Jewish Newcomers Program

The Jewish Newcomers Program assists newcomers through their transition to the Greater New Orleans area, helping them feel at home and welcome in our community.  The program offers a variety of membership benefits to introduce newcomers to the Jewish community.


Program Benefits

• Discounted First Year Membership to the Jewish Community Center

• Complimentary One Year Memberships provided by the National Council of Jewish Women and Hadassah

• Financial assistance towards tuition at the Jewish Community Day School

• Discount coupons to local restaurants and Jewish-owned businesses

• General support and outreach


*Please note that there is no automatic entitlement to these benefits. All benefits are dependent upon the applicant's eligibility, to be decided on a case-by-case basis by the Jewish Federation of Greater New Orleans.



·        People who grew up in New Orleans, left and returned after at least five years away.

·        Graduates of college and post-undergraduate programs in New Orleans if they did not grow up in the Greater New Orleans area.

·        Undergraduate students currently attending a local college/university do not qualify as Newcomers until they graduate.

·        People who have moved to New Orleans in the last three years.  Recent university graduates are the only exception to this rule.

·        New Jewish communal professionals, including Rabbis.

·        People who have recently converted (in the past three years) to Judaism.

·        People who have discovered their Jewish roots in the past three years 

·        People who have married a Jewish spouse in the past three years.


Questions about the Newcomers Program?  Contact Sierra Sager at

How to apply

The Jewish Newcomers Program is here to help newcomers transition, feel at home and become active members of the New Orleans Jewish community.  It’s easy to join:

  1. Fill out the form below.
  2. We will contact you to schedule a meeting with you in order to discuss your needs and provide you with a Newcomers voucher booklet.

About Jewish New Orleans

The Jewish community of Greater New Orleans continues to thrive, with Jews of all denominations collaborating closely to ensure a vibrant and engaged future. Branded by The Jewish Week as the “new mecca of tikkun olam [repairing the world],” the Greater New Orleans Jewish community offers both a rich history and a fresh and youthful approach to communal life - from JNOLA to Moishe House to AVODAH. Our mid-sized community offers all of the benefits of a large city with the hospitality of a small town - with several kosher dining options, two Jewish day schools, two Jewish Community Centers and nine synagogues to explore.

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