Congregation Beth Israel will hold a special Shabbat Dinner with guest speaker Jim Letten, on Friday, March 31 immediately following 7:00 p.m. services. Letten will speak on on the topic: "The Tension Between Religious Liberty and Civil Rights in the U.S." Jim Letten is an attorney in the Butler Snow Law Office. Prior to joining the firm, Jim served continuously as the longest serving United States Attorney in the nation with over 11 ½ years of continuous service. RSVP's are required, and an early bird rate is available for reservations prior to Tuesday, March 28. RSVP to RSVP@BethIsraelNOLA.com or by calling the synagogue office at 504-454-5080.
Congregation Gates of Prayer is pleased to welcome Noah Aronson, nationally known Jewish music composer and performer, as the Musician-in-Residence from March 31-April 2. His unique musical style propels his music into communities across North America, Israel, and Europe. Noah released his first solo Jewish album in May 2011 and the title song ‘Am I Awake’ was a winner in the NewVoices song competition at NewCAJE in 2011. Noah’s album ‘Left Side of the Page’, released in 2013, has received wide-spread acclaim for its musical settings of poetic selections from the Mishkan Tefilah Prayer Book. He is currently serving as the Creative Director of Sacred Music NY, a nonprofit organization he helped to create, that organizes concerts around New York City bringing together spiritual musicians from diverse backgrounds to inspire interfaith dialogue and social change. Noah Aronson will be providing music and kavanah for the Shabbat evening service on Friday, March 31 at 8:00 p.m. (along with Cantorial Soloist, Victoria May and the congregational choir, Kol Simcha). On Saturday, April 1 he will join Gates of Prayer for Shabbat morning worship. That Saturday evening he will present a living room concert for members at 5:30 p.m., and a concert for TRIBE (20’as and 30’s) at People’s Health New Orleans Jazz Market at 8:00 p.m. For more information on the Saturday evening events, contact the Gates of Prayer office at 504-885-2600. All events are free. The Worship services and Sunday concert are open to the public.
The National Council of Jewish Women, Greater New Orleans Section will celebrate a major milestone - 120 years of service, social justice and advocacy in the Greater New Orleans area. NCJW achievements and the women who have led the organization over the decades will be honored at an elegant dinner/dance on Saturday, April 22 from 7:00 p.m. - 11:00 p.m. at the Metairie Country Club. A Patron Party will precede the event. Angela Hill will serve as mistress of ceremonies. There will be a seated dinner, music by The Yat Pack and a fabulous silent auction. Barbara Kaplinsky and Eileen Wallen are the Gala Co-Chairs. For tickets or additional information, contact NCJW at firstname.lastname@example.org or 504-861-7788.
The Jewish Community Center is looking for families to open their homes from May 30-July 30, 2017 (dates are subject to change) to host the summer shlichim for both Day Camps [Uptown & Metairie]. These are young Israeli adults who have completed their army service and have strong backgrounds in education and leadership. They work hard to integrate Israel into everyday activities at camp and to bring a taste of Israel to all the campers and staff. To learn more, please contact Judy Yaillen at Judy@nojcc.org.
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 New Orleans-area Jewish families of young children to enroll in PJ Library, a nationally acclaimed Jewish outreach initiative which mails free and age-appropriate Jewish books every month to kids aged 6 months – 8 years. Over 340 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 email@example.com.
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!
Discover the wonders of Jerusalem’s Biblical Zoo. Surf the Mediterranean. Explore Tel Aviv’s striking Bauhaus architecture. Visit Google’s Israeli campus. Find your track on the Greater New Orleans Jewish community’s 2017 mega-mission to Israel, to be held June 5-12, 2017. For the first time ever, you’ll be able to choose from four exciting tracks: Family, Art/Architecture/Music, Medical/High-Tech, and Adventure (limited spots remain in the Adventure track). Click here to see more about the costing and to download the latest itinerary.