Aaron Bloch appointed new Jewish-Multicultural Affairs Center’s executive
Aaron Bloch, a lawyer and resident of New Orleans for the past five years, has accepted the appointment as the new executive director of the Goldring Family Foundation Center for Jewish-Multicultural Affairs (CJMA).
Co-chaired by Ina Davis and Bradley Bain, the CJMA is fpunded by a large gift from the Goldring Family Foundation. Launched in October of 2020, the CJMA is in the first year of a three-year pilot program.
“I appreciate the Jewish Federation’s confidence in me, and I am honored to have the opportunity to lead the Goldring Family Foundation Center for Jewish-Multicultural Affairs to further its mission of building lasting community partnerships between Jewish and non-Jewish communities,” Bloch said after his appointment.
“I will strive to connect the unique visions of individuals and organizations in our wider New Orleans community,” he continued. “Together, we are stronger, and it is in this spirit that I begin my work.”
Bloch takes over for initial executive director Mithun Kamath, who has joined with Jason Williams and his newly-installed staff at the Orleans Parish District Attorney’s Office.
A native of New York, Bloch is a graduate of Binghamton University and New York Law School. He began to practice law in New York for seven years beginning in 2005. He initially came to the Crescent City to become an Education Pioneers Fellow with the Orleans Parish School Board. Bloch has taken the bar exam for the Louisiana State Bar and hopes to be admitted soon to the bar.
He has served previously as a board member of JNOLA and was its most recent co-chair for the past two years.
The CJMA’s goal is to strengthen outreach to four specific communities to which it is attempting to bridge relations. These are with the African-American community, the LGBTQ community through Federation’s Jewish Pride programs, the area’s Latinx community and other multi-faith community programs.
Current CJMA partners include New Orleans East Hospital and Loyola University.