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  • Why I returned to live in The Big Easy

    By Gail Naron Chalew

    August 23, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    Anniversaries are times to remember the past, and this week, two years after Hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans, I am luckier than most people because my memories are preserved in print. They can't be deluged by toxic floodwaters or spread to the winds.

    I just have to read what I...

  • Mourning the Morning Call—back in New Orleans

    By Rabbi Anne Brener

    March 15, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    If you visit New Orleans, you will certainly go to the French Quarter to seek out the well-known open-air coffee stand near the Mississippi River named Café Du Monde.

    You'll partake of the rich culinary indulgences from its spare menu.

    The first menu item you will find is a cup...

  • Lebanon war underscores inequality of Arab Israelis

    By Uri Dromi

    September 21, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Wars, like hurricanes, tend to expose flaws in societies. In Israel, the recent war with Hezbollah revealed lack of preparedness for this kind of war against an elusive enemy, mediocre conduct of the operations, deficiencies in equipment, shortages of shelters for the civilians and...
  • After the Flood

    By Sarah Price Brown

    August 24, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Before Shelly Collen lost almost everything, her life had just fallen into place.

    Two months earlier, she and her husband had moved from Chicago to Gulfport, Miss., to be closer to their son, who was living in New Orleans. They had rented a charming cottage with hardwood floors, a...

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  • Finding Tools That Give Life Meaning

    By Rabbi Anne Brener

    June 22, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    In the Louisiana where I grew up, the Monday ritual involved a pot of red beans simmering on the stove and a washing machine chugging in the laundry room. On one of those wash days, circa 1965, our washing machine overflowed.

    Hearing noises, I ran into the washroom to find my mother...

  • Jewish Music Fills Big Easy

    By Larry Luxner

    April 6, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Think of New Orleans music and you don't usually think of Hebrew or Yiddish song.

    But Hebrew, Yiddish and English tunes filled the ears of nearly 1,000 music lovers last weekend as a variety of acts -- ranging from New York pop singer Gershon Veroba to Moldovan crooner Efim Chorny...

  • Inaction Heroes

    By Rob Eshman

    February 16, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    You want to see a scary movie? Not creepy, jump-out-of-your-seat scary like "Saw" or "Final Destination" but melt-your-face, make-you-almost-cry scary?

    Then wait until Court TV screens, "On Native Soil."

    The one-hour documentary tells the story of the 9/11 Commission, the...

  • Nation & World Briefs

    October 27, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    P.A. Plans to Bring Terrorist Group Into Security Service

    The Palestinian Authority (P.A.) appears to be on the verge of a long-awaited security reform in the West Bank and Gaza Strip. But last week's announcement of a plan to incorporate the Al Aqsa Martyrs Brigade into the...

  • Celebs Stick to Their Tzedakah Box Job

    By  Orit Arfa

    October 13, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    Frankie Muniz, star of the TV show, "Malcolm in the Middle," had little idea what he was making as he glued colored cotton balls and beads onto a metallic container with a slot on top.

    Muniz, who isn't Jewish, knew it had something to do with "Living Generously," the theme of a...

  • We Are Grateful to the Jewish People

    By President George W. Bush

    September 22, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    The following is an excerpt from the speech President Bush gave on Sept. 14 at the national dinner celebrating 350 years of Jewish life in America at the National Building Museum in Washington, D.C.

    ....I'm honored to accept this medal commemorating three and a half centuries of...

  • Letters

    September 22, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    Truth About France

    I have been reading for quite some time now the articles published in various papers (such as the Russian weekly, Panorama) by Richard Chesnoff about France and Europe.

    The recent presentation of his new book about French-American relations in The Jewish Journal...

  • Kids Page

    By Abby Gilad

    September 22, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    A Reason to Obey

    This Shabbat we read the portion of Ki Tavo. In it, Moses tells the Israelites that if they obey all the commandments, they will be blessed with good food, good weather and a good life. But if they disobey the commandments, they will be cursed with misfortune.

    I do...

  • Dancing Rabbis to Raise Feet and Funds

    By Amy Klein

    September 22, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    As Hurricane Katrina barreled through the Gulf Coast, Rabbi Boruch Shlomo Cunin got a frantic call from a woman in Long Beach who had lost touch with her brother, a Chabad rabbi in Metairie, a suburb of New Orleans.

    It was less than a month before the annual Chabad Telethon -- that...

  • The Circuit

    September 15, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    Monty's a Man -- Again

    Philanthropist and game show icon Monty Hall took center stage last week at Temple Shalom for the Arts when he stepped up to the bimah to read from the Torah at his bar mitzvah. Hall embraced the ancient tradition of a second bar mitzvah surrounded by an...

  • Their Spirit Survives

    By Richard Sherman

    September 15, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    It was hard to be in Los Angeles in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, perhaps the biggest natural disaster in our history. I had some previous Red Cross training, and, with some additional fast-track prep on disaster response, I was on my way to Louisiana -- first by plane to...

  • U.S. Rejects Israel’s Offer of Aid Workers

    By Ron Kampeas

    September 15, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    The United States turned down offers of expert assistance from Israel and other nations in the crucial first days after Hurricane Katrina devastated New Orleans.

    Instead, the United States solicited material assistance from Israel that was probably superfluous by the time the...

  • Groups Pitch in With Housing, Tuition

    By Marc Ballon

    September 15, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    Critics have long derided Jewish federations as functionally outdated and overly bureaucratic -- the organizational equivalent of dinosaurs on the brink of irrelevance, if not extinction.

    In the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina's devastation, though, the array of Jewish organizations...

  • Going in After Katrina

    By David Finnigan

    September 15, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    After a catastrophe like Hurricane Katrina, sometimes an aid worker helps by delivering a baby, sometimes the job is just delivering a cheeseburger -- or perhaps a thousand cheeseburgers. And sometimes the simple act of providing a yarmulke to an old man can provide solace.

    So it was...

  • Getting Out Before Katrina Still Painful

    By Julie G Fax

    September 15, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    It's hard for Gideon Daneshrad to imagine himself on the receiving end of tzedakah (charitable giving). In the 30 years since he arrived from Iran to study computer science at North Louisiana University in Monroe, Daneshrad, 56, has built himself a full life -- with four children, a...

  • Southland Responds to Relief Needs

    By David Finnigan

    September 8, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    Prominent rabbis have been urging their congregations to give generously to Hurricane Katrina relief funds, the most prominent being one set up by The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles, which had raised more than $500,000 by early this week.

    The scope of the disaster is...

  • Exodus of Family Hits a Low Note

    By David Finnigan

    September 8, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    Earlier this summer, Shana Leonard gave up her Fairfax District apartment to move to New Orleans and be near her 82-year-old father, legendary jazz photographer Herman Leonard. But late last month, the 33-year-old single mother, who also cares for her wheelchair-bound 10-year-old...

  • Disaster Exposes Government Failures

    By James D. Besser

    September 8, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    President Bush and Congress talk a good game when it comes to homeland security, but the tragic truth is that the country is less able to cope with disasters than before Sept. 11, 2001. The proof is on the flood-ravaged streets of New Orleans, where an unprecedented natural disaster...

  • Response a Disgrace—Not a Tragedy

    By Robin Podolsky

    September 8, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    We will be admonished not to make politics out of tragedy, but we have a responsibility to figure out what went wrong with the response to Hurricane Katrina.

    Today, far too often, tragedy is employed as an incantation to ward off responsibility. (Try Googling the phrase, "The events...

  • A Frantic Hour

    By Rob Eshman

    September 8, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    The dumbest question asked by any reporter anywhere in response to Hurricane Katrina came last Monday in Houston.

    Former Presidents Bill Clinton and George H. Bush had just finished announcing a special relief effort -- the Hurricane Katrina Fund -- when someone in the press pool...

  • A Prayer for Victims of Hurricane Katrina

    By Rabbi Naomi Levy

    September 8, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    Are You watching, God?

    Have You seen the innocent swept away?

    Are You listening, God?

    Have You heard their cries?

    Be with them, God.

    Be their strength and their comfort.

    Let them know You are near.

    Work through us, God.

    Teach us to be Your messengers on earth.

    Wake us up, God,

    ...
  • City’s Plight Brings Flood of Memories

    By Rabbi Anne Brener

    September 8, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    In New Orleans, the Jews are the only ones buried in the ground. Others, if their mourners have any means at all, are laid with the expectation of eternal rest in stone crypts to protect them from rising waters. My mother used to say, "Someday, we Jews'll all be floatin' down the...

  • A Race Against Time and Floodwaters

    By Chanan Tigay

    September 8, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    Stepping up to aid victims of Hurricane Katrina, Jewish day schools opened their doors to evacuees, families welcomed strangers into their homes, Jewish rescue squads searched through the storm's wreckage and Jewish organizations raised millions of dollars for those whose lives were...

  • Underclass Surfaces From Floodwaters

    By H. Eric Schockman

    September 8, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    The gut-wrenching scenes of human suffering witnessed in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina are not only the result of the levee failures at Lake Pontchartrain, but also the failure of a nation numbed to the growing division between "haves" and "have-nots."

    What is appearing on...

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