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Federation and JEF to hold 105th Annual Meeting

The Jewish Federation of Greater New Orleans and the Jewish Endowment Foundation of Louisiana (JEF) will hold the 105th Annual Meeting on Tuesday October 30 from 6:00 - 7:00 p.m. at the Uptown Jewish Community Center in the Auditorium.

The Federation will have its annual election, and Federation and Jewish Endowment Foundation leadership will each present a status report to members. The Jewish Federation of Greater New Orleans would also like to extend its gratitude to those whose terms end in 2018: Mark Mintz, Alvin Samuels, Karen Sher, Shea Soll, Sylvan Steinberg, and Gary Zoller.

Bradley Bain will be recognized with the Herbert and Margot Garon Young Leadership Award. As the recipient of this award, Bradley will attend the 2018 Jewish Federations of North America General Assembly in Israel in October. 


The meeting is open to all members of the Jewish Federation. A member of the Federation is defined as a donor to the 2018 Annual Campaign and who is a member of a Jewish household. All members are eligible to vote. In accordance with Article VI Section 5 of its bylaws, which requires the Jewish Federation of Greater New Orleans to present these names to the community at least 45 days in advance of the annual meeting, here is the slate of nominated Officers and Board Members for the coming year. Additionally, members of the Federation Board of Trustees, including the Board Chair Designate, may also be nominated by a petition containing the signatures of at least 50 members of the Jewish Federation. These nominations, along with the supporting petition, must be submitted in writing to the Board of Trustees Secretary, Dana Shepard, at least 30 days before the Annual Meeting.

Board Chair Designate
Joshua Force

2018-2020 Board Members
Gail Chalew • Peter Seltzer • Jackie Stern • Joanna Sternberg • Ben Swig

Respectfully submitted,
Eddie Soll, Chair
Bradley Bain, Mike Dodd, Michele Gelman, Julie Green, Dana Shepard, Kathy Shepard and Shea Soll
Nominating Committee

Federation launches partnership with WBOK

As part of Federation's continuing focus on expanding relationships throughout the wider New Orleans community, this week saw the launch of a formal partnership with WBOK 1230AM to highlight and explore African-American/Jewish relations monthly on the Good Morning Show with Oliver Thomas. A promotional show aired on Tuesday, October 9, featuring Federation CEO Arnie D. Fielkow, lay leader Lynne Wasserman, and Chef Leah Chase in conversation. Launching formally next month, the six-part series will feature monthly segments, welcoming different guests and topics each time for an hour-long discussion on shared history, challenges and goals.

Download the first segment here.

Federation recruiting for Civil Rights Trip

Federation will inaugurate an annual, day-long educational field trip for Jewish and African-American middle school students to various sites in Alabama that are significant to the civil rights movement. This year's trip will be held over Thanksgiving break, on November 20, and students will be visiting the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma; the 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham; the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute; and the Anne Frank Tree in Birmingham. Transportation, meals, and admission fees will be provided.

If your sixth to eighth grader is interested in the participating, please contact Michelle Neal at michelle@jewishnola.com.

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