Upcoming Events

  • In celebration of the Jewish Endowment Foundation's 50th anniversary, Leon H. Rittenberg, Jr., through the Rittenberg Family Foundation, has offered JEF a generous challenge grant of $50,000 in support of its General Fund. The Rittenberg Family Foundation will match all gifts to JEF’s General Fund made by March 1, up to a total of $50,000. If you're interested in ensuring the future of JEF's General Fund through this exciting opportunity, please contact Sandy Levy at sandy@jefno.org or at 504-524-4559.

  • On Thursday, March 16, at 7:00 p.m., Congregation Beth Israel will host Myron Sugerman​, who will lecture on the subject of the Mob and their support of the Jews. Mr. Sugerman will present a detailed, accurate description about the contributions that the Mob has made throughout history to the betterment of Jewish life. Reservations required for guaranteed seating. There is no charge for this event, however, donations are welcome. 


Announcements/Educational Opportunities

  • The Jewish Community Center is looking for families to open their homes from May 30-July 30, 2017 (dates are subject to change) to host the summer shlichim for both Day Camps [Uptown & Metairie].  These are young Israeli adults who have completed their army service and have strong backgrounds in education and leadership.  They work hard to integrate Israel into everyday activities at camp and to bring a taste of Israel to all the campers and staff. To learn more, please contact Judy Yaillen at Judy@nojcc.org.

  • Congregation Gates of Prayer is honored to host the monthly meetings of PFLAG on the second Thursday of each month from 7:30-9:00 p.m. PFLAG promotes the health and well-being of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender persons, their families and friends through: support, to cope with an adverse society; education, to enlighten an ill-informed public; and advocacy, to end discrimination and to secure equal civil rights. Monthly meetings are a way for parents, family, and friends of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgendered people as well as members of the LGBT community to meet in a loving, non-judgmental, confidential and understanding environment. Anyone in the community is welcome to attend.
  • JCRS invites all New Orleans-area Jewish families of young children to enroll in PJ Library, a nationally acclaimed Jewish outreach initiative  which mails free and age-appropriate Jewish books every month to kids aged 6 months – 8 years. Over 340 NOLA Jewish kids currently receive these beautiful books each month, as a gift from the Goldring Family Foundation, the Harold Grinspoon Foundation, and JCRS.  To register your child, please contact Bonnie Lustig at nolapj@jcrs.org.

  • Interested in learning Israeli folk dancing?  Classes are held every Monday from 7:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m. at Starlight Dance Studio (5050 West Esplanade Ave.).  Everyone is welcome to attend this fun group, which just celebrated its 30th anniversary!  


  • Discover the wonders of Jerusalem’s Biblical Zoo. Surf the Mediterranean. Explore Tel Aviv’s striking Bauhaus architecture. Visit Google’s Israeli campus. Find your track on the Greater New Orleans Jewish community’s 2017 mega-mission to Israel, to be held June 5-12, 2017. For the first time ever, you’ll be able to choose from four exciting tracks: Family, Art/Architecture/Music, Medical/High-Tech, and Adventure (limited spots remain in the Adventure track). Click here to see more about the costing and to download the latest itinerary