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Gail Pesses assumes presidency at NCJW’s installation, final event

Gail Fenton Pesses became president of the Greater New Orleans Section of the National Council of Jewish Women (NCJW) at the organization’s Closing Event and Installation reception on May 23.

Pesses took over after Susan Hess delivered her report on the previous year as the outgoing president.

Before she left office, Hess also presented the President’s Award  to Dana Shepard and Kathy Shepard in a special ceremony. The award is...

Limmud New Orleans holds free Zoom and in-person events for Shavuot

Limmud New Orleans, the group responsible for the bi-annual Limmudfest New Orleans Jewish learning sessions will be offering free online and in-person education opportunities today, prior to the onset of the Shavuot holiday.

“Step Into Shavuot ” is a joint project with Limmud with Shir Chadash Conservative Congregation and Congregation Beth Israel. The event will be held today, Sunday, May 16th from 3-5 p.m. CDT.

Tornado hits Uptown New Orleans, Algiers & Belle Chasse

By ALAN SMASON

New Orleans authorities breathed a sigh of relief after a freak EF0 tornado with winds of 85 m.p.h.  moved from west to east across the city of New Orleans, but left only damaged homes and cars and downed trees and power lines in its wake.

No injuries or deaths were reported as a result of the storm, which the National Weather Service service said first hit the...

Jewish Federation comes in third for GiveNOLA Day

By ALAN SMASON

The Jewish Federation of Greater New Orleans continued its consistent status as one of the top money makers for GiveNOLA Day with a third place finish behind top recipient Louise McGehee School and the second place Ogden Museum of Art.

Federation pulled in $221,219 from 221 unique donors. McGehee School led the friendly competition with $324,980 from 922 unique individuals, while the Ogden Museum raised the second...

New JLI course to be offered at Uptown venue or online

Rabbi Mendel Rivkin announced a new Jewish Learning Institute (JLI) course, which will be offered with options for either in-person on online learning.

The course will be offered over a period of six Wednesday afternoon or evening sessions from 3-4 p.m. online or from 7 – 8:30 p.m. for in-person gatherings from April 28 through June 7.

In person gatherings will be held at the Btesh Family Chabad House, 7037...

NCJW’s Mah Johngg Zoom session set for April 28

The Mystique of Mah Jongg, the exotic game of tiles with bams, cracks, dots, dragons, winds, flowers, and the most coveted tile of all: the elusive joker, will be presented on Zoom by the Greater New Orleans Section of the National Council of Jewish Women on Tuesday, April 28 at 7:00 pm.

Renee Zack, an NCJW member for the past 44 years, has been a Mah Jongg teacher at the...

NCJW, Hadassah & JEF host March 17 program

The Greater New Orleans Chapter of Hadassah, the Jewish Endowment Foundation of Louisiana (JEF) and the New Orleans Section of the National Council of Jewish Women (NCJW) will sponsor the first of a three-part virtual series on Wednesday, March 17 at 6:30 p.m..

This three-part series will be shown via Zoom and will feature the the film “From the Second Wave to the Tidal...

Dr. Mark Sands to speak via Zoom on ‘Crazy’ talk March 4

Child psychiatrist Dr. Mark Sands will be the key speaker at an event co-sponsored by the Shir Chadash Conservative Congregation and the Greater New Orleans Chapter of Hadassah. 

Titled “How To Deal with Crazy: Yours, Mine and Ours!” the talk will be held on Thursday, March 4 at 7 p.m via a Zoom link, which can be accessed on the calendar at the Shir Chadash website.

Dr. Sands...

Jewish Trump aide considering challenge to Ohio Republican who voted for impeachment

(JTA) — Max Miller, a scion of a philanthropic Jewish Cleveland-area family and a former aide to Donald Trump, is considering challenging one of the Republicans who voted to impeach Trump.

Miller, 32, confirmed to the Cleveland Jewish News on Monday that he was considering a run against Anthony Gonzalez, who currently represents Ohio’s 16th District, which includes some of Cleveland’s suburbs.

“I have yet to make a decision if...

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...