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Our thoughts are with Kansas City

By now, many of you are aware of the tragic events that took place in Overland Park and Leawood, Kansas (suburbs of Kansas City), just one day before the start of Passover.

Our hearts and prayers are with the Greater Kansas City community during this awful time. May the memories of those who were taken from their loved ones today be for a blessing.

Below is a message from Michael Weil, Executive Director of the Jewish Federation of Greater New Orleans:

I am shocked to hear of a multiple shooting in Kansas City at the JCC and at a Jewish assisted living center where, at present, three people have been confirmed dead, and others wounded. While we do not fully know at this time the motives of the shooter, it would seem that targeting two Jewish facilities just before Passover suggests a planned hate crime. It is a harsh reminder of the fragility of the Jewish people throughout the ages, which we talk about at Seder. We send condolences and prayers to the families of the victims and the wounded. I ask you all to be extra vigilant at this time while continuing to teach the important lessons of the Haggadah.

Passover in New Orleans

Chag sameach, New Orleans! Here's what our community has planned for Pesach 5774.

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Campaign Celebration hits the chai note

On Thursday, March 13, more than 170 members of the Greater New Orleans Jewish community attended the 2014 Campaign Celebration at the New Orleans Center for Creative Arts (NOCCA) to fete the success of this year's Annual Campaign.

Kathy Shepard received the ninth annual Roger Bissinger Memorial Award, and attendees heard from NOCCA Jazz Department chair Michael Pellera about his experiences in Israel last summer as part of a Partnership 2Gether musicians' delegation to our sister city of Rosh Ha'ayin.

Click here to see more photos from the event.