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Upcoming Events

  • Jewish Family Service of Greater New Orleans (JFS) will honor Max Nathan, Jr., President of JFS’s Board of Directors from 1973 to 1974 at its 2014 Rhythm and Soul fundraiser on Sunday, September 14 at 5:00 p.m.  The event will be held at the Audubon Tea Room in New Orleans.

  • The Jewish Federation of Greater New Orleans and the Jewish Endowment Foundation of Louisiana invite you to hit the chai note at the 101st Annual Meeting, to be held Tuesday, September 16 at 7:00 p.m. at the Uptown Jewish Community Center. Famed author and scholar Rabbi Brad Hirschfield will deliver a keynote address, and leaders from both agencies will offer State of the Community remarks, and officers and board members will be elected. Wine, cheese and desserts will be served. Parking is available at De La Salle High School, which is adjacent to the Jewish Community Center. To learn more or to RSVP, please contact Christine@jewishnola.com.

  • Jewish Community Day School (JCDS) presents a 3-part series: Wine & Wonder:  A Lively Evening of Jewish Conversation & Creativity. The first session, “Reflections and Revisions: Preparing for the New Year” will be held Wednesday, September 17, from 7:00 pm–8:30 p.m., in the Art Room of JCDS.  It will feature JCDS’s Artist-in-Residence Chris Clark and Head of School Sharon Pollin. Mark your calendar for subsequent Wine & Wonder sessions: “Preparing for Chanukah” on Thursday, December 11, and “Preparing for Purim” on Tuesday, February 24.  Both will also be held from 7:00–8:30 p.m.

  • The Jewish Children's Regional Service invites community volunteers of all ages to join in its annual Hanukkah Gift Wrap-a-Thon, on Sunday, September 28 from 9:00-4:00 p.m. at the Goldring-Woldenberg Jewish Community Campus in Metairie. Help wrap thousands of gifts for special Jewish children all across the south. All gifts and wrapping materials are supplied.  Pizza and refreshments will be served throughout the day. This is a fun mitzvah activity for all!

  • 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 Miriam@waltzerlaw.com.

Announcements/Educational Opportunities

  • On Friday, September 5, following services (around 7:10 p.m.), Sidney Pulitzer will make a presentation at Touro Synagogue on his newly released book, Repair Washington. To learn more, please call the synagogue office at 504-895-0237.

  • 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 nolapj@jcrs.org. For more information about the programs and services of JCRS, please visit our website at www.jcrs.org 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 judgesol@cox.net.  

  • 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 www.generalassembly.org to learn more.