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Announcing the Oscar J. Tolmas L’dor V’dor Award

Nominations are open now

The Jewish Federation of Greater New Orleans is proud to announce the creation of the annual Oscar J. Tolmas L’dor V’dor Award. Born in 1920, Oscar was a lifelong New Orleanian. He graduated from Tulane in 1941 with a bachelor’s degree and, again in 1943, with a law degree. After law school, he served as a naval officer during World War II before embarking on careers spanning law to real estate development to even horse racing.

Oscar was raised to believe in the Jewish value of tzedakah, which encourages charitable giving to those most in need—so much so that, upon his death in 2013, his entire estate was left to the Oscar J. Tolmas Charitable Trust. Led by Vincent Giardina and Lisa Romano, the Trust supports numerous local organizations in their quest to help better our community.

The Oscar J. Tolmas L’dor V’dor Award celebrates the unsung heroes of the Greater New Orleans Jewish community, who quietly and consistently aid in repairing the world around them. Those nominated for the award should reflect the values of tzedakah and tikkun olam, within the Jewish community and/or across the broader New Orleans community alike.

Anyone may submit a nomination, but to be eligible for the award, a nominee must:

-be a member of a Jewish household (which includes interfaith members)
-be a member of the Federation (having made a gift of any amount to the 2019 Annual Campaign)

Nominations are open until July 12, 2019, and the recipient will be chosen by a committee consisting of the trustees of the Oscar J. Tolmas Charitable Trust, as well as Federation lay leadership. The award will be presented at the 2019 Jewish Federation Annual Event on September 18, 2019 at City Park’s Pavilion of Two Sisters.


Ready to nominate a deserving person? Fill out the form below.

  • WBOK Series continues

    In October, 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 June 5, 2019, Rabbi Deborah Silver and Pastor Brandon Boudin discussed the recent spate of horrible hate crimes at places of worship.

Thank you!

Give NOLA Day 2019 was incredible and meaningful for the Jewish Federation, and that's entirely because of you.


Our primary goal was to demonstrate the power of community, with the aim of receiving 180 household gifts - and we more than accomplished that, with 225 gifts totaling $109,571!


As a result, we finished in first place for amount raised (among small organizations) for an amazing fifth year in a row, resulting in an extra $10,000 to the Annual Campaign.


We were thrilled to be joined in yesterday's day of communal giving by so many other area Jewish organizations: ADL South Central, Avodah, Congregation Beth Israel, Hadassah, JCC, Jewish Children's Regional Service, Jewish Community Day School, Jewish Family Service, NCJW, the Northshore Jewish Congregation, Slater Torah Academy, Temple Sinai, and Tulane Hillel. All together, your New Orleans Jewish community raised nearly $200,000.


That's pretty incredible.


A special thank you to all the tireless volunteers and power hour donors (Josh Rubenstein and Arnie and Sue Fielkow) who made such an extraordinary day possible. And thank you so much for your thoughtfulness on Give NOLA Day!

Announcing the 2019-2021 Katz-Phillips Class

The Federation’s Katz-Phillips Leadership Development Program, formerly known as Lemann-Stern, has been in existence since 1960. 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. Sessions deal with Jewish American history, social action, leadership, and more. 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.

Congratulations to the 2019-2021 Katz-Phillips class, which is our community's largest class in thirty-five years:

Josh & Casey Denson | Mitch Frank | Harris Golden & Ashley Barriere

Eric & Jillian Greenberg | Nicole Harvey | Adam Kancher & McKensie Kirchner

Andy & Paige Katz | Dana Keren | Stefan Kostolitz

Ben & Megan Lowenburg | Chandler & Chelsea Nutik | Sarah Schatzmann

Derek Shanman & Elise Henry | David Shepard | Sami Slovy | Aran Toshav & Rebecca Friedman

Brian Weimer | Joshua & Julia Zuckerman | Max & Lorenza Zwain

Jewish Federation of Greater New Orleans & ADL South Central Region Statement on Chabad of Poway Terror Attack

This morning, during services celebrating the end of Passover and Shabbat, a gunman entered the Chabad synagogue in Poway, CA, and opened fire. Particularly poignant with the end of Passover, this tragedy occurs on a day when Jewish communities worldwide add special Yizkor memorial prayers to remember deceased relatives. Our hearts are with the victims and their loved ones, and we pray for the full recovery of all those injured. We are yet again horrified by another act of wanton bloodshed and grotesque anti-Semitism.


Over the past several months, we have borne witness to repeated attacks against houses of worship in our nation and around the world: Pittsburgh, Christchurch, and the Easter Sunday attacks across Sri Lanka. Today, six months to the day after the horrific shooting at the Tree of Life Synagogue, we add Poway to that growing list.


We urge all Americans to stand together with their neighbors against senseless violence and hateful rhetoric. We condemn in the harshest terms the rise in hate-fueled attacks against communities of faith.


Henry Miller | Board Chair | Jewish Federation of Greater New Orleans

Bradley Bain | Chair | Jewish Community Relations Council

Arnie D. Fielkow | CEO | Jewish Federation of Greater New Orleans

Aaron Ahlquist | Regional Director | ADL South Central

HBCU Speaker Series

The kickoff of the HBCU Speaker Series: Presented by Morris Bart, with Pastor Chris Harris.

HBCU Series: Presented by Morris Bart kicked off on April 9 at Xavier University of Louisiana

On Tuesday, April 9, the 2019 Jewish Federation of Greater New Orleans HBCU Speaker Series: Presented by Morris Bart launched at Xavier University of Louisiana. The program featured remarks from Pastor Chris Harris of Bright Star Community Outreach in Chicago, who discussed African-American/Jewish relations, as well as urban violence and the model of NATAL - the Israel Trauma Center for Victims of Terror and War - and how he is applying it to train faith leaders and mental health professionals as counselors to provide violence prevention services in inner-city communities in the United States.


This event marked the launch of a three-part series aimed at connecting the Jewish and African-American communities in the Greater New Orleans area on relevant topics of mutual interest. The past, present, and future of the Jewish/African-American relationship will be explored by different national and local experts, with the goal of engaging both Jews and African-Americans in the region. Future events will be held at Dillard University and Southern University at New Orleans in the fall.

Check out Pastor Harris' full remarks below.

  • 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 , LA 70115



Jewish Community Center-Board Meeting

Goldring-Woldenberg Jewish Community Campus Metairie, LA 70002



Federation-Executive Committee Meeting

Goldring-Woldenberg Jewish Community Campus Jewish Federation
Metairie, 70002



Hadassah-Board Meeting

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

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