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Upcoming Events

  • The Bart Family Israel Coffeehouse Series wraps up on Monday, July 28, as the Uptown JCC screens My Herzl, an intimate and unexpected documentary about the private life of Theodor Herzl. A journalist, playwright and activist, Herzl is considered by many to be the father of modern political Zionism.  The film is a personal look at the man who inspired so many, and his legacy, which is still under debate. A discussion and light refreshments will follow the film, which begin at 7:00 p.m. Thanks to generous sponsorship by Cathy and Morris Bart, the Israel Coffeehouse Series is free and open to the public.

  • The New Orleans Chapter of Hadassah invites you to A Taste of Health, to be held Sunday, August 3 at 11:00 a.m. at the home of Rachel Blackman Frank (901 Robert E. Lee Blvd., New Orleans). Learn to prepare and sample simple, tasty and heart-healthy dishes with Chef Kristen Essig from Meauxbar. Hear about natural ways to manage cholesterol, blood sugar and blood pressure from Jordan Berner, Candidate for the Master of Public Health in Nutrition at Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine, and an intern with Ochsner’s Eat Fit NOLA Program. Kindly RSVP via $18 check to: Charisse Sands, 4721 Carthage St., Metairie, LA 70002. You can also reach Charisse with any questions at 504-231-6464. The program is open to all. You do not have to be a Hadassah member to attend.

  • 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. More information will follow later this summer.

  • 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!, lperformers, 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

  • 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 

  • Register now for The Jewish Federations of North America's 2014 International Lion of Judah Conference! Join the most dedicated, passionate and philanthropic women in the world as they gather for three inspirational days of learning and sharing, from September 7-10, 2014 at the Marriott Marquis Times Square in New York. Lis Kahn will receive the Kipnis-Wilson/Friedland Award on behalf of the Jewish Federation of Greater New Orleans at the conference. The cost will be $899, and this includes most meals. Hotel rooms will be $370 per night plus tax and fees. For more information, contact Sherri Tarr at sherritarr@jewishnola.com. Please register by August 1 at http://www.lionconference.org/.

  • 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. Visit www.generalassembly.org to learn more.