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.

2017-2018 Federation Board of Trustees

Henry A. Miller, Chair*
Dr. Marc Behar, Vice-Chair*
Joshua S. Force, Vice-Chair*
Brian Katz, Vice-Chair*
Dana Shepard, Secretary*
Mark Heller, Treasurer*
David Radlauer, Campaign Chair*
Julie Schwartz, Campaign Chair*
Joshua L. Rubenstein, Allocations Chair*
Michele Gelman, Israel & Overseas*
Bradley Bain, JCRC Chair*
Melinda Mintz, Member-At-Large*
Jennifer Zurik, Member- At-Large*
Andi Lestelle, JEF President*
Dr. Edward L. Soll, Immediate Past President*
Arnie Fielkow, Assistant Secretary*


 Aleeza Adelman​ | Jody Braunig | Barri Bronston | Jared Davidson | Michael Dodd | Michael Finkelstein | Mara Force | Laura Fuhrman |  Ashley Merlin Gold | Julie Green | Rabbi Gabe Greenberg | Nate Kanter | Barbara Kaplinsky | Ellen Widen Kessler | Shawn Kiefer | Ann Zivitz Kientz | Neil Kohlman | Jonny Lake | Seth Levine | Stacey  Weinreb Lutz |  Amy Malish | Laurence (Larry) Manshel | Mark A. Mintz | Gail Pesses | Sidney Pulitzer | Alvin Samuels | Charisse Sands | David Shepard | Kathryn F. Shepard | Karen B. Sher | Shea Soll | Peter Sperling | Rob Steeg | Steven Stern | Sylvan Steinberg | Hallie Timm | Dr. Michael F. Wasserman | Dr. Daliah Bauer Wolfson | Ellen S. Yellin | Gary Zoller | Max Zwain

Honorary Board

Harold A. Asher | Joan S. Berenson |  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


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