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Jewish Community Center
  • Executive Director – Michael Rawl
  • President – Jonathan Friedman

JCC membership opens the door to good health and fitness through special group or individualized exercise programs, aquatics and a complete fitness facility; to learning skills and developing friendships through classes and special events for many interests and every age; to participation by children of all ages in many activities; and to special family events and Jewish cultural and holiday celebrations. Programs include a nursery school, day care, classes for all age levels, exercise & fitness classes, aquatic programs, sports leagues for all ages, camp, mini-camp, Maccabi Games, BBYO, teen clubs, young adult club, Jewish holiday celebrations, Alzheimer program, arts and crafts shows, and birthday parties.

In Memory of Patti Arnold Samuels

Oscar J. Tolmas Head of School Chair: Dr. Brad Philipson

Choosing a school for your child is one of the most important decisions parents make. JCDS is here to help guide you through the process.

Empowering academics, Jewish values, and community are at the heart of all we do. Small classes with 10:1 student to teacher ratios, numerous enrichment opportunities, and highly qualified teachers, provide students with the attention and inspiration they deserve to develop academically, intellectually, physically, socially, and spiritually. JCDS alumni arrive at the best charter, independent, and public schools well-prepared to be leaders in their classrooms, their communities, and our world.

Contact JCDS to schedule your tour – prepare to be delighted!

504.887.4091 or check out their website for detailed information on admissions at www.jcdsnola.org.

  • Executive Director – Bobby Garon
  • President – Alan Franco


The Jewish Endowment Foundation of Louisiana began in 1967 when a group of far-sighted leaders in the New Orleans Jewish community took notice of endowment foundations being developed in other Jewish communities throughout the United States. They decided that their own city needed an organization to serve as a repository of funds for a rainy day reserve in case of need and a source for as yet undreamed-of projects to nurture an enduring and vibrant Jewish New Orleans.

These early JEF pioneers had lived through World War II, many of them serving on battlegrounds in Europe and the Pacific, and had witnessed the loss of Europe’s Jewish population in Hitler’s death camps. They had watched the Jews of small Southern towns slowly migrate to larger cities, shuttering synagogues and ending decades of Southern Jewish life. They wanted to preserve Jewish life, Jewish values, Jewish culture and Jewish institutions.

In their wisdom, these men and women founded the Jewish Endowment Foundation to serve as a repository of funds for planned giving – funds that would always be here to serve whatever needs the changing story of Jewish life in New Orleans would bring. As time went by, those needs grew to include the entire state and JEF became the Jewish Endowment Foundation of Louisiana. Our story is told on this website. Here you can learn not only about our past but our future and how you can become a member of the ever-growing family of JEF donors, building a Jewish future in Louisiana.

Executive Director: Roselle Ungar

President: Debbie Pesses

Jewish Family Service (JFS) provides for the counseling and social service needs of every age group, from children ages 5 and up to older adults. Our licensed clinicians specialize in confidential counseling and psychotherapy for children, adolescents, adults, couples, and families. JFS accepts most private insurances, Medicare, and most Medicaid plans.  JFS also provides a sliding scale based on income with masters level counseling and social work students. JFS offers U.S. adoption home studies as well as pre-adoption counseling, and post-placement studies. Programs for senior citizens include Catch-a-Cab discount cab coupons and Medical Guardian (personal emergency response system). Other programs include Teen Life Counts, a teen suicide prevention psychoeducational curriculum taught directly to students as well as school staff and parents. JFS is a subgrantee of the US Committee for Refugees and Immigrants (USCRI) and works with Unaccompanied Minors entering the country and in need of safe housing and care.  Lastly, in conjunction with the Financial Resource Center, JFS provides Holistic Case Management to Jewish individuals living in the New Orleans metro area in need of resources to meet each client’s holistic needs.

  • Executive Director – Gary Brandt
  • Director of Development – Shelley Freed
  • Operations Director – Jacob Stroman

 

Tulane Hillel is a non-profit community center that fosters leadership and community engagement. A leader in entrepreneurial-based programming, Tulane Hillel serves an incubator and platform for college students to engage in the community, focusing on key issues that need to be addressed. With a state-of-the-art facility located in the heart of Uptown New Orleans, Tulane Hillel provides a central meeting place, with multi-purpose spaces and a delicious restaurant, accessible to the broad community in New Orleans. To date, Tulane Hillel has engaged 70% of the Jewish population at Tulane, over 30% of the non-Jewish population, and key community leaders. Tulane Hillel’s reach continues to expand throughout the greater community and student populations.

Aaron Bloch

Director of Jewish-Multicultural & Governmental Affairs

504.780.5608

aaron@jewishnola.com

Charissa Brim

Chief Marketing Officer

504.780.5604

charissa@jewishnola.com

Christine Crook

Financial Resource Development Assistant

504.780.5628

christine@jewishnola.com

Jessie Dowsakul

Chief Program and Engagement Officer

504.780.5614

jessie@jewishnola.com

Laura Folse

Administrative Coordinator

504.780.5605

laura@jewishnola.com

Robert French

Chief Executive Officer

504.780.5688

robert@jewishnola.com

Lisa McCaffety-Scott

Chief Development Officer

504.780.5674

lisa@jewishnola.com

Sidney Payne

Director of Operations Management

504.780.5607

sidney@jewishnola.com

Kathryn Quaid

Executive Assistant to the CEO

504.780.5688

kathryn@jewishnola.com

James Stewart

Community Security Director

504.780.5615

james@jewishnola.com

Sherri A. Tarr

Chief Operating Officer

504.780.5609

sherritarr@jewishnola.com

Lillie Yalowitz

Program & Engagement Coordinator

504.780.5670

lillie@jewishnola.com

Robert French

Chief Executive Officer

504.780.5688

robert@jewishnola.com

Sherri A. Tarr

Chief Operating Officer

504.780.5609

sherritarr@jewishnola.com

Lisa McCaffety-Scott

Chief Development Officer

504.780.5604

lisa@jewishnola.com

Jessie Dowsakul

Chief Program and Engagement Officer

504.780.5614

jessie@jewishnola.com

Charissa Brim

Chief Marketing Officer

504.780.5604

charissa@jewishnola.com