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.

2018-2019 Federation Board of Trustees

Henry A. Miller, Chair*
Dr. Marc Behar, Vice-Chair*
Joshua S. Force, Board Chair Designate Elect*
Brian Katz, Vice-Chair*
Dana Shepard, Secretary*
David Radlauer, Treasurer*
Jonathan Lake, Campaign Chair*
Jan Miller, Campaign Chair*
Joshua L. Rubenstein, Allocations Chair*
Michele Gelman, Israel & Overseas*
Bradley Bain, JCRC Chair*
Melinda Mintz, Member-At-Large*
Ashley Merlin Gold, Member-At-Large*
Julie Green, Member-At-Large*
Larry Lehmann, JEF President*
Dr. Edward L. Soll, Immediate Past President*
Arnie Fielkow, Assistant Secretary*


Aleeza Adelman​ | Jody Braunig | Barri Bronston | Gail Chalew | Jared Davidson | Michael Dodd | Shellye Farber | Michael Finkelstein | Mara Force | Charlie Glaser | Rabbi Gabe Greenberg | Nate Kanter | Barbara Kaplinsky | Betsy Kaston | Ellen Widen Kessler | Shawn Kiefer | Ann Zivitz Kientz | Neil Kohlman | Seth Levine | Stacey  Weinreb Lutz |  Amy Malish | Carole Neff | Gail Pesses | Sidney Pulitzer |  Peter Seltzer | David Shepard | Kathryn F. Shepard | Rob Steeg | Jackie Stern | Steven Stern | Joanna Sternberg | Helen Stone | Lee Sucherman | Ben Swig | Ann Thompson | Hallie Timm | Dr. Daliah Bauer Wolfson | Ellen S. Yellin | Max Zwain

Honorary Board

Harold A. Asher | Allan Bissinger | Jane K. Buchsbaum | Alan Franco | Joel Friedman | R. Justin (Bobby) Garon | Dr. Marshall I. Gottsegen | J. Jerome Hanaw | Hugo Kahn | Morton Katz | Dr. Julius L. Levy, Jr. | Julie Wise Oreck | Lou Rippner | 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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