Upcoming Events & Missions

  • On Saturday morning, January 27Dr. 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/.

  • Join Ochsner Hospital for Children and the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) on Wednesday, January 31 at 7:00 p.m. at Ochsner Health Center for Children (4901 Veterans Blvd., Metairie) for a continuation of their joint parent lecture series. This event is free and open to the public. January's lecture will feature Lindsay Baach Friedmann, ADL's Associate Regional Director, as she engages parents in an interactive conversation on cyberbullying and strategies to encourage children to be allies online. For additional information please contact the ADL South Central regional office located in New Orleans, LA at new-orleans@adl.org or 504-780-5602.
  • Jewish Children’s Regional Service (JCRS) will honor Ned Goldberg for his thirty years as executive director at the Jewish Roots of Cabaret Gala on Saturday evening, February 24, 2018, at the New Orleans Marriott. This evening will comprise the 7th Annual JCRS Jewish Roots event, a gala that now serves as one of the largest annual events held by the New Orleans Jewish community.
  • Mark your calendar for Super Sunday, the Jewish Federation's community phonathon to benefit the 2018 Annual Campaign! This year's Super Sunday will take place on Sunday, March 4 from 9:00-2:30 at the Goldring-Woldenberg Jewish Community Campus in Metairie. Can you spare 2 hours to help ensure funding for invaluable social services right here in New Orleans? Click here to volunteer.
  • The Jewish Endowment Foundation of Louisiana's annual event will be held Sunday, March 11 at 11:30 a.m. at the Westin Hotel Canal Place. This year's event will honor: with the Tzedakah Award, the Goldring and Franco families and the Goldring Family Foundation; with the Young Family Award for Professional Excellence, Morton H. Katz; and with the JFNA Endowment Achievement Award, Joan Brooks Cox​.

Educational Opportunities/Announcements

  • 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: 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!  ​​