Greater New Orleans Jewish community COVID-19 Response Initiative


The Jewish Federation of Greater New Orleans, Jewish Family Service of Greater New Orleans, and the Jewish Endowment Foundation of Louisiana have partnered with a number of area synagogues to create a Jewish community response helpline program for problems related to the novel coronavirus pandemic.
Our collective goal is to provide connection during a time of distance, as well as practical assistance (food, supplies, and prescription pick up for those who need it). These efforts are not intended to duplicate emergency or crisis services. In the case of an emergency, please call 911 (for a medical emergency) or 211 (for a mental health emergency).

Here are the details:
What: Jewish Community Response Volunteer Initiative
Who’s eligible: Members of a Jewish household who currently reside in Orleans, Jefferson, St. Tammany, St. Charles, Washington, Tangipahoa, St. Helena, Livingston, and St. Bernard parishes
How: Call or email the helpline (at one of the options listed below) and carefully follow the directions provided. You should receive a response within 48 hours, except during Shabbat and Jewish holidays. A volunteer will be in touch to coordinate addressing your need, whether it’s picking up a grocery order or just having someone with whom to talk.
Helpline options:


All questions should be directed through the helpline.

Interested in volunteering with our COVID-19 response program?

New Orleans Jewish Communal Response to COVID-19


The Federation continues to be open for business, but obviously the top issue for us all right now is our response to COVID-19. Our communications outreach and professional efforts have been refocused on how to support and lead our community during this extraordinary time. Below you will find a listing of upcoming Federation events that we have now postponed. Additionally, while most Federation business meetings have not been cancelled, all eligible meetings will be held by phone or through Zoom. Staff will reach out to you if you are scheduled to participate in these meetings.

We’ll be communicating frequently with you to disseminate community announcements and important information. We’re updating our community resource page daily, so if your Jewish organization or synagogue want to share updates with our wider distribution list, please send them directly to the Federation’s Marketing and Communications Director, Cait Gladow, at

We are committed to keeping everyone connected during this time of social distancing. If your Jewish communal organization or synagogue does not have access to a web meeting platform like Zoom, please reach out to Cait. Until the CDC guidelines for isolation are lifted, the Federation is happy to help facilitate your interactive activities.

As you know, we have created a task force to coordinate localized Jewish efforts, with community leaders, medical professionals, and New Orleans City Council Member Joe Giarrusso. We welcome your input as to how we can best serve you as we collectively navigate this crisis – none of what the Federation does happens in a vacuum.

Finally, we’re working hard with our community partners to create a volunteer program that will allow us to respond to individualized Jewish member concerns in the weeks ahead. We will have more information for you on this program in the coming days.

Stay safe, and as always, please let us know how your Jewish Federation can best serve you and your family.

We have also created a resource page to help our community organizations, synagogues and schools share announcements and news related to COVID-19.

Upcoming Federation Events/Meetings

If you are affected by the following events or meetings, the appropriate Federation staff member will be in touch to explain next steps.
Date Event Status
Wednesday, March 18 Leventhal Interfaith Advisory Committee Meeting Call-in meeting
Thursday, March 19 JNOLA pre-Limmud Reception Postponed
Monday, March 23 GFF Center Launch Postponed
Tuesday, March 24 JNOLA Social Committee Meeting Postponed
Thursday, March 26 Security/Law Enforcement Lunch Postponed
  Goldring-Woldenberg Major Donor Dinner Postponed
Sunday, March 29 Strategic Planning Retreat Postponed
Tuesday, March 31 Investment Committee Meeting Call-in meeting
  GFF Center Advisory Council Meeting Call-in meeting
  Campaign Policy Meeting Postponed
Thursday, April 2 Katz-Phillips Session Postponed
Saturday, April 11 JNOLA Young Professionals Seder with Temple Sinai Virtual
Monday, April 20 HBCU Event at Xavier University Postponed
Wednesday, April 22 Tolmas Lobby Reception/Award Ceremony Postponed
  Executive Committee Meeting Call-in meeting
  • Federation is hiring

    The Sherry and Alan Leventhal Family Foundation Center for Interfaith Families is a ground-breaking new initiative of the Jewish Federation of Greater New Orleans. The Center is designed to engage with interfaith couples and their families. Working with an advisory committee and the Federation staff, the Executive Director will develop the program envisioned to include social, Jewish cultural, educational and spiritual programs specifically for members of the interfaith community.

Nominations open for 2019 Marion B. Steeg Award


Do you know an outstanding educator? Someone who meaningfully imparts the treasures of Jewish life and Judaism? Nominations are now being accepted for the Marion B. Steeg Award for Excellence in Jewish Education. This award highlights the value of Jewish education in its many varieties in our community not limited to specific institutions or classroom teaching. In addition to classroom teachers, song leaders, camp educators, independent Jewish educators, and tutors are also eligible for the Steeg Award.


The only requirement is that a nominated educator must be involved with a group of Jewish students and/or Jewish learning community on a regular basis, meaningfully imparting the treasures of Jewish life. Anyone can nominate an educator - simply fill out the form to the right.


Nominations are due by April 15, 2020. Questions? Contact 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 Friday, February 28, Oliver Thomas and Arnie Fielkow discussed the launch of our Center for Jewish-Multicultural Affairs.

  • 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.

  • 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.

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!

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