Jewish Federation of Greater New Orleans congratulates Alabama Senator-Elect G. Douglas Jones

The Jewish Community Relations Council (JCRC) of the Jewish Federation of Greater New Orleans wishes to congratulate Doug Jones on becoming senator-elect for Alabama. We welcome the news that a dedicated public servant, who heroically prosecuted KKK members for the bombing of Birmingham’s 16th Street Church, has been elected to the United States Senate. May Mr. Jones’ election serve as an affirmation that this country seeks leaders who, regardless of political affiliation, seek to unite and uplift us all.

Henry Miller | Chair, Board of Trustees
Arnie D. Fielkow | CEO
Bradley Bain | Chair, Jewish Community Relations Council

Statement on the United States' Recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's Capital

The Jewish Community Relations Council of the Jewish Federation of Greater New Orleans welcomes the decision by the United States to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and to move the U.S. embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. This decision affirms the 3,000-year relationship the Jewish people have with Jerusalem. The Israeli government, its parliament, courts, and prime minister, have been located in Jerusalem since just after the birth of the State and, like all countries, Israel has the right to determine the location of its capital.


We also support the U.S. commitment to two states living side-by-side in peace and security and encourage the U.S. to continue its efforts to bring the parties together for direct negotiations. We believe that only through bilateral negotiations can this region reach a final, internationally-recognized resolution to borders and issues currently within dispute. Official recognition of Jerusalem must not preclude or prejudice these negotiations or affect the status quo at sites such as the Temple Mount/Haram al-Sharif.

We appreciate that the Jewish community of Greater New Orleans is a diverse people and that there is a variety of views regarding timing, tactics, strategies, and even motivations to achieve a lasting and just peace. We ask for all, Jewish and non-Jewish alike, to exercise civility when discussing these matters. Open, respectful dialogue fosters the path for answers and we condemn the threat of violent protests, the delegitimization of Israel as a sovereign state, and inflammatory calls for “days of rage” recently issued around the world.

 

To learn more about JCRC's advocacy and outreach, please contact Caroline Good at caroline@jewishnola.com or at 504-780-5608.

 

Marion B. Steeg-Harold Grinspoon Foundation Award for Excellence in Jewish Education recognizes innovation, excellence and impact

Lauren Ungar from Metairie’s Jewish Community Day School is the inaugural winner of the Marion B. Steeg-Harold Grinspoon Foundation Award for Excellence in Jewish Education. The award, sponsored by Jewish Federation of Greater New Orleans, the Harold Grinspoon Foundation and the Steeg Family Foundation, recognizes local teachers who make a lasting impact on the lives of Jewish children, and contribute to excellence in Jewish education.


“My mother, for whom this award is named, grew up in a small town in East Texas and didn’t receive any kind of formal Jewish education,” remarked Robert Steeg, a member of the Jewish Federation’s Board of Trustees, and son of the award’s namesake. “But, after moving to New Orleans and as she raised her family, she deeply understood the importance of the intersection between Judaism and education, and the value of learning and living our Jewish beliefs and principles.”

Lauren Ungar is the Director of Enrollment, Family and Community Relations for the Jewish Community Day School in Metairie. She was selected from an impressive field of nominees by a steering committee chaired by Rabbi Robert Loewy of Congregation Gates of Prayer who, along with Federation CEO Arnie Fielkow, presented Lauren with the award at a reception in her honor on November 1, 2017, at the home of Robert and Pamela Steeg. As a component of the award, Ungar will receive up to $1,000 to use towards future educational enrichment at the Day School. 

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Chabad-Chanukah Shabbat Dinner

Chabad Jewish Center 4141 W Esplanade Ave
Metairie, LA 70002