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Federation’s 107th Meeting is Thurs., Sept. 10

Join with other members of the Jewish Federation of Greater New Orleans as they meet virtually for the first time on Thursday, Sept. 10 at 7:00 p.m. CDT.

The program includes guest speaker Bruce Pearl, the head coach of Auburn University’s men’s basketball team.

Also, Mara Force is being honored with the Herbert and Margo Garon Young Leadership Award.

To register for the virtual event, click here.

 

 

Hadassah/Shir Chadash to host panel on #MeToo Sept. 1

The Greater New Orleans Chapter of Hadassah and Sisterhood of Shir Chadash Conservative Congregation will hold a panel discussion on “Me Too Affects You Too!” this Tuesday, September 1, at 7:00 p.m. CDT. 

The program is available through the following registration link. Only registered participants will be able to attend via a Zoom link.

Panelists include Sara Sands, who holds a master of Philosophy in Education; Laura Danna, L.C.S.W.; Lisa...

WYES to air TV special on ‘Shanghailanders’ beginning Sept. 8

“Harbor from the Holocaust” shares the story of 20,000 Jewish refugees who fled Nazi-occupied Europe during World War II to the city of Shanghai.

A production of WQED, the one-hour film explores the extraordinary relationship the refugees, known as “Shanghailanders,” had with their adopted city through the bitter years of the Japanese occupation from 1937 to 1945 and the bitter Chinese civil war that followed....

UPDATE: Laura comes ashore in Lake Charles with massive destruction

The mightiest storm to ever hit the Louisiana coastline, Hurricane Laura came roaring across southwest Louisiana and the Texas border coastline like a freight train on Thursday morning, bearing 150 m.p.h. winds that brought massive damage to Lake Charles.

Six people were reported killed by falling trees in various incidents throughout the state including a 14-year-old girl in Leesville.

More than 200,000 residents were without power after the Category 4...

New Orleans prepares for some rain as Laura intensifies in the Gulf

Hurricane Laura further intensified on Tuesday, feeding on the extremely warm waters of the Gulf of Mexico and advancing toward the southwest Louisiana coast near the border with Texas. Highest sustained winds on Tuesday night were 90 m.p.h. with gusts reaching up to 110 m.p.h.

The Greater New Orleans area continues to be out of the area most threatened by the storm’s winds and heaviest rain, although a series of...

Marco downgraded to tropical storm status

Hurricane Marco, which had maintained status as a hurricane for a brief period today was downgraded to a tropical storm again as it began to pound the coastline of Florida.

Marco, which encountered a significant mass of dry air and wind shear never fully closed as a system and remains a loosely associated mass of showers with maximum sustained winds of 50 m.p.h. as of Monday morning.

Marco’s center is...

NCJW’s third ‘Plague of Anti-Semitism’ set to bow on Sun., Aug. 30

The Greater New Orleans Section of the National Council of Jewish Women (NCJW) continues its third in a series of four educational webinars focusing on anti-Semitism. The Zoom session secheduled for Sunday, August 30 at 3:00 p.m. CDT will feature a former assistant director of the FBI, Steven Pomerantz.

Pomerantz, who was interviewed by phone by the CCJN, will be featured next week in a discussion about what he sees...

Federation to hold ‘Can We Talk’ tonight

Jewish Federation of Greater New Orleans CEO Arnie Fielkow board chair Joshua Force will lead a live stream broadcast tonight, Thursday, August 13, at 6:30 p.m.

The purpose of the conversation is for the two Federation leaders to hear directly from the Jewish community on topics of vital interest during the current COVID-19 pandemic. 

Community members may be able to view the broadcast on the Federation’s Facebook site as well...

Haddasah offers webinar with ‘Heroes’ from Apeirogon

Hadassah New Orleans and The American Friends of the Parents Circle – Families Forum have announced a jointly-sponsored webinar discussion via Zoom with Rami Elhanan and Bassam Aramin, the real-life heroes of the novel “Aperirogon” by Colum McCann.

The webinar on August 5 at noon CDT will focus on Elhanan, an Israeli Jew, and Aramin, a Palestinian Muslim, who have both used the loss of...

Sintes hired as Gates of Prayer CECE director

Jessica Sintes, a teacher with 13 years of experience, has been hired as the new director of the Louise Hayem Manheim Center for Early Childhood Education (CECE) at Congregation Gates of Prayer.

The announcement caps a search process conducted over the trying COVID-19 pandemic period.

Sintes, a mother of two and a longtime member of Gates of Prayer, was most recently employed by the Jewish Community Center as its camp...