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  • 2021 Annual Campaign Donate here

  • Sherry & Alan Leventhal Center for Interfaith Families Learn more here.

  • Edie & Paul Rosenblum Gift of Israel Program More

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Jewish Federation of Greater New Orleans Announces Partnership to
Bolster Community Safety and Security

Law Enforcement Veteran Jimmy Stewart Will Manage, Develop Community Security Program

New Orleans, LA (July 12, 2021) – To better protect members of the Greater New Orleans Jewish community who attend area synagogues, day schools, and other facilities, the Jewish Federation of Greater New Orleans has announced a new partnership with Secure Community Network (SCN) to manage the design and implementation of a community-wide security program, to include a full-time Community Security Director who will oversee the initiative. SCN is the official safety and security organization of the Jewish community in North America.

With the launch of the Community Security Initiative (CSI), New Orleans joins the growing network of Federations and communities partnering with SCN to launch community-based security initiatives designed around an “All Threats, All Hazards” approach to preparedness, safety, security, and resiliency across the community. The program will be connected to SCN’s national network, providing direct access to the National Jewish Security Operations Command Center, SCN’s Duty Desk and Intelligence Analysts, as well as best practice resources and support related to policies, procedures, physical security, facility assessments, training, and incident response.

To lead the effort, public safety expert and law enforcement veteran Jimmy Stewart has been hired to serve as the first Community Security Director for the greater New Orleans Jewish community. Stewart will serve as a representative of SCN and will work full-time to develop and administer a comprehensive program that provides threat mitigation, security consultation, and trainings to Jewish institutions throughout the region.

Stewart has over 35 years of experience in law enforcement – 21 of those in various positions within the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). As the Supervisory Resident Agent in Pensacola, Florida, Stewart supervised all criminal programs, including violent crime, public corruption, civil rights, health care fraud, and cyber-crime, and oversaw a Joint Terrorism Task Force to address counterterrorism and domestic terrorism investigations in the territory. In addition to his domestic portfolio, Stewart completed two tours overseas supporting counterterrorism investigations and activities in Islamabad, Pakistan.

“We are thrilled to have Jimmy join our Federation as the first Community Security Director,” said Federation CEO Arnie Fielkow. “With the dramatic increase in antisemitic incidents and acts of hate over the past several years, Jewish communal security has never been more important. Jimmy’s tremendous knowledge, expertise, and law enforcement relationships and partnerships will help keep our local community safe and secure.”
Prior to joining the FBI in 1996, Stewart spent 13 years with the New Orleans Police Department, working a variety of assignments in patrol, narcotics, vice, intelligence, and homicide. Most recently, Stewart served as Chief of Police for the City of Hammond, where he oversaw improvements to Internal Affairs, expanded diversity training, and increased overall officer training as well as community engagement and outreach.

Michael Masters, CEO of SCN, said, “It’s critical to strengthen the safety and security of the Jewish community given the threats we regularly face. The partnership provides a professional security operation to the greater New Orleans community that is rooted in best practice and keenly aware of and responsive to the needs of the Jewish community. We are honored to partner with the Federation and look forward to working with them on enhancing the safety and security of the places attended by the New Orleans community.”

Stewart will serve as an expert advisor to Jewish institutions such as synagogues and day schools and establish a system of collaboration, coordination, and communication among organizations. He will also serve as a liaison to local, state, and federal law enforcement and represent the Federation and the Jewish community in public security forums.

“I am excited to join the Federation and contribute to the safety and security of the greater New Orleans Jewish community,” Stewart noted. “I hope to use my extensive law enforcement and security background to protect the community from all forms of threats.”

Following an intensive onboarding process to include immersive community visits to introduce Mr. Stewart to the Federation system, existing security programs and security issues and concerns specific to the Jewish community and training related to security assessments and active threat response, Mr. Stewart will be onsite in New Orleans for launch of the community security program on August 2, 2021, to spearhead community planning and preparedness efforts in advance of the High Holidays.

Interfaith Marriage

Life Cycle Events: Interfaith Weddings

A wedding is often the first milestone that joins two families & brings two faiths together. How can we ensure our loved ones have the wedding they are most comfortable with & makes them happiest? This program was made possible by the Sherry & Alan Leventhal Center for Interfaith Families, an initiative of the Jewish Federation of Greater New Orleans.

To learn more about the Leventhal Center, click here.

Virtual Mission to Prague

Explore the world through Federation's 2021 Virtual Missions


The final installment in the Jewish Federation of Greater New Orleans's 2021 series of virtual missions, designed to help you explore Jewish stories around the world from the safety and comfort of your home, is scheduled for Sunday, August 8. There is no cost, and this virtual exploration of Budapest is open to everyone. The Zoom link will be sent to participants in advance. Check out the video of our recent virtual mission to Prague, which is linked above.


Jewish Federation Virtual Mission to Budapest | August 8 | 9:30 a.m.


Please click the button below to register. The Mission Committee Co-Chairs are Stacey Lutz and Ben Swig. Questions? Please contact Sherri Tarr at sherritarr@jewishnola.com. This series is made possible through the generosity of Jones Walker LLP and the New Orleans Business Alliance.

2021 Annual Campaign

Since 1913, you and those who came before you have raised the dollars through the Jewish Federation Annual Campaign which have nourished our New Orleans Jewish community. Our donors have helped resettled immigrants who fled the threat of WWII, and then embraced the survivors with open arms. Your generosity helped build the State of Israel, opened our hearts to Russian refugees, and airlifted Ethiopians to safety. More recently you have protected the security of our Jewish community and tackled the impact of lack of engagement in Jewish life—but everything is different now.
We find ourselves facing a global pandemic—a historic moment that will define us for years to come.

Will we rise to meet the challenge? We have, and we will. Because now, it’s even more important.

The Jewish Federation of Greater New Orleans was built for this moment: taking collective action to tackle our community’s most devastating and seemingly intractable challenges, because, as the Talmud mandates, Kol yisrael arevim zeh bazeh—all Jews are responsible for one another. Now more than ever, our goal is to safeguard Jewish New Orleans—specifically, here’s how your Jewish Federation responded in 2020:
  • We established a direct individual grant program for Jewish New Orleanians administered through Jewish Family Service (JFS) and funded by the Jewish Endowment Foundation of Louisiana.
  • We launched a Health Care Take Home Meal Program, which supported kosher businesses while providing 6,600 meals this past spring and summer to health care workers at five local hospitals.
  • We served as the central local organization facilitating the federal Paycheck Protection Program, with 16 agencies/synagogues joining our efforts. All were approved.
  • We joined with JFS to create a helpline program to assist our community with delivery of groceries/pharmacy items, medical transport, and emotional support. More than 60 volunteers signed up to help.
  • We led the statewide Jewish response to Hurricane Laura, raising more than $220,000 to assist those in need, and organized volunteer efforts.
  • And most importantly, we continue to assess and address the financial stabilization needs of our community partners.
As the connector for Jewish New Orleans, our mission is to sustain our Jewish agencies and organizations for the future of our community, and that’s never clearer than during times of crisis. Despite everything, our 2020 Annual Campaign raised $2.606 million—and an additional $700,000 in supplemental giving, an important form of Jewish fundraising.
While every dollar is critically important, the needs are even greater. That’s why we need your support for the 2021 Annual Campaign.
Did you know you can schedule your donation up to three months in the future? Or set up a monthly payment schedule?

Other ways to support the Federation


  • Transfer stock to the Federation’s Morgan Stanley Account (#575-060565-239). Contact Carla Marciniak at carla.marciniak@morganstanley.com or 504-587-9645 (please be sure that your name is on the stock transfer). Kindly contact the Federation office at 504-780-5600 to notify Federation what kind of stock and how many shares have been transferred.
  • Make a gift from your Jewish Endowment Foundation donor advised fund,and let Sherri Tarr you’ve done so by emailing sherritarr@jewishnola.com.
  • Donate from your IRA through a regular distribution.
  • Mail a check (payable to the Jewish Federation of Greater New Orleans) to 3747 W. Esplanade Avenue, Metairie, LA 70002.
  • Please consider leaving a legacy for the Jewish Federation – for more information on how to endow your gift, please contact Bobby Garon or Debbie Berins at the Jewish Endowment Foundation of Louisiana at 504-524-4559.

All new and increased gifts to the 2021 Annual Campaign will be boosted by the 25% Goldring/Woldenberg match.


The 2021 Annual Campaign is chaired by Mara Force & Joshua Rubenstein.

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