Dear Jewish Community Members:
I hope each of you and your families enjoyed a High Holidays and I wish all of you a New Year filled with only happiness, good health and fulfillment!
In late August I sent you a letter outlining the significant progress made by the Federation over the past year, articulating the strategic vision going forward, and identifying some of the major initiatives for the upcoming year. Federation made major strides last year and I again want to thank all of you for your tremendous support and friendship throughout the year-it has been great to return "Home"!
As reflected in the anniversary letter, our "new" Federation has created and is executing a broad-based strategic plan which involves many more initiatives than seen in the past and which is designed to make our organization more connected to our highly diverse post-Katrina Jewish community. This plan involves more events and programs, revamped fundraising and sponsorship efforts, and a much closer connection to all our constituents (community members, donors, agencies, synagogues, and more).
In order to effectively communicate all of the new happenings, a new branding theme has been created called Federation Forward, so we can regularly highlight each and every aspect of the new broad-based plan. Over the next year, it is our hope to regularly highlight a different initiative/program each communication and to lay out the benefits/rationale of each. We hope that these communications will keep you apprised of all Federation happenings and that you will be interested in participating in many of these. We also look forward to your feedback.
The New Year brings with it many exciting possibilities and all of us affiliated with the Jewish Federation look forward to effectively serving you in the very best way possible! Shana Tova!
Arnie D. Fielkow | CEO
by Mithun Kamath
In line with the Federation’s new, broad-based approach to external relations, the Jewish Community Relations Council (JCRC) is greatly expanding its outreach to non-Jewish communities in Greater New Orleans, especially the African-American community.
JCRC’s African-American outreach initiative consists of three primary components: (1) a radio series on local station WBOK (1230AM) focused on both the historic and current relationship between the Jewish and African-American communities, which is launching on October 9, 2018 at 8:00am with co-hosts Oliver Thomas and Lynne Wasserman and guests Arnie Fielkow and Leah Chase; (2) a youth civil rights trip to Selma and Birmingham, Alabama on November 20; and (3) a three-part speaker series on Jewish/black relations, with one event at each of the three local Historically Black Colleges & Universities, to be launched in January 2019.
Of course, the JCRC has also been, and will always be, focused on promoting Jewish values and fighting anti-Semitism. On September 16, JCRC members participated in the Northshore Jewish Congregation’s Community Gathering in the aftermath of the heinous defacement of its synagogue. The JCRC is also leading the “Amiel BaKehila” Israel education initiative, which brings delegations from Israel to New Orleans to conduct programming on a particular topic relevant to the community; the theme for the next visit (November 2-4) is spirituality.
by Tana Velen
September was JNOLA’s marathon month! Kicking things off was the annual Rosh Hashanah New Year’s Toast where JNOLA members gathered at Deja Vieux Food Park and raised funds for Second Harvest Food Bank. Yom Kippur brought our Break-the-Fast where JNOLA members broke their fast at the Rusty Nail for tasty food from Martin Wine Cellar and Goldberg’s.
In between Jewish holidays, JNOLA also partnered with several young professionals groups including Moishe House on September 25 for a Voter Registration Party highlighting the unanimous jury amendment and fun Louisiana trivia (did you know you’re not allowed to bring a snake within 200 yards of a Mardi Gras parade?). 23 individuals were registered to vote that evening and JNOLA will continue its partnership with Moishe House for another event discussing the unanimous jury amendment on October 25 at the Uptown JCC.
Capping off this busy month was JNOLA’s young families event, Safari in the Sukkah. Partnering again with PJ Library and for the first time with Slater Torah Academy, Safari and the Sukkah welcomed more than 120 parents, grandparents, and kids. Together, they played in the sukkah, got their faces painted, enjoyed a delicious lunch from Casablanca Restaurant, met some of the zoo’s friendliest animals, and participated in a fun flag making activity from Slater Torah Academy. Each family left with a smile and a free PJ Library Sukkot book. In October, JNOLA is excited to partner with other community organizations for a Candidate Forum at Dillard University on October 10, as well as the final Jewish Bus Tour of New Orleans of the year on October 14.
by Tana Velen
The Jewish Federation’s Mentorship Program will launch next month (November). This unique program combines face-to-face mentorship experiences with an online forum to ask virtual mentors career questions and microgrant opportunities to help Jewish young professionals succeed in their professions and stay in New Orleans.
by Michelle Neal
Our povery relief initiative, Nourish is working with Grace at the Greenlight to host a dinner for our homeless neighbors featuring musician, Matt Lemmler, on November 1. The JCC also donated several bags of canned goods to the Nourish program through their Sukkot community dinner program. Food will be distributed to local food banks.
Federaiton is also working with 3 families as they start the application process for sending their children to Israel through the Edie & Paul Rosenblum Gift of Israel in 2019.
by Michelle Neal
The deadline for applications was September 14 - and four constituent agencies and 13 beneficiary agency hopefuls applied for grants for various community programs. To learn more about Federation's Allocations process , please contact Michelle Neal at firstname.lastname@example.org.
by Tana Velen
JP Nola, the Federation’s LGBTQ initiative chaired by Marc Behar, met for a Kol Nidre meal before Yom Kippur. JP Nola is planning some additional fall/winter events. To get on our confidential email list and be kept up to date with the Jewish LGBTQ community, please email Tana Velen at email@example.com or Marc Behar at firstname.lastname@example.org.
by Michelle Neal
Since the Jewish new year, the Jewish Newcomers Program has welcomed 7 new members of the Greater New Orleans Jewish community. To learn more about the program, click here.