Sherry and Alan Leventhal Center for Interfaith Families

The Sherry and Alan Leventhal Center for Interfaith Families is an in-house initiative of the Jewish Federation of Greater New Orleans working to create a broader and more inclusive Jewish community through programs and community partnerships for families and households who identify as interfaith regardless of age, observances, and where they fall on the Jewish spectrum. In collaboration with area synagogues, Jewish organizations, and non-Jewish partners, the Leventhal Interfaith Center aims to create nurturing and inclusive opportunities for people to explore and connect to Jewish community, values, traditions, experiences, texts, and spirituality to create their individualized Jewish or Jewish adjacent journey. 

 

The Leventhal Interfaith Center will provide a centralized resource and support system for interfaith partnerships and families in Greater New Orleans.

 

The four goals of the Sherry and Alan Leventhal Family Foundation Center for Interfaith Families are:

 

  1. Ensuring that individuals, families, and children feel a connection to Judaism

  2. Enriching and enhancing the Jewish community through non-judgmental acceptance

  3. Increasing the Federation’s visibility in the Jewish and non-Jewish communities

  4. Strengthening relationships with Jewish and non-Jewish community partners

 

The Leventhal Interfaith Center is led by an advisory council co-chaired by Teri Hunter and Alex Gershanik and made possible by a generous gift from the Sherry and Alan Leventhal Family Foundation.

 

Let’s Connect! Please feel free to reach out to Erica Golden at erica@jewishnola.com or 504-780-5672.

About Erica Golden

 

Erica Golden graduated Phi Beta Kappa in 2015 with a Bachelor’s of Science in Psychology and Jewish Studies from Tulane University followed by a master’s degree in Behavioral Health Psychology. Committed to making meaningful change in the Jewish community, Erica earned her Master’s of Social Work and a Certificate in Jewish Communal Leadership from the University of Michigan. During her time in New Orleans, Erica worked at Slater Torah Academy, and was actively involved in Chabad at Tulane, Tulane Hillel, and Tulane’s Jewish Studies department. She has worked with numerous Jewish community organizations across the country, most recently serving as the Youth Engagement Director at Temple Beth Am in Miami. In that position, Erica guided hundreds of young congregants and their families on their Jewish journeys through relationship building and frequent programming. Erica is dedicated to lowering barriers to entry to the Jewish community for all and sharing the joy she finds in Judaism. 

 

Thrilled to return “home,” you can find Erica exploring Mid-City with her Shih Tzu Jack.

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