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 will initially focus on four primary outreach areas:  African-American relations;  LGBTQ relations, through the existing Jewish Pride New Orleans (JP NOLA) program;  Latin-American relations; and  multi-faith relations.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or 504-780-5608.
St. Augustine High School / Touro Synagogue Field Trip
On March 4, 2020, the Center for Jewish-Multicultural Affairs continued the Federation's wonderful partnership with historic St. Augustine High School, a New Orleans-based African-American Catholic school. Over 100 St. Augustine students visited our own Touro Synagogue to learn about Judaism, see the Torah scrolls, and discuss the importance of the Exodus story: both the Jewish flight from Egypt and the Harriet Tubman-led Underground Railroad escape from slavery. Thank you to Rabbi Katie Bauman of Touro for welcoming our group and leading a truly beautiful and educational field trip!
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 Friday, February 28, Arnie and Oliver discussed the launch of the Center and previewed what lies ahead!
You can listen to the episode here.
Each and every year in communities throughout the country, MLK weekend is an opportunity for various organizations and houses of worship to come together to engage in Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s enduring call for a just and equitable society in which the basic rights and dignity of all people are strengthened and celebrated.
On MLK Weekend 2020, the Jewish Federation of Greater New Orleans: Goldring Family Foundation Center for Jewish-Multicultural Affairs, Temple Sinai, Touro Synagogue, Masjidur Rahim mosque, and ADL South Central Region continued an annual partnership called "A Celebration of Peace, Justice, and Unity," which involved:
Friday, January 17
12:15 p.m. Jumah Prayer and lunch at Masjidur Rahim mosque
6:15 p.m. Shabbat Salaam services and dinner at Temple Sinai
Monday, January 20
10:00 am. City of New Orleans 2020 MLK March
Over 75 members of the Jewish and Muslim communitities participated in the City's official MLK Ceremony at the New Orleans Jazz Market and then walked together in the official MLK march! The Center for Jewish-Multicultural Affairs, in tandem with the Jewish War Veterans Ben Katz Post 580 (New Orleans, LA), was proud to provide free transportation to and from the march. See below for a few notable moments from throughout the day.