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

  • Edie & Paul Rosenblum Gift of Israel Program More

  • Jewish Pride New Orleans More

  • Hurricane Ian Relief Fund Donate here.

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

  • Edie & Paul Rosenblum Gift of Israel Program More

  • Jewish Pride New Orleans More

  • Hurricane Ian Relief Fund Donate here.

Announcing the next CEO of the Jewish Federation of Greater New Orleans


Dear Members of the Greater New Orleans Jewish community,

It is with great excitement that I can now share that our Jewish Federation will have a new Chief Executive Officer beginning after Arnie’s retirement on December 31, 2022. After an extensive nationwide search and considering multiple extremely qualified candidates, the search committee chose Robert J. French as our new CEO. Robert comes to New Orleans from El Paso, TX., where he has served as the Executive Director of Jewish El Paso and The Jewish Community Foundation of El Paso since 2018. Prior to joining the Federation and Foundation community, Robert served in various management and leadership roles at the Stephen S. Wise Temple in Los Angeles and as Executive Director at Temple Israel of the City of New York where his combined synagogue career spanned 29 years. Attached is a more detailed biography for your review.

I look forward to formally introducing Robert to our community in the coming months. Robert is a thoughtful, caring and engaging leader who we believe will be able to connect with everyone in the community. In the meantime, here are some comments from Robert about joining our community: 

"I am excited and humbled to assume the Federation CEO position and would like to thank Melinda, Jonny and Brian and the Search Committee for this incredible opportunity to be a part of the leadership of the Jewish Community of Greater New Orleans and to help lead the Federation onwards and upwards. My professional and personal lives have always been immersed in engaging meaningfully with everything Jewish and Israel. These are unusual times but with them come many opportunities. I have no doubt that our Federation will not only excel in stepping up, but also leading the way of example for other Jewish communities across the U.S. In next week’s Torah portion, Vayera, we read about Abraham welcoming visitors to his tent, teaching us the importance of hachnasat orchim, of welcoming guests. One of the central roles of our Federation is to build community, to welcome the newcomer, to engage our partners, and to secure the Jewish future in Greater New Orleans and beyond. I have already felt the warmth, camaraderie and hospitality of your leadership and look forward to engendering this value into our diverse and dynamic community. I am thrilled to become Jewish New Orleans' newest resident." 

"I would like to congratulate Robert French on being named the incoming CEO of the Jewish Federation of Greater New Orleans," said current Federation CEO, Arnie D. Fielkow. "Congratulations also to Federation chair, Brian Katz, search committee co-chairs, Melinda Mintz and Jonny Lake, and the entire committee, for all of their efforts in identifying my successor. New Orleans has an important, impactful and inspiring Jewish community, and I look forward to supporting Robert's arrival as much as would be helpful."

I want to thank the members of the Search Committee chaired by Melinda Mintz and Jonny Lake and which included Alan Franco, Joshua Force, Kathy Shepard, Sarah Schatzmann, Rebecca Friedman, and Rabbi Robert Loewy. They spent countless hours on this very thorough and exhaustive search. Special appreciation to Sarah Raful Whinston of DRG talent for all her guidance and leadership throughout the search process. 




Brian Katz
Board Chair | Jewish Federation of Greater New Orleans

Crisis in Ukraine: How You Can Help


Immediate and short-term needs already total $16 million and include:


  • Helping people make Aliyah to Israel 
  • Securing the local community and its institutions
  • Maintaining critical welfare services
  • Assisting internally displaced people in multiple locations.  
  • Launching an emergency hotline
  • Securing temporary housing for people in transit
  • Purchasing satellite phones to maintain communications across the region
  • Securing five Jewish schools and training staff to manage crisis needs


Learn more and donate here: jfeds.org/CrisisInUkraine 


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.


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 email sherritarr@jewishnola.com 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, 2022 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.


Here’s a message from our 2022 Annual Campaign Co-Chairs, Steve & Nancy Timm:

RSVP now for the 2022 Annual Celebration


Join the Jewish Federation of Greater New Orleans on December 7, 2022 at the Jerome S. Glazer Audubon Tea Room as we celebrate the 2022 Annual Campaign, our award winners, and outgoing CEO, Arnie D. Fielkow.


We'll be feting:

  • Nancy & Steve Timm, 2022 Annual Campaign Co-Chairs
  • Julie Wise Oreck, Roger & Allan Bissinger Memorial Award
  • Julie Green, Herbert and Margot Garon Young Leadership Award
  • Shellye Farber, Oscar J. Tolmas L'dor V'dor Award


Doors open at 6:30 p.m., and a seated kosher dinner with wine will begin promptly at 7:00 p.m. This event is open to donors at any level to the 2022 Annual Campaign.


RSVP by Monday, November 28. Seating is extremely limited, and the event is expected to sell out.


Thank you to our generous sponsors:

Presenting Sponsors: Hancock Whitney and Sher Garner Cahill Richter Klein & Hilbert, L.L.C.
Platinum Sponsors: Lake Lawn Metairie Funeral Home & Cemeteries and The Schoenbaum Family Foundation
Gold Sponsor: trepwise
Silver Sponsor: Postlethwaite & Netterville 
General Sponsor: Highflyer Payroll/Hans and Donna Sternberg

8-15-21 LJC Series

David Hammer and Aaron David Miller in conversation over stories from the negotiating table

Looking Toward the Future

Featuring the Jerusalem Post's Herb Keinon and speakers from the Parents Circle

By the Grace of the Game

What's Happening Now?

The U.S. legislative approach to Israel & a conversation with parents

Virtual Mission to India

From December 5, 2021

Shoresh 9-13-22

  • 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.




Jewish Community Center-Movie

New Orleans JCC 5342 St. Charles Avenue
New Orleans, LA 70115



Chabad-Shabbat Dinner

Chabad Center 4141 West Esplanade Ave.
Metairie, LA 70002



Jewish Children's Regional Service-PJ Library Concert

Uptown JCC 5342 St Charles Ave
New Orleans, LA 70115



Federation-JNOLA Estate Planning

Josh and Julia Zuckerman's home 2320 St Louis St.
New Orleans,



Federation-Annual Celebration

Audubon Tea Room New Orleans,

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