Who We Are

The Jewish Federation of Greater New Orleans' mission is to inspire members of our community to explore and share their unique Jewish identities by connecting to a vast array of opportunities to engage with our local Jewish community, with the Greater New Orleans community, and with Jewish communities in Israel and around the world. 


The Federation envisions a connected and inclusive Jewish community that fosters spiritual, social, and philanthropic connection throughout Jewish life. 


This new mission statement and vision were approved by the Jewish Federation of Greater New Orleans Board of Trustees on September 30, 2021.

2023-2024 Federation Board of Trustees


Executive Committee

Jonny Lake, Board Chair
Dr. Marc Behar, Vice Board Chair
Mara Force, Vice Board Chair
Melinda Mintz, Vice Board Chair
Jackie Stern, Secretary
Kathy Shepard, Treasurer
Mike Dodd, 2024 Campaign Co-Chair
Michele Gelman, 2024 Campaign Co-Chair
Sarah Schatzmann, Allocations Chair
David Shepard, Israel and Overseas Chair
Sara Lewis, JCRC Chair
Alice Yelen Gitter, Member-At-Large
Dr. Randy Roig, Member-At-Large
Dana Shepard, Member-At-Large
Rob Steeg, Member-At-Large
Brian Katz, Immediate Past Board Chair
Alan Franco, JEF President & JFGNO Past President
Robert French, Federation CEO & Assistant Secretary
Shayna Goldfine*
Nadia Lynn *


Board of Trustees

Bradley Bain
Barri Bronston
Gail Chalew - NCJW President
Ina Davis
Tracey Dodd
Shellye Farber
Jonathan Friedman - JCC President
Jason Gaines
Rabbi David Gerber - Clergy Council Chair
Alex Gershanik
Michael Goldman - JCRS President
Dr. Caroline Good - ADL Chair
Julie Green
Susan Green - JCDS President
Lisa Heller
Nadav Herman
Emma Herr
Susan Hess
Harriet Hillson - Hadassah President
Tamara Jacobson
Dr. Aaron Klinger
Keith Kornman
Sara Kottle
Stacey Lutz
Diana Mann
Mark MIntz - Hillel President
Debbie Pesses - JFS President
Josh Rubenstein
Jon Schlackman
Peter Seltzer
Rose Sher
Lee Sucherman
Steve Timm
Dr. Aran Toshav
Tana Velen
David Zapletal
Josh Zuckerman

Honorary Board

Harold A. Asher | Joshua S. Force | Bobby Garon | Hugo Kahn | Morton Katz | Dr. Julius L. Levy, Jr. | Henry A. Miller | Julie Wise Oreck | Dr. Edward Soll | Dr. Mike Wasserman | Carol B. Wise


*invited guest

Federation Hours/Location

The Jewish Federation of Greater New Orleans is open Monday through Thursday from 9:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m.  We are open 9:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. on Fridays, closing early to observe Shabbat. We are located at:

Jewish Federation of Greater New Orleans | Goldring-Woldenberg Jewish Community Campus | Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Building | 3747 West Esplanade Avenue | Metairie, Louisiana 70002

504.780.5600 | 504.780.5601 (fax)


Our Staff             

Chief Executive Officer
Robert French | 
504-780-5600 | robert@jewishnola.com

Chief Operating Officer
Sherri A. Tarr | 
504-780-5609 | sherritarr@jewishnola.com


Chief Development Officer

Lisa McCaffety-Scott | 504-780-5604 | lisa@jewishnola.com


Chief Program & Engagement Officer

Elizabeth Sloane | 504-780-5615 | elizabeth@jewishnola.com


Chief Financial Officer
Joel Meariman, CPA | 504-780-5606 | joel@jewishnola.com


Director of NextGen
Amanda Loflin | 504-780-5600 | amanda@jewishnola.com


Director of Jewish Multicultural & Governmental Affairs
Aaron Bloch | 504-780-5608 | aaron@jewishnola.com


Director of Operations Management
Sidney Payne | 504-780-5607 | sidney@jewishnola.com


Community Security Director
James Stewart | 985-718-6189 | james@jewishnola.com


Program and Engagement Coordinator

Lillie Yalowitz | 504-780-5670 | lillie@jewishnola.com


Reception Manager
Prentice G. Jones | 504-780-5600 | prentice@jewishnola.com


Executive Assistant to the CEO
Kathryn Quaid | 504-780-5688 | kathryn@jewishnola.com


Administrative Coordinator

Laura Folse | 504-780-5605 | laura@jewishnola.com

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