Upcoming Events 


  • Infants and toddlers are welcome to an Early Childhood Playdate, on Sunday, January 27 from 10:30-12:00 p.m. at Jewish Community Day School (Room 129).  Shmooze, play, enjoy a morning nosh, and meet Preschool Division Head, Catherine Sarenac.  
  • Sunday, January 27 is Family Fun Fest at Jewish Community Day School, from 12:00-2:00 p.m. on Bart Field at the Goldring Woldenberg Jewish Community Campus in Metairie. Celebrate the occasion with activity stations, bounce house, STEAM projects, games, and Tu B'Sehvat treats. A kosher pizza lunch will be available for purchase.   
  • JCRS' PJ Library will hold Havdalah and Hidden Figures on Saturday, February 2 at 6:45 p.m. at Congregation Gates of Prayer. PJ Our Way families are invited to welcome in the new week with a Havdalah service, lead by Rabbi Gerber and JewCCY Director of Youth Engagement, Charlie Cox. Following Havdalah, there will be a screening of Hidden Figures. Hidden Figures is an inspiring true story of three brilliant African-American women who worked at NASA in the 1950s and '60s as "human computers" -- making calculations and contributions that helped launch the manned spaceflight program. This is a free program, geared for kids age 8-12. Pizza will be served. Parents have the option of dropping kids off or staying for the program. 
  • Join Jewish Community Day School and 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.
  • The 40th Annual B'nai B'rith Mardi Gras Mitzva Makers Hospital Parade will take place on Sunday, February 10 at 9:30 a.m. at Touro Infirmary (Prytania Street entrance), with the parade beginning at 10:00 a.m. Participants will bring Mardi Gras to patients who are there for long-term care and rehabilitation who likely will not be able to experience Mardi Gras anytime soon. Costumes are encouraged, as are musicians who can participate in a second line. Please provide your own throws and beads. RSVP to Dr. Hilton Title at dentrump1@aol.com or at 504-957-5310.

  • PJ Library of New Orleans, a Jewish Children's Regional Service program, is excited to launch the Little Mensches  program, a year-long series of opportunities for families of young children to engage in meaningful family volunteer activities while learning about local community needs and Jewish social values.  All PJ Library and PJ OUR WAY subscribers and their families are invited to participate in any or all of these volunteering events. The launch event,  PJ Library Little Mensches Help with Hunger,  takes place in partnership with Second Harvest Food Bank, Louisiana’s largest food pantry, on  Sunday, February 10,  from 1:00-2:40 p.m. at the Uptown JCC.  “PJ” kids and families will assemble family dinner kits for a local elementary school  where most students are eligible for  free or discounted breakfast and lunch at school, but may struggle to have enough for dinner at home.  Second Harvest staff will explain how hunger affects New Orleans families, and  PJ Library dad Danny Mintz, an anti-hunger public policy advocate,  will provide the Jewish perspective by explaining  the Torah commandments on providing for those in need. A craft event will also take place. Space is limited and RSVP is required. Please RSVP to Jennette at 504-215-8757 or at pj.jennette@jcrs.org.

  • On Sunday,  February 17, volunteers will come together between 9:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. at the Goldring-Woldenberg Jewish Community Campus in Metairie to support Super Sunday—can you lend a hand for at least 2 hours? Super Sunday is the phonathon to benefit the 2019 Jewish Federation Annual Campaign.  We will reach out to members of our Jewish community to raise the dollars which support our agencies and organizations. It’s a longstanding tradition dating back decades in our Greater New Orleans Jewish community, attracting enthusiastic and dedicated volunteers and donors  alike. To volunteer, click here and sign up by Wednesday, February 13. To sign up or make your pledge, call Brenda at 504-780-5605. To pay your pledge now, click here


Educational Opportunities, Announcements & Missions

  • All are invited to Tulane University for “Beyond the Nation-State: The Idea of National Self-Determination in Zionism before 1948,” a lecture from Dimitry Shumsky, Professor of Jewish History at Hebrew University, on January 29 at the campus Rogers Chapel at 7:00 p.m. This event is sponsored by the Stacy Mandel-Palagye and Keith Palagye Program in Middle East Peace and the Altman Program in International Studies and Business.

  • Registration is 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 - 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. Download the itinerary here. Registration is now open.

  • 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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