Upcoming Events 
 

  • Reform services in August will be held at Congregation Gates of Prayer on Fridays at 8:00 p.m. and on Saturdays at 10:30 a.m. 

     

Educational Opportunities, Announcements & Missions
 

  • Join Congregation Beth Israel every Wednesday in August from 7:30 - 8:30 p.m. for The Five Most Interesting Conversations in Jewish history. Each session is a stand alone opportunity to explore key moments in Judaism with Rabbi Gabe Greenberg. RSVP to office@bethisraelnola.com.
     
  • 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 its 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.
     
  • All are invited to the 2018 General Assembly, to be held October 22-24, 2018 in Israel. The General Assembly (GA) of The Jewish Federations of North America (JFNA) is the premier annual gathering of thousands of top Jewish communal changemakers. It convenes volunteer and professional leaders from Federations across North America, along with those in the business of Jewish philanthropy from Israel and around the world. Learn more and register now at generalassembly.org. Questions? Contact Sherri Tarr at sherritarr@jewishnola.com.

     
  • Registration is now open for the third Jewish Federation Food and Wine Mission to Israel, to be held April 1-9, 2019. The land cost (airfare is not included) wil be no more than $4,999 (for double occupancy, with a single supplement upcharge of $1,379), and participants will be joined by two New Orleans chefs - including 2014 James Beard Award winner, Chef Ryan Prewitt (Peche), and another chef to be named soon. Capped at only 36 participants, this is an intimate opportunity to explore the culinary landscape of Israel, from Jerusalem's Mahane Yehuda market to the lush hills of the vineyards in the Golan Heights.  To learn more, please contact Sherri Tarr at 504-780-5609 or at sherritarr@jewishnola.com. To register, click here.
     

  • Join the Jewish Federations of North America on a special LGBTQ Mission to Israel, to take place June 6-13, 2019. Like in America, the LGBTQ community in Israel is actively seeking equality and acceptance. Experience Israel's thriving, vibrant LGBTQ community against the complex cultural backdrop of the country. Itinerary and details to follow soon.
     

  • 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!  ​​