The Center for Jewish-Multicultural Affairs is an in-house initiative of the Jewish Federation of Greater New Orleans that contains all of the Federation’s external relations programs and directly reaches out to the wider community, both Jewish and non-Jewish. The Center is initially focusing on four primary outreach areas: [1] African-American relations; [2] LGBTQ relations, through the existing Jewish Pride New Orleans (JP NOLA) program; [3] Latin-American relations; and [4] multi-faith relations.

 

MISSION STATEMENT -- The Jewish Federation of Greater New Orleans: Center for Jewish-Multicultural Affairs is committed to (1) fostering relations between the local Jewish community and the local African-American, Latin-American, and Multi-Faith communities as well as (2) enhancing opportunities for the LGBTQ Jewish community, and in so doing will seek to build and maintain strong, mutually beneficial, and lasting partnerships with the wider community in the region. Through extensive, impactful outreach programming within and outside the local Jewish community, the Center is one of the primary mechanisms by which the Federation will put into practice the Jewish tenet of tikkun olam (“repairing the world”), while simultaneously increasing the visibility of the Federation, engaging increasingly larger segments members of the Jewish community, and helping to counter the rising tide of anti-Semitism. The Center will seek to serve as a gateway, providing education and information about the Jewish community to other groups in the area – and vice versa – with the goal of creating a heightened understanding and shared purpose between the Jewish community and these groups.

 

The Center for Jewish-Multicultural Affairs is led by an Advisory Council co-chaired by Bradley Bain and Ina Davis. It was made possible by a generous gift from the Goldring Family Foundation.

 

For more information, please contact Mithun Kamath at mithun@jewishnola.com or 504-780-5608.


 

Shalom: A Cross-Cultural Conversation series returns to WBOK radio (1230AM)


The Center for Jewish-Multicultural Affairs is proud to be continuing the Federation's partnership with WBOK radio (1230AM) to highlight and explore Jewish/African-American relations, with a show entitled Shalom: A Cross-Cultural Conversation co-hosted by Federation CEO Arnie Fielkow and Oliver Thomas.

 

On October 8 at 8:00am, our special guest will be Anthony Bean of the Anthony Bean Community Theater! You can listen via radio or livestream on WBOK's website. Anthony will preview an episode of "Reality Teen Talk TV" featuring six Jewish teens and six African-American teens discussing issues of race and culture.

 

The "Reality Teen Talk TV" episode will air on Sunday, October 11 at 12:30pm on WUPL-TV (channel 54) - we hope you tune in! Check out this promo from Alan Smason's NOLA Theatre Talk:

 


 

RECENT EPISODES:

On August 12, our special guest was Regional Director of ADL South Central Aaron AhlquistYou can listen to the episode here.

 

On June 17, our guests were Aaron Ahlquist and former NBA player Marvin RobertsYou can listen to the episode here.

 

On February 28, Arnie and Oliver discussed the launch of the Center and previewed what lies ahead! You can listen to the episode here.

Crossing Bridges:

the Latinx and Jewish Immigration Experiences 

Monday, October 12 @ 5:30 PM via Zoom

 

a special Hispanic Heritage Month event in partnership with Puentes New Orleans

La Raza National Conference Begins In New Orleans | WWNO

 

Please join the brand new Center for Jewish-Multicultural Affairs and Puentes for a fascinating virtual story-telling event on the shared immigration experiences of the Jewish and Latinx communities. The evening will feature videos and testimonials from Latinx students who recently arrived in the United States, a brief historical overview of Jewish immigration to our country, and a presentation from New Orleans’ own Anne Levy, a Holocaust survivor. 

Anne Levy's Message - My New Orleans

To receive the Zoom link, please contact mithun@jewishnola.com.


 

Shema: A Virtual Listening Session

with New Orleans Black Leadership

 

Did you miss our virtual listening session with local Black leadership? It's available to watch now! We are proud to share a recording of Monday night’s incredible event, which had over 400 people tuning in live via Zoom and Facebook.
 
We hope you have an opportunity to watch this extraordinary program and heed the call to action. The Center for Jewish-Multicultural Affairs is looking forward to working to turn our speakers' words into deeds.


 

 

June 19, 2020 --