaufmann memorialized at Chabad House

    By DEAN M. SHAPIRO

    Family members and friends gathered at the Btesh Family Chabad House, adjacent to the Tulane University campus, on the evening of May 24 to honor the memory of the late Chabad shaliach (emissary), David Kaufmann, Ph.D., who passed away in Houston on March 1.

    Kaufmann, a Tulane professor, scholar, emissary to the late Rebbe Menachem Schneerson and a leader in the local Chabad Lubavitch community, was well-loved and respected by his family, his students and the many friends he made over his four decades of service. One of his signature and long-lasting accomplishments was the spearheading of...
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  • Wainer, Teen Life Counts celebrated at JFS Rhythm & Soul Gala

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    By ALAN SMASON

    After 25 years as program coordinator of Teen Life Counts, Ellie Wainer was happy enough to know that the program she helped to bring to schools across the metropolitan area had probably saved dozens if not scores of suicidal teenagers’ lives. Both strong-willed and sympathetic, she never...
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    Trump calls for coalition against extremists, insists Israel and Palestinians ready for peace in Jerusalem speech

    JERUSALEM, ISRAEL - MAY 23:  (ISRAEL OUT) US President Donald Trump (L) and Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu shake hands after delivering a speech during a visit to the Israel Museum on May 23, 2017 in Jerusalem, Israel. U.S. President Donald Trump spend his second and final day visited Mahmoud Abbas in Bethlehem, then visit the Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial and delivering an address at the Israel Museum, both in Jerusalem, before departing for the Vatican.  (Photo by Lior Mizrahi/Getty Images)

    JERUSALEM (JTA) — President Donald Trump in the major address of his visit to Israel called for a coalition of nations to fight against extremism and insisted that both Israel and the Palestinians are ready for peace.

    Trump was greeted with an extended standing ovation on Tuesday afternoon by a...
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Current News

Among Lithuania’s Jews, a fight for communal control takes a nasty ethnic turn

By CNAAN LIPHSHIZ

(JTA) — Dan Sofer and his wife considered it a great honor when they became the first couple since the Holocaust to be wed in Lithuania by a chief rabbi of that country.

Sofer, a Ukraine-born businessman...
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Bartons celebrated at Temple Sinai fete

While Herbert Barton has been celebrated for his many years of service as Temple Sinai administrator, both he and his wife had never been celebrated as a couple. That was until Saturday evening, May 13, when Temple Sinai held its...
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Jared Kusher, Ivanka Trump fail to report massive art collection

(JTA) — Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump failed to disclose to tax authorities a multimillion-dollar art collection they have amassed since they were married in 2009, a news site on the arts sector reported.

Kushner, a senior adviser and son-in-law...
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Breaking News

Jared Kushner subject of FBI interest in Russia case

WASHINGTON (JTA) — FBI agents investigating ties between President Donald Trump’s campaign and Russia reportedly are focused on meetings that Trump’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner, had with Russian figures.

The Washington Post and NBC each reported late Thursday that Kushner’s interactions...
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Opinions & Voices

OP-ED: Jewish Scouting: If not now, when?

By ALAN SMASON

I just returned from the National Annual Meeting of the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) and an opportunity for the National Jewish Committee on Scouting (NJCOS) to meet and consider its impact on the Scouting program. The...
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