Upcoming Events, Educational Opportunities, Announcements & Missions


  • ​Join Congregation Beth Israel's Rabbi Josh Pernick and the JCC each Wednesday evening through April 1 at 7:00 p.m. for SHTISEL 101:  Everything You Always Wanted to Know But Were Afraid to Ask. The block-busting Israeli series Shitsel tells the story of a Haredi family living in an ultra-Orthodox neighborhood of Jerusalem as they reckon with love, loss and the doldrums of daily life. This weekely event is held at the Goldring-Woldenberg Jewish Community Campus in  Metairie, and together attendees will watch and discuss the first season of this binge-worth series and learn more about the lifestyle it portrays. All are welcome. There is no cost to attend but an RSVP is required. Contact judy@nojcc.org for additional details and to RSVP. 
  • Tulane University will host "Zionism Then and Now: A Symposium," from Sunday, February 2 to Monday, February 3. The opening event will be held on Sunday, February 2 at 7:00 p.m. at the Lavin-Bernick Center on the Tulane campus, and will feature a panel discussion led by Dr. Michael Cohen, Chair, Tulane Jewish Studies. The conference will be held the following day from 10:00 a.m. – 3:15 p.m. at in the Jewish Studies building (7031 Freret St., New Orleans). Speakers for the two day symposium include Dr. Shachar Pinsker (University of Michigan), Dr. Vladimir Levin (Hebrew University of Jerusalem), Dr. Arie Dubnov (George Washington University), Dean Brian Edwards (Tulane University School of Liberal Arts), Dr. Olga Litvak (Cornell University), Dr. Sarah Cramsey (Tulane University), Dr. Naomi Brenner (Ohio State University), Dr. Ari Ofengenden (Tulane University), Dr. Scott Ury (Tel Aviv University), and Dr. Natalia Aleksiun (Touro College & University System). To learn more, contact bperry6@tulane.edu.

  • Tulane Jewish Studies and the Museum of the Southern Jewish Experience are cosponsoring a lecture on "Jews of the South and the Perils of Acceptance," to be held on Wednesday, February 5 at 7:00 p.m. at the Tulane University Bea Field Alumni House (6319 Willow St., New Orleans).

  • Join The National WWII Museum on Thursday, February 6 at 5:00 p.m. for a conversation with author/national Hadassah board member, Elizabeth Fox, presenting her book We Are Going to Be Lucky: A World War II Love Story in Letters, which tells the story of a first-generation Jewish American couple separated by war. After decades of gathering dust, their words have been carefully transcribed and thoughtfully edited and annotated by Fox, the couple’s daughter. Learn more and RSVP here: https://www.nationalww2museum.org/events-programs/events/126472-meet-author-elizabeth-fox.

  • The Victor Center for the Prevention of Jewish Genetic Disease, Touro Infirmary, Jewish Family Service of Greater New Orleans, the Jewish Federation of Greater New Orleans, the Jewish Endowment Foundation and the Jewish Community Center are sponsoring a Jewish Genetic Testing event to be held Thursday, February 6 at 5:30 p.m. at the Uptown JCC. Debbie Wasserman, MS and Dr. Paul du Treil, OB/GYN, are scheduled to speak. Genetic testing typically costs thousands of dollars and is often not covered by insurance companits. The first 45 to register will pay a reduced cost of $149. The out of pocket fee with health insurance is up to $249 for an individual and $349 for a couple. Learn more and register here.

  • Mark your calendars for the Jewish Federation of Greater New Orleans' annual phonathon, Super Sunday. This year's phonathon will take place on Sunday, February 9 at the Goldring-Woldenberg Jewish Community Campus from 9:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. Sign up to volunteer now! If you wish to make and pay your pledge for the 2020 Annual Campaign ahead of Super Sunday, click hereSpecial thanks to the Schoenbaum Family Foundation for sponsoring this event.

  • Save the date for the Jewish Endowment Foundation of Louisiana's annual event, to be held on Sunday, March 15, at 12:00 p.m. at the Audubon Tea Room. JEF’s Board of Directors and staff invite donors, supporters and friends to honor outstanding community leaders who are dedicated to ensuring a strong and vibrant Jewish community for future generations in the Greater New Orleans area. The Tzedakah Award, JEF’s highest honor, will be presented to Joyce and Sidney Pulitzer. During the event, Charles A. (Rusty) Levy, III, will receive the Young Family Award for Professional Excellence and Caitrin Gladow will receive the Helen A. Mervis Jewish Community Professional Award. For more information, contact Patti Lengsfield at 504-800-8011 or patti@jefno.org or Debbie Berins at 504-800-8007 or debbie@jefno.org.

  • The American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC) has announced its list of spring/summer Entwine Insider travel programs for 2020. Click here to learn more.

  • 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!  

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