Thursday, August 13th 2020   |


Stay at home orders postpone Yom Ha’Shoah, Yom Ha’Atzmaut events

Due to the continuing stay at home orders from the governor and mayor, the Yom Ha’Shoah Community Wide Memorial, which coincides with the week of World Holocaust Day, and the Yom Ha’Atzmaut celebration, which recognizes the founding of the State of Israel, have both been postponed at the Uptown Jewish Community Center. 

The Yom Ha’Shoah event has been a major community event ever since it began under the auspices of...

Saints legendary kicker Tom Dempsey is dead from COVID-19 complications


Tom Dempsey, an unlikely hero with half a foot, but a full heart that made him a champion for legions of New Orleans Saints fans, died on Saturday from complications of COVID-19. He was 73.

The professional kicker, who established a 43-year-old record for the NFL’s longest field goal in history, succumbed to the physical ravages of respiratory failure brought on by the novel coronavirus and from...

COVID-19 cases grow by 42% statewide; death toll now at 310

Louisiana registered a 42% increase in confirmed COVID-19 cases as the death toll increased to 310 deaths, among them a musical icon of jazz, Ellis Marsalis, Jr., and a legendary high school football coach, Wayne Reese of McDonough 35, one of only 24 coaches to achieve 250 wins.

Nearby St. John the Baptist Parish has posted the highest death rate in the country, sharply affected by a cluster of COVID-19...

Stephen Cohen, M.D. funeral being shown via Zoom

Rabbi David Gerber of Congregation Gates of Prayer will be conducting the funeral service for Dr. Stephen Cohen of blessed memory today at 10 a.m.

Due to restrictions placed upon gatherings of 10 or more, the graveside service will only allow the maximum number of mourners permitted by law.

However, in order to witness the service in a virtual manner, the funeral will be show via Zoom :


Governor Edwards revises estimates for hospital beds, ventilators being overrun

At his daily news conference today, Monday, March 30, Governor John Bel Edwards  Monday, revised his estimates for the two dates that New Orleans will run out of  ventilators and also hospital bed capacity. . According to the governor, he has ramped up the original estimate of April 2 or 3 to April 5 as the date when the state will run out of ventilators. He reported an estimate of...

JEF, JFS offer Jewish community members emergency financial assistance program

The Jewish Endowment Foundation of Louisiana (JEF), in partnership with Jewish Family Service of Greater New Orleans (JFS), today announced the Jewish Community COVID-19 Emergency Financial Assistance Program. The program, funded by JEF, will be implemented through JFS and provide those members of the Greater New Orleans Jewish community who are most vulnerable to financial upheaval to receive aid to relieve economic stress due to the current coronavirus pandemic.


American Friends of Meir Panim conducting campaign for Holocaust survivors in Israel

American Friends of Meir Panim, a charity with a 94% rating on Charity Navigator, has initiated a campaign to assist elderly Holocaust survivors living in Israel, who have been impacted by the coronavirus pandemic there.

The emergency campaign is intended to provide thousands of home-delivered meals to Holocaust survivors and elderly vulnerable citizens who cannot leave their homes to get food due to the pandemic.

Donations are being accepted at...

LA. records 137th death; curve has yet to flatten

The latest figures released from the Louisiana Department of Health on Saturday continue to suggest that the upwards trajectory of the curve of infections in confirmed cases of COVID-19 due to coronavirus has yet to flatten.

Currently, 3315 confirmed cases have been recorded with 137 deaths. According to the data from hospitals across the state, 927 patients have been hospitalized with 34 currently on ventilators.

Louisiana hospitals are still in...

JFS offers ‘Virtual Gatherings’ on Thursdays

Jewish Family Service (JFS) announced a new live service to link mental health professionals with the community at large, launching this Thursday and continuing on most Thursdays* in the future at 3:00 p.m.

Titled “Virtual Gatherings,” the service will be powered by Zoom, an online video and audio meeting application. The Zoom “room” will be hosted by members of the JFS professional staff, who will moderate the discussions revolving about...

Local ‘Bubbe Club’ organized here

Carol Newman and Cathy Bart founded a “Bubbe Club” for Jewish grandmothers (and others) in the Greater New Orleans area and have just launched a new Google-based website.

The Bubbe Club website includes includes online resources such as Passover favorites, Seder songs, Seder crafts and lots of recipes.

Interested persons wishing to join the Bubbe Club and gain access to the site can email Carol Newman or Cathy...