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Upcoming Events

  • The Jewish Community Day School (JCDS) Annual Auction, Gala and Founders Day Celebration, co-chaired by Michele Hart and Shanee Holmes, will be held Sunday, October 19 at 5:00 p.m. at Shir Chadash Conservative Congregation.  The event will feature a silent auction and Bon Operatit! performers, including JCDS’s own Lauren Gisclair.  It will be catered by Andy Adelman.

  • The New Orleans chapter of Hadassah will be hosting Bra-Veaux, its fall fundraiser designed to raise awareness and funding for medical care and groundbreaking research at the Hadassah Medical Organization in Jerusalem, on Saturday, October 25 at 7:00 p.m. at the Lakefront Airport Terminal (6001 Stars and Stripes Boulevard, New Orleans). Bra-Veaux will feature a showcase and live auction of stunning art brassieres and “uplifting” works of art by scores of professional and amateur artists. The event, which is being orchestrated by Co-Chairs Miriam Waltzer and Barbara Kaplinsky, will honor the memory of long-time, dedicated Hadassah volunteer Pearl Daube. If you are interested in volunteering for Bra-Veaux, contact Miriam Waltzer at

  • Shir Chadash Conservative Congregation will toast and roast retiring executive director, Sandy Lassen, at the Audubon Tea Room on Sunday evening, November 16 at 6:45 p.m. There will be musical entertainment and a special guest MC, Rhonda Shear, the locally-born former beauty queen, comedian, and star of the popular late night series USA Up All Night. The entire community is invited to attend this gala kosher event. Tickets and patron opportunities are available by contacting the Shir Chadash office at 504-889-1144.

Announcements/Educational Opportunities

  • Chabad Jewish Center is proud to present its High Holidays Educational Series. Join Rabbi Mendel Ceitlin for three fascinating discussions on the upcoming Holidays. The classes will take place on three consecutive Sunday mornings, starting September 21, from 10:00 -11:00 a.m. at Chabad Center of Metairie (4141 W. Esplanade Ave.).

  • This fall, The National Council of Jewish Women: Greater New Orleans Section will hold a three-session minicourse exploring gender and Judaism, entitled "What's Gender Got To Do With It?" On Wednesdays, October 1, 15 and 29 at 6:30 p.m., join NCJW at the Newcomb College Center for Research on Women (Tulane University) for this series. Instructors include Dr. Brenda Brasher, Dr. Nikki Brown and Prof. Betsy Weiss. The cost is $10 per session for NCJW members or $25 for the entire course; non-members pay $15 per session or $40 for the course. To register, please e-mail, call 504-861-7788 or mail a check to 6221 S. Claiborne Ave., Suite 208, New Orleans, LA 70125.

  • Congregation Gates of Prayer will offer "Adult Hebrew" with instructor Phil Gaethe, PJE, beginning Wednesday, October 22 at 6:30 p.m. To learn more or to sign up, please e-mail

  • Congregation Gates of Prayer will launch Jewish Ethics Classes with Rabbi Robert Loewy on Thursday, October 23 at 11:00 a.m. Held on the first and third Thursdays of most months, this course explores the text of Rabbi Joseph Telushkin's A Code of Jewish Ethics. To learn more, please call 504-885-2600 or e-mail

  • The Jewish Children’s Regional Service (JCRS) is delighted to celebrate PJ Library's eighth  year of operation in the Greater New Orleans area. PJ Library® is a nationally acclaimed Jewish outreach initiative providing a treasury of free Jewish books to children aged 6 months through 8 years. Every month, each participating child receives a charming, age-appropriate Jewish book or music CD in the mail.   The engaging stories, pictures, and music are ideal for parents and young children to cuddle up with and share at bedtime (“PJ” stand for pajamas).  Many children can’t wait to open up their PJ Library package every month! Today, over 550 Jewish children in Greater New Orleans have received monthly PJ selections through JCRS.  The PJ Library has expanded nationally every year since its inception in 2005, with PJ Library books now reaching more than 130,000  children per month in 214 communities throughout the United States and Canada. In Greater New Orleans, The PJ Library is administered by JCRS through the generosity of the Goldring Family Foundation and the Harold Grinspoon Foundation. All Jewish children in the Greater New Orleans area are invited to participate!   Babies may be registered at birth. For information about enrolling your child, please contact Bonnie Lustig at JCRS, 504-828-6334 or For more information about the programs and services of JCRS, please visit our website at or call 504-828-6334.

  • The Jules Lazard Post 580 of the Jewish War Veterans of America is pleased to extend a free one-year membership to newcomers who served on active duty at any time. Post 580 is the fastest growing Post in the country. For more information, contact Judge Sol Gothard, Post Commander, at 504-887-3570 or at  

  • 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! 

Missions and Conferences 

  • Save the date for the 2014 Jewish Federations of North America's General Assembly, which will be held in Washington, DC, from November 9-11, 2014. The GA this year offers an exciting program that includes Supreme Court Justices Stephen Breyer and Elena Kagan, award-winning political correspondents, New York Times best-selling authors, top Israeli and American officials and more. Visit to learn more.