Sunday, November 28th 2021   |


Zoom webinar on Israel’s future rescheduled for Sunday

The third installment of the Louisiana Jewish Coalition’s webinar series “Looking Toward the Future” will take place via Zoom on Sunday, November 28 at at 10:00 a.m.

Originally scheduled for August 29, but postponed due to the landfall of Hurricane Ida, the series will feature the Anti-Defamation’s Southern Division Director of Community Engagement, Aaron Ahlquist and two representatives of the Israeli and Palestinian Parents Circle, Rami Elhanan and Laila Alsheikh....

Maccabeats to usher in Chanukah on Sunday at JCC

The Maccabeats, an a capella group who has achieved fame via their highly produced and clever YouTube videos, will return to the New Orleans Uptown Jewish Community Center to perform a series of Chanukah-related songs on Sunday afternoon at 2:00 p.m.

The group last performed at the JCC in 2013. The concert is part of the Cathy and Morris Bart Cultural Arts Series. 

The show is free, but requires an...

Shir Chadash to offer day-long Chanukah celebration on Dec. 5

Shir Chadash Conservative Congregation has announced plans for a full day of Chanukah-related activities on Sunday, December 5, which corresponds to the seventh day of the eight-day holiday.

The day begins at 9:00 a.m. with “Superhero” Shul School and programs designed for the younger set. All children are encouraged to come dressed as their favorite superhero as a way of honoring the ancient Maccabees. Each class will have its own,...

CCJN receives two citations from N.O. Press Club

The Crescent City Jewish News received a second place ranking for its editorial “Flames of Outrage” and a third place for Breaking News for its story on the swastikas and other graffiti spray painted in front of Gates of Prayer Cemetery on Joseph Street at last night’s delayed Press Club of New Orleans Excellence in Journalism Awards show.

Originally scheduled to be an in-person event in July, the gala was...

Mark Plotkin to lecture today at 4 p.m. at Tulane

Renowned ethnobotanist Mark Plotkin, a New Orleans native, will be giving a free lecture today at Tulane University on “Rum, Pirates and Medicinal Plants from New Orleans to the Amazon.” 

The lecture, part of the Marcia Monroe Conery series, will be held in Room 212, the Qatar Ballroom, of  the Lavin Bernick Center at 4:00 p.m.

Plotkin has studied in the rainforests and other far-flung areas of Central and...

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...