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New JLI course to be offered at Uptown venue or online

Rabbi Mendel Rivkin announced a new Jewish Learning Institute (JLI) course, which will be offered with options for either in-person on online learning.

The course will be offered over a period of six Wednesday afternoon or evening sessions from 3-4 p.m. online or from 7 – 8:30 p.m. for in-person gatherings from April 28 through June 7.

In person gatherings will be held at the Btesh Family Chabad House, 7037...

NCJW’s Mah Johngg Zoom session set for April 28

The Mystique of Mah Jongg, the exotic game of tiles with bams, cracks, dots, dragons, winds, flowers, and the most coveted tile of all: the elusive joker, will be presented on Zoom by the Greater New Orleans Section of the National Council of Jewish Women on Tuesday, April 28 at 7:00 pm.

Renee Zack, an NCJW member for the past 44 years, has been a Mah Jongg teacher at the...

IAEA confirms Iran is enriching uranium to 60 percent

– The International Atomic Energy Agency confirmed on Saturday that Iran had begun the process of enriching uranium to a purity level of 60 percent, the closest level yet to the 90 percent required to make a nuclear bomb.

The work is taking place at Iran’s Natanz uranium enrichment facility, Reuters reported on Saturday. Thousands of uranium enrichment centrifuges were damaged or destroyed in a  blast that tore through Natanz facility on...

Andrew Cuomo chafed at campaigning on Succot

By SHIRA HANAU

(JTA) — New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has long prided himself on his strong relationship with the Jewish community — a relationship he dates back to his father’s three terms as governor.

But that love for the Jewish community apparently does not extend to the Jewish holiday of Succot.

In a story about Cuomo’s political career, The New York Times Magazine reported Cuomo’s frustration with a campaign appearance...

Leader of Neturei Karta, extremist anti-Zionist haredi Orthodox group, dies at 87

(JTA) — A leader of the extremist anti-Zionist haredi Orthodox Neturei Karta sect who once met with former Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has died. Rabbi Moshe Dov Ber Beck was 87.

Beck, a central leader of the Neturei Karta for decades, died Thursday night of complications of COVID following a long illness, according to the Israeli news site B’chadrei Charedim.

His anti-Zionist group was established in 1938 and opposes the modern...

President Rivlin hosts his final Yom Ha’atzmaut ceremony

(JERUSALEM) – President Reuven Rivlin hosted the “All Israel from Jerusalem” event today, April 15, in the gardens of Beit HaNasi for the seventh and last time of his term of office. The service honored 120 outstanding soldiers for their service and was also presided over by Israel Defense Forces (IDF) Chief of Staff Lt. Gen. Aviv Kochavi to celebrate Israel’s 73rd birthday.

The event opened with a traditional jet...

Bernie Madoff, whose Ponzi scheme devastated the Jewish world, dies in prison at 82

By BEN SALES

(JTA) — Bernie Madoff, the fraudster who ran a $17.5 billion Ponzi scheme ensnaring thousands of investors, including a long list of Jewish organizations and families, has died at 82.

The Associated Press reported Madoff’s death Wednesday at a federal prison in Butner, North Carolina.

Madoff was known as a selective money manager who made fantastic yet consistent profits for his clients until his entire operation was exposed as...

Fox News to ADL: We won’t fire Tucker Carlson for warning of plot to ‘replace’ Americans with ‘Third World’ voters

By BEN SALES

(JTA) — Lachlan Murdoch, the CEO of the Fox Corporation, has informed the Anti-Defamation League that Fox News will not act on the group’s call to fire popular host Tucker Carlson.

The ADL had called for Carlson to be fired after Carlson, in a segment on the right-wing cable news channel last week, endorsed the idea that there is a coordinated campaign to replace the population of...

Biden’s new slate of aid to Palestinians comes under intense scrutiny

By RON KAMPEAS

WASHINGTON (JTA) — A number of pro-Israel groups, Israeli officials and Republicans in Congress are stepping up their scrutiny of the Biden administration’s plans to resume funding for the Palestinian Authority and other groups aiding Palestinians.

In the past two weeks, the Biden administration has rolled out pledges to deliver $75 million in assistance to Palestinian areas; $40 million for security assistance to the Palestinian Authority; $150...

ADL chief calls for Tucker Carlson’s ouster after Fox News host endorses white supremacist conspiracy theory

By BEN SALES

(JTA) — Tucker Carlson, a popular Fox News host, defended a white supremacist conspiracy theory on the cable network, spurring the head of the Anti-Defamation League to tweet “Tucker Must Go” and send a letter to Fox News saying he should be fired.

Appearing Thursday on “Fox News Primetime,” Carlson said Democrats are coordinating a “replacement” of current U.S. voters with immigrants from the “Third World.”

“I...