Super Sunday 2020

 

On Sunday, February 9, we welcomed nearly 100 volunteers from all over Jewish New Orleans for Super Sunday!

 

Helmed by Super Sunday Co-Chairs Sarah Schatzmann, Dana Shepard, and Hal and Kathy Shepard, the event raised more than $140,000 in just a few hours. 2020 Annual Campaign Co-Chairs, Mara Force and Joshua Rubenstein, were also on hand to help - as was Board of Trustees Chair, Joshua Force.

 

Thank you, New Orleans!

  • 2019 Annual Report available now

    Check your mailboxes, New Orleans - our 2019 annual report was mailed in late December. The Jewish Federation of Greater New Orleans is grateful for the support of Crescent City Jewish News for underwriting the printing of the report.

Jewish Federation of Greater New Orleans launches two groundbreaking community outreach initiatives

 

2020 marks the kickoff of two groundbreaking flagship programs under the auspices of the Jewish Federation of Greater New Orleans. With the goal of serving the Greater New Orleans Jewish community and broadening its mission as the umbrella Jewish organization to develop deeper community relationships, the Federation is proud to announce the creation of the Goldring Family Foundation Center for Jewish/Multi-Cultural Affairs and the Sherry and Alan Leventhal Family Foundation Center for Interfaith Families.

 

“I am very excited about the formation and launch of these two new Centers of excellence,” said Arnie D. Fielkow, CEO, Jewish Federation of Greater New Orleans. “These two initiatives are critical to forming mutually-beneficial relationships between the Jewish community and the Greater New Orleans community at large, as well as tackling one of the most important topics today - interfaith - facing Judaism. We are grateful to the Goldring Family Foundation and the Sherry and Alan Leventhal Family Foundation for making this work possible, and are excited to continue evolving to serve the needs of Jewish New Orleans."

 

The Center for Jewish/Multi-Cultural Affairs will be placed within the Federation’s governance structure, but will be led by its own Advisory Committee as well as a full-time, dedicated Executive Director. The Center was made possible by a generous gift from the Goldring Family Foundation, which has funded the Center as a three-year pilot program.

 

“In an era of rising anti-Semitism, bigotry and fracture, it is incredibly important that we look to the now and to the future to broaden our sense of community,” said Bill Goldring of the Goldring Family Foundation. “This is a much needed initiative, and I am excited to see where the Center for Jewish/Multi-Cultural Affairs leads us over the next few years.”

 

The Center will initially focus on four primary outreach areas: [1] Jewish-African-American relations; [2] LGBTQ relations, through the existing Jewish Pride New Orleans (JP NOLA) program; [3] Jewish- Latin American relations; and [4] Multi-faith relations. Additional outreach areas may be added over time. Programs that are already underway will be brought under the Center’s auspices, and new program ideas will be developed. The Center formally launched on January 1, with a major community launch event slated for the spring. The Center will be lay chaired by community members, Bradley Bain and Ina Davis.

 

According to the Pew Research Center, 58% of Jews are part of an interfaith partnership or family. The Sherry and Alan Leventhal Family Foundation Center for Interfaith Families will provide a centralized resource and support system for interfaith partnerships and families in Greater New Orleans.  Working in collaboration with area synagogues and area Jewish organizations, the Center’s goal is to create a nurturing and inclusive opportunity for people to connect to Jewish values and traditions in a self-selected manner. The Sherry and Alan Leventhal Family Foundation Center for Interfaith Families will launch July 1, 2020.

 

“Our hope is that Jewish interfaith couples and families in New Orleans find a welcoming manner in which to explore their Jewish values and traditions,” said Sherry and Alan Leventhal.  

 

The new Interfaith Center will also fall under the auspices of Federation and is supported by a generous three-year gift from the Sherry and Alan Leventhal Family Foundation Center. The Center will be lay chaired by community members, Teri Hunter and Alex Gershanik, and a national search for an executive director will be launched shortly.

 

“We are very grateful to the Goldring Family Foundation and the Sherry and Alan Leventhal Family Foundation for their generous gifts to the Jewish Federation of Greater New Orleans to make the creation of these two exciting centers possible,” said Joshua S. Force, Chair of the Jewish Federation of Greater New Orleans Board of Trustees. “The centers will both focus on areas critical to the New Orleans Jewish community and our efforts to develop and deepen our connections to both Jews and non-Jews in our wonderfully diverse city.”

  • WBOK Series continues

    In October 2018, 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 October 13, 2019, Stacey Aviva Flint joined the show to discuss historical parallels between early 20th century black nationalism and zionism of the same era.

  • Moving Mountains in Nepal

    The future looked bright for Mira’s family. They were saving up and had even added a new room to their modest home. Then the twin earthquakes of 2015 destroyed all their progress. By helping her tap into her passion for sewing, Federation partner JDC helped Mira lift her family out of a tent city and back into their home. Now, their future looks bright once again.

  • An Ally in Federation

    After coming out, Idit and Asher didn't have spaces where they could be both gay and Jewish. So they built them. And with help from Federations, they've revolutionized what it means to be Jewish and gay in America.

  • Edie & Paul Rosenblum Gift of Israel

    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.

An Update on Allocations | Celebrating the 2018 Annual Campaign


We wanted to share an update about the work of the Jewish Federation - work that would not have been possible without your generous support. Your donations to the 2018 Annual Celebration have been formally donated to all of our incredible community partner organizations - and on Monday, March 11, representatives from each of these organizations joined the Federation to celebrate in the Oscar J. Tolmas L'dor V'dor Lobby at the Goldring-Woldenberg Jewish Community Campus in Metairie.

If you haven't had a chance to watch our Facebook Live streamed video from the event, you can click the image to the right to view it - and you'll learn about the important work of our community agencies.
It's because of your generosity that we're able to reach so many lives. Your gift to the Jewish Federation Annual Campaign makes the work of our partners possible, from providing summer camp scholarships to offering chessed (loving-kindness) to homebound seniors.

Thank you!

UPCOMING IN NEW ORLEANS

Feb

18

Beth Israel-Siddur Class

Josh Pernick 4004 W. Esplanade Ave S.
Metairie, LA 70002

Feb

19

Jewish Endowment Foundation-Board Meeting

Holiday Inn Downtown/Superdome 330 Loyola Avenue
New Orleans, LA 70112

Feb

19

Jewish Community Center-TV Series Class

Goldring-Woldenberg Jewish Community Campus 3747 West Esplanade Avenue
Metairie, LA 70002

Feb

25

Feb

26

Jewish Community Center-TV Series Class

Goldring-Woldenberg Jewish Community Campus 3747 West Esplanade Avenue
Metairie, LA 70002

Feb

27

Chabad-Rosh Chodesh Society

Chabad Jewish Center 4141 West Esplanade Ave.
Metairie, LA 70002

Mar

01

Jewish Children's Regional Service-PJ Library Event (5-8 year olds)

Ronald McDonald House 4403 Canal St.
New Orleans,

Mar

01

Temple Sinai-New Orleans Opera with Cantor Colman

Temple Sinai 6227 St. Charles Avenue
New Orleans, LA 70118

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