JP NOLA’s mission is to provide information, resources, and affirmation to Louisiana’s LGBTQ Jewish population. We will utilize our relationships with local synagogues, agencies, and other organizations to support, partner on, and promote LGBTQ-related programming, events, and opportunities. JP NOLA will participate in LGBTQ advocacy and be the centralizing resource for Jewish LGBTQ activities in Greater New Orleans.


JP NOLA is an initiative of the Jewish Federation of Greater New Orleans: Goldring Family Foundation Center for Jewish-Multicultural Affairs.


Join us! You can e-mail us at or complete the sign up form to be included on JP NOLA's e-mail list.


Thursday, June 8th

Friday, June 9th

Saturday, June 10th

Past Events

Monday, May 15th  |  6:00pm


Join JP NOLA, NCJW, JNext, and SisterHearts for a new episode of Queer Eye, filmed in New Orleans, featuring Maryam Henderson-Uloho, founder of SisterHearts Decarceration Program. Maryam's inspiring work has helped countless women successfully transition back into society after incarceration. After the screening, Maryam will join us for a Q&A session where we'll hear more about her journey and the impact of SisterHearts on the community.


Snacks will be provided and your first drink is on us!!


Click here to RSVP


Wednesday, December 21st  |  6:00 - 9:00pm


Join us at the home of Marc Behar & Jeff Sbisa as we celebrate the 4th night of Chanukah with latkes, blessings, dreidels and more.

Bring a wrapped gift (value to $20ish) to participate in the gift exchange.



Sunday, September 11th  |  12:00pm

Join JP NOLA at Mimiskdo for the Saints season opener. Food and libations provided.



An Evening with Michael W. Twitty
and Tal's Hummus

Wednesday, March 9
Lecture - 6:00PM (Click to Register)        |        Meetup - 8:00PM (RSVP to

2021-2022 Audrey G. Ratner Speaker, Sponsored by the TAWANI Foundation
Michael W. Twitty - Kosher Soul: Black Jewish Identity Cooking
Kendall Cram Lecture Hall | Tulane University
6:00 p.m.
Click here to Register for lecture

The event is free and open to the public. Proof of Vaccination or Negative COVID test required.
Michael W. Twitty is an award-winning culinary historian and food writer. His 2017 book, "The Cooking Gene," traced his ancestry through food from Africa to America and from slavery to freedom and won the 2018 James Beard Award for writing. Twitty is openly gay. He was raised nominally Christian and converted to Judaism at age 25. He married Taylor Keith on October 1, 2020
In this lecture, Michael W. Twitty considers the marriage of two of the most distinctive culinary cultures in the world today: the foods and traditions of the African Atlantic and the global Jewish diaspora. Kosher Soul, his follow up to The Cooking Gene, will be out in 2022 through HarperCollins.
The Grant Center for the American Jewish Experience is excited to announce the 2021-2022 Audrey G. Ratner Speaker, Michael W. Twitty. This lecture is generously provided for by the TAWANI Foundation, the sponsor of the Audrey G. Ratner Excellence Endowed Fund for American Jewry and Jewish Culture and the Audrey G. Ratner Speaker Series.

JP NOLA Post-Event Meetup
Tal's Hummus | 4800 Magazine Street
8:00 p.m.

Join JP NOLA immediately following the event for wine and appetizers at Tal's Hummus.
Please let us know if you plan to join us by emailing

What better place to celebrate Chanukah, the festival of lights, than at a neon gallery? Join JP NOLA and JNOLA at Big Sexy Neon (1618 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd.) on Monday, December 6, from 6:00pm - 8:00pm.

Join us for tasty food from Bertie's Intergalactic Diner (they have latkes!) and drinks on us at the most Instagrammable location in town! Plus, you'll get an exclusive demonstration by a neon artist from the gallery.

Tickets are free but required to attend. Space is limited and there's only a few spots left so get yours today! Vaccines required.

Thank you letter to Gov. Edwards for Veto of SB 156


In late May, the Louisiana state legislature passed Senate Bill 156, seeking to ban transgender individuals from participating in sporting events in a way that conforms with their gender identiy.  The bill was sent to Gov. John Bel Edwards, who vetoed the legislation. In July, JP Nola sent a letter to Gov. Edwards, co-signed by the Jewish Federation of Greater New Orleans, Goldring Center for Jewish-Multicultural Affairs, and the Anti-Defamation League (ADL).


Click here to read the letter in its entirety.


Friday, June 11th

Pride Shabbat Service

***Click here to RSVP***

Join JP NOLA for an in-person Pride Shabbat service at Temple Sinai on Friday, June 11, at 6:00 P.M., followed by a special JP NOLA Oneg at a local residence.

Thursday, June 17th

"Where Pride Dwells"

Live   In-Person   Outdoors

"The Vigil"

Starring New Oreans native, Dave Davis

Tuesday, May 23, 7:30 p.m.-8:30pm

Join JP NOLA, JNEXT, and JNOLA in partnership with IFC Films and Tamar Simon from Mean Streets Management, to watch a film described as a "richly atmospheric supernatural horror from a deep well of religious traditions."  Tuesday, May 25 at 7:30 p.m. at The Broadside (600 N Broad St · near The Broad Theater).

"The Vigil" is steeped in ancient Jewish lore and demonology set over the course of a single evening in Brooklyn's Hasidic Borough Park neighborhood. You won't want to miss this thriller starring New Orleans native Dave Davis, who will be with us to answer your questions when the movie is over! This is a free event, but we are suggesting a $5 donation to allow us to continue offering programs such as this.

Thank you for attending!


Three Jewish Federation initiatives - the Goldring Center for Jewish-Multicultural Affairs, JP NOLA, and the Leventhal Center for Interfaith Families - are partnering with Temple Sinai to host a virtual Passover seder on Monday, March 29 for the LGBTQ community and the allies who love and support them. 


Thanksgiving Food Drive - Nov/Dec 2020

JP NOLA proudly co-sponsored a successful Jewish community holiday food drive to benefit the Crescent Care health clinic, organized by the Federation's "Nourish" community service program. The following items were collected:


Bouillon cubes (6 small boxes, 1 large box), Cake icing (5 cans), Cake mix (31 boxes), Canned chipotles (4 cans), Canned fruit (4 commercial, 36 small cans, 1 package), Canned green beans (76 cans), Canned refried beans (33 cans), Canned sweet corn (30 small cans, 2 commercial), Canned tomatoes (50 cans), Condiments (4 soy sauce, 3 mayo, 1 catsup, 3 BBQ), Corn masa mix (9 lbs.), Creole seasoning (8 small packages, 1 32 oz. package), Disposable cake pans (21 pans), Dried black beans (18 lbs.), Dried navy beans (6 lbs.), Dried pinto beans (7 lbs.), Dried red beans (46 lbs.), Kosher salt (1 package), Pasta sauce (8 jars), Rice (53 lbs. white, 19 lbs. brown, 8 boxes Spanish rice), Spaghetti and other pasta (43 lbs. spaghetti, 47 boxes mac+cheese, 4 packages ramen, 17 lbs. other pasta), Spices (2 salt + pepper, 2 pepper, 3 oregano, 4 bay leaves, 2 basil, 5 onion, 7 garlic), Vegetable oil (7 qts.), Miscellaneous canned goods (28 cans entrees, 7 cans milk, 13 other canned beans, 15 cans peas + spinach, 1 can cranberries, 18 cans tuna + chicken, 39 cans soup), Miscellaneous (2 bags nuts, 13 packets entrees, 2 boxes pancake mix, 2 boxes grits, cereal, 1 bag tortilla chips, 3 boxes stuffing, 3 boxes cornbread, 1 jar apple juice, 3 lbs. coffee, 2 boxes muffin mix, 1 box bread mix, 3 packages oatmeal, 2 jars peanut butter, 10 qts. milk, 3 lbs. cherries)


Thank you to all who donated!!


An evening with DAVID CORENSWET

Star of the hit shows Hollywood and The Politician

David Corenswet

Thursday, August 27, 7:30-8:30pm

***Thanks for attending!!***


"My Story Our Story" Event with Jo and Jeremy Ivester

June 29, 2020


JP NOLA is proud to have partnered with several amazing organizations on the below "My Story Our Story" virtual event with Jo and Jeremy Ivester, hosted by the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) Southern Division, on June 29. Please click here or on the graphic to watch a recording of the event on demand!


JP NOLA Statement on Bostock Case


June 16, 2020 -- The Jewish Federation of Greater New Orleans: Goldring Family Foundation for Jewish-Multicultural Affairs and its Jewish Pride New Orleans group applaud the June 15, 2020, decision of the United States Supreme Court in Bostock v. Clayton County, Georgia that Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 protects gay, lesbian, and transgender people from discrimination in employment.


Please click here to read the full statement.


LGBTQ Rights in Israel and the Middle East

A GiveNOLA Day virtual conversation with

NATE SHALEV, Senior Director of Programs and Strategy at A Wider Bridge



Tuesday, June 2, 7:00-8:00pm


***Thanks for attending!!***


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JP NOLA is generously supported by the Jewish Endowment Foundation of Louisiana.

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