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    Women of the Wall’s Hoffman speaks out at GOP

    By JOSH AXELROD, Special to the CCJN

    While not busy serving as the executive director of the Israel Religious Activist Center (IRAC), or leading the Women of the Wall movement she founded, Anat Hoffman has been touring American synagogues and sharing her feminist call to action. Named the fifth most influential Jew by the Jerusalem Post, Hoffman came to Congregation Gates of Prayer in Metairie this past Thursday night, December 1,  to share her message of empowerment.

    Appropriately, the singing of both the American and Israeli national anthems kicked off the event, after which Senior Rabbi Robert...
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  • Andréa Burns is red hot in ‘On Your Feet!’

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    By ALAN SMASON, WYES Theatre Critic (“Steppin’ Out“)

    For more than a year On Your Feet!: The Story of Emilio & Gloria Estefan has been playing to ecstatic audiences and receiving rave reviews from fans and critics alike during its run at the Marquis Theatre in New York.

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    Rabbi Reimer installed at Temple Sinai

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    By JOSH AXELROD, Special to the CCJN

    Founded in 1870 as Louisiana’s first Reform synagogue, Temple Sinai has only had only nine senior rabbis throughout its historic existence. So the inauguration of a new rabbi is always cause for celebration. With an homage to its past and a vision to...
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Over 600 rabbis, cantors sign pledge to hold Trump administration accountable for human rights

(JTA) — More than 600 rabbis and cantors have signed a pledge to hold the Trump administration accountable for protecting the human rights and civil liberties of all people.

T’ruah: The Rabbinic Call for Human Rights is circulating the pledge,...
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Steven Mnuchin confirms nomination as Trump’s Treasury secretary

(JTA) — Trump campaign finance chief Steve Mnuchin confirmed that President-elect Donald Trump has selected him to serve as Treasury secretary.

Mnuchin made the announcement during a December 2 morning CNBC interview appearing with billionaire investor Wilbur Ross Jr., who...
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Austria’s rising far right seen as proof of failure to address Nazi past

By CNAAN LIPHSHIZ

(JTA) — Despite admitting to taking Jews to the gas chambers at Majdanek, Erna Wallisch lived as a free women in Vienna until she died at the ripe age of 86.

An Austrian former Nazi guard at two...
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Breaking News

ADL to honor Issacson, Suggs at gala Dec. 6

The South Central Region of the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) will pull out all the stops this Tuesday, Dec. 6, at the Sheraton Hotel New Orleans, 500 Canal Street, when it recognizes two New Orleanians – Walter Issacson and Carroll Suggs...
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Opinions & Voices

While Israel tarries on pluralism, the Diaspora may be running out of patience

By RABBI ANDREW SACKS

JERUSALEM (JTA) — Like many of my friends, I grew up in the United States with a strong affinity for Israel. As a child we saved money to buy trees, learned Israeli songs, studied Hebrew, visited...
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