• 2017 New Orleans Community Mega Mission to Israel More

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  • Edie & Paul Rosenblum Gift of Israel Program More

Carnival at Covenant House

On February 20, Nourish brought Mardi Gras to Covenant House New Orleans, aided by Matt Lemmler, Jacques-Imo’s/Crabby Jack’s, Rouses and Haydel’s Bakery.  Covenant House has provided more than 20,000 youth with food, shelter, clothing, medical care, educational and vocational support, individual and family counseling, job readiness and placement, short & long-term housing, life skills, and more. 

 

Help us show a little love for our community - you can still donate travel-sized toiletries in bins at the Uptown Jewish Community Center or the Goldring-Woldenberg Jewish Community Campus (and we'll make sure they get to those most in need)! Click here to learn more.

Super Sunday 2017

In a year where our Federation Annual Campaign has explored how and why we give thanks for our Jewish community, nothing better embodies the notion than the hard work and commitment of our Super Sunday volunteers and donors—and on Sunday, February 12, we showed how strong and generous our Greater New Orleans Jewish community truly is.

 

We are deeply grateful for the time you spent helping our Greater New Orleans Jewish community this past week, and we’re excited to announce that we raised $138,000. Your work on Super Sunday also led to 33 new donors giving to the Annual Campaign who have never given before.

 

We’re proud of these accomplishments, and they would not have been possible without so many volunteers, who made phone calls, stuffed/labeled envelopes, and folded letters.

 

A special thank you to 2017 Annual Campaign Co-Chairs Kathy Shepard and Maury Herman, along with Super Sunday Co-Chairs, Sarah Cohen, Loel Samuel, Hal Shepard, Rose Sher, Jeremy Soso and Hallie Timm for this fantastic community celebration of philanthropy.

  • Edie & Paul Rosenblum Gift of Israel

    A trip to Israel is one of the most important formative experiences in your child's Jewish development - and the Edie and Paul Rosenblum Gift of Israel Program can unlock this experience. Together with the the Jewish Federation of Greater New Orleans and area synagogues, your child's Israel experience is closer than you realize.

    Learn more here.

    A trip to Israel is one of the most important formative experiences in your child's Jewish development - and the Edie and Paul Rosenblum Gift of Israel Program can unlock this experience. Together with the the Jewish Federation of Greater New Orleans and area synagogues, your chil...

    Learn more here.

    A trip to Israel is one of the most important formative experiences in your child's Jewish development - and the Edie and Paul Rosenblum Gift of Israel Program can unlock this exper...

    Learn more here.

    A trip to Israel is one of the most important formative experiences in your child's Jewish development - and th...

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  • Livnat and Federation: Revitalizing the Negev Through Creative Placemaking

    With support from Federations’ Negev Now initiative, the emerging field of creative placemaking has helped these Israeli kids transform from victims of trauma to creative builders and designers of a better future.

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    With support from Federations’ Negev Now initiative, the emerging field of creative placemaking has helped these Israeli kids transform from victims of trauma to creative builders and designers of a better future.

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    With support from Federations’ Negev Now initiative, the emerging field of creative placemaking has helped these Israeli kids transform from victims of trauma to creative builders and d...

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    With support from Federations’ Negev Now initiative, the emerging field of creative placemaking has helped these Is...

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  • The Words That Changed Rebekah's Life

    A childhood of bad experiences with Jewish communities made Rebekah want to distance herself entirely from her Jewish identity. But then she met a Hillel professional who told her something she'll never, ever forget.

    What was it?

    A childhood of bad experiences with Jewish communities made Rebekah want to distance herself entirely from her Jewish identity. But then she met a Hillel professional who told her something she'll never, ever forget.

    What was it?

    A childhood of bad experiences with Jewish communities made Rebekah want to distance herself entirely from her Jewish identity. But then she met a Hillel professional who told her somet...

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    A childhood of bad experiences with Jewish communities made Rebekah want to distance herself entirely from her Jewi...

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    A childhood of bad experiences with Jewish communities made Rebekah want to...

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STATEMENT OF THE JEWISH COMMUNITY RELATIONS COUNCIL ON IMMIGRATION, REFUGEES AND THE TRAVEL EXECUTIVE ORDER

“Do not ill-treat a stranger or oppress her, for you were strangers in Egypt. Do not oppress a stranger;  you know how it feels to be a stranger, because you were strangers in Egypt.” - Exodus


More than any other commandment in the Torah, our tradition stresses care for, and sensitivity towards, the stranger.  The message is straightforward, yet profound—just as we suffered as outsiders, we must now be vigilant in recognizing and providing for the stranger in our own midst. This belief is the core of both our faith and cultural memory.

 

Beyond the biblical narrative, Jews have experienced innumerable episodes of expulsion, migration and oppression over thousands of years. Expulsion is a common refrain in our foundational texts, and has been tragically and repeatedly reinforced from Egypt to Spain, from Germany and Poland to Russia, from Yemen to Syria. Jews have had to learn and re-learn what it means to be a refugee fleeing religious persecution.

 

In our long history of living amongst the nations, the American Jewish experience stands out. Our ancestors who made their way to the United States from North Africa, Asia and Europe in years past in search of a better life. They wanted a chance to live the American dream, in a place referred to by many European Jews as Der Goldene Medine—“The Golden Land.” The great American dream that brought our families here is the same idea on which the United States was founded—the grand belief that freedom from religious persecution and oppression can provide all people who come here with the opportunity to seek a better life.

 

It is with these values and experiences in mind and heart that we critically view the new administration’s recent Executive Order on immigration. Without a doubt, the safety and security of our nation and its inhabitants are of critical importance. However, the substance and the language of the Executive Order and its surrounding rhetoric clearly serve to single out Muslims and the Islamic faith, as well as particular nationalities.

 

Bracketing the question of whether this will ultimately make Americans more or less safe, we as the Jewish Community Relations Council, representing the Jewish community of Greater New Orleans, strenuously reject the order. Our faith, tradition, and historical experiences compel us to do. The immigrants and refugees to whom the order denies entry are just like our own family members who once sought entry and acceptance into America to seek a better life. And one cannot think of any greater example of the biblical “stranger” than an individual or family of refugees who must leave everything in his or her native land in search of liberty, safety and better fortune in a foreign one.

 

The Jewish Community Relations Council of Greater New Orleans stands in solidarity with our Muslim-American neighbors and visitors, and with those immigrants and refugees currently seeking entry into the United States. We call on all Jews to reject Islamophobia and ethno-nationalism in our community and on the national level. We must remember that we too were once strangers in a strange land, and strive constantly to protect and advocate for those in the same situation today.

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