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The Jewish Federation of Greater New Orleans and the ADL South Central Region are horrified by today’s terror attack in Christchurch, New Zealand, where a gunman murdered at least 49 people peacefully engaged in prayer at two mosques.
A place of worship should always be a place of peace and welcome. Our hearts are broken for the victims and their loved ones, and we pray for the full recovery of all those injured. We are sickened by this act of wanton bloodshed and grotesque Islamophobia. The effects of intolerant rhetoric are far-reaching, and we urge our community to stand together with us against senseless violence and bigotry.
Arnie Fielkow, CEO of the Jewish Federation, stated: “These hate-motivated murders in Christchurch are truly sickening. As I’ve had to say in the aftermath of other, similar tragedies in recent months – too many times, unfortunately – hate against one is hate against all. We stand in solidarity with our Muslim community in Greater New Orleans, and express our deepest condolences to them and to the community in New Zealand.”
“The safety and sanctity of houses of worship are being violated by hate and violence, whether a Sikh temple in Wisconsin, an AME church in South Carolina, or a synagogue in Pennsylvania,” added Aaron Ahlquist, ADL’s South Central Regional Director. “Their pain, and our pain, is now shared a world away by those impacted by the mosque shootings in Christchurch. Our condemnation comes with a call to action to examine the increasing role that technology and social media are playing in the spread of hate around the world.”
Let us be unified by love and understanding, and not by hatred.
Arnie D. Fielkow | CEO | Jewish Federation of Greater New Orleans
Henry Miller | Board Chair | Jewish Federation of Greater New Orleans
Bradley Bain | Chair | Jewish Community Relations Council
Aaron Ahlquist | Regional Director | ADL South Central
Sunday, February 17 was the Jewish Federation's annual Super Sunday phonathon! Each year, dozens of volunteers crowd into the gym at the Goldring-Woldenberg Jewish Community Campus in Metairie to raise the dollars which support our agencies and organizations.
This year was no exception, with more than 100 volunteers. We are also deeply grateful to our 2019 Super Sunday Co-Chairs - Carrie Pailet Kanter, Nate Kanter, Dana Shepard, Hal Shepard, and Kathy Shepard - for their efforts in making this annual tradition both fun and meaningful.
The Jewish Federation of Greater New Orleans was delighted to collaborate recently with other community organizations for a special evening on economic development with Governor John Bel Edwards.
What did you do after school? In his spare time, this Jewish day school student volunteers to combine his love of music with his love of helping people to transport residents at his local Federation-supported Jewish nursing home suffering dementia back to the glory days of their youth.
A trip to Israel is one of the most important formative experiences in your child's Jewish development - and the Edie and Paul Rosenblum Gift of Israel Program can unlock this experience. Together with the the Jewish Federation of Greater New Orleans and area synagogues, your child's Israel experience is closer than you realize.
With support from Federations’ Negev Now initiative, the emerging field of creative placemaking has helped these Israeli kids transform from victims of trauma to creative builders and designers of a better future.
In October, the Federation launched a partnership with WBOK 1230AM to highlight and explore African-American/Jewish relations, with a show co-hosted by Oliver Thomas and Lynne Wasserman. On February 20, 2019, Dr. Sharlene Sinegal-DeCuir from Xavier University and Davida Finger from Loyola Law School joined to discuss civil rights activism and social and economic justice movements from the 20th century into today.
2018 was an exceptional year for the Jewish Federation of Greater New Orleans, so the staff got together with one goal in mind: to say thank you to each and every one of you.
The 2018 Campaign flourished in both amount and effect, by raising $100,000 more than it did in 2017! While the impact this money will have on our community is incredible, we want to build on the momentum of last year’s Campaign. We are asking you to make a commitment to the 2019 Annual Campaign, and to consider increasing the amount that you give. Why should you give and why should you give more? Last year your gift:
• Served more than 1,100 meals to seniors at the Jewish Community Center
• Funded resources to add a sixth grade class at the Jewish Community Day School, whose enrollment tripled this past year
• Provided in-home care to 134 disabled and older adults through Jewish Family Service’s Homemaker Program
• Powered Jewish student life on campus through Tulane Hillel, which engages 88% of the Jewish campus population
• Allowed the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee to deliver food, medicine and heating supplies to 46,000 Jewish elderly in the Former Soviet Union
• Brought 29,323 Jews from around the world to Israel by aliyah through the Jewish Agency for Israel
These are just a few examples of how your gift to the Federation’s Campaign has grown community, whether here in greater New Orleans or across the globe. Please join us again as a donor to the Annual Campaign - raising more dollars creates more impact, and we need your help to make this happen.
When you give to the Federation, your gift is matched because of our generous partners, the Goldring Family and Woldenberg Foundations. The increased portion is matched at 25%, making each dollar more powerful and transformative. Thank you again for your continued support - Happy New Year, New Orleans!