About Us

In New Orleans and around the world, we’re making a real difference for real people. Together, we care for those in need, rescue those in harm’s way, and renew and strengthen the Jewish people in New Orleans, in Israel and around the world.


Since 1913, the Jewish Federation of Greater New Orleans has served as the central coordinating body for the Jewish community. Its purpose is to build and sustain a vibrant Jewish community in the Greater New Orleans area and, in accordance with Jewish tradition, to assure the continuity of the Jewish people in America, Israel and throughout the Diaspora.

2019-2020 Federation Board of Trustees

Joshua S. Force, Board Chair*
Henry Miller, Past Board Chair*
Brian Katz, Vice Chair*
Jonny Lake, Vice Chair*
Melinda Mintz, Vice Chair*
Kathy Shepard, Treasurer*
Marc Behar, Secretary*
Michele Gelman, Allocations Chair*
Joshua L. Rubenstein, Campaign/Israel & Overseas Chair*
Mara Force, Campaign Co-Chair*
Bradley Bain, Jewish Community Relations Council*
Larry Lehmann, Jewish Endowment Foundation of Louisiana*
Austin Marks, Member at Large*
Chuck Stern, Member at Large*
Shellye Farber, Member at Large*
Alice Yelen Gitter, Member-At-Large*
Aaron Bloch, JNOLA*
Sara Kottle, JNOLA*


Aleeza Adelman​ | Jody Braunig | Barri Bronston | Gail Chalew | Jared Davidson | Michael Dodd | Ashley Merlin Gold | Julie Green | Lisa Heller | Susan Hess | Nate Kanter | Betsy Kaston | Ellen Widen Kessler | Shawn Kiefer | Ann Zivitz Kientz |  Donald Meltzer | Mark Mintz | Carole Neff | Gail Pesses | Peter Seltzer | Briann Shear | Dana Shepard | David Shepard | Rabbi Todd Silverman | Rob Steeg | Jackie Stern | Steven Stern | Joanna Sternberg | Lee Sucherman | Ben Swig | Ann Thompson | Hallie Timm | Dr. Daliah Bauer Wolfson | Max Zwain

Honorary Board

Harold A. Asher | Alan Franco | Joel Friedman | Dr. Marshall I. Gottsegen | Hugo Kahn | Morton Katz | Dr. Julius L. Levy, Jr. | Julie Wise Oreck | Dr. Edward Soll | Carol B. Wise


*Executive Committee

Federation Hours/Location

The Jewish Federation of Greater New Orleans is open Monday through Thursday from 9:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m.  We are open 9:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. on Fridays, closing early to observe Shabbat. We are located at:

Jewish Federation of Greater New Orleans | Goldring-Woldenberg Jewish Community Campus | Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Building | 3747 West Esplanade Avenue | Metairie, Louisiana 70002

504.780.5600 | 504.780.5601 (fax)


Professional Staff             

Chief Executive Officer
Arnie D. Fielkow | 
504-780-5600 | arnie@jewishnola.com

Chief Operating Officer
Sherri A. Tarr | 
504-780-5609 | sherritarr@jewishnola.com


Communications and Marketing Director

Caitrin Gladow | 504-780-5614 | cait@jewishnola.com

Office Manager/Executive Assistant
Melody Kirkwood | 504-780-5688 | melody@jewishnola.com

Director of Jewish Education/Advocacy, Allocations and Newcomers Program
Michelle Neal | 504-780-5604 | michelle@jewishnola.com


Young Leadership Manager
Tana Velen | 504-780-5628 | tana@jewishnola.com


Staff Counsel / Director of Governmental Affairs & External Partnerships
Mithun B. Kamath, Esq. | 504-780-5608 | mithun@jewishnola.com


Sponsorship & Strategic Revenue Manager
Garrett Moore | 504-780-5674 | garrett@jewishnola.com


Joel Meariman, CPA | 504-780-5606 | joel@jewishnola.com


Facility Manager
Sidney Payne | 504-780-5607 | sidney@jewishnola.com


Administrative Staff


Office Assistant

Brenda Montamat | 504-780-5605 | brenda@jewishnola.com


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