Upcoming Events 

  • All are invited to Jews & Loss, a discussion centered around coping with loss, and how those grieving may find comfort in tradition. Led by Rabbi Aaron Goldscheider, the discussion will take place on Tuesday, January 8 at 4:30 p.m. at Jewish Family Service (3300 W. Esplanade Avenue S, Suite 603, Metairie), and is free to attend. This event is presented in partnership with Jewish Family Service, Amiel BaKehila and the Jewish Federation of Greater New Orleans. Please RSVP to Rachel@jfsneworleans.org.


  • Join Jewish Family Service for a panel discussion based on the book, "The Blessing of a Skinned Knee: Using Jewish Teachings to Raise Self-reliant Children," with Mark Sands, MD, Nancy Timm, LCSW, and Sharon Pollin, Ed.D, moderated by Mike Wasserman, MD. The discussion will be held Sunday, February 3, 2019 from 9:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. at the Goldring-Woldenberg Jewish Community Campus. This event is a collaboration of Jewish Family Service, Jewish Community Day School, PJ Library, Hadassah, Gates of Prayer Nursery School, and the JCC Nursery School. Light breakfast served. Free childcare available by reservation.

Educational Opportunities, Announcements & Missions

  • 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 Chef Justin Detillier (La Petite Grocery). 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.

  • Jewish Children's Regional Service (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.
  • Jewish Children's Regional Service (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!  ​​