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N Yud’s legend has long fallen into the realm of legend. Rav N Yud’s nemesis was poverty and strife. Unfortunately for his legacy, and possible book sales or film rights, that’s less intriguing than actually battling an evil Sheriff or some guy from Gisborne. And don’t even start about Maid Marian. However, some of Rav N Yud’s legacy continues. For instance, his most recognizable feature has been immortalized by a contemporaneous, more secular and thus better known outlaw’s feathered hat. Much later, a certain Yankee doodle dandy was just copying Rav N Yud who’d centuries earlier stuck a feather in his cap and called it macaroony. Doug Brook is the writer of “The Hood of Sherwood,” premiering in July in Northern California. To read past columns, visit http://brookwrite.com/. For exclusive online content, like facebook.com/rearpewmirror.

NCJW funds three additional groups The Greater New Orleans Section of the National Council of Jewish Women is adding three programs to its list of funded community services, bringing the total to 16. The NCJW Community Needs Committee recommended the allocations to the full NCJW board, which voted unanimously to provide $2,500 to the Louisiana Center for Children’s Rights; $1,000 to the Louisiana Judicial Bypass Project/Lift Louisiana and $2,000 to Sisterhearts/S.H.E.R.O. All funds will come from the NCJW Myer Israel Fund. Additionally, NCJW decided to hold a clothing donation drive for Sisterhearts. Louisiana Center for Children’s Rights is a non-profit law office that defends the right of every child in Louisiana’s juvenile justice system to fairness, dignity and opportunity. Volunteers are sought to help LCCR with its Small Favors Project that helps kids get school uniforms, books and state documents; helps evicted families move on very short notice; helps parents be there for their children on the eve of surgery; helped a recently-released man who was sentenced to juvenile life without parole get resettled on the outside; and helped two clients move directly from prison to college. The purpose of the small favors project is to ensure that no small costs stand between children and opportunities to develop and thrive. Susan Kierr is the NCJW chair for LCCR. Louisiana Judicial Bypass Project provides free legal representation in court for any minor seeking judicial bypass for an abortion where their parents have not given consent for the abortion. Non-lawyer volunteers provide research and do client intake. Volunteer lawyers are trained to provide services to minors in court. This project is run by Lift Louisiana, an organization dedicated to lifting the voices and experiences of Louisiana’s women to improve health outcomes and wellbeing. The Section’s chair, Michele Goldfarb, is looking for new volunteers. SisterHearts Exit ReEntry Organization is a prison re-entry program for women, run by Sisterhearts thrift store. To date more than 70 participants have benefitted from services offered through the S.H.E.R.O. program. SisterHearts is the only organization in the state predominantly owned, operated and developed by, with and for female returning citizens. Ex-offenders learn work therapy, communication and social skills through SisterHearts Thrift Store. S.H.E.R.O. has been nationally recognized for a proven track record of successful transition. Simone Levine is serving as NCJW chair to S.H.E.R.O. NCJW allocated $40,150 on community services for 2017-18 — $10,150 from Unrestricted Funds, and about $37,000 from Restricted Funds. The NCJW Community Service Committee is chaired by Simone Levine. Committee members are Ina Davis, Sue Jernigan, Lis Kahn, Susan Kierr, Tricia Kirschman, Barbara Kaplinsky, Gail Pesses, Laura Shapiro, Dana Shepard and Kathy Shepard.

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SJL New Orleans, July 2018  

July 2018 New Orleans edition of Southern Jewish Life, the official Jewish news magazine of the Greater New Orleans Jewish community.

SJL New Orleans, July 2018  

July 2018 New Orleans edition of Southern Jewish Life, the official Jewish news magazine of the Greater New Orleans Jewish community.

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