About JCRC

The Jewish Community Relations Council (JCRC) serves as the representative voice of the organized Jewish community of Greater New Orleans. The JCRC is responsible for education and advocacy regarding Jews, Israel, and public policies of concern to Jews and the Jewish community. The Council comprises representatives from all Jewish communal organizations, a rabbi from each synagogue, and individuals appointed by the Federation and local leadership. The Council identifies issues, develops programs, and articulates positions that support our Jewish values. Special attention is directed toward issues concerning support of the State of Israel and promotion of a democratic and pluralistic American society.


The JCRC is comprised of the three subcommittees: External Relations, Jewish Outreach, and Government Relations. For more information, or to get involved, call 504-780-5600.


External Relations

External Relations collaborates with other non-profits in the Greater New Orleans community to promote the JCRC’s mission and to engage in social action. This committee organizes activities aimed at helping New Orleans citizens and fostering strong community relationships.

The pursuit of strong relationships between all racial, ethnic, religious, and social groups in the Greater New Orleans area is a vital component to the recovery of the region and the general well-being of the local Jewish community.

Jewish Outreach

Jewish Outreach works within the Jewish community to cultivate new relationships and increase involvement of less-engaged community members. We focus on a long-term strategy for deepening the engagement of those on the periphery of Jewish life. Outreach achieves its goal through a series of personal contacts with friendly, trained Jewish community representatives at fun, educational, and meaningful programs and events. We reach out to groups such as Woldenberg Village, LGBTQ groups, AVODAH, and Moishe House.

Government Relations

Government Relations works to identify issues of importance to the Greater New Orleans Jewish Community. We address issues at all levels of government—local, state, and federal.

Chair: Bradley Bain

Executive Committee: Bradley Bain, Gail Chalew, Nicole Harvey, Dr. Daliah Bauer Wolfson

Members and Affiliation:

  • Judy Aillen, JCC
  • ​Dr. Marc Behar, At-Large
  • Rabbi Alexis Berk, Touro 
  • Benjamin Berman, At-Large
  • Rabbi Ed Cohn, Sinai 
  • Rabbi Yossi Chesney, Torah AcademyAna Gershanik, At-Large
  • Rabbi Allen Freelhling
  • Michele Gelman
  • ​Cathy Glaser
  • Sheila Gold
  • Robin Goldblum
  • ​Hon. Sol Gothard
  • Rabbi Gabe Greenberg, Beth Israel
  • Marsha Halteman, At-Large
  • Nicole Harvey, JNOLA
  • Bill Hess
  • Julanne Isaacson
  • Barbara Kaplinsky, NCJW
  • Julian Katz, Uptown Chabad
  • Susan Kierr
  • David Kirzner, B'Nai Brith, JCRS
  • Neil Kohlman, JCRS
  • Jonny Lake, ADL
  • ​Dani Levine, Avodah
  • Rabbi Robert Lowey, Gates of Prayer
  • Larry Manshel, JFS
  • ​Mark Mintz
  • ​Garrett Moore, Sinai
  • Rabbi Yossie Nemes, Chabad of Louisiana
  • ​Rabbi Alexis Pinksy, Touro
  • Camille Pollan, At-Large
  • Rabbi Matt Reimer, Sinai
  • Gary Remer
  • Rabbi Mendel Rivkin, Chabad of Louisiana
  • Rabbi Yochanan Rivkin, Uptown Chabad
  • Jakob Rosenzweig, At-Large
  • Josh Rubenstein
  • ​Alvin Samuels
  • Charisse Sands, Hadassah
  • Rabbi Yonah Schiller
  • David Shepard
  • Scott Silbert
  • ​Rabbi Deborah Silver, Shir Chadash
  • Rabbi Todd Silverman, Touro
  • Lonnie Zarum Schaffer, At-Large
  • Madalyn Schenk, At-Large
  • Sarah Sebbag, Beth Israel
  • Jackie Stern
  • Ann Thompson, ADL
  • ​Robert Witrick
  • Dr. ​Daliah Bauer Wolfson, At-Large
  • Rella Zapletal, Gates of Prayer
  • Erica Zucker, Touro