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Multicultural Relations


The Goldring Family Foundation Center for Jewish-Multicultural Affairs (CJMA) is an in-house initiative of the Jewish Federation of Greater New Orleans that contains all of the Federation’s external relations programs and directly reaches out to the wider community, both Jewish and non-Jewish.

The Center is initially focusing on four primary outreach areas: 

  • Black-Jewish relations
  • LGBTQ relations, through the existing Jewish Pride New Orleans (JPNOLA) program
  • Latin-American relations
  • Multi-faith relations



The Jewish Federation of Greater New Orleans: Center for Jewish-Multicultural Affairs is committed to (1) fostering relations between the local Jewish community and the local Black, Latin-American, and Multi-Faith communities as well as (2) enhancing opportunities for the LGBTQ Jewish community, and in so doing will seek to build and maintain strong, mutually beneficial, and lasting partnerships with the wider community in the region. Through extensive, impactful outreach programming within and outside the local Jewish community, the Center is one of the primary mechanisms by which the Federation will put into practice the Jewish tenet of tikkun olam (“repairing the world”), while simultaneously increasing the visibility of the Federation, engaging increasingly larger segments members of the Jewish community, and helping to counter the rising tide of anti-Semitism. The Center will seek to serve as a gateway, providing education and information about the Jewish community to other groups in the area – and vice versa – with the goal of creating a heightened understanding and shared purpose between the Jewish community and these groups.


  • Max Manesivit & Lynne Wasserman
  • Marc Behar, Carol Berman, Jason Gaines, Ana Gershanik, Stan Kessler, Harry Lowenburg, Al Page, Rob Steeg

The CJMA is made possible by a generous gift from the
Goldring Family Foundation.
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HBCU Speaker Series 

The HBCU Speaker Series is 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.

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Since its launch, the CJMA has awarded scholarships to 17 St. Augustine students, totaling over $9,750, as part of this annual essay contest. Over 100 students have submitted essays, exploring themes reflecting on unity between the Jewish and African-American communities.

Hispanic Heritage Month Celebration is a well attended event that focuses on the stories and accomplishments of our local Jewish-Hispanic community.