The Center for Jewish-Multicultural Affairs (CJMA) 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 CJMA 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 the CJMA's two signature programs, check out our Get NOEH Fit and Virtual Civil & Human Rights Mission pages!


For more information, please contact Mithun Kamath at or 504-780-5608.


This MLK Weekend, we can't be together in person for our annual Celebration of Peace with Temple Sinai, Touro Synagogue, and Masjid Ur-Raheem - but you can still hear from Rabbi Daniel Sherman, Rabbi Katie Bauman, Imam Rafeeq H. NuMan, and the Jewish Federation's Board Chair Joshua S. Force about our shared commitment to justice.


January 27, 2021 @ 5:30pm


CJMA partnering with Loyola to host Holocaust Remembrance event

In commemoration of International Holocaust Day of Remembrance, the Jewish Federation of Greater New Orleans: Goldring Family Foundation Center for Jewish-Multicultural Affairs (CJMA) and Loyola University New Orleans College of Arts and Sciences invite all to a presentation by Holocaust survivor and Anne Frank Center Board member Pieter Kohnstam. Pieter will share his compelling story of fleeing Amsterdam for Buenos Aires. The talk will be in Spanish, with simultaneous translation into English, and will take place over Zoom. 

Pieter Kohnstam was born in Amsterdam and lived with his family in the same apartment building as Anne Frank. In fact, the two families were friendly, and Anne would often entertain Peiter while their parents played bridge. While the Franks famously went into hiding after the first round-up of Jews by the Nazis, the Kohnstams chose to embark on a dangerous journey that eventually led to Argentina.