Upcoming Events 

  • Join Hadassah in honoring Lazelle Alexander, Hadassah’s New Orleans Honorary Vice President on Sunday, June 3 with a luncheon at Ralph's on the Park (900 City Park Avenue, New Orlenas). A cash bar reception will precede the luncheon at 11:00 a.m., and the meal will begin at noon. The couvert is $36, and valet parking is complimentary. Please send your reservation by check payable to Hadassah GNO by May 28 to Judy Stiebel (9 Moselle Dr.,Kenner, LA 70065-1123), or, for credit card reservations, contact Arlene Hines at 504-444-6496 or ahines1946@yahoo.com.
  • Save the date for the Jewish Federation's annual celebration, to be held October 10, 2018 at the Mercedes Benz Superdome.

Educational Opportunities, Announcements & Missions

  • The Jewish Federations of North America announces the 2018 National Young Leadership Summer Mission to Israel, July 2-8, 2018. Registration is now open. The cost of the mission is $2,999 (according to double occupancy & airfare not included). Questions? Contact nyl@JewishFederations.org with any ideas or questions. This mission is open to those between the ages of 25 and 45.

  • The Jewish Federations of North America announces an Israel Anniversary Mission from October 17-24, 2018. Witness firsthand the impact our work has on the country we helped establish. Throughout your journey, you’ll taste the earth of Israel and feel it’s storied paths beneath your feet, sip its wine and hold its fruit in your hand. The land cost for double occupancy includes General Assembly registration, and is $3,595. A bus especially for participants from intermediate-sized communities may be available. Learn more now at https://jewishfederations.org/calendar/israel-at-70-anniversary-mission-258765.


  • 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!  ​​