Interview with Crescent City Jewish News

Join host Alan Smason as he welcomes three recent members of the Israel Solidarity Mission from the Jewish Federation of Greater New Orleans, David Shepard, Bali Lavine and Rabbi Phil Kaplan.

Israel Solidarity Mission


The Jewish Federation of Greater New Orleans and CEO Robert French embarked on an impactful solidarity mission to Israel. Follow us on Instagram (@jewishneworleans & @robertjfrench) and Facebook to see trip highlights. 




India Mission 2025


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How to support your Federation


The Talmud reminds us that Kol yisrael arevim zeh bazeh—all Jews are responsible for one another. The Jewish Federation of Greater New Orleans was designed to weather challenges, and we are being tested right now. Since October 7, antisemitic activity and rhetoric have skyrocketed to feverish levels, and our local community has not been immune - from addressing security concerns to publicly displaying our Jewishness, your Federation has risen to the occasion and supported our local community. But we cannot continue to do so with your full support.

As we head into 2024, we're asking that you consider an increase in your annual commitment to the Jewish Federation. Credit card payments are accepted online here.


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 donation from your Jewish Endowment Foundation donor advised fund, and email confirmation of the transaction.
  • 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 at the Jewish Endowment Foundation of Louisiana at 504-524-4559.


  • Matching Your Israel Emergency Relief Fund Gift

    We are pleased to announce a dollar for dollar match offered by the Goldring Family Foundation up to $1 million for gifts to the Jewish Federations of North America's (JFNA) Israel Emergency Fund. We urge you to make your gift now to double its impact.

NOLA Stands with Israel

Israel Advocacy in Action


Since the October 7th attack on Israel, the Jewish Community Relations Council (JCRC) of the Jewish Federation of Greater New Orleans has tirelessly advocated on behalf of Israel and safeguarding the local Jewish community. We have diligently engaged with elected officials, the media, and community members, striving to foster understanding and solidarity, and to address the ever growing incidents of antisemitism and anti-Zionism. 


Here’s a glimpse into some of our recent activities:


  • JFNA Legislative Fly-In: A delegation from New Orleans joined over 400 Jewish Federation Activists in Washington, D.C. to advocate for legislation supporting Israel, combating antisemitism, and securing Jewish communities.

  • Responding to UTNO Ceasefire Statement: Collaborating with the ADL (read ADL’s Statement) to respond to a Ceasefire statement released by UTNO. Following direct outreach to UTNO Leadership and educators at the 6 schools represented by UTNO, a special meeting was held on January 31, to revisit the statement, during which time a committee was formed to take feedback and redraft ahead of the next General meeting on March 6.

  • Meetings with Local Officials: The JCRC is in the process of scheduling individual meetings with New Orleans City Council and Jefferson Parish Council members to discuss the ongoing concerns of our local Jewish community. Outreach to municipal leadership in surrounding parishes will follow. 

  • Media Engagement: The JCRC met with members of the local media at the offices of ADL in December to discuss the ongoing war and the impacts being felt by our local Jewish community. Additional outreach is underway to local print and broadcast media outlets that were not able to attend the previous sessions.

  • Addressing JVP’s Mardi Gras Call to Action: The JCRC has notified local law enforcement of the Call to Action by Jewish Voices for Peace (JVP) for Mardi Gras krewes and parade goers to “organize in support of Palestine.” 

  • Interfaith Breakfast Discussion: Hosted a breakfast with Jewish and Black clergy and community leaders to facilitate an open dialogue on the war in Israel and its impact on the local Jewish community.

Call to Action 


 The Jewish Federations of North America (JFNA) is responding to the ongoing crisis by working with core partners to support immediate, midterm, and longterm needs.

Jewish Federations have raised over $600 million so far, and have so far allocated $148 million to 20 organizations providing emergency relief and support in Israel, including the Jewish Agency for Israel, JDC, World ORT, Israel Trauma Coalition, United Hatzalah, Magen David Adom, ZAKA, Barzilai Medical Center, and the Soroka Medical Center. The latest allocations reflect significant investments in medical and mental health care.
These funds are being put to a slew of immediate and urgent needs, such as medical care, emergency services, evacuation, transport, housing, supporting victims of terror, trauma relief and psychological support, as well as preparing for medium- and long-term needs.

You may give directly to JFNA by clicking below or through this portal. If you have a Donor Advised Fund at JEF, you may make grant recommendations directly. Donors may also utilize their DAF to fund other worthy organizations that are assisting Israeli needs. Contact Alan Franco or Bobby Garon should anyone have any questions. 

Join our Social Media Campaign: #BringThemHome

If you follow us on Facebook or Instagram, you have probably noticed that we are sharing an image every few hours of someone who was kidnapped by Hamas. 

Please share these posts and stories, and collectively we can create awareness and fight discrimination.

Hatikvah Means Hope

The Greater New Orleans Clergy Council, together with the Jewish Federation of Greater New Orleans and ADL came together with more than 700 members of our community at Congregation Gates of Prayer to mourn in solidarity with Israel. Click the link below to view the replay.


View the replay here.


View additional images from the community gathering here.


Later in the week, hundreds of Tulane University students (pictured, right) marched and prayed together. 


See more here.

  • An Ally in Federation

    After coming out, Idit and Asher didn't have spaces where they could be both gay and Jewish. So they built them. And with help from Federations, they've revolutionized what it means to be Jewish and gay in America.

  • 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.

  • Moving Mountains in Nepal

    The future looked bright for Mira’s family. They were saving up and had even added a new room to their modest home. Then the twin earthquakes of 2015 destroyed all their progress. By helping her tap into her passion for sewing, Federation partner JDC helped Mira lift her family out of a tent city and back into their home. Now, their future looks bright once again.






Federation-JPNOLA Passover Seder

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New Orleans, LA 70118








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