2018 was an exceptional year for the Jewish Federation of Greater New Orleans, so the staff got together with one goal in mind: to say thank you to each and every one of you.
*No Saints gear was harmed in the making of this video - only egos.
by Sherri Tarr
The Federation’s Katz-Phillips Leadership Development Program, formerly known as Lemann-Stern, has been in existence since 1960. The program is a year and a half in length. The class meets monthly, September-May the first year and September-December the second year, with Graduation in January. The sessions deal with Jewish American history, social action, leadership, and more. Graduates of the program have served on the boards of every Jewish agency, synagogue and organization in our community, and have used the knowledge gained from the program to benefit the wider New Orleans community as well. The 2017-2019 class will graduate on January 24 during an event generously hosted by Jones Walker LLP.
Nominations are now open for the 2019-2021 class. Please nominate worthy candidates, and note that self-nominations are accepted. Learn more about the qualifications and download the application here. All applications must be fully completed before submission and are due to Sherri Tarr at firstname.lastname@example.org by February 13, 2019.
by Michelle Neal
Nourish’s mission continues to evolve as Federation includes more partners in our efforts to reach out to and assist our underserved neighbors. Our objective is to feed both the body and the soul.
Federation recently donated gloves/mittens, 5 hats and 12 pairs of socks to the youngest Covenant House residents. Federation also donated more than 400 toothbrushes, 200 tubes of toothpaste, and hundreds of bottles of shampoo, conditioner, hand lotion, shaving supplies, and deodorant to Grace at the Greenlight. They, in turn, will distribute them to homeless men and women who are living on the streets of New Orleans. In addition, the Federation donated over 600 bars of soap and 300 bottles of shampoo to the Harry Tompson Center Rebuild Center, a day shelter that offers laundry and showering facilities to those living on the streets.
Please be on the lookout for the next Nourish community service program in the spring.
To learn more about Jewish education and social action initiatives, contact Michelle Neal at email@example.com.
The Jewish Federation of Greater New Orleans strongly disagrees with the Administration’s renewed effort to deport law-abiding Vietnamese immigrants from the United States in large numbers. The new proposal radically reverses course on a decade-old agreement that explicitly bars the deportation of Vietnamese people who arrived in the U.S. before July 12, 1995 – the date on which the U.S. and Vietnam re-established diplomatic relations following the Vietnam War.
We specifically take issue with the Administration re-interpreting the 2008 agreement to exempt undocumented Vietnamese migrants who arrived before the above-mentioned date from its protections. The agreement has, from its inception, widely been accepted by all involved parties to shield such individuals from deportation. In fact, many of these Vietnamese immigrants – some of whom were just children – arrived in the U.S. as refugees fleeing the Vietnam War, and some even fought alongside the U.S. military during the war. Moreover, many of the individuals who may be targeted by the new policy have lived in the U.S. for years and have contributed substantially to the social, cultural, and economic life of our country.
This is especially true in Greater New Orleans, home to a thriving community of Vietnamese immigrants and their descendants dating back at least to 1975, when the Roman Catholic Church brought 2,100 refugees to the region after the fall of Saigon. The 2010 Census listed 15,800 people of Vietnamese descent living in the area. Coincidentally, it was also in 2008 that we became the first region to elect a Vietnamese-American to the U.S. Congress, a historic achievement of which the local Vietnamese community was and is rightfully proud.
The American people opened their arms to Vietnamese immigrants in the aftermath of the Vietnam War, and we should continue to support this community today. We feel fortunate to have the Vietnamese people of Greater New Orleans as our neighbors and partners.
Arnie D. Fielkow | Chief Executive Officer
Bradley Bain | Chair, Jewish Community Relations Council
by Mithun Kamath
by Michelle Neal
Established in 2006, the Jewish Newcomers Program seeks to help Jewish newcomers to our area carve out meaningful community roots. From welcome events to a voucher program featuring discounts to local organizations and businesses, this program has continuously evolved to serve the needs of the Greater New Orleans Jewish community. To learn more about the program, click here.
The Federation hosted its annual Newcomers event on December 4. Morton and Carole Katz generously opened their Uptown home to over 60 newcomers and Federation board members. The event featured guests Alon and Emily Shaya, both Federation newcomers, and owners of local Israeli restaurant, Saba. The Shayas spoke to the group about why they decided to make New Orleans their home and encouraged the attending newcomers to do the same. The event was catered by Saba and kosher food was provided by Rimon. Since the event, several newcomers have asked to become more involved with Federation through its Katz-Phillips Leadership Development and JNOLA programs.
by Tana Velen
JNOLA held its fun and fancy Light It Up Chanukah Gala at Generations Hall on Saturday, December 15. Attendees enjoyed delicious hors d’oeuvres and desserts from Saba, Casablanca Restaurant, Goldberg’s Fine Foods, Marjie’s Grill, Rimon, Tal’s Hummus, Pizza Delicious, and Kosher Cajun – all Jewish-owned restaurants. More than 100 gala guests enjoyed the open bar and danced the night away to live music from Eric Benny Bloom and the Oy Veys, a band comprised of local Jewish musicians. When guests weren’t busy busy with all that, they posed at a photo booth, ate a donut at the sufganiyot bar, and took a whack at fun dreidel pinatas! The Light It Up Chanukah Gala was also a fundraiser for Second Harvest. For ever dollar donated, four meals will be given to families in need - because of JNOLA more than 2,000 meals will be delivered. Thank you to everyone who attended. We would especially like to thank the JNOLA Social Committee, chaired by Malcolm Finkelstein and Sam Cohen.
Please visit jnola.com for more information or email Tana at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have questions.
by Tana Velen
JP Nola seeks to provide information, resources, and affirmation to Louisiana’s LGBTQ Jewish population. We do so through relationship building with local synagogues, agencies, and other organizations to support, partner with, and promoting LGBTQ-related programming and events. JP Nola also works on LGBTQ legislation and advocacy with the goal of being the centralizing resource for Jewish LGBTQ activities in the Greater New Orleans area. JP Nola is currently planning 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 Tana Velen
The Jewish Federation’s Mentorship Program is gearing up for its launch. This unique program combines face-to-face mentorship experiences with an online forum to ask virtual mentors career questions. Microgrant opportunities will be available to help Jewish professionals succeed in their professions and stay in New Orleans. For more information, contact Tana Velen at email@example.com.
by Michelle Neal
The Edie and Paul Rosenblum Gift of Israel was instrumental in sending 12 high school students to Israel in the summer of 2018. This program offers scholarship dollars, often exceeding $7,000/student, to send high-schoolers on immersive trips to Israel. This year, an additional scholarship opportunity was added: the Hans and Donna Sternberg Study in Israel Scholarship.
The Federation continues to reach out to local parents who may be interested in sending a child to Israel in the summer of 2019. Michele Gelman, Federation's Chair of Israel and Overseas, hosted an event where the benefits of the Gift of Israel program were discussed with prospective families. To date, four families have registered their students for trips in the upcoming year.