Amiel BaKehila returns to New Orleans


The Amiel BaKehila program of the Jewish Federation of Greater New Orleans returns from December 10-12 with a delegation featuring community educator and psychologist, Dr. Lisa Aiken, Israel tech/start up guru, Ilan Regenbaum, and arts ambassador and Torah scribe, Jamie Shear. Here’s what is planned:


Tuesday, December 10

Their visit kicks off at 12:00 p.m. with a Lunch & Learn with Dr. Lisa Aiken at Congregation Beth Israel (4004 W Esplanade Ave, Metairie) presented by the Beth Israel Sisterhood and Shir Chadash. What do Jewish sources tell us is the purpose of life, what a soul is, why we have a soul, what happens to it in the afterlife, and what near-death experiences are all about? Listen to Dr. Aiken discuss that in her “Journeys of the Soul” over lunch. To RSVP please email Michelle Neal at


Not in Metairie? A separate Lunch & Learn will be available at 12:00 p.m. at Jones Walker, LLC (201 St Charles Ave, New Orleans). Hear guest speaker Ilan Regenbaum present on how to build a culture of innovation in non-profits and large companies with his talk, "Innovation Anywhere." To RSVP, please email Michelle Neal at 


Round the evening out at 6:30 p.m. with another excellent presentation by Ilan Regenbaum. At Tech and Taco Tuesday with JNOLA, scheduled for 6:30 p.m. at La Casita (8400 Oak St, New Orleans), hot sauce won’t be the only topping discussed with Ilan’s talk on “Secret Sauce to the Startup Nation” where JNOLA members (ages 21-39) are invited to learn what makes Israeli startups so successful and what is happening in the Israeli startup sector today. If you are a JNOLA member and would like to attend, please RSVP to Tana Velen at


Wednesday, December 11

Amiel BaKehila arts ambassador, Jamie Shear, will teach a hands-on scribal arts workshop at Slater Torah Academy for classes at 9:15 a.m. and 10:00 a.m. Also at Slater Torah Academy, kids will learn about start ups at 12:15 p.m. from Ilan Regenbaum. That evening, Chabad Metairie is hosting an event with Dr. Lisa Aiken at a private residence for her talk, "How to Raise Kids with Good Self-Esteem."


The Jewish Federation is proud to partner with Limmud for a special Hands-on Scribal Arts Workshop at the lovely uptown home of Cathy Glaser. Attendees will enjoy light hors d'oeuvres and wine while learning from Torah scribe and artist, Jamie Shear. Tickets are $10 each and include all supplies. Spots are limited, so purchase ticket(s) now at


Ilan Regenbaum will also speak that night at Congregation Beth Israel (4004 W Esplanade Ave, Metairie). Over snacks and coffee, Ilan will lead a talk on “Tech & Torah" where attendees will learn how Jewish tradition is evolving in the face of modern technology. To RSVP, please email Rabbi Josh Pernick at


Thursday, December 12

All three Amiel BaKehila speakers will be present at Jewish Community Day School on Thursday morning to speak with parents and kids. Over bagels and coffee, attendees will learn about each of their diverse topics before the delegation heads to their next destination, Charleston, South Carolina. Questions? Email Michelle Neal at

  • 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.

  • A New Kind of Jewish Song Leader

    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.

  • 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!




Jewish Children's Regional Service-Executive Committee Meeting

Uptown JCC 5342 St. Charles Ave.
New Orleans , 70115



Federation-Board Meeting

Goldring-Woldenberg Jewish Community Campus Jewish Federation
Metairie, LA 70002




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Metairie, LA 70006

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