Upcoming Events​​

  • Congregation Gates of Prayer will hold a Yom Hashoah observance on Sunday, April 23 at 11:15 a.m. All are invited. The Gates of Prayer Brotherhood is selling yellow memorial candles as part of the commemoration. Contact the office at 504-885-2600 for more information.

  • James Beard award-winners Joan Nathan and Alon Shaya are teaming up for a delicious evening as they present her newest cookbook, King Solomon’s Table: A Culinary Exploration of Jewish Cooking from Around the World. Foodies and fans alike will not want to miss this tasty event, which will be held at 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, April 25, at the Uptown JCC. Chef Alon Shaya will provide samples of one of his signature dishes, which is featured in her book along with fascinating historical details, personal histories and, of course, fantastic recipes from around the world. Admission is free and open to the community. Her book will be available for sale and signing after the program.

  • Congregation Gates of Prayer will hold a Jazzfest Shabbat on Friday, April 28 at 8:00 p.m. Once again Gates of Prayer will welcome Seth Kibel and Sean Lane to services.  All are welcome.

Educational Opportunities/Announcements

  • Registration is now open for the following Jewish Family Service support groups. Girl Power, a self-esteem and social skills group for girls ages 8-13,  meets Wednesdays, from 4:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m., from  April 19 – May 24. The cost is $240 (sliding scale fee also available). Additionally, a Pre-Adoption Support Group will meet on Wednesdays, from 8:30 a.m. – 9:45 a.m., from April 26 – May 24. The fee is $40 per person/couple. Both groups will meet at the JFS office, located at 3300 W. Esplanade Avenue S., Suite 603 in Metairie.  Learn more at jfsneworleans.org/services/groups/. Please call 504-831-8475 to register. 

  • To celebrate Yom Ha'atzmaut this year, the Jewish Community Day School is creating an Israel Museum that includes your family’s Israel artifacts. Send in or drop off an Israel related family artifact, from actual items to photographs (including a card with your name and a description of the artifact). The museum will be part of the JCDS Friends and Grandparents Day on Tuesday, May 2, so stay tuned for more details. Questions about the museum project? Contact tcotlar@jcdsnola.org. 

  • 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, and Medical/High-Tech (the Adventure track is now closed). Click here to see more about the costing and to download the latest itinerary. The deadline to register for the mission is April 30, 2017.