Upcoming Events 

  • JCRS' PJ Library and JewCCY are collaborating on a Gaga Tournament, to take place Sunday, October 14 at 3:30 p.m. at the Goldring-Woldenberg Jewish Community Campus in Metairie. This event is free and geared to those ages 8-12. Pizza and refreshments will be served. RSVP to Charlie Cox at 504-912-5515 or jewccy@gmail.com.
  • Join JCRS' PJ Library for PJ in the Garden on Sunday, October 21 at 3:30 p.m., in the Faubourg St. John Neighborhood Garden (corner of Saint Philip St. and North Dupre St., New Orleans). All PJ Library families are invited to plant and learn from Garden Steward and Educator, Jessica McNally. All ages are welcome (though this event is geared for ages 3-8) - wear clothes that can get dirty. RSVP to Jennette at 504-215-8757 or pj.jennette@jcrs.org.
  • The National WWII Museum will host a screening of Who Will Write Our History on Thursday, October 25 at 6:00 p.m. in the Solomon Victory Theater. In November 1940, days after the Nazis sealed 450,000 Jews in the Warsaw Ghetto, a secret band of journalists, scholars, and community leaders decided to fight back. Led by historian Emanuel Ringelblum and known by the code name Oyneg Shabes, this clandestine group vowed to defeat Nazi lies and propaganda not with guns or fists but with pen and paper. Now, for the first time, their story is told as a feature documentary. This screening is free and open to the public, but please RSVP to attend.

  • JCRS' PJ Library and the Jewish Community Day School are partnering for Jewish Babies Group: Fun with Under 1’s, on Sunday, November 4, from 9:00-10:00 a.m. All are welcome to come make new friends, play, and sing at the Goldring-Woldenberg Jewish Community Campus in Metairie. RSVP to Jennette at 504-215-8757 or pj.jennette@jcrs.org.
  • Chabad Jewish Center in Metairie will commemorate the 80th anniversary of Kristallnacht on Tuesday, November 6 with special guest speaker, Eva Schloss. Schloss is the stepsister of Anne Frank. More details will follow soon. Click here to learn more.
  • The Jewish Community Day School invites you to raise your Monarch Martini, dine on a Fritillary of Fanciful Foods, and savor the Sounds of a Classical String Ensemble during the Butterfly Ball Gala in support of their Annual Campaign on Sunday, November 18 at 5:30 pm. This year’s honoree is JCDS Head of School, Dr. Sharon Pollin. Co-hosts Susan and Howard Green, and Fran and Jonny Lake, look forward to welcoming you to the Magical Butterfly Garden at 3747 W. Esplanade Avenue. For more information, to become a Patron, to buy tickets or to donate to the Butterfly Ball, click HERE.


Educational Opportunities, Announcements & Missions

  • Temple Sinai's Adult Beginner Hebrew class will begin Wednesday, October 10, taking place in the evenings over nine nights from 6:00 p.m. - 7:15 p.m.  This course is free and open to the public, but registration is requested so that enough books will be available. Questions? Call 504-861-3693.

  • Congregation Gates of Prayer's continuing education series with Rabbi David Gerber, Science and Religion, will be held this month on Wednesdays (October 10, 17, and 24) at 7:30 p.m. Over the years, many have viewed science to be incompatible with religion. In reality, and in Jewish history, science has always been essential to understanding religion. Can science prove the existence of God? Can the study of the natural universe bring us closer to our Torah? Join Gates of Prayer for a three week course exploring how a Jew can and should pursue scientific understanding as a means to faith.


  • Congregation Gates of Prayer's Brotherhood and Sisterhood present the first in this year’s health series, Cardiovascular Health, to be held Sunday, October 21. Featuring Dr. Homeyar Dinshaw, this event will begin at 9:45 a.m. (with breakfast preceding it at 9:00 a.m.). Please RSVP to 504-885-2600 or office@gatesofprayer.org.
  • The International Lion of Judah Conference will be held January 13-15, 2019 in Hollywood, Florida. This exciting celebration of philanthropy celebrates women who give more than $5,000 annually to their Federation's Annual Campaign. Cathy Bart will be feted as the New Orleans recipient of the Kipnis-Wilson/Friedland Award. If you are interested in attending, please visit www.lionconference.org. Questions? Please contact Sherri Tarr at sherritarr@jewishnola.com. Registration will close soon.

  • 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.

  • 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!  ​​