Nourish is the Federation's community service movement, focused primarily on addressing hunger and poverty in the region and with a mission of feeding both the body and the soul. The program consists of a rotating series of community-wide events, with the Federation partnering with existing non-profit groups to work on service projects that best meet their needs and volunteers from the Jewish community participating in these projects. We also incorporate concerts into our volunteer events, often featuring music by New Orleans' own pianist extraordinaire Matt Lemmler. Nourish truly allows us to impact our wider community in a meaningful way! 


To date, we've held drives/events with UNITY, Bastion, the New Orleans Women and Children's Shelter, Covenant HouseGrace at the Greenlightand more. 


COVID-19 Health Care Workers Take Home Meal Program


In partnership with the Jewish Endowment Foundation of Louisiana, Humana, Metairie Bank, and the 

Consulate General of Israel to the Southwest, the Jewish Federation of Greater New Orleans has launched the Greater New Orleans Jewish Community Health Care Workers Take Home Meal Program. This program is serving Tulane Medical Center, Touro Infirmary, Ochsner Health, and East Jefferson General Hospital, with the first delivery of take home meals to frontline medical staff and healthcare workers made on Tuesday, April 21.


Three local kosher restaurants and caterers – Kosher CajunRimon at Tulane Hillel, and Dvash Catering – are each cooking 200 healthy, delicious meals for the four hospital campuses every Tuesday evening, for a total of 800 meals per week. More than 6,000 meals in total will be delivered over the course of the program.


The Jewish Federation is accepting donations to keep the program running past the expected eight-week window at:


A special message for the Greater New Orleans Jewish Community, from Tulane Medical Center:


Community Mitzvah Day - November 3, 2019


The Jewish Federation of Greater New Orleans held its first ever community-wide multi-faith service day on Sunday, November 3 at the Couturie Forest in City Park. Projects included tree planting and trash pickup, and one of the newly planted trees was designated the “Tree of Life” at a special dedication ceremony to honor the victims of the 2018 Pittsburgh synagogue attack and all other victims of hate and discrimination.

In total, 

  • Over 40 volunteers participated,
  • Over 70 trees were planted, and 
  • Over 60 pounds of trash was picked up!


The Federation is proud to have had our Community Mitzvah Day as an official partner event of the 7th annual Jewish Culture Days of Halle, Germany - also the site of a recent anti-Semitic attack.


Father's Day Social Action Event - June 16, 2019


The Humana "Nourish" Program: Presented by Metairie Bank and the Jewish Federation of Greater New Orleans kicked off its 2019 schedule of volunteer initiatives with a wonderful Father's Day Social Action Event at the New Orleans Women and Children's Shelter in Central City on Sunday, June 16! In total, 13 Jewish community volunteers participated in landscaping and gardening projects, children’s art activities, and a pizza party.

A presentation garden was created in front of the building, and in the back volunteers placed both an herb garden and plants that would encourage a butterfly garden (including hibiscuses, milkweed, and a lemon tree!), with the idea that older children residing on site would be responsible for nurturing the gardens and thus exposed to experiential learning opportunities. In addition, a Program Coordinator from the City of New Orleans Health Department’s FitNOLA program met with the shelter’s adult residents to discuss health & wellness topics. And to top it all off, live music was provided by the Matt Lemmler Trio during the dinner service!


Check out a slideshow of the day's activities here:

”On behalf of the New Orleans Women and Children's Shelter, thanks so much to the Jewish Federation of Greater New Orleans and its volunteers and staff, as well as its Nourish program sponsors Humana and Metairie Bank, for a fantastic day that will have a lasting, positive effect on our residents. The entire group did a tremendous job, and our staff members and residents are excited to have the facility made more appealing by their landscaping and gardening work. In addition, the residents greatly enjoyed the food and music that were provided at suppertime! We look forward to working with the Federation and its Nourish program again soon.

– Dan Silverman, Board Chair, New Orleans Women and Children's Shelter


In order to make this happen and impact as many people as possible, we need the generous help of sponsors and volunteers around the community. From grants to financial sponsorships, and from food prep to toiletry drives, your help is both welcomed and encouraged. Nourish is a chance to bring together the New Orleans community and show that we value human dignity, kindness to others, and the virtue of repairing the world—one life at a time. 




To learn more, contact Michelle Neal at 504-780-5604 or at

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