Annual Giving


The Jewish Federation of Greater New Orleans knows a lot about staying true to our Jewish values even as our community evolves. Our need and ability to help others feel welcome are the very essence of who we are as a people and as a community.  That’s why your Federation is the convener, the funder, and the programmer—the connection to provide support to our Jewish community both in our beloved city and overseas.  


Through our Annual Campaign each year, we support and bring comfort to those who need it most. Your gift has an impact on so many areas, including educating our children, strengthening family life, comforting the frail and elderly, and providing relief to victims of natural disasters and global crises.  You help us keep our community strong and thriving. 


“A $50,000 increase in our allocation would double the financial assistance funds we provide to clients. JFS could also increase the amount of funds we can provide toward funerals for members of our Jewish community who cannot afford this final religious function at the end of their lives.” - Roselle Ungar, Executive Director, Jewish Family Service


Whether it is assisting Russian Jews making aliyah to Israel, supplying humanitarian aid to Ukraine, offering counseling to the parents of troubled teens here in New Orleans, promoting lifelong health and wellness for our senior citizens or even having meaningful conversations about diversity and inclusion with our BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and people of color) community partners, we are the conveners who work to make change through kindness. 


“More funding would allow us to add additional community programming - more holiday programs and programs for families. With more funding we could also increase our scholarship allocations for Jewish families in need for preschool and camp.” - Stephanie Levin, CEO, Jewish Community Center


For the 2024 Annual Campaign, we will continue our customary breakdown of 70% local, 30 % overseas distribution of funds, while approximately 88% of the annual campaign dollars raised go directly to those who need it most - and raising more funds means more impact for our community partners.


“An additional $50,000 would make a world of difference to our small budget. It could help bridge the gap for Jewish families stretching their dollars to afford day school tuition. It could allow us to buy more curricular materials, including iPads, computers, and STEM equipment that would enable us to even further outpunch our weight class as a small school offering an education on par with the larger independent schools. It could also help us fund teaching positions to continue to keep our class sizes small and bring in the best subject matter experts in the city. Thank you to Federation and its supporters for all that you do to promote pluralistic Jewish day school education!” - Dr. Brad Philipson, Oscar J. Tolmas Head of School, Jewish Community Day School


The match


Goldring Family and Woldenberg Foundations Match: The Goldring Family and Woldenberg Foundations generously match all new gifts at 25%. For recurring donors, an increase to an existing gift will be matched at 25%, with the remainder of the gift matched at 12%. Each dollar truly makes a difference in the lives of those who need it most!


“With an extra $50,000, Tulane Hillel could do a lot – including a retreat to help connect incoming freshmen, and adding a rabbinic presence to the organization to offer pastoral care to students. Additionally, we would be able to hire a grant writer to help raise our capacity as a leading campus organization.” - Ron Gubitz, Executive Director, Tulane Hillel


Questions about giving to Federation? Contact Lisa McCaffety-Scott at

  • Cultivating Jewish scholars

    Tulane Hillel provides college students with vital Jewish programming on campus, from leadership training to holiday services. A gift of $1,500 funds Hillel’s landmark program, Tulane Jewish leaders, enabling students to be social action leaders on campus.

  • Resettling immigrants

    Over this past decade, the Jewish Agency for Israel has noted a surprising trend: global Aliyah to Israel is up more than 55%. A majority of these immigrants are coming from Europe, due to a marked rise in anti-Semitic attacks in France and the continuing war in Ukraine. Ukrainian Aliyah alone will surpass 5,000 by the end of this year. $5,000 helps an immigrant adjust to a new life in Israel, providing six months of invaluable education, counseling and social support.

  • Strengthening Jewish identity

    A $3,000 gift helps support the Jewish Community Day School’s Hebrew as a Living Language program, which connects JCDS students to the land, language, culture and people of Israel. Using digital technology, this year’s third, fourth and fifth graders are learning Hebrew online with a teacher from Jerusalem. Your gift allows JCDS to upgrade its technological equipment to create better connections between school, home, and Israel.

  • Enhancing quality of life for the aging

    $6,000 will provide a senior with transportation to and from our Jewish Community Center three times per week for one year for social and recreational programming - including chair exercise classes, recreational opportunities such as luncheons, games days, the Morris Bart, Sr. Lecture Series at the J, and field trips provided by the Seniors On the Go program. Combined, these offerings enhance the quality of life in the aging population in a respectful and loving manner.

  • Providing assistance to the disabled and elderly

    Jewish Family Service’s (JFS) Homemaker Program offers in-home assistance to disabled and/or older adults. Since 1975, JFS homemakers have been helping people with tasks of daily living, ensuring both the safety and independence of individuals in their home. $1,350 provides six months’ worth of weekly visits from a Homemaker.

  • Rescuing the most vulnerable

    The American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC) has worked tirelessly to protect vulnerable Jews in Ukraine during the ongoing war. Currently, thousands Ukrainian Jews are displaced and/or living in refugee camps. In Lugansk, shootings on the streets are common, supermarkets are closed, most medications are unavailable and ATMs are out of order—but JDC is providing relief to those most in need. An increase of $360 can provide emergency aid to a displaced Jewish family.

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