On Saturday morning, January 27, Dr. Joel Spalter of the Jewish National Fund (JNF) will speak at Shabbat services at Congregation Beth Israel in honor of Tu B'shevat. Dr. Spalter is President of JNF’s Southwest Board of Directors, and an active member of JNF’s Task Forces on Water Innovation and the Arava Region. His topic will be, “Beyond the Trees: A Morning with JNF."
Avodah has partnered with UJA - Federation of New York for an exciting speaker series, Speak Torah to Power. Top Jewish educators from around the country will address today’s most pressing issues in this transformational speaker series that explores the connection between activism, service, spirituality, community, and Jewish wisdom. Speakers will draw upon Jewish texts, events, and traditions to discuss aspects of Jewish wisdom that are most relevant to improving today’s world. The series, which is available for live streaming, launches January 29. Learn more at https://avodah.net/speaktorahtopower/.
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. Community activist Sara Stone, who was born in 1915, inspired the title of the exhibit. Stone emphasized that the constant thread in the history of Jewish women was the mentorship and education of the next generation. l’dor v’dor, from generation to generation, represents successive ways of Jewish women demonstrated leadership and community activism for the betterment of the city of New Orleans. The exhibition is to the public from January 29, 2018 - April 29, 2018.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.