Nominations are open for the Oscar J. Tolmas L'dor V'dor Award


The Jewish Federation of Greater New Orleans is proud to request nominations for the annual Oscar J. Tolmas L’dor V’dor Award. Born in 1920, Oscar was a lifelong New Orleanian. He graduated from Tulane in 1941 with a bachelor’s degree and, again in 1943, with a law degree. After law school, he served as a naval officer during World War II before embarking on careers spanning law to real estate development to even horse racing.
Oscar was raised to believe in the Jewish value of tzedakah, which encourages charitable giving to those most in need—so much so that, upon his death in 2013, his entire estate was left to the Oscar J. Tolmas Charitable Trust. Led by Vincent Giardina and Lisa Romano, the Trust supports numerous local organizations in their quest to help better our community.
The Oscar J. Tolmas L’dor V’dor Award celebrates the unsung heroes of the Greater New Orleans Jewish community, who quietly and consistently aid in repairing the world around them. Those nominated for the award should reflect the values of tzedakah and tikkun olam, within the Jewish community and/or across the broader New Orleans community alike.
Anyone may submit a nomination, but to be eligible for the award, a nominee must:

-be a member of a Jewish household (which includes interfaith members)
-be a member of the Federation (having made a gift of any amount to the 2023 Annual Campaign)

Nominations are open until October 6, 2023, and the recipient will be chosen by a committee consisting of the trustees of the Oscar J. Tolmas Charitable Trust, as well as Federation lay leadership. The award will be presented at the Jewish Federation's Annual Celebration on November 30 at the Jerome S. Glazer Audubon Tea Room.

How you can support the Federation


The Jewish Federation of Greater New Orleans was built for moments like this—from COVID-19 to hurricanes, we have tackled our community’s most devastating and seemingly intractable challenges. As the Talmud mandates, Kol yisrael arevim zeh bazeh—all Jews are responsible for one another, and your Federation takes that seriously. As the connective tissue for Jewish New Orleans, our mission has never been more clear- to inspire, connect and sustain our Jewish organizations for the future of our community. You can donate using the form below, but there are other options available to you as well!


Other ways to support the Federation


  • Transfer stock to the Federation’s Morgan Stanley Account (#575-060565-239). Contact Carla Marciniak at 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 email that information.
  • Donate from your IRA through a regular distribution.
  • Mail a check (payable to the Jewish Federation of Greater New Orleans) postmarked by December 31, 2023 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 at the Jewish Endowment Foundation of Louisiana at 504-524-4559.
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