Albanian Ambassador to United States to visit New Orleans

 

All are invited to an intimate opportunity to hear from Her Excellency, Floreta Faber, Ambassador of Albania to the United States. To be held Tuesday, February 26 from 5:00 p.m.-6:00 p.m. at Touro Synagogue, the event will offer attendees the chance to learn about trade and geopolitics from an expert – all from within a Jewish lens.

Floreta Faber became ambassador of Albania to the United States on May 18, 2015. Ambassador Faber previously served as the executive director of the American Chamber of Commerce in Albania since its opening in 2000, working closely with the business community and representatives of the Albanian and American governments, international organizations and the European Union.
 
Albania played a critical role in saving Jews during World War II.  At the time the only European country with a Muslim majority, Albania committed itself to saving its Jewish inhabitants. Hundreds of Christian and Muslim families hid their Jewish neighbors in defiance of the Nazis, because of a cultural custom called besa, which is a mandate to display hospitality to all. 

 

Besa required Albanians to provide shelter and safe passage for anyone seeking protection, at the risk of losing their social prestige if they did not do so. As a result, not only were almost all Albanian Jews saved, but Albanians also fiercely protected refugees fleeing from the Nazis. Albanians would transport Jewish refugees into the mountains, where they would be hidden until they could be safely spirited out of the country to relative safety elsewhere. By the end of the war, there were more Jews in Albania than before. Yad Vashem has since listed dozens of Albanian protectors as Righteous Among the Nations.
 

To learn more about this event or to RSVP, please contact Mithun Kamath at mithun@jewishnola.com or at 504-780-5608.

Marion B. Steeg-Harold Grinspoon Award for Excellence in Jewish Education

Do you know an outstanding educator?  Someone who meaningfully imparts the treasures of Jewish life and Judaism? Nominations are now being accepted for the Marion B. Steeg-Henry Grinspoon Award for Excellence in Jewish Education. 
 

This award highlights the value of Jewish education in its many varieties in our community not limited to specific institutions or classroom teaching. In addition to classroom teachers, song leaders, camp educators, independent Jewish educators, and tutors are also eligible for the Steeg-Grinspoon Award.


The only requirement is that a nominated educator must be involved with a group of Jewish students and/or Jewish learning community on a regular basis, meaningfully imparting the treasures of Jewish life.

Anyone can nominate an educator and the one-page nomination forms can be accessed here. Additionally, nominations may be submitted using the online form located here. Completed nomination forms are due to Michelle Neal at michelle@jewishnola.com by February 28, 2019.

 

Learn more about the award and its namesake here.

  • 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.

Thank you, New Orleans

   
 

 

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!

UPCOMING IN NEW ORLEANS

Feb

21

Jewish Community Center Board Meeting

New Orleans Jewish Community Center 5342 ST CHARLES AVE
NEW ORLEANS, LA 70115-4966

Feb

24

Jewish Community Day School-STEAM Sunday

Jewish Community Day School 3747 West Esplanade Ave
Metairie, LA 70002

Mar

05

Mar

07

Chabad-Rosh Chodesh Society

Chabad Jewish Center of Metairie 4141 W Esplanade Ave
Metairie, LA 70002

Mar

10

Jewish Children's Regional Service-PJ Library Program

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

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