Thursday, September 23rd 2021   |


Northshore Jewish Congregation to resume in-person visits next week; virtual opportunities listed

The Northshore Jewish Congregation (NJC), suffered only minor damages from Hurricane Ida last Sunday and Monday. However, at last report, it is still without power. 

In the interim, Anna Schwartz, the president of  Temple Adath Joseph in St. Louis, MO., has graciously offered to have the NJC congregation attend their services virtually.

Their Rosh Hashanah Schedule is a follows:

Monday, September 6...

Chabad locations to offer services, meals (RSVPs required)

All Chabad-Lubavitch area locations – the Btesh Family Chabad House (Uptown), the Gerson Katz Chabad Center of Metairie, Chabad of Baton Rouge and CBI (Chabad of Gulfport) will be offering full High Holiday services.

An updated list of services and meals provided through Chabad of South Florida is as follows:

BTESH FAMILY CHABAD HOUSE (UPTOWN) – HAS POWER RESTORED Service times – 7037 Freret Street Monday, Sept.  6 – 7:00...

Chabad-Lubavitch organization offering aid for victims

Chabad-Lubavitch of Louisiana, which is the parent organization for the local Btesh Family Chabad House, the Gerson Katz Chabad Center of Metaire, the Rohr Chabad Jewish Student Center at Tulane and the Chabad House of Baton Rouge are showing a united front for victims of Hurricane Ida.

The Metaire Chabad organization has offered some limited access to generators and fuel for those without power. Those needing cold water or ice...

Jewish Family Service offering emergency funds for victims

Jewish Family Service of Greater New Orleans (JFS), through the financial support of the Jewish Federations of North America (JFNA), will provide need-based financial assistance to Hurricane Ida-affected Jewish residents in Orleans Parish, Jefferson Parish, the Northshore and River Parishes, Baton Rouge, and the Mississippi Gulf Coast.

Individuals who qualify can apply for needs-based emergency financial assistance that will be allocated as a reimbursement for paid expenses. These need-based grants...

Hurricane Ida Resources

For those New Orleanians evacuated elsewhere or attempting to stay in the area while awaiting the restoration of power, here is a list of invaluable resources:

Disaster Assistance

FEMA Disaster Relief Application

Louisiana DSNAP Registration

Assisting Federations

If you evacuated to one of these communities and need assistance, please contact the Federation staff person listed here:

Jewish Federation of Greater Houston

Kari Dunn Saratovsky, President & CEO...

Tropical Storm Ida forms in Gulf; expected to strengthen to hurricane

What had once been an area of disturbed weather with little closed circulation to mark it as a tropical disturbance quickly turned into a disorganized tropical storm named Ida on Thursday afternoon.

Weather forecasters say conditions are right for further formation of the system into a major hurricane later today or tomorrow as the system will use the warm waters of the Gulf of Mexico to fuel it even further...

Federation requiring vaccination proof or negative-COVID test as of Aug. 25

The Jewish Federation of Greater New Orleans has announced a new policy regarding access to the Goldring-Woldenberg Campus building, which houses its offices as well as those of the Metairie JCC and the Jewish Community Day School.

Because of rising numbers of residents affected by the spread of the Delta variant, the City of New Orleans enacted rules requiring proof of vaccinations or a polymerase chain reaction...

Jewish War Veterans convention to open Sunday

(WASHINGTON, D.C.) – The Jewish War Veterans of the U.S.A. (JWV) will hold its 126th Annual National Convention in New Orleans from Sunday, August 15 through Thursday, August 20, 2021.  

“Our convention is where Jewish members of the uniformed services and veterans come together to solve issues within their community.  From fighting anti-Semitism in the military, to speaking with Jewish youth about the...

Teen Israel Leadership Institute to offer free virtual presentations

The Center for Israel Education has announced a closing date for applications on Sept. 5, 2021 for its next virtual Teen Israel Leadership Institute (TILI),to be held at 11:00 CDT on two consecutive Sundays, Sept. 19 and 26. Teenagers between 15 and 18 are encouraged to apply.

TILI’s interactive presentations are designed to enhance teenagers’ understanding of Israel and the Jewish State’s complexity as well as its unique role in establishing...

JCRS announces new board officers

Retired businessman Michael Goldman is set to lead the Jewish Children’s Regional Service (JCRS) as the agency’s president. 

Other officers announced to the JCRS board are vice presidents Amy Gainsburgh Haspel, Alan Krilov, Rose Sher and Henry Weber. Kathy Shepard will serve as treasurer, while Carrie Pailet will be the board’s secretary.

Goldman relocated from his native New York to New Orleans in 1971. He and his wife Brenda owned...