Upcoming Events 

  • Join Touro Synagogue for the 27th Annual Jazz Fest Shabbat, featuring Grammy winner George Porter, Jr. and the Runnin’ Pardners, on Friday, April 27, beginning at 7:30 p.m. Touro welcomes back Cantor Billy Tiep to lead the event!  Services are free and open to the public, and doors open at 6:45 p.m.  Patron tickets are available for a special patron concert and dinner before the event itself.  Please call Touro Synagogue at 504-895-4843 for more information, or RSVP online at www.tourosynagogue.com/jfs-rsvp/.
  • Congregation Gates of Prayer is happy to welcome back Seth Kibel and Sean Lane, on the First Shabbat of Jazzfest, Friday, April 27, at 8:00 p.m., to enrich Shabbat worship with the sound of Klezmer music. All are welcome to worship and enjoy!​

  • The Jewish Federation of Greater New Orleans will welcome Mark Weitzman, Director of Government Affairs for the Simon Wiesenthal Center, on Wednesday, May 9 at the Uptown Jewish Community Center from 6:00 - 7:00 p.m. Weitzman will speak on the topic, “Antisemitism and Holocaust Distortion: The New Challenge.”


  • Jewish Family Service of Greater New Orleans invites all to Dvash a Celebration of Modern Israeli Cuisine on Thursday, May 10 at The Cannery (3803 Toulouse St., New Orleans, LA 70119). The Patron Party begins at 6:00 p.m. and the Main Event will start at 7:00 p.m.  More than 20 restaurants and chefs will come together to offer attendees with their twist on Modern Israeli cuisine. Participating restaurants and chefs include Doris Metropolitan, Red Fish Grill, Kingfish, Liberty’s Kitchen, Tal’s Hummus, Bywater Bakery, Cowbell, Chef Rommel’s Catering, Kosher Cajun, Casablanca, Rimon, and more! During the Patron Party, a special recognition of JFS Past Presidents will be led by JFS Past President Nancy Bissinger Timm. Proceeds from the event go to benefit JFS Mental Health Services, such as counseling, case management, teen suicide prevention, and senior care planning. These services are made available to everyone in the Greater New Orleans community through a sliding fee scale. Tickets and information on sponsor levels can be found online at http://501auctions.org/JFS or by calling 504-831-8475.

  • Join Hadassah in honoring Lazelle Alexander, Hadassah’s New Orleans Honorary Vice President on Sunday, June 3 with a luncheon at Ralph's on the Park (900 City Park Avenue, New Orlenas). A cash bar reception will precede the luncheon at 11:00 a.m., and the meal will begin at noon. The couvert is $36, and valet parking is complimentary. Please send your reservation by check payable to Hadassah GNO by May 28 to Judy Stiebel (9 Moselle Dr.,Kenner, LA 70065-1123), or, for credit card reservations, contact Arlene Hines at 504-444-6496 or ahines1946@yahoo.com.


Educational Opportunities, Announcements & Missions

  • Registration is now open for Chabad's JLI spring course, "What Is? Rethinking Everything We Know About Our Universe." The course begins Tuesday, April 24, and continues for six Tuesdays, with sessions available from 10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. and from 7:30 - 9:00 p.m. Drawing on the wisdom of Chassidic teaching, the most basic building blocks of existence are reexamined from the bottom up, revolutionizing our understanding of life, reality, and our place in the world. Click here to sign up, or contact Rabbi Mendel Ceitlin at 504-834-8685 or mendelc@jewishlouisiana.com.


  • Visit Longue Vue House and Gardens for its first exhibit of the Tricentennial year, "L'dor V'dor: From Generation to Generation - Jewish Women and Their Impact on New Orleans." The exhibit portrays contributions of Jewish women in the areas of political activism in civil rights, women’s rights and public health, public spaces and recreation, child welfare, education, the arts, and post-Katrina rebuilding of the city. Longue Vue and its legacy are due to an amazing Jewish woman, Edith Stern, and provide an excellent backdrop for the first exhibit of Jewish women of New Orleans in modern history. The scope of the exhibition will cover approximately 110 years, from 1895 to 2005. The exhibition is to the public until April 29, 2018.

  • The Jewish Federations of North America announces the 2018 National Young Leadership Summer Mission to Israel, July 2-8, 2018. Registration is now open. The cost of the mission is $2,999 (according to double occupancy & airfare not included). Questions? Contact nyl@JewishFederations.org with any ideas or questions. This mission is open to those between the ages of 25 and 45.

  • The Jewish Federations of North America announces an Israel Anniversary Mission from October 17-24, 2018. Witness firsthand the impact our work has on the country we helped establish. Throughout your journey, you’ll taste the earth of Israel and feel it’s storied paths beneath your feet, sip its wine and hold its fruit in your hand. The land cost for double occupancy includes General Assembly registration, and is $3,595. A bus especially for participants from intermediate-sized communities may be available. Learn more now at https://jewishfederations.org/calendar/israel-at-70-anniversary-mission-258765.


  • The Synagogue Softball League is looking for new players!  If you or someone you know would like to play softball on Sunday mornings from late February thru June, please email Josh Danzig at: jdanzig4@cox.net. The league is open to men and women over the age of 14, and you must be Jewish or married to a Jew.  It is an overhand slow-pitch league that is fairly competitive though welcoming of all skill sets.  You don’t have to be a member of a synagogue, though there is a nominal fee to help cover costs.

  • 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 NOLA-area Jewish families of young children to enroll in PJ Library, an internationally acclaimed Jewish outreach initiative  sending free and age-appropriate Jewish books every month to kids aged 6 months through 8 years. Over 425 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 504-828-6334 or nolapj@jcrs.org.
  • JCRS invites  NOLA-area Jewish pre-teens to sign up for PJ OUR WAY, the “latest chapter in the PJ LIBRARY story”.  PJ OUR WAY offers a choice of four outstanding Jewish-themed books every month to kids aged 8 ½ - 12.   Funded by the Harold Grinspoon Foundation and administered locally by the JCRS.  To register, please contact Bonnie Lustig at 504-828-6334 or pjourway@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!  ​​