• Federation seeking Next Gen and Outreach Manager

    The Jewish Federation of Greater New Orleans seeks an innovator to create and execute major programs, including: JNOLA, the Federation’s next gen initiative; the Jewish Federation Mentorship Program; and partially, Nourish, the umbrella under which the Federation’s social justice and social action outreach takes place.

Federation seeking nominations for the next Katz-Phillips Leadership Development Program class

The Jewish Federation is now accepting nominations for the 2022-2024 Katz-Phillips Leadership Development Class, who will begin their monthly sessions in September, 2022. In order for the class to fully represent the entire community, the Federation encourages you to nominate as many individuals/couples as you feel are qualified.  Click here for a list of the qualifications (including the age parameters are 28-45) for which we are looking. 
Fully completed nomination forms are due by February 18. The nomination form is available here.
The Federation’s Leadership Development Program, formerly known as Lemann-Stern, has been in existence since 1960.  The program is a year and a half in length.  The class meets monthly, September-May the first year and September-December the second year, with Graduation in January.  The sessions deal with Jewish American history, social action, leadership, etc.  Towards the beginning of the program is a mandatory Israel mission.  For this class, the Israel trip departs the morning of Sunday, November 6, 2022 and returns the morning of Tuesday, November 15, 2022.  Lastly, in October of the second year they have a weekend leadership retreat.  Graduates of the program have served on the boards of every Jewish agency, synagogue and organization in our community, and have used the knowledge gained from the program to benefit the wider New Orleans community as well. 

Questions? Please contact Sherri Tarr, COO, at sherritarr@jewishnola.com.

The Jewish Federation of Greater New Orleans was built for moments like this—from COVID-19 to hurricanes, we have tackled our community’s most devastating and seemingly intractable challenges. As the Talmud mandates, Kol yisrael arevim zeh bazeh—all Jews are responsible for one another, and your Federation takes that seriously. As the connective tissue for Jewish New Orleans, our mission has never been more clear- to inspire, connect and sustain our Jewish organizations for the future of our community.


Other ways to support the Federation


  • Transfer stock to the Federation’s Morgan Stanley Account (#575-060565-239). Contact Carla Marciniak at carla.marciniak@morganstanley.com or 504-587-9645 (please be sure that your name is on the stock transfer). Kindly contact the Federation office at 504-780-5600 to notify Federation what kind of stock and how many shares have been transferred.
  • Make a gift from your Jewish Endowment Foundation donor advised fund, and email sherritarr@jewishnola.com that information.
  • Donate from your IRA through a regular distribution.
  • Mail a check (payable to the Jewish Federation of Greater New Orleans) postmarked by December 31, 2021 to 3747 W. Esplanade Avenue, Metairie, LA 70002.
  • Please consider leaving a legacy for the Jewish Federation – for more information on how to endow your gift, please contact Bobby Garon at the Jewish Endowment Foundation of Louisiana at 504-524-4559.


Here’s a message from our 2022 Annual Campaign Co-Chairs, Steve & Nancy Timm:

Connected by Community

Sherry & Alan Leventhal Center for Interfaith Families Announces Community Grant Program for Interfaith Programming


Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis and grant requests may be fulfilled up to $2,000

A 2020 Pew study notes that over 60% of marriages in the Jewish community since 2010 are interfaith marriages - and that diversity in the Jewish community is increasing year by year. The Sherry & Alan Leventhal Center for Interfaith Families is pleased to announce the creation of a groundbreaking Interfaith Programming Grant Program, designed to empower community organizations by facilitating brand new programming and outreach initiatives for interfaith households.
These micro-grants - $2,000 yearly maximum - create opportunities for synagogues and other faith-based organizations to identify and invest in new experiences that connect interfaith individuals, couples, families, and children to one another and to their faith communities. Funding must be used for new programming targeting the interfaith community, and may be used for a single event or ongoing programs. Funding is open to Jewish and non-Jewish organizations.

"With ongoing thanks to Sherry and Alan Leventhal for their generosity, we are delighted to announce the Leventhal Center for Interfaith Families micro-grants," said Leventhal Center Co-Chairs, Teri Hunter and Alex Gershanik, in a joint statement with Arnie Fielkow, CEO of the Jewish Federation of Greater New Orleans. "These grants of up to $2,000 per year will offer opportunities for synagogues and other organizations to further the impact and reach of the work of the Leventhal Center for Interfaith Families. For those who already are creating intentional space for programming and connection for interfaith couples, individuals, families, and children, we hope that these grants will be an inspiration to continue to do so in ever deepening and impactful ways. For those who are not yet providing such experiences, we hope that these grants will be a catalyst to do so. We are excited to offer these grants as a means to identify and invest in new experiences that help interfaith families connect to each other and to their community."
We invite any organization in the greater New Orleans community to apply for funding as outlined in the application (linked below). Applications will be accepted on an ongoing basis and reviewed monthly. 
Contact Michelle Neal at michelle@jewishnola.com with questions or for more information.

8-15-21 LJC Series

Join David Hammer and Aaron David Miller in conversation over stories from the negotiating table.

Looking Toward the Future

From 11/29/21, featuring the Jerusalem Post's Herb Keinon and speakers from the Parents Circle.

What's Happening Now?

8-22-21 segment on the U.S. legislative approach to Israel & a conversation with parents.

Virtual Mission to India

From December 5, 2021

  • 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.

  • 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.

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