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JEWISH AGENCIES Jewish Federation of Greater New Orleans 3747 W. Esplanade Avenue Goldring-Woldenberg Jewish Community Campus Metairie, LA 70002 504-780-5600 Chief Executive Officer: Arnie D. Fielkow Chairman: Joshua S. Force About Us In New Orleans and around the world, we’re making a real difference for real people. Together, we care for those in need, rescue those in harm’s way, and renew and strengthen the Jewish people in New Orleans, in Israel and around the world. Since 1913, the Jewish Federation of Greater New Orleans has served as the central coordinating body for the Jewish community. Its purpose is to build and sustain a vibrant Jewish community in the Greater New Orleans area and, in accordance with Jewish tradition, to assure the continuity of the Jewish people in America, Israel and throughout the Diaspora.

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Tana Velen, NextGen & Programming Director 504-780-5628 Website: JNOLA’s mission is to attract and engage an active, young professional Jewish community in the Greater New Orleans area and develop Jewish participants and leaders. We provide the next generation with opportunities for professional networking, community service, educational and social engagement while celebrating our Jewish identity, unique traditions, and the future of Jewish New Orleans. JNOLA is part of the Jewish Federation of Greater New Orleans, and is made possible through the generosity of the Oscar J. Tolmas Charitable Trust. THE

JNOLA services community members between the ages of 21-39. JNEXT serves community members in their 40s and 50s.

Jewish Endowment Foundation of Louisiana

1 Galleria Blvd, Suite 1040 Metairie, LA 70001 504-524-4559 phone 504-524-4259 fax Executive Director: Bobby Garon President: Lawrence M.Lehmann Create a Jewish Legacy, Secure a Jewish Future About Us The Jewish Endowment Foundation Of Louisiana: Preserves the past, supports the present, and invests in the future of our Jewish community. Since 1967, the Jewish Endowment Foundation has served as a repository of funds for planned giving, sustaining our Jewish community by assisting in emergencies and encouraging new projects and initiatives. JEF has an outstanding reputation for responsible investing and is trusted to steward charitable funds for many of our Jewish organizations and individuals. JEF’s General Fund played a vital role in our Jewish community by contributing to the renewal effort following Hurricane Katrina. Mission In 1967, a group of leaders dreamed of an endowment for the Jewish community in New Orleans that would: Become a repository of funds given by people who shared their vision of a strong and vibrant Jewish community; Attract individuals and families to invest some portion of their life’s good fortune to ensure the future of generations to come; Provide endowed funds to benefit the whole Federation family of agencies and other organizations of Jewish interest. Purpose JEF is a non-profit corporation established to receive, administer and allocate funds and property to serve the Jewish Federation, its network of beneficiary agencies and institutions, the Jewish community of New Orleans and other tax exempt organizations. Its major functions include development of the community’s bequest and endowment programs, the investment and management of charitable funds for Jewish institutions and agencies.

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Income earned from unrestricted gifts made to JEF’s General Fund supports endowment administration and provides grants to Jewish agencies and “seed money” for new and innovative projects not covered by annual budgets. Agencies may propose projects that allow them to be on the cutting edge of community planning. The purpose of JEF grant awards is to encourage agencies to stay current with the Jewish community’s changing needs, to be in the vanguard of new and developing patterns of Jewish life, pointing the direction for communal organizations, pioneering on the frontiers of Jewish communal existence. You Make The Difference You are the heart of the Jewish Endowment Foundation of Louisiana. Your contributions impact thousands of people in Greater New Orleans, throughout the United States, and Israel. The Jewish Endowment Foundation of Louisiana is honored to partner with so many caring and generous donors who practice the traditions of Tikkun Olam and Tzedakah.

Jewish Children’s Regional Service

Executive Tower 3500 N. Causeway Blvd Ste. 1120 Metairie, La. 70002 Mailing address: P.O. Box 7368 Metairie, LA 70010-7368 (504) 828-6334 Executive Director: Ned Goldberg, ACSW/LCSW Email: President: Donald Meltzer email: donaldmeltzer@hotmail. com Development Director: Mark Rubin email: Director of Programs: Lisa Tabb email: Director of Client Services: Bonnie Lustig, LCSW Our History We began in 1855 as The Association for the Relief of Widows and Orphans in New Orleans, Louisiana. The institution, created to care for children, carried several names and by the early 20th century, it eventually became known as The Jewish Children’s Home. The Home originally was opened for Jewish children orphaned as a result of a yellow fever epidemic which had left many children with-

out parents. At first, only local children were accepted but, by 1875, it was clear that Jewish children in other areas also needed care. In that year, an agreement was reached with B’nai B’rith to extend services to the same area encompassed by what was then, their District Seven; namely, the states of Alabama, Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Oklahoma, Tennessee and Texas. Always pioneering new ways of helping children, in 1902 the Board of Trustees of the Home decided to establish a manual training school to provide vocational education for children of the Home. The Isidore Newman Manual Training School was opened, with agreement to serve other children but only after, as stated by the resolution, “… our own wards are provided for.” In the Jewish community in the United States, there were many orphanages and receiving homes through the mid-1900s. Most children in those child-care institutions had at least one parent, but that parent had to work and could not provide enough care. However, by the end of World War II, orphanages were closing their doors. Some became residential treatment centers; still others disappeared entirely; and a few, mainly in the larger cities, became Jewish Children’s Bureaus and/or residential treatment centers. Many combined with their local Jewish Family Service organizations. The closure trend continued mainly as a result of the Social Security Act of the 1930s, which eventually provided financial aid to single parents. Because of this help, parents did not feel the urgency of need to place their children in institutions for care. The few institutions that did remain gradually began to care exclusively for children with no responsible parent, or to care for children who experienced behavioral or educational problems. In 1946, The Jewish Children’s Home closed its doors. By then, almost 2,000 Jewish youths had been housed since the opening in 1855. With the closing of the Home, the agency now known as The Jewish Children’s Regional Service began as a program for serving children who remained with their parents and for those who needed out-of-home care in the institutions that did remain. Sanford Weiss, of the Bellefaire Jewish Children’s Bureau of Cleveland, Ohio, became the first director of the JCRS. He and his wife, Viola Weiss, led the agency for over four decades, creating, during THE

Community Resource Guide that time, programs for camp scholarships and college aid. They also created an out-of-home care program which has been expanded and recently has become our present program for providing scholarships for special needs care. In 1988, Ned Goldberg was named as the current executive director and, under his leadership, the agency has continued to grow and enhance its services to Jewish youths in the seven-state, mid-South region. In 2009, over 500 Jewish youths were funded in the three major JCRS scholarship programs on a financial needs basis. Another 650 received PJ Library funding, and 150 additional Jewish youth received case management services. B’nai B’rith is no longer a major sponsor of the agency. B’nai B’rith District Seven, which created the region we serve, has been dissolved, but the national B’nai B’rith organization provided significant support to JCRS and its clients during hurricanes Katrina and Rita. While currently there are no immediate plans to expand our services beyond the seven-state region, should opportunities be created through major funding by a national sponsor or sponsors, the JCRS is prepared to meet the challenge. The Jewish Children’s Regional Service has survived major upheavals — the Civil War; at least three yellow fever epidemics; major hurricanes; countless changes in our society – and has adapted to the times. As the world changes, we change too. Yet, one thing has always been and will always remain a constant: Our commitment is to care for Jewish children in need! Who We Are For 164 years, JCRS has served at-risk, dependent and financially challenged Jewish children and families from seven (7) Mid-South states: Louisiana, Texas, Oklahoma, Mississippi, Alabama, Arkansas, and Tennessee by providing college scholarships, grants for Jewish summer camp experiences, special needs assistance, and other vital outreach programs that are pivotal in building one’s Jewish identity. Today, JCRS remains vital, impactful, and more necessary than ever. In 2015, over 1600 children and families were served from more than 200 communities across our region. This year, we anticipate a larger than normal deficit in our budget due to increased requests for services. THE

How We Are Different JCRS is a unique Jewish agency. Nowhere else in the United States can a family obtain under one roof case management in the form of funding for a child with special needs, substantially funded camp and education scholarship assistance and Jewish outreach. Whether it is through a one-time special needs assessment or a lifetime of therapy and care, a subscription to the PJ Library that provides free Jewish themed books to children up through age eleven, a Jewish summer camp grant, or an undergraduate aid package, we are here to help as best we can. Impressive as these figures and impact seem, they are insufficient to the enormous needs at hand. Our Services All scholarship programs are needs-based, except for PJ Library and PJ Our Way which are open to all Jewish youth ages 6 months to pre-teen, regardless of need. Nearly 40% of our clients come from single-parent homes and many are being raised by someone other than their biological parents – grandparents, other family members, foster care. The typical family has 5 members within the household and the combined average gross income is less than $70,000 per year.

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Community Resource Guide mer day camp and so much more. It is a place for adults to take an exercise class, an art class or dance class. A place for children and teens to experience learning through enrichment classes, sports leagues, family activities, and summer camps. The JCC is built on Jewish values, but is welcome to everyone. Mission The mission of the Greater New Orleans Jewish Community Center is to promote and ensure the wellbeing of our Jewish community and to instill an understanding of Judaism and its heritage by providing a Center where all can enjoy, learn, experience and share in quality

activities in a Jewish environment. History Deep Roots The Jewish Community Center’s long, rich history dates back to 1855 when the Young Men’s Hebrew and Literary Society was formed. In 1891, the Young Men’s Hebrew Association was organized by members of the fashionable Harmony Club. They erected a building in 1895 on the corner of Clio Street and St. Charles Avenue, which was used by citizens of New Orleans for debates and musical activities. In 1939, the Young Men’s and Young Women’s Hebrew Association opened a new building on Clio

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Street to replace the original, which was destroyed by fire. A second fire in 1947 destroyed that building. In 1948, the agency relocated to the Jewish Children’s Home at 5342 St. Charles Avenue and changed its name to the Jewish Community Center of New Orleans. The agency’s facility remained a part of the Jewish Children’s Home until 1966 when that building was replaced by the present facility. A $4 million renovation of the Uptown facility was completed in 1997. Expanding to Metairie In 1986, a satellite facility was established in Metairie to better serve the membership. The Center continues to serve the Metairie members with the state-of-the-art facility, opened January 2003 at 3747 W. Esplanade. On August 29, 2005, Hurricane Katrina changed the city of New Orleans forever. The JCC's Metairie location was closed for several months as repairs were made but the Uptown facility only experienced minor flooding. Seven weeks after the storm, the doors of the Uptown fitness area were back open to the community and the front of the building became a base for FEMA. Building for the next generation A decade after Katrina, the JCC celebrated 160 years and launched its largest fundraising endeavor to-date with a goal to build a JCC for the next generation. Construction began on a 14,000 square foot expansion 50 years after the current St. Charles structure was built. In 2018, as the city of New Orleans celebrated its tricentennial, the JCC celebrated a successful capital campaign and dedicated its new building. The New Orleans JCC of today The Jewish Community Center continues to serve the entire New Orleans community with quality programming in the areas of pre-school education, physical education, public affairs, political forums, lectures, and, especially, Jewish education.

Jewish Family Service of Greater New Orleans Compassion, Respect & Dignity 3300 West Esplanade Avenue Ste. #603, Metairie, LA 70002 Phone: (504) 831-8475 Fax: (504) 831-1130 Call to make an appointment Metairie: (504) 831-8475 Executive Director: Roselle M. Ungar, CFRE

email: President: Betsy Threefoot Kaston Director of Clinical Services: Rachel Lazarus Eriksen, LCSW email: Director of Business Service: Julie Finkelstein Steinhaus email: Our Mission Jewish Family Service of Greater New Orleans (JFS) is a social service agency dedicated to preserving, strengthening and enhancing the well-being and self-sufficiency of individuals and families at every stage of life. Jewish Family Service is a constituent agency of the Jewish Federation of Greater New Orleans and a community impact partner of United Way of Southeast Louisiana. Our History Jewish Family Service was initially created when the Jewish Children’s Home closed in 1948. JFS became a separate organization, with its own 501 (c)(3) status in 1976, and opened its doors to people of all faiths in 1982. JFS now serves Greater New Orleans individuals and families regardless of race, religion, disability, gender, or sexual orientation. Services are available on a sliding-scale fee scale based on household income. Through the years, the scope of the agency has increased tremendously. JFS helps the community strengthen the family and the individual to reach their full potential through various programs and services including: providing individual and group counseling, educating our young people about depression and suicide prevention, promoting independence for the elderly, providing case management, and assisting in adoptions. Senior Care Planning Are you struggling to care for aging relatives and don’t know where to turn for resources and information? Our Senior Care Planners can provide you and your family personalized guidance and information specific to the needs of your loved one – helping you navigate through life transitions. In January 2016, JFS launched the Senior Care Planning Program to offer options and resources for families with aging loved ones. Clients consult with a staff member in person or by phone to determine available choices for short and long-term needs. THE

Community Resource Guide Information on the following topics is available: • Home-based Services • Residential Care Options • Financial Planning • Health Insurance • Caregiver Support The cost of this program is on a sliding-fee scale based on income. Contact us for more information or call (504) 831-8475 and ask to speak to a Senior Care Planner. Lifeline What is Lifeline? Lifeline is a personal emergency response system providing immediate assistance 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. With the push of a button, a signal is transmitted which indicates the need for assistance with a medical emergency or a safety concern in or around your home. Why Choose Philips Lifeline? 2-way voice contact with highly trained professionals at a nationwide Monitoring Center Individual Care Plans allow you to select who will respond to act on your behalf Highly recommended by healthcare professionals Provides peace of mind and promotes safety while living independently in your own home Leader in product development and technology All buttons are lightweight and 100% waterproof Why Choose Jewish Family Service of New Orleans as Your Lifeline Provider? Installation in your home is performed by a trained JFS agency service technician All equipment inventory is locally managed for updates, replacements and repairs Contact from our local volunteer program provides monthly testing reminders Community outreach education for seniors or groups

CEU presentations available for healthcare professionals Community Liaison services available for additional questions or assistance How do I get started? Call 504-831-8475 to begin the process. A Lifeline representative will ask you a few questions to help determine the best service, develop a personal care plan for you and schedule an installation appointment. How much does it cost? The monthly costs are based on the type of service you select and the level of technology. Monitoring fees are month to month with no long term contracts. Types Of Service All service packages include an inhome communicator unit and a personal help button. All units require an active electric power connection. Lifeline can be installed with traditional landline or wireless phone service. Basic Service Provides in home coverage Help button may be worn on a neck pendant or wristband This system requires the client push the help button anytime assistance is needed High quality two-way voice communication unit AutoAlert Service Provides in home coverage This help button is available only as a neck pendant If a fall is detected, the AutoAlert feature will automatically generate a signal for help This button may also be manually pushed if assistance is needed High quality two-way voice communication unit Go Safe Mobile Service Home, away from home or traveling AT&T technology detects help signals GPS feature can determine your location

This help button is available only as a neck pendant and requires charging If a fall is detected, the AutoAlert feature will automatically generate a signal for help Two-way voice communication through both unit and button This mobile help button is purchased by subscriber Installation Process An installation appointment will be scheduled at your home once you select the appropriate service best suited to your needs. Our staff will answer any questions and demonstrate all the features of your Lifeline unit and button during installation. They will help you send in your first signal and speak to the monitoring center. Peace Of Mind You now have the ability to summon help anytime day or night 24/7. A reassuring voice assesses the situation or help needed, as you define it. Knowing that help is on the way is comforting. The Lifeline associate will use your personal care plan

to begin contacting the people you selected to assist Individuals & Families Counseling JFS is currently offering telemental health services to individuals, couples, and families, 14 years and older. Our counseling services are designed to provide holistic guidance and psychotherapy to individuals, couples, families, and children of all faiths. JFS therapists are licensed mental health professionals and master’s level interns. Clients and JFS staff collaborate to identify therapeutic needs and appropriate treatment modalities. Clients come to JFS for help with: • Anxiety • Anger • Bullying • Depression • Grief and Loss • Impulse Control • Parenting Skills • Social Skills • Stress Some examples of treatment

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Post Release Service to Unaccompanied Minors Case Management for Unaccompanied Minors is available through funding from U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants (USCRI). The USCRI program serves foreign-born children who are fleeing dangerous situations in their home countries and arrive in the United States as unaccompanied minors. Clients are referred by USCRI, and are typically in need of services including: safety assessments, securing school placement, counseling, legal support, and evaluation of caregiver. Case Management & Counseling for Survivors of Human Trafficking Intensive case management includes legal support, housing, clothing, food, safety, medical services, ESL, etc. for survivors of all ages of human trafficking living in the Greater New Orleans area. JFS counseling services are designed to provide guidance and psychotherapy for survivors of all faiths. For more information, contact us via or (504) 8318475. This project was made possible with funding provided by the Covenant House. Groups Among the many services offered by JFS, are several therapeutic, psychoeducational, social skills, and support groups designed to help individuals and families cope with various life challenges. Case Management Case Management is the vital link providing people not only concrete solutions, but also emotional support and peace of mind. JFS has a professional case management staff that is highly trained to meet the changing needs of older adults and families with compassion and objectivity. The JFS Case Management staff has years of experience navigating the complex mazes of available options for various situations. We keep up to date with constantly changing resources and information, saving you from needless frustration and costly mistakes. Case management is available on a sliding-fee scale. • JFS Case Management Referrals • Living options • Homemaker and sitter services • Lifeline emergency response system • Home repair and maintenance • Assistance with personal care • Alzheimer’s assessment and

care • Family counseling • Transportation services • Meal services Contact us for more information or call (504) 831-8475. Adoption Home Studies JFS is pleased to offer adoption home studies, pre-adoption counseling and post-placement studies. The service educates families about the adoption process and the special issues that adoptive families face. The state of Louisiana requires a home study for any couple or individual who wants to adopt. If a family is planning to adopt internationally, a home study is required by the Immigration and Naturalization Service as well. A home study consists of 4-6 interviews, one of which is a home visit. An individual interview is held with each member of the adoptive family to obtain biographical information. The main purpose of the home study, however, is to educate families about adoption and the special issues that adoptive families face. Adoptive parents must deal with such things as explaining adoption to their child, handling their child’s questions about his or her biological parents, and to understand that both heredity and environment work together to create a unique person. Contact us for more information about JFS’s adoption services in the Greater New Orleans area or call Rachel Eriksen at (504) 831-8475. Education Behavioral Health Intern Training Center JFS established the Behavioral Health Intern Training Center to offer counseling services at reduced rates to area residents of all faiths, while training Masters-level social work and counseling students. Graduate student interns receive training and learn about various JFS programs, while serving a wide range of individuals and families. Counseling services are available on a sliding-fee scale based on household income. The Center fosters the growth and education of Louisiana’s future mental health professionals. Workshops & Continuing Education Teen Life Counts TLC is a free, school-based suicide prevention and education program for middle and high school students in the Greater New Orleans area. What is Teen Life Counts? For more than 30 years, Teen Life Counts (TLC) has provided THE


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Jewish Federation of Greater caust educational programs specifi- freedom, educating children and cally for teachers in the region. We adults in how to promote diversity Baton Rouge 4845 Jamestown Avenue, Suite #210 Baton Rouge, LA 70809 225.379.7393 Executive Director: Ellen Sager Email: President: Jack Issacs About Us The Jewish Federation of Greater Baton Rouge is the center of Jewish philanthropy and volunteerism in Baton Rouge and surrounding areas. The Jewish Federation of Greater Baton Rouge is a person-to-person, community-driven organization dedicated to the health, education, and spiritual and cultural identity of Jewish people worldwide. Our Local Work The local work of the Federation tends to the specific needs of our local Jewish community. The Federation serves as a center for Jewish resources for all stages and areas of life. This can most easily be used through our Community Resources page. Holocaust & Tolerance Education Program Every year, the Baton Rouge Jewish Film Festival (in association with the Jewish Federation of Greater Baton Rouge) underwrites Holo-




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make it possible for deserving teachers to attend the Belfer National Conference for Educators in Washington, D.C., held at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in July of each year. Funded by a grant from the Belfer Foundation, this conference is designed for middle and high school, community college and university educators with five or less years of experience teaching Holocaust education. At the Belfer Conference, museum educators and scholars share rationales, strategies, and approaches for presenting the complex subject of the Holocaust to students. Participants hear survivor testimonies and have extensive time to view the Museum’s Permanent Exhibition, Remember the Children: Daniel’s Story, and other special exhibitions and to use the interactive computers in the Wexner Learning Center. Seminar sessions emphasize planning and implementing units of study for Holocaust education in middle and high schools. Teachers who complete the program receive a set of educational materials and a voucher worth $100 to purchase Holocaust-related resources in the Museum Shop. This conference is FREE and registration is on a first come, first served basis. Congregation B'nai Israel And Beth Shalom Synagogue Religious School The Federation provides funding for joint religious school events as well as for teacher development.

Anti-Defamation League’s South Central Regional Office

Phone: (504) 780-5602 Fax: (504) 780-5640 Regional Director: Aaron Ahlquist About The Anti-Defamation League’s South Central Regional Office provides services and resources to the three states of Louisiana, Mississippi and Arkansas. The office is located in New Orleans, Louisiana. The South-Central office was created over fifty years ago. The region is dedicated, as is ADL national and internationally, to combating anti-Semitism and all forms of hatred and bigotry by investigating and exposing extremism, protecting as well as advocating for civil rights and religious

and respect through our many programs and resources and by fostering interfaith relations. We handle victim complaints of anti-Semitism and all forms of discrimination. Please take a look at the programs and resources we provide. An advisory board of sixty New Orleans and regional members help to set regional policy and oversee regional operations.


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The Jewish Light is published 12 times per year. This free local Jewish Community Newspaper has been serving our hometown for 25 years running. We are locally owned, locally published and locally distributed. You won’t see New Orleans edition on our front cover with over 50% Alabama news and advertising in between the covers. The Jewish Light from cover to cover and every page in between, has you covered New Orleans, The Northshore and Baton Rouge.

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Founded in 1852, Touro Infirmary is New Orleans' only community-based, not-for-profit, faith-based hospital.

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For 168 years, Touro has been the vanguard of medical excellence. As one of New Orleans' most enduring monuments, Touro Infirmary stands for stability. Generations of babies have been born here and we've cared for more than a million people. Our modern facilities utilize the latest technology, along with the expertise of our dedicated and caring physicians and staff - Touro is THE

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A Commitment To Innovation

Touro has been at the forefront of innovation for decades. In 1923, Touro was one of only fifteen hospitals in the country approved to use insulin to treat patients. In 1929, Touro was one of the first hospitals in the United States and the first in the city to have a physical therapy department, which paved the way for our nationally recognized Rehabilitation Center. Today, Touro Rehabilitation Center offers specialized inpatient and outpatient programs for patients experiencing catastrophic injuries, neurological disorders and diseases such as Parkinson’s disease, stroke, spinal cord injury, brain injury and cancer.


In 1922, Touro Infirmary Maternity Service was established and Touro unofficially became the place “where babies come from.” Today, Touro is designated a Blue Distinction Center for Maternity Care by Blue Cross Blue Shield of Louisiana, a Baby Friendly designated hospital, and has been voted “Best Hospital to Have a Baby” for many years consecutively by NOLA Family Magazine . As one of Louisiana's busiest delivery hospitals, the Family Birthing Center at Touro is equipped with private labor/delivery and postpartum suites, acute neonatal intensive care services, and a comprehensive infant security system. We are proud to be the birthing hospital of choice for generations of New Orleanians.

Always Growing

In 2009, Touro and Children’s Hospital partnered to form LCMC Health, a non-profit, community-based system providing a complete continuum of care from birth to geriatrics. In the following years, LCMC Health has expanded to include University Medical Center, New Orleans East Hospital and West Jefferson Medical Center. Today, Touro joins its partner hospitals in dedication to the community through a focus on economic development, advanced research, teaching, and clinical excellence… In addition to providing a full range of inpatient and outpatient services, Touro’s subsidiaries help ensure that our patients have access to the quality care they have come to expect from Touro. Our subsidiary, Crescent City Physicians, Inc., has proudly served the Greater New Orleans Area since 1994. Our physicians and staff offer comprehensive medical care at locations throughout Orleans Parish and surrounding areas. Touro At Home, the hospital-based home health agency of Touro Infirmary, provides care to patients in their homes in THE

coordination with the patient's physician. Woldenberg Village is Touro’s premier full-service retirement community in the New Orleans area. We offer a variety of living accommodations, services, and programs to meet the varied needs of seniors at different life stages.

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Touro offers a full range of services including emergency services, preventive diagnostics, surgical care, women’s services, cardiology, cancer treatment, rehabilitation, imaging, orthopedics, and stroke care, and more. Our patients and the community can count on our ongoing commitment to their health and well-being for generations to come. New Orleans is a city that values tradition and history and prides itself on the strength and vibrancy of our local community. No institution embodies this enduring New Orleans spirit more than Touro. Touro is proud to be New Orleans’ hospital.

JEWISH ORGANIZATIONS American Friends of Magen David Adom Afmda Southeast Region It’s a matter of life. 3300 PGA Blvd., Suite 970 Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33410 Toll-Free: 800.626.0046 Tel: 561.835.0510 Fax: 561.835.9410 Regional Director, Southeast: Tammy Karu Magen David Adom’s story is your story. It’s the story of Israeli EMTs and paramedics who devote their lives to saving lives. And it’s the story of Americans who feel the urgency of Israeli ambulance sirens from across the globe and join MDA’s rescue efforts with their generous support. Magen David Adom is Israel’s national ambulance, blood-services, and disaster-relief organization, serving as emergency medical firstresponders for the state’s 8.8 million people. MDA is the only organization mandated by the Israeli government to serve in this role, but it’s not a government agency, so it relies on people like you for funding. Through your gift, you’re saving lives. American Friends of Magen David Adom (AFMDA) is the largest supporter of MDA worldwide. AFMDA is a tax-exempt organization under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.

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in a rich relationship with Judaism – we draw inspiration from sacred text, and our spirits are nourished by the power of Jewish celebration and community. Read about the Jewish values that guide our work. Our Story For 22 years, we’ve been inspiring Jewish leaders to commit to a life of social change, promoting a vision of Jewish life rooted in justice, and engaging the broader Jewish community in some of the most pressing issues facing our country at a local and national level. Team Avodah Our work is driven by a dynamic and passionate team of professional staff, guided by the wisdom of our talented lay leaders, and supported by a broad network of stakeholders who care deeply about Jewish leadership and economic justice. What We Do Since 1998, we’ve been training emerging Jewish leaders to take on the most pressing social and economic issues in America. We know that the combination of on-the-

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of Chabad House is now complete. The Rohr Chabad Jewish Student Center, serving Tulane, Loyola and UNO universities, is located next door at 7033 Freret St. and includes a sanctuary, student lounge, kitchen, library and study rooms, as well as a B’nai B’rith of Greater New large activity room. Orleans, Unit # 182 In 1990, Chabad of Louisiana opened a branch in Metairie, a sub4616 Gary Mikel Ave urb of New Orleans. The Gerson Metairie, La. 70002 Katz Chabad Center of Metairie 504-889-2557 Co-Presidents: Sanford and Renee thus came to be designed and built as a cutting edge multi-functional Goldstein facility. In August of 2014 Chabad Email: of Southern Mississippi was ed in Biloxi serving the Gulf Coast The B’nai B’rith Mission Fighting for Human Rights • Pro- region. In August of 2015 Chabad moting Tolerance • Combating of Baton Rouge opened its doors to Anti-Semitism Providing Disaster the Baton Rouge Jewish communiRelief • Building Better Communi- ty and students of LSU. ties • Advocating for Israel • Sup- Goldring/Woldenberg porting Seniors

Chabad-Lubavitch Of Louisiana

Ensuring a Jewish Tomorrow 7037 Freret Street New Orleans, LA 70118 504-302-1830 Co-Director: Rabbi Zelig Rivkin & Bluma Rivkin email: rabbi@chabadneworleans. com email: About Chabad-Lubavitch Chabad Lubavitch of Louisiana is a non-profit affiliate of the worldwide Chabad-Lubavitch movement. In November of 1975, the leader of the Chabad movement, Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson, the Rebbe, sent Rabbi Zelig and Bluma Rivkin as his shluchim (emissaries) to New orleans, Louisiana for the purpose of seeing to the spiritual and material needs of Louisiana Jews. Chabad of Louisiana began working out of the Chabad House it established in Uptown New Orleans near the Tulane University campus in Fall of 1975. Since then Chabad has since developed into a multi-faceted organization, serving the community through the many educational, social and religious programs that are offered. Chabad of Louisiana headquarters, located at 7037 Freret St., serves as a Synagogue as well as a center for adult education, children's programs and Jewish social events. Information about our many programs and activities is accessible throughout the website. Chabad's Mikvah is housed in a free standing facility behind the Chabad House. The major overhaul and renovation

Institute of Southern Jewish Life & Museum of the Southern Jewish Experience

4915 I-55 North, Suite 100A Jackson, MS 39206 Phone: (601) 362-6357 Fax: (601) 366-6293 Email: Chief Executive Officer: Michele Schipper The Goldring/Woldenberg Institute of Southern Jewish Life (ISJL)​ supports, connects, and celebrates Jewish life in the South. Our Mission The ISJL delivers programs and services directly to communities, no matter how small. The services we provide range from rabbinical visits to congregations with no rabbis of their own, to community engagement opportunities, historical preservation and cultural programs, and an education program that serves thousands of students. ​Our territory: Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, and Virginia Our Vision ​The Goldring/Woldenberg Institute of Southern Jewish Life (ISJL) provides programs and services across the south. We offer resources tailored to meet the needs of communities of all sizes. From the largest congregations to the last-Jewsin-town, we offer resources at every level. Throughout our thirteen-state region, we work with individuals, congregations, and organizations to preserve the storied past of Southern Jewish life, while at the same time enriching the ongoing experiTHE

Community Resource Guide ence of Jews in the contemporary American south. All of the programs we offer are designed to strengthen Jewish life. Our comprehensive Jewish education program has been embraced by an array of congregations of various denominations and sizes. Our community engagement efforts seek to make the world a better place, while also providing Jewish individuals with meaningful service-learning opportunities. Our historic preservation and heritage and interpretation divisions explore and expand on Southern Jewish stories, then and now. Our cultural programming brings world class entertainment and enrichment to communities across the region. We also provide visits and remote rabbinical support to congregations without full-time clergy, so that in times of joy and sorrow, small-town Jews always have a rabbi upon whom they can call. Everything we do is informed by the expressed needs of the communities we serve. We will strive to continue to be as responsive as possible to all of our partners as we continue the ongoing journey of supporting, connecting, and celebrating Jewish life in the south. Our History We began as the Museum of the Southern Jewish Experience in 1986. The Museum, which is launching as a new independent entity in New Orleans in 2020, was formed as a response to an outcry from small-town southern Jews in need of a repository for artifacts, sacred objects, historical documents, and stories. The ISJL remains committed to supporting the museum efforts, and ensuring that the stories and impact of the southern Jewish community will not be forgotten. But the story of Southern Jewish life is not merely a story of shuttering synagogues and diminishing numbers. It's also a story of growing communities, vibrant congregations, and active Jewish communities of all sizes. Thus, in 2000, we expanded our mission and became the Goldring/ Woldenberg Institute of Southern Jewish Life. In addition to preserving historical documents and artifacts, the ISJL works to provide Judaic services and cultural programs to Jewish communities across the South. Our six departments (Community Engagement, Education, Heritage & Interpretation, History, Programming, and Rabbinical Services) cover thirteen states: Alabama, Arkansas, THE

Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, and Virginia. We are transformational, trans-denominational, and committed to serving Jewish communities of all sizes.

Hadassah New Orleans

5220 Green Acres Ct. Metairie, LA 70003 (504) 858-3833 President: Briann Shear email: Welcome to the Hadassah N’awlins Chapter! Like the City of New Orleans, we are magical, powerful, and dynamic. We use our Southern charm to adapt Hadassah’s mission to the unique circumstances and needs of our members and community at large. Our membership is growing by the day, and we provide groundbreaking health education programs on breast cancer and heart disease. As members of the Legislative Agenda for Woman (“LAW”), Hadassah N’awlins seeks to improve the lives of women, children, and families in Louisiana through advocacy initiatives. Hadassah Medical Organization provides compassionate care for more than one million patients each year regardless of race, religion or ethnicity. It is the only medical facility in Israel to have been nominated for the World Peace Prize. History An organization that began as a small mission to provide emergency care to infants and mothers in prestate Israel flourished over a century into two world-class medical and research centers in Jerusalem. Bringing advanced medical care to all, regardless of race, ethnicity or nationality, earned Hadassah a nomination for a Nobel Peace Prize in 2005. Hadassah also contributes its medical and social expertise as a member of the U.N. Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), as a non-governmental organization (NGO). Our History Henrietta Szold Born in 1860, Hadassah founder Henrietta Szold was raised in Baltimore, MD, by parents who encouraged education—even for a daughter. Henrietta was the first female editor of the Jewish Publication Society—then the premiere publisher of Jewish liturgical and secular texts. She defied convention and studied at Jewish Theological Seminary of America, the training

ground for the conservative rabbinate, although female rabbis were unheard of in the early 1900s. Henrietta saw the suffering of Jewish immigrants from Russia and Eastern Europe, and organized English language and American citizenship night classes to provide them with greater opportunities. Her model of nighttime ESL schools continues to this day. But it was a trip to pre-state Israel with her mother that changed Henrietta’s view of the world. She saw Jews living in camps without proper plumbing or sanitation. Horrified by the impact starvation and disease had on her people, she took action. Returning to America, Henrietta founded Hadassah, the Women's Zionist Organization of America in 1912. Henrietta called for practical Zionism, proactive work to help meet the health needs of Palestine's people. She motivated Jewish women to support a feet-on the-ground approach to end the deplorable conditions in prestate Israel. Their original mission was Aruhat Bat Ami: the Healing of the Daughter of my People. Practical Zionism The new organization's first act was to collect money and send two nurses to Palestine in 1913 to provide pasteurized milk to infants and new mothers, and to eradicate trachoma, an easily cured eye disease, that was robbing thousands of sight. From that beginning, Hadassah Medical Organization flourished over the next century into two

world-class medical and research centers in Jerusalem. By 1918, Hadassah had sent an entire medical unit, comprised of 45 doctors, nurses, dentists and sanitary workers, to bring American-style medical care to the Middle East. From these early efforts developed the beginning of the Israeli healthcare system, which today includes some of the world's leading research and treatment hospitals, and schools of medicine and nursing. At the dawn of the Holocaust in Europe, in the 1930s, Henrietta Szold and a German colleague organized the rescue of thousands of Jewish children to safety in Palestine through Youth Aliyah. She met every boat as it arrived. Hadassah still supports Youth Aliyah villages for at-risk children in Israel. Today, with 330,000 members, Associates and supporters, Hadassah remains committed to Jewish continuity and building a better world through medicine and healthcare, advocacy, and communities of women. In 2012 Hadassah, the Women’s Zionist Organization of America, celebrated its centennial in Israel. Not long before her death, when a sculptor was creating a bust of Henrietta Szold, she asked him to “make my eyes look to the future.” Henrietta Szold is testament to what one person, one organization, and one vision, can accomplish. About Hadassah Hadassah, the Women’s Zionist Organization of America, Inc., was

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founded over a century ago, before Israel was a state, and before women could vote. Since that time, the organization has remained unwavering in its commitment to women’s health and well-being, to Israel, and to Jewish values and continuity. But while Hadassah’s heritage and mission remain as strong as ever, the role of women and Jewish culture here and in Israel, has evolved over time. The organization, too, has evolved, taking on new challenges and developing new programs. Hadassah believes in building a world where our Jewish values in action create strong community and an enduring Israel. That’s why our entire focus is on connecting and empowering Jewish women to effect change. We’ve done this for over 100 years and we will do it for the next 100—advancing health and well-being, advocating for women, and building community in the US and Israel. We invite all Jewish women to join in—to put their values into action with us and through our programs. Vision Our vision: To strengthen a connection to Israel with Hadassah leading the way, bringing healing and justice to the world. Mission Hadassah, the Women’s Zionist Organization of America, is a volunteer organization that inspires a passion for and commitment to the land, the people, and the future of Israel. Through education, advocacy, and youth development, and its support of medical care and research at Hadassah Medical Organization, Hadassah enhances the health and lives of people in Israel, the United States and worldwide.

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Israeli Dance Group

Elliott Raisen at 504.905.6249 Email About Elliott Raisen has been teaching Israeli dancing for more than three decades in East Jefferson. Elliott is a native of the Bronx in New York City. He has lived in the New Orleans area since 1976. Elliott has compiled a collection of more than 2,000 Israeli dances. He chooses at least 40 dances weekly for the class. This year Israeli Dance Group celebrates its 34 Year Anniversary!


Sarah Bate: Community Director of Youth Engagement for the three Reform Synagogues of the Greater New Orleans area. 504-912-5515 504- 885-2600 About WELCOME TO JewCCY: Jewish Crescent City Youth! JewCCY is a jewish teen group based in New Orleans, LA. JewCCY aims to promote leadership skills, build community and engage teens with interesting programming. The youth group members draw from three reform synagogues in the greater New Orleans area: Touro Synagogue, Temple Sinai, and Congregation Gates of Prayer. The youth group is a community of teens that support and push each other to be their best selves and form long-lasting friendships. The group is youth-run and youth-executed. Every new board is encouraged and expected to put their mark onthe group and to continue to stay current and meet the needs of the Jewish youth community. JewCCY is a resource for all local reform teems to use for guidance, fun and connection to Judaism.

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Community Resource Guide (JGS) of New Orleans is a non-profit organization for those who desire to research their Jewish roots in Louisiana and worldwide. Our purpose is to bring members together to share information and ideas, and to periodically present programs which will assist with such research, providing members with a broad base of knowledge regarding resources and research skills.

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Vice-Commander: Carol Berman 504-390-5505 email: icmiles@ Website: About The Jewish War Veterans of the United States of America (JWV) is a Jewish American Veterans’ organization, and is the oldest veterans group in the United States. It has an estimated 37,000 members. Any Jewish American Veteran or Active Duty member of the Army, Navy, Coast Guard, Marines, Reserves of all branches, National Guard, and USPHS are eligible for membership. Jewish persons now residing in the United States who are Veterans of the armed forces of Allied Countries such as Israel, England, Canada, are also eligible for membership. No dues are required for active duty personal. We also welcome Patrons. You do not have to be a veteran, or even Jewish. We are proud of the diversity of our non-Jewish Members, which include people of all faiths, creeds, and backgrounds many of whom are quite involved with our Post. The New Orleans Post of the JWV was the fastest growing Post in the nation in 2009 and 2010 and continues to expand because of the diversity of its membership and its programming.

Krewe du Jieux 504-810-0675 Website: About Krewe du Jieux is a free spirited parade organization committed to deflating the stereotypes that have historically been aimed at the Jewish people. Through laughter, satire and holy intentions, our goal is to empower Jieuxs to co-opt these negative stereotypes, thereby eradicating them in our own minds and in the minds of others. Established in 1996 as the first Jewish Mardi Gras krewe in New Orleans, Krewe du Jieux sponsors a variety of events throughout the year in addition to our annual Mardi Gras parade, including second-line parades THE

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LimmudFest New Orleans

Email: Web: About Us LimmudFest New Orleans is a weekend festival of Big Tent Jewish learning, arts, culture and spirituality — all planned by volunteers. It is part of a global movement inspired by the idea that when Jews from diverse backgrounds come together to celebrate and learn about everything Jewish, the entire community is enriched. Limmud is an international charity dedicated to making some of the world’s most dynamic Jewish educators, performers and teachers, working in a variety of educational styles – lectures, workshops, textstudy sessions, film, meditation, discussions, exhibits and performance – accessible to everyone, no matter what their level of Jewish knowledge or commitment to Jewish life. Wherever you find yourself, Limmud will take you one step further on your Jewish journey. Limmud’s mission is informed by the following values: Learning Learning embraces personal development, knowledge, and skills. Learning changes people, inspires action and opens new worlds. There are many inspirations that can offer opportunities for learning. Everyone can be a teacher and everyone should be a student. We encourage the creation of a learning environment in which people are able to reflect and grow. Enabling Connections We aim to create opportunities for communities and individuals to connect. We recognize the strength of providing a space where spiritual, emotional, and intellectual connections are made. Participation Volunteerism is a key feature of almost everything we do. We are all responsible for each other and for the communities we create; everyone has an important contribution to make. We encourage participants to take an active part in all we do. Empowerment We inspire people to be ambitious about their contribution. We challenge people and trust them to

rise to that challenge. We see the potential of individuals and communities and support their development. We empower people to make choices and provide the information to make informed choices. Power lies with the participant. Argument for the Sake of Heaven Limmud does not participate in legitimizing or de-legitimizing any religious or political position found in the worldwide Jewish community. Limmud will program its events in such a way as to avoid religious or political conflict. However, we do recognize and appreciate that “arguments for the sake of heaven” can make a positive contribution to furthering our education and understanding. Expanding Jewish Horizons Limmud strives to create collective and communal experiences, through which we strengthen and develop our Jewish identity. Diversity We value diversity in all that we do. We value choice in form, content and style. We believe in the richness of our diverse community and create cross-communal and cross-generational experiences. We value accessibility, and aim to be accessible to all. We encourage people not to stereotype others. Commitment to Respect Limmud expects all participants to be respectful of one another and to recognize that all volunteers are also participants. Personal attacks

are not acceptable within session material. To ensure that informed choices can be made, we ask presenters to provide biographies. Religious Observance Shabbat and kashrut are observed in all public areas. We recognize that in private areas people will behave as they wish. Should participants wish to hold a prayer group, they may do so providing they supply all resources and are responsible for the session or prayer group in its entirety.

Louisiana Kashrut Committee

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3. Certification and ongoing monitoring of the facility 4. Assisting companies to become certified with the national Kosher agencies, helping our clients understand when they will most benefit from LKC certification and when to go with a national agency. LKC is held in the highest regard internationally and is accepted by all major Kashrut agencies. The LKC is listed among major kosher information bureaus on the web, such as Mikvah Chaya Mushka at Ringger Center 7035 Freret St New Orleans LA 70118 Contact: Mrs. Bluma Rivkin at 347-564-6525 or blumarivkin@ or Mrs. Rivkah Kehaty at 504931-4029 or rivkakehaty@yahoo. com. About A Modern Link to an Ageless Tradition Chabad of Louisiana opens RINGGER Women’s Enrichment Center with gorgeous new MIKVAH!! Mikvah Chaya Mushka, originally built in New Orleans in 1989, opened its doors in May 2010 at its NEW location, the RINGGER Center. Located on the Chabad Uptown campus, the RINGGER Women’s Enrichment Center, which houses the new mikvah, was conceived by Lee and Steve Rittvo just before Katrina. In spite of all the challenges which followed, Lee and Steve Rittvo maintained their generous commitment to the NOLA Jewish community. They dedicated the RINGGER Center, honoring the matriarchs of their family, Selma Rittvo, Regina Nadel, Pearl Green, Sonia Geltzer, and Goldie Rittvo. The center was decorated by local interior designer, Vivian Cahn who donated hundreds of hours to create a restful, spa-like ambiance for the mikva tradition, a cornerstone of Jewish family life. She chose beautiful tiles and fixtures, favoring the work of local artisans which created a serene, private oasis for preparation and immersion in the mikvah. Jerusalem Gold stone walls and floor surround the shimmering spaglass of the mikvah pool. The warm, pristine water is maintained by a specialized filtration and heating system. Since Hurricane Katrina in 2005, Chabad’s Mikvah Chaya Mushka

has been the only mikvah in Louisiana. According to Jewish tradition, building a mikvah takes precedence over building a synagogue or buying a Torah scroll. The mikvah serves women from New Orleans and surrounding areas as far as Mississippi. When making travel plans, visitors from all over the world contact Chabad to confirm mikvah availability. Tulane University students study mikvah as part of the Sinai Scholars program. Teens from local Sunday schools visit as well. The new reception area, with a lending library, creates a comfortable space for tours, private classes, and bridal celebrations. The Horowitz family founded the Ruth Cohen Bridal Fund to help provide the floral bouquets, kosher champagne, and gifts for brides and new attendees. The Be'er Miriam Fund in memory of Mrs. Miriam Gordon was founded to promote Mikvah Education and Awareness. New Orleans can proudly join the growing international list of cities with a modern, elegant mikvah. Of the 400 mikvahs in America, 120 were built in the last ten years with many lovely features. In addition to the Rittvo contribution, a generous gift was given by an anonymous Israeli couple. Donations made by the Kehaty, Lew, Bistritsky, Baitelman, Nathanson, Munitz and Karp families and by Kristie Holm enabled the mikva to be furnished elegantly. Lazer Granite and Marble of New York, Jonathan Zanger of Walker Zanger- California, and Hurwitz-Mintz of New Orleans all contributed generously. The Center, initially designed by Seizler Architects, was completed by Pinky Rohm, Stafford Tile and Toca Flooring, guided by international mikva consultant, Rabbi Gershon Grossbaum. For more information or to schedule your private or group tour, contact Bluma Rivkin, by calling or texting 347-564-6525 or mikvah@ For an attendant schedule see Please call your attendant 2 days in advance for an appointment! The volunteer Attendants often have to make special arrangements to leave their homes for an appointment. Thank you for calling ahead! In addition to the warm caring individual attention for every attendee, a special package is provided to brides and other first time users. BRIDES! Please contact us well in advance of your wedding so that we THE

Community Resource Guide can make proper arrangements. Mikvah Chaya Mushka also offers pre-marital counseling for brides and occasional educational programs related to Jewish family life. To learn more about Mikvah and Family Purity, and for a directory of Mikvahs throughout the world, please visit Chabad's Global Mikvah Site.

Moishe House New Orleans

855 Wilson Drive New Orleans, LA 70119 Contact: Jen Rosen email: cell: 202-870-0587 Our Mission Moishe House New Orleans is a welcoming, inclusive space for young Jews to share stories, make art, cook delicious meals, explore Judaism and engage in social justice work. We are devoted to building community through fun and meaningful programs and to celebrating New Orleans’ rich history. Come by for some challah and (c) happiness! What Is a Moishe House? A Moishe House is a place where young adults in their 20s come together and create vibrant Jewish communities. There are more than 100 communities in over 25 countries around the world. Each Moishe House community is uniquely shaped by a group of residents who live together and host programs for their peers. How is this possible? We hook them up with a partial rent subsidy, programming budget, educational resources and training. Connect with your local Moishe House community and join them for Shabbat dinners, Jewish learning programs, holiday celebrations and so much more. Our Story In 2006, a group of Jewish young adults had a problem. They wanted to more actively engage in the Jewish community and were too old for Jewish life on campus and too young for the traditional young adult and family programming being offered. Fortunately for those young adults, Morris Squire, a philanthropist in Santa Barbara gave them the opportunity to create it for themselves. David Cygielman, now CEO of Moishe House, worked with Morris and young adult Jewish friends in the Bay Area to host a Shabbat dinner. That one Shabbat dinner turned into a wide variety of peer-led Jewish programs and from there, the THE

first Moishe House was born. It was a simple concept: a group of young Jewish adults, living together in a house, hosting Jewish programming for their friends and community. From that one house, the model spread and expanded its scope. Now, 11 years after those first Shabbat dinners in Oakland, the Moishe House network spans 27+ countries and reaches more than 60,000+ unique young adults around the world every year. Click here to find a Moishe House near you. As Moishe House continues to grow, the organization pilots innovative initiatives to meet the interests and needs of the young adults participating (and those not yet engaged). Over the years, Moishe House has provided training for these community builders through Jewish Learning Retreats and created a platform for former residents and other strong leaders to host Moishe House–style programs from their own homes (now Moishe House Without Walls or MHWOW). Moishe House is now the global leader in peer-led Jewish young adult engagement. Every year, thousands of young Jews experience innovative, engaging, exciting Jewish programming. All programming is planned and executed by their peers, creating countless opportunities for young adults to connect with their own Jewish identities, their friends and their wider communities. By 2020, Moishe House will dramatically extend its impact on Jewish young adults by scaling our community building programs, expanding alumni efforts and successfully experimenting with innovative programs that engage new segments of the young adult population. Moishe House is providing an important pathway for young adults to take part in — and create — Jewish homes and communities.

Mosaic Jewish Outdoor Mountain Club of Louisiana 302 Walnut Street New Orleans, LA 70118 phone: 866-1243 (h); 581-1948 (w) President: Myron Katz, PhD

Established in Chicago in 1893, NCJW is the oldest women's volunteer organization in the United States. There are 109 sections in 34 states and the District of Columbia. NCJW has 47 affiliates worldwide called the International Council of Jewish Women. The Greater New Orleans Section, founded in 1897, has approximately 1000 members. NCJW Greater New Orleans Section is committed to: *Advance the well-being and status of women *Advance the well-being of children and families *Enhance the quality of Jewish life *Ensure individual and civil rights

* Support a secure Israel and the well-being of all its people The National Council of Jewish Women (NCJW) is a grassroots organization of volunteers and advocates who turn progressive ideals into action. Inspired by Jewish values, NCJW strives for social justice by improving the quality of life for women, children, and families and by safeguarding individual rights and freedoms. NCJW Services Volunteer Opportunities You can make a difference. Volunteer ACE - Alzheimer's Care and Enrichment - In conjunction with


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Community Resource Guide the Jewish Community Center, this program provides stimulating activities including music therapy for Alzheimer patients as well as respite for care givers. Bikur Chaverim – In cooperation with Jewish Family Services, this Visiting Friends program pairs volunteers with home bound members of the community, providing companionship and assistance. If you are interested in participating in this

program contact Fran Dinehart at or (504) 831-8475 x134. Civic Cooperation - Volunteers are provided at the request of community agencies for short term services. Activities include participation in various programs and entertainment at Woldenberg Living Center , the Jewish Community Center's Adloyadah, and Jewish Family Service's Passover food baskets. Clara and Roy Schwarz Memorial Book Fund - A fund established to provide monies to assist the Isaacson Scholarship recipients in purchasing textbooks Court Appointed Special Advocates CASA provides trained community volunteers to advocate in court for the best interest of abused and neglected children. Court Watch NOLA - Court Watch NOLA creates advocates of criminal justice reform who demonstrate that citizen engagement

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matters. Fox 8 Defenders -NCJW volunteers assist individuals with consumer problems by answering questions and finding solutions. Girls on the Run! – A life-changing, non-profit program for girls in the 3rd through 8th grade. The mission is to inspire girls to be joyful, healthy and confident using a fun, experience-based curriculum which creatively integrates running. NCJW provides assistance at races and mentors to participants. H.I.P.P.Y. - Home Instruction for Parents of Preschool Youngsters This home-based program helps economically and educationally disadvantaged parents provide educational enrichment to their preschool children. Studies have shown that these children have performed well ahead of their peers. The program was developed by the NCJW Research Institute in Jerusalem , and although initiated locally in Orleans Parish, it is expanding state-wide. Irma M. Isaacson Memorial Scholarship Fund - An educational scholarship fund established in honor of a past president of the Section. The funds are used to award academic scholarships to local Jewish students in need of financial aid. Judicial Bypass Project - LIFT Louisiana Judicial Bypass Project provides free legal representation in court for any minor seeking judicial bypass for an abortion where their parents have not given consent. Louisiana Center for Children’s Rights - LCCR is a nonprofit law office that defends the right of every child in Louisiana's juvenile justice system to fairness, dignity and opportunity. Medication Cards - A simple wallet-sized card designed to keep a current and accurate accounting of medications. The card is individually filled out with the name and dosage of medications and is available on the counter of pharmacies, physicians and dentists in the Greater New Orleans area, at no charge to the consumer. New Orleans Family Justice Center – The Family Justice Center co-locates a myriad of agencies to provide coordinated, and consolidated legal, law enforcement, social and healthcare services, focusing on domestic violence issues. For more information, contact Sue Jernigan: NOLA4Women - NOLA4Women celebrates the important and courageous role women played in shaping New Orleans while boldly

confronting the challenges they continue to face. NOLA4Women is a non-profit corporation incorporated in the state of Louisiana. Contact Trisha Ward or (225) 405-6884 Ochsner Israeli Patient Caregiver Assistance Program - Israeli Patient Caregiver Assistance supports Israeli organ transfer patients and their family members/caregivers while they are temporarily living in New Orleans. SisterHearts Exit Reentry Organization - S.H.E.R.O. is a prison reentry program for women. S.H.E.R.O. is the only organization in the state predominantly owned, operated and developed by, with and for female ex-offenders. Start the Adventure in Reading STAIR improves the reading skills and self esteem of lower grade level elementary school students through volunteer tutors. Public Affairs - NCJW takes an active role in advocating for legislative issues that improve the quality of life for women, children and families. Through our advocacy we strive to ensure the individual rights and freedoms for all. Past Services - NCJW has funded and/or provided volunteers for many services in which we are no longer actively involved. Some of these services include: Parkway and Park Partners, Audubon Zoo Mobile, Battered Women's Enrichment Program, BookPartners, Teen Town (the precursor of NORD), Magic Land (precursor of Head Start), Let's Tell a Story, Merchandise Distribution to People in Need, Heart of Town, Mobile Answer Desk, Tay Sachs Screening, Kid's Cafe, Child Life at Tulane Medical Center , Soviet Jewish ResettlementEnglish as a Second Language, Starbright, and Dress for Success.

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for Reform Judaism camps and youth programs. URJ Youth proNFTY/ Southern Region vides young people with immersive 3863 Morrison Road Jewish experiences in North AmeriUtica, MS 39175 ca, and around the world, including camps, Israel trips and social action/ Email: service learning travel programs. 601-885-6042 Our Movement was founded as Sarah Tucker, Regional Advisor the youth arm of Reform Judaism in 1939 at the urging of Women of About NFTY is a movement that builds Reform Judaism (then known as the strong, welcoming, inspired com- National Federation of Temple Sismunities through teen-powered terhoods). With over 900 congregations and engagement. Together, we pursue 1.5 million Jews, Reform Judaism is tikkun olam, personal growth, youth empowerment, and deep con- the largest and most vibrant Jewish nections, all rooted in Reform Juda- movement in all of North America. ism. NFTY’s Southern Region includes Louisiana, Mississippi, Tribe Arkansas, western Tennessee, Ala- bama (excluding Montgomery), Manager: Rabbi Lexi Erdheim of Congregation Gates of Prayer and the Florida panhandle. NFTY is a Movement that builds TRIBE is a community for peostrong, welcoming, inspired communities through teen-powered ple in their 20s and 30s seeking engagement. Together, we pursue engagement with Jewish tradition tikkun olam, personal growth, youth and spiritual practice, while conempowerment, and deep connec- necting with others in an open and tions, all rooted in Reform Judaism. inviting atmosphere. Judaism, Community, Music, We work in partnership with Union for Reform Judaism affiliat- Food, Prayer, Movement, Spiritualed congregations to provide mean- ity, New Orleans TRIBE is generously sponsored ingful Jewish experiences for midby Congregation Gates of Prayer dle and high school students. and The Oscar J. Tolmas 20s/30s We are part of the family of Union


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3701 Behrman Place New Orleans, La. 70114 504-367-5640 Executive Director, Bob Laster Email address: Bob.laster@ About Quality care and premier senior living accommodations Touro’s Woldenberg Village is a not-for-profit, multi-service residential retirement community covering 17 acres on the West Bank of New Orleans. Woldenberg Village draws an ethnically, racially, and religiously diverse group of residents from the entire metropolitan area and beyond, offering seniors spacious and comfortable living accommodations on beautifully landscaped grounds. Our caring staff and residents create a warm, welcoming, and intimate setting. Woldenberg Village is retirement living at its best. Whether you are able to live independently, need some additional support, or are in need of skilled nursing care, Woldenberg Village offers quality care and an engaging

lifestyle for its residents. Residents benefit from an environment of exceptional services and amenities that promotes active lifestyles and personal freedom. Group of elderly patients at group activity Features of Woldenberg Village include: * 24-hour emergency response system * Smoke alarms and sprinklers in all apartments * Scheduled group transportation for activities, errands, and doctors’ appointments * Weekly housekeeping and laundry service * Elegant private dining room for small gatherings * Beauty salon/barber shop * Special programs and activities designed for the active senior * Stimulating outings to the symphony, restaurants, museums, and city-wide events With all the amenities you need for ultimate comfort and assistance, Woldenberg Village meets your unique needs at every stage of life. Activities at Woldenberg Activities and social events fill the calendar at Woldenberg Village. The choice is yours—something fun is always happening and there are plen-

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ple of all faiths and recognizes the diversity of religious affiliations among our residents. In order to serve religious and spiritual needs, we provide a number of religious services. Bibles Religious services offered throughout the week at Woldenberg Village are: • Shabbat services every Saturday and observance of Jewish holidays • Various weekly services and observance of Christian holidays • Protestant services on-site and various prayer group meetings • A weekly Catholic mass and Rosary • Alzheimer’s care Woldenberg Village is proud to offer two housing options for seniors diagnosed with Alzheimer’s. • Our assisted living facility – the

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of New Orleans. Every Shabbat and festival, our members are delighted to welcome visitors from near and far. Recently, our historic building-which is a short walk from the French Quarter/Downtown and from Tulane University’s Uptown campus, has been designated a National Historic Landmark. We are a vibrant community committed to worship, learning, and the well-being of our neighborhood and the State of Israel.

ORTHODOX METAIRIE Congregation Beth Israel

4004 West Esplanade Ave, South Metairie, LA 70002 Phone: 504 -454- 5080 Fax: 504 -883- 8010 President: Hal Unger email: Administrator: Rabbi David Posternock email: Rabbi Josh Pernick Email: rabbijosh@bethisraelnola. com About Us Beth Israel’s mission is to create an accessible spiritual home where all Jews are warmly embraced, regardless of affiliation or background. We also strive to create a community of spiritual and intellectual character in accordance with Modern Orthodox values, tradition and practice. We are proud of our multi-generJewish Clergy Council of ational heritage and are building New Orleans toward the future by fostering a largRabbi Todd Silverman, President er sense of family among our longtime members and the more recent Touro Synagogue newcomers to our community. Beth 4238 Saint Charles Avenue Israel also continues to serve as a New Orleans, LA 70115 spiritual home-away-from-home for phone: 895-4843 Jewish business travelers and tourSYNAGOGUES ists who visit our city. Finally, we strive to operate our new synagogue as a community center, providing ORTHODOX educational, cultural and social NEW ORLEANS opportunities open to our entire neighborhood community. Anshe Sfard Synagogue Our services and programming at 2230 Carondelet Street, New Beth Israel are guided by the folOrleans, LA 70130 lowing set of core values, inspired 504-522-4714 by the mission of Yeshivat Chovevemail: ei Torah Rabbinical School and the Executive Director: Mrs. Sandy principles of the Orthodox Union. Lassen We are deeply committed to: President: Dr. Gary Remer Talmud Torah - Inspiring a pasRabbi: Rabbi Yochanan Rivkin sionate commitment to the study of Torah in all of its rich forms and the About scrupulous observance of Halacha. Anshe Sfard is a small but dynamRuchniyut - Cultivating spiritualic Orthodox synagogue in the heart ity - God-consciousness, soulful


Community Resource Guide music, piety, and ethical sensitivity - and integrating it into all learning, religious practice, and worldly pursuits. Avodat HaShem - Encouraging intellectual openness, questioning, and critical thinking as essential components of one's full service to God. Ahavat Yisrael - Affirming the shared covenantal bond between all Jews. Promoting love of all Jews and actively pursuing the positive and respectful interaction of all Jewish movements. Medinat Yisrael - Recognizing Eretz Yisrael as our homeland and affirming the religious and historical significance of the State of Israel for all Jews in Israel and the Diaspora. Tikkun Olam - Affirming the shared divine image (Tzelem Elohim) of all people and recognizing our responsibility to improve the world and our capacity to be enriched by it. Furthermore... We strive to enhance and expand the role of women in Talmud Torah, religious life, and communal leadership within the bounds of halacha. We affirm our commitment to the government of the United States of America and our respect for the servicemen and women of our country who seek liberty and justice for all. In particular we honor our Jewish War Veterans for their duty to our country and the honor they bring to our people. We recognize our bond with our brothers and sisters around the world who face distress and offer a prayer that they know comfort, security, and peace. And we pray for the well-being of the members of Israel's Defense Forces and, in particular, to bring awareness to the plight of those Israeli soldiers who are still missing in action.


3737 West Esplanade Avenue Metairie, LA 70002 Phone: 504-889-1144 Fax: 504-889-1146 E-mail us at shirchadash@ Executive Director: Ricardo Totah Email: Rabbi Deborah Silver Email: President: Ken Klein


About us Shir Chadash was originally founded in 1960 and is the only Conservative Synagogue in the Greater New Orleans area. We are a vibrant, egalitarian, traditional synagogue, open to all. Shir Chadash is a dynamic place of prayer, learning, caring, and commitment. We strive to be a warm and friendly place, a haimish environment for worship, study, and community. We are blessed that several of our founding members still join us regularly not only for services, but also for multiple learning opportunities. We strive to embody the best aspects of the Conservative Movement: passion and egalitarianism in prayer, intellectual engagement in Jewish texts, a commitment to Jewish life, and a deep yearning to work for a better world. To that end, we focus our efforts on participatory lay-led prayer, on exceptional and wide-ranging educational offerings for people of all ages, on a deep sense of the power of Jewish community, and on efforts to improve the Greater New Orleans area. In August 2005, Hurricane Katrina devastated our building and our community. We were the first New Orleans synagogue to hold services after Katrina, and the storm and its aftermath have left a lasting impression on our community. We are proud of what we have accomplished over the past half century, but we are especially proud of our resilience post Katrina. We have come a long way since those stormswept days, but we are not yet finished recreating and building. The work goes on. Please join us.

Email: Temple Educator: Phillip Gaethe R.J.E Email: educator@gatesofprayer. org Cantorial Soloist: Jordan Lawrence Email: Our Mission Congregation Gates of Prayer is a Jewish congregation, dedicated to providing members with opportunities to find Kedusha (holiness within our lives) through participation in worship services, lifecycle events, educational activities for all ages, and social action programs

that reflect our enduring commitment to Torah (lifelong Jewish education), Avodah (worship of God through prayer and observance), and Gemilut Chasadim (the pursuit of justice, peace, and deeds of loving kindness). In our efforts to realize this mission, we are committed to the principles, programs, and ideals of Reform Judaism including: Talmud Torah - Lifelong study of Torah for all. Bet Knesset - Active involvement in congregational life and leadership. Tikkun Olam – Perfecting God's world through the pursuit of justice,






REFORM METAIRIE Congregation Gates of Prayer

4000 West Esplanade Ave S. Metairie, La 70002 P: (504) 885-2600 F: (504) 885-2603 Email: President: Dr. Aaron M.Wolfson Email: president@gatesofprayer. org Rabbi: Senior Rabbi David Gerber Email: Rabbi Emeritus: Rabbi Robert H. Loewy Email: Assistant Rabbi: Alexis Erdheim Email: Temple Administrator: Jack H. Schulman

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Community Resource Guide and improved understanding between our neighbors and ourselves. Ahavat Yisrael - Supporting the State of Israel and the Jewish people wherever they live, beginning in our local community and extending throughout the world. Mishpacha - Creating a warm supportive atmosphere that promotes spiritual fulfillment and the well-being of all of our congregants, all who seek to affiliate with our synagogue, and all who through their personal relationships have a significant link to our community Congregation Gates of Prayer is a strong, vibrant, and active Reform Jewish synagogue located in Metairie, LA. We offer a full range of programs for all ages from young children to our oldest adults. Our varied worship services are known for their warmth, joy and spirit in keeping with Jewish tradition. We invite you to come and learn all about our multiple opportunities for spiritual growth and learning. Discover paths for learning and how a synagogue can be the base for repairing our world. Become an active part of the Gates of Prayer family. Gates of Prayer is proud to be an inclusive congregation. Our History

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Congregation Gates of Prayer is the oldest ongoing congregation in Greater New Orleans, established on January 6, 1850. The founders of the congregation, some of whose descendants are members of the congregation to this day, were primarily German Jews from the provinces of Alsace and Lorraine. They were escaping from the terrible conditions that existed during the Franco-Prussian Wars. At its first meeting, the 26 charter members agreed to rent space for meeting and shortly thereafter purchased the ground for the Joseph Street Cemetery, actively in use to this day. Initially known as “Shaarei Tefiloh,” which means “Gates of Prayer,” the synagogue followed Orthodox ritual. Services were conducted by a Chazzan (Cantor), who also taught the children Hebrew and Torah. Congregants were supportive of one another, nursing each other during times of illness, burying the dead and caring for widows, orphans and the poor. The first permanent meeting place for the congregation was a house on the corner of St. Mary and Fulton Streets purchased in 1855. In 1859 a lot on the corner of Jackson Ave. and Chippewa St. was selected for building a new struc-

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ture. Members began collecting red bricks, eventually amassing 300,000. Construction began in 1860, but was interrupted by the Civil War, including the need to hide the materials from Union forces, lest they be confiscated. On June 21, 1865 the synagogue was completed and dedicated. Still standing, the structure has recently been transformed into condominiums, but its early identity can be recognized. A beautiful red glass Ner Tamid (Eternal Light), purchased for the congregation in 1875 continues to hold a prominent place in our current sanctuary. During the next few decades, the congregation drifted ritually to embrace Reform Jewish practices. Choir and organ were introduced. Translations from Hebrew were read (initially in German, later in English). Friday evening services became more popular, as men and women sat together. With the selection of Rabbi Moise Bergman, a graduate of the Hebrew Union College, as rabbi in 1904, the shift became official and the congregation soon affiliated with the Union of American Hebrew Congregations (now Union for Reform Judaism) in 1908. Membership increased to 150 families, outgrowing the Jackson Ave. building. In 1914 Dr. Mendel Silber, who was both a rabbi and held an M.D. degree, became Gates of Prayer’s second Reform rabbi. He quickly saw the need for a larger facility and greater proximity to where people were living. On May 21, 1920 we moved into a remodeled former Presbyterian Church on the corner of Napoleon Ave. and Coliseum St.

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Though embracing the philosophy of Reform Judaism, Gates of Prayer leaned in a more traditional ritual direction on the Reform spectrum, a pattern which continues to this day. The congregation did not fully adopt the Reform prayer book until 1928 and men regularly prayed with their heads covered (atypical of Reform of that time) until 1933. Rabbi Nathaniel Share began his 40 year service to the congregation in 1934. Known for his compassion and wisdom, Rabbi Share led the congregation through major Jewish and American historical moments: the depression, World War II, the Shoah, the establishment of the State of Israel, the Civil Rights movement and Vietnam War era. Under his leadership the congregation grew its educational, social action and social programs with membership reaching 250-300 families. Concern over a possible change in the nature of the neighborhood, competing with two other Reform congregations for potential members and a shifting Jewish population to Jefferson Parish prompted synagogue leaders to propose a move to Metairie. Land was purchased from the Archdiocese of New Orleans on the corner of West Esplanade and Richland Ave. Rabbi Share participated in the ground-breaking ceremony on May 10, 1974, but died suddenly three months later, not quite reaching the new Promised Land. In September of 1975 a beautiful contemporary building was dedicated with recently elected Rabbi Kenneth Segel leading the worship. This reflected a period of great prosperity in Greater New Orleans. Membership soared to 575 families, as the congregation created the Louise Manheim Nursery School and expanded Religious and Hebrew School. Interfaith activity, including what is now the annual Shared Thanksgiving Service with our neighbor St. Clement of Rome, began. Gates of Prayer established itself as the address for Jewish families in Jefferson Parish. Rabbi Robert Loewy came to Gates of Prayer in 1984 and has led the congregation during the end of the 20th century and into the 21st. Under his guidance we have emphasized education for all ages, interfaith and intra-faith activity, tikun olam social action programs, Israel awareness, involvement of all members including singles, mixed marrieds, LGBTQ, seniors and youth. THE

Community Resource Guide Gates of Prayer has been at the cutting edge of Reform Jewish life and programming with special links to the URJ Henry S. Jacobs Camp in Utica, MS for our youth. In 1991 the congregation hired its first full time Jewish Educator, a position held since 1997 by Philip Gaethe. Inspirational and creative worship services have been a feature emphasized over the past three decades. This has included multiple services and programs during the High Holy Days, and a variety of Shabbat services for all ages, with the monthly Shabbat Yeladim children’s experience currently being very popular. Victoria (Tory) Cohen May who began her role as Cantorial Soloist/ Musical Director in 1987, initiated Kol Simcha- a volunteer choir, K’lai Simcha- a volunteer band, Friday Night Live- a contemporary music service, along with numerous musical programs. Her voice and musical talent lift and engage congregational worship. The first major change to the West Esplanade building came in 1987 when a massive tapestry designed by Efrem Weitzman, was added to the front of the sanctuary. In 2000 the structure underwent a major renovation including: the creation of new office and educational wings, a larger front lobby, expansion and reconfiguration of classrooms, creation of a multi-purpose room and adult lounge. Most prominent were changes to the sanctuary designed by David Ascalon with a handicap accessible bima, an enlarged gated ark made of Jerusalem stone, six stained glass windows and comfortable seating. Hurricane Katrina in August of 2005 was both a horrific and a shining moment for the congregation. Flooding in the building resulted in over $1 million in damage. The vast majority of our members suffered from storm damage as well. Synagogue leadership rose to the occasion. With the help of significant donations from Jews all over the United States, we quickly repaired our building and reached out to our members, wherever they were scattered, to provide financial and spiritual support. A special component of the Katrina story involves Congregation Beth Israel, an Orthodox congregation located in the Lakeview section of New Orleans, destroyed as a result of the levee breaches and flood waters. Needing a temporary home, Gates of Prayer opened its doors to their members in January of 2006, creating the oddity of an THE

Orthodox service taking place in a Reform congregation. This continued until June of 2012 when they moved into their new building on land purchased from Gates of Prayer, situated adjacent to our building, with our playground in between. The two congregations embarked on unique ways to cooperate and share, particularly with joint education and social action programs. This unique symbiosis received national recognition. Rooted in our history, Congregation Gates of Prayer looks forward to tomorrow. ‫החמשב יי תא ודבע‬ Ivdu et Adonai b’simcha Serve/Worship God with joy This is the Psalm verse found on our ark gates. It reflects an attitude which permeates all that we do. Congregation Gates of Prayer embraces its past, while engaging its future..

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REFORM NEW ORLEANS Congregation Temple Sinai

6227 St. Charles Avenue New Orleans, Louisiana 70118 Telephone: (504) 861-3693 Fax: (504) 861- 3102 Executive Director: Liz Yager President: Tracey Dodd email: Rabbi Daniel Sherman Email: President: Tracey Dodd email: Rabbi Emeritus: Rabbi Edward Paul Cohn email: Cantor: Joel Colman M.S.M email: Director of Education: Avital Ostfield email: Administrative Specialist: Rachel Chamness email: rchamness@templesinaino. org About Us Temple Sinai, founded in 1870, is the largest congregation in the State of Louisiana and the oldest Reform one. Temple Sinai is proud of our history of inspired rabbinic leadership committed to Tikkun Olam. The Congregation has an historic tradition of serving the spiritual needs of its diverse membership. Our professional and lay leaders strive to create a congregation that seeks to be a spiritual presence in the

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Community Resource Guide lives of its members in order to help cultivate and satisfy their religious, musical, cultural, emotional and intellectual interests and needs. Our rich history includes a strong tradition of providing quality Jewish programming in the community. The Temple seeks to develop and maintain successful programs which address the history, language, music, theology, and other aspects of Jewish culture. From pre-school through adulthood, the Congregation desires to establish programs that educate and entertain its members in these important areas of Jewish life. Temple Sinai is constantly striving to build a community that stretches beyond the walls of the synagogue. Through our active affiliates: Sisterhood, Brotherhood, Youth Group, Young Family Havurah, and Older Adults Havurah, and our committed lay committees such as Outreach, Social Action and Worship and Ritual, we provide cultural, intellectual and educational programs and activities for all our members.

Touro Synagogue

4238 St Charles Avenue, New Orleans, La, 70115 (504) 895-4843 Email: info@tourosynagogue. com Executive Director: Kerry Tapia email: execdir@tourosynagogue. com President: Lisa Herman email: Rabbi: Rabbi Katie Bauman email: Rabbi Emeritus: Rabbi Emeritus David Goldstein Associate Rabbi: Rabbi Todd Silverman Cantor: Cantor Kevin Margolius Music Director: Terry D. Maddox, MM Our History Our Story Begins in 1828, a mere 25 years after the Louisiana Purchase, when the founders of what would eventually become Touro Synagogue started the first Jewish temple outside of the 13 original colonies and the sixth oldest synagogue in the country. According to the Code Noire (1724), Jews should have been excluded from the French territory of Louisiana. But the business acumen of Jewish merchants proved more important to the financial future of New Orleans than upholding the rules of the French government. Little by little, hardworking 24 CRG 2020-2021

Southern Jews settled into a welcoming environment. When President Thomas Jefferson negotiated the 1803 Louisiana Purchase with Napoleon, and Louisiana came under American jurisdiction, Jews acquired the right to freely inhabit what would become the 18th state in the Union, reveling in the value of religious freedom promised by the American Constitution. Touro Synagogue’s congregation is the result of a union between two original congregations, Congregation Gates of Mercy and Congregation Dispersed of Judah. Shangarai-Chasset (Congregation Gates of Mercy) was founded in 1828 thanks to the efforts of a proactive visitor, Jacob Solis, who fulfilled the needs of the Jewish community by creating a space of worship during the High Holy Days. Their first synagogue was located on North Rampart Street, between St. Louis and Conti Streets, west of the French Quarter. Gates of Mercy followed the Ashkenazic rituals, leading some Portuguese members, preferring the Sephardic tradition, separated and formed Nefutzoth Yehudah (Congregation Dispersed of Judah) in 1846. Congregation Dispersed of Judah moved into the renovated Christ Church building at the corner of Bourbon and Canal Streets in 1846. On February 6, 1881, these two congregations reunited and moved into a building on Carondelet Street. The merger strengthened the Jewish community in New Orleans at a time when both congregations were struggling economically and recovering from the loss of many lives to the Yellow Fever epidemic of 1878. The new congregation eventually took the name Touro Synagogue after the benefactor of both communities, merchant-philanthropist Judah Touro. Judah Touro had lived in New Orleans since 1801, coming originally from Rhode Island where his father was the leader of the historic Newport congregation, regarded as America’s Oldest Synagogue. In addition to being a benefactor of many Jewish, Catholic, and Protestant charities, Judah Touro was a hero in the War of 1812, co-builder of the Bunker Hill Monument, founder of the First Free Public Library in America, and founder of Touro Infirmary and the Touro Home for the Aged. Touro Synagogue joined the Reform movement in 1891 and has been a leader in the Reform movement ever since. THE

Community Resource Guide The current sanctuary building was designed by a well‐known local architect Emile Weil, who won the congregation’s design competition at the ripe age of 29. The synagogue was completed in 1908 and dedicated on January 1, 1909. Our sanctuary holds a magnificent Aron Kodesh, given to Congregation Dispersed of Judah in 1847 by Judah Touro. Rabbi Isaac Leucht, 1881-1914; Rabbi Emil Leipziger, 1914-1947; Rabbi Leo A. Bergman, 1948-1976; Rabbi David Goldstein, 1978-2005; Rabbi Andrew Busch, 2005-2008; Rabbi Alexis Berk, 2008-present. Rabbi Leucht is remembered for helping bring about the merger of the two original synagogues. Rabbi Leipziger exercised tremendous leadership in organizing the Community Chest and other endeavors. Rabbi Bergman was instrumental in bringing about the greatest synagogue growth up to that point. Under Bergman’s leadership Ralph Slifkin was invited to serve as the cantorial soloist, the auditorium was expanded, and the Religious School became the largest in the city. Rabbi Bergman’s voice was one of strength during the climactic days of racial integration in schools and other public spheres. Rabbi David Goldstein proudly accepted the position as Touro Synagogue’s rabbi in 1978. Under his leadership the congregation’s endowment grew dramatically. As a result, a full-time, professional staff was put in place for the first time: Rabbi, Cantor, Educator and Executive Director. Rabbi Goldstein inspired two major building projects. The first was the Norman Synagogue House which was built in 1989. This magnificent addition contains the Forgotston Chapel, the Shushan Assembly, the Bowsky Gardens, the Grant-Meyer Garden Pavilion, the Jacobs Social Hall and the Good Family Foyer. Ida Rittenberg Kohlmeyer (1912 – 1997), an Abstract Expressionist artist and a native New Orleanian, was commissioned to design the stained glass windows for the chapel. While much of her work can be found in museums around the country, her original watercolor piece remains in the Touro collection. The second project involved the re-designing of the administrative offices and the Mautner Learning Center. Rabbi Goldstein was also instrumental in developing the Tulane University Jewish Studies Program and helping foster closer relations between the Jewish and African-American communities of THE

New Orleans. Rabbi Andrew Busch became Touro Synagogue’s rabbi in July 2005. Hurricane Katrina made landfall on August 29, 2005, thus anointing Rabbi Busch’s brief tenure with us. Rabbi Busch strove valiantly to serve the needs of his newly dispersed congregation in the wake of one of the nation’s largest natural disasters, gathering together members in Houston and offering support and encouragement. Rabbi Busch led his first High Holy Day service at Touro Synagogue on Rosh Hashanah 2005, and provided New Orleans with its very first Jewish service following the storm. Rabbi Busch continued to lead us as we slowly returned to New Orleans to pick up the pieces of our lives. When family concerns pulled him back to the north, Rabbi Busch’s replacement was sought. And again, Touro was blessed. Rabbi Alexis Berk accepted the pulpit at Touro Synagogue in July 2008. Although raised in rural Massachusetts, Rabbi Berk was a southerner at heart. She explained, “The complexity and texture of the New Orleans landscape illuminates the elemental beauty of the Touro community. The fact that Touro is a 180-year-old synagogue belies its strong desire for innovation and growth. The professional team and congregational leaders embody passion for this community – within the walls of the congregation and beyond. Resilience, inter- connectedness, and strength are the core of this distinctive place.” Touro Synagogue and the larger Jewish community in New Orleans responded with open arms to their first senior, female rabbi. Rabbi Berk brought a fresh perspective, a keen intellect, a pervasive sense of humor, and a compassionate heart to her role as the spiritual leader of Touro’s congregation. Her energetic leadership heralded a new and exciting chapter in Touro’s history. Rabbi Todd Silverman joined our clergy team in 2015 – Touro’s first ever Rabbinic Director of Lifelong Learning. He brings a joyful spirit, a curious mind, and a warm approach to all ages — as he connects with all members of the community to bring Judaism alive in creative learning experiences and vibrant relationships. Our new senior rabbi, Rabbi Katie Bauman, joined the congregation in July 2019. The Touro Congregation has always been blessed by its cantors,

who have led worship, shaped liturgy, and inspired congregants both children young and old. Especially notable have been the contributions of Cantor Steven Dubov, Cantor Jordan Franzel, Cantor Seth Warner, Cantor Billy Tiep, Cantor Jason Kaufman, Cantor Jamie Marx, Cantor David Mintz, and currently, Cantor Kevin Margolius. Each one helped further develop our musical program by enhancing our congregational offerings through our choir, Jazz Fest Shabbat Worship, educational programs, and community leadership.

REFORM MANDEVILLE Northshore Jewish Congregation

1403 North Causeway Boulevard Mandeville, Louisiana 70471 (985) 951-7976 President: Lena Liller email: Visiting Rabbi: Eugene Levy Email: rabbi@northshorejewish. org Religious School Director: Tracy Gold email: study@northshorejewish.

org Administrative Assistant: Rebecca Slifkin email: About Us The Northshore Jewish Congregation grew from a small chavurah which, in the early 1980s, envisioned the possibility of a synagogue on the Northshore of Lake Pontchartrain. Members of the chavurah began talking the synagogue into existence and held its first community-wide Passover Seder in the mid-1980s. By the Fall of 1995, the first Shabbat service was held in a local Methodist Church. Shortly thereafter, the synagogue grew to 40 charter members. Within 10 short years, a 10,000 square foot building was purchased, a Rabbi was hired and the NJC became a full-service synagogue in a central location. The Rabbinic leadership evolved from student Rabbis to part-time Rabbis, and finally a full-time Rabbi. The ritual

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Community Resource Guide BATON ROUGE SYNAGOGUES REFORM Beth Shalom Synagogue

9111 Jefferson Hwy. Baton Rouge, LA 70809 P: (225) 924-6773 F: (225) 923-1373 President: Mark Posner Rabbi: Rabbi Teri Appleby Email: A Statement Of Mission We are Beth Shalom: A congregational community committed to honoring traditional Judaism. We are Beth Shalom: A congregational family focused on creating a Jewish home in Baton Rouge for diverse peoples seeking spiritual connection. We are Beth Shalom: A covenantal people, sharing the values of Reform Judaism. What Is Beth Shalom: A Statement Of Vision What Kind of Community is Beth Shalom? We are an inclusive Jewish community that values meaningful worship, serious study, and Tikkun Olam. We emphasize acceptance of all people and believe that every person brings unique gifts to contribute to our diverse Beth Shalom family. What Jewish Educational Opportunities Exist at Beth Shalom? We continue to renew and evolve our efforts to provide for lifelong Jewish learning from early childhood through adult education. We recognize that we are all students and we seek to challenge our members with meaningful and appropriate study relevant to our times. How Does Beth Shalom Reach Out to the World? We encourage Tikkun Olam that is relevant to our members, individually and to our congregation collectively. We collaborate with secular and other faith-based organizations. We begin in our local community and reach out to impact our global environment and to improve living conditions for all peoples, especially our sisters and brothers in Eretz Yisrael. How Does Beth Shalom Ensure Its Future? We strategically plan for our future. We work to expand our membership, promote ongoing leadership development, and mainTHE

tain financial stability. We recognize that this congregation requires continued support from all members of our synagogue family.

Congregation B’nai Israel of Baton Rouge

3354 Kleinert Avenue Baton Rouge, LA 70806 225-343-0111 Fax 225-343-0653 Email: President: Andy Blumberg Rabbi: Rabbi Batsheva Appel Rabbi Emeritus: Rabbi Barry Weinstein Religious School Director: Julie Tepper Office Administrator: Cathy Duplechin Mission Statement Founded in 1858, Congregation B'nai Israel is a member of the Union for Reform Judaism. Our mission reflects the principles of the Reform Jewish movement. We recognize the diverse spiritual needs of our membership, while respecting the importance of personal religious expression. As an inclusive community, we welcome those of the Jewish faith and interfaith families and support the efforts of our families to raise their children in the Jewish religion. We strive to create worship experiences that allow for spiritual fulfillment and opportunities for congregants of all ages to grow in their knowledge of Jewish tradition, history and Torah. We recognize the need to develop and strengthen our bonds and support of Jewish people everywhere. In joining together for lifecycle events, fellowship, lifelong study, tikkun olam (actions to repair the world), and holiday observances, we become united through the sharing of meaningful Jewish experiences. As a congregational family, we are committed to working together toward this vision. A Brief History of Our Congregation Over a century ago, a small group formed the first Hebrew Congregation of Baton Rouge, today, called Congregation B'nai Israel. The size of the original congregation is unknown, but it must have been small; in those days, Baton Rouge was little more than a village. Although there is no record of the original charter, evidence from various sources points to 1858 as our congregation's birth date. The oldest tombstone in The Jewish Cemetery is dated 1858, and congregational documents confirm a

recorded death in that year. (The old death register provides interesting reading. It lists the causes of death and indicates that yellow fever took a high toll during '58, the year of the plague. Birthplaces, too, were recorded, and they varied widely. Named are Bavaria, Austria, France, Alsace, England, Poland, Germany, and many American locations.) Further evidence that our congregation must have been established in 1858 is contained in a portfolio at the East Baton Rouge Parish Courthouse, which lists a sale of property in 1859 to the Hebrew Congregation Shaare Chesed, evidently organized the year before. The 60-by-120-foot plot, on the corner of Church (now Fourth) and North Streets, was bought at auction for $585. Other "items” sold at the auction, according to the portfolio, were furniture, carriages and slaves. Records of our congregation prior to 1877 are sketchy indeed. In the Archives at Hebrew Union College, there is a letter from Isaac Mayer Wise to Rabbi Levi in Baton Rouge. This letter is dated 1859. Isaac Mayer Wise, the prophet of American Reform Judaism, was then just beginning his pioneering work in Cincinnati, and Reform Judaism itself was still very young when our congregation was formed. In the beginning, finding a site for a House of Worship and fundraising to erect a Temple were this congregation's dominant problems. A Temple never was erected on the property at Church and North Streets. By 1871, the congregation was worshipping at Dalsheimer Hall, a community gathering place for speeches, meetings and dances. These were Reconstruction days following the Civil War, and life was not easy in the South. However, despite financial obstacles, the ladies of Congregation Shaare Chesed were determined to erect a permanent place of worship. They did not want to say their prayers in a dance hall forever. In January 1871, they organized a Ladies' Hebrew Aid Association. The preamble to their constitution states, "We the undersigned, have this day associated ourselves together for the purpose of building in the City of Baton Rouge a synagogue for Jewish Worship, and we have adopted the following constitution for our government.” In 1876, their efforts seemed fruitful. Court House records show that in this year the Hebrew Congregation Shaare Chesed traded its property on Church and North

Streets with Rev. Cyrille Delacroix for a lot and building (a former Catholic Brothers' School) on Fifth and Laurel Streets. To affect the trade, the congregation had to pay a balance of $200. In March 1877, the congregation moved to their new location. The Dedication Ceremonies were attended by dignitaries of the city government and friends of members of Congregation Shaare Chesed. The ladies worked to purchase items essential to the Temple. Records show that in 1877, with a total membership of 17, the ladies raised $1,399.35—a huge sum in those postwar days. After much investigation and debate, they invested the money in Torah covers, carpets, chandeliers, draperies, an organ, and the Eternal Light. The occupancy of the Temple was short-lived, for suddenly the congregation learned it did not have clear title to the property. A series of lawsuits followed, culminating in a hearing before the Louisiana Supreme Court. In 1880, the congregation received an eviction notice. The ladies' group lost heart at this disappointment, and since the congregation was once more worshipping in Dalsheimer Hall, they voted to disband in 1882.

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Community Resource Guide Sometime between the acquisition of our first Temple and the disbandment of the Ladies' Hebrew Aid Association, the name of the Hebrew Congregation Shaare Chesed was changed to Congregation B'nai Israel. Our first accurate historical record of the change, however, is the charter of the Congregation B'nai Israel, passed in Baton Rouge. The charter was signed on August 13, 1886, by congregation members Simon Block, Jules S. Dreyfous, Joe Rothschild, Ben R. Mayer, Edward Klotz, Joe Mendelsohn, M. Seidenbach, S. Seidenback, J.S. Kowalski, Leon Block, Ed Schloss, Joe Gottlieb, Leon Moritz and Moses Gottlieb. These men formally organized under Louisiana Law a nonprofit corporation entitled "Congregation B'nai Israel (Sons of Israel).” The purposes of the corporation were set forth as "the cherishing, preserving and perpetuating the principles of pure Judaism, as well as for the cultivation and spread of enlightened religious sentiment.” In more recent times, the purposes have been expressed as being "to preserve, perpetuate, and embrace the principles of Reform Judaism.” In 1885, the ladies, who were once again determined to end worship in a dance hall, reorganized the

Ladies' Aid Association. Their goal: to find funds to buy back our Temple. Finances were always a problem for this group, but they persevered. In 1885, they held a "Moonlight Festival.” Other fund-raising affairs were a "Grad and Fancy Dress Ball and Supper” (1888), and a "Calico Ball” (1891). By 1886, the building at Fifth and Laurel had been repurchased, and Congregation B'nai Israel was re-established in a house of worship all its own. However, the problem of insufficient funds remained. In 1894, the congregation was forced to borrow, and a mortgage in the amount of $1,750 was given to the District Grand Lodge No. 7, Independent Order of B'nai Birth. Signing for the congregation were M. Weis and Ben R. Mayer. The mortgage was eventually repaid, and the Congregation occupied the original building for the next 60 years. Our present synagogue has been occupied by our congregation since 1954. Now, the greater Baton Rouge area has a population of more than 700,000, and we have grown with our city. Our synagogue underwent a major expansion in 1990. We have also purchased the vacant lot next to the synagogue. Although our build-

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ing has undergone a recent expansion, we use the same burial ground they provided for us in 1858. It is impossible to tell the history of a congregation simply in terms of financial setbacks, buildings, rabbis, or even synagogue activities. The history of a congregation is the history of its members, their families, their friends, and the community in which they lived together, worked together, and worshipped G-d. The proud history of Congregation B'nai Israel continues to be written by our dedicated members and the membership yet to come, continually inspired by our devotion to our faith and to G-d.

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Community Resource Guide Chevra Thilim Cemetery Tharp-Sontheimer-Tharp Association (Conservative) Funeral Home Old Chevra Thilim 4800 Block of Canal St. New Orleans, La. New Chevra Thilim 5000 Iberville St. New Orleans, La. Contact: Sandy Lassen 504-782-7218 Jewish Burial Rites Cemetery 4321 Frenchman St. New Orleans, La. Contact: Sandy Lassen 504-782-7218 Congregation Beth Israel (Orthodox) 4444 Elysian Fields Ave. New Orleans, La. 4800 block of Canal St. New Orleans, La. Contact: Marshall Gerson 504-523-1155 Congregation Gates of Prayer (Reform) 1412 Joseph St. New Orleans, La. Contact: 504-885-2600 Hebrew Rest Cemeteries I, II, III 2100 Pelopidas at Frenchman St. New Orleans, La. Contact: Herb Barton 504-861-3693 Northshore Jewish Congregation (Reform) 2260 West 21st Ave. Covington, La. Phone: 985-951-7976 or 985-7787899 Shir Chadash/Tikvat Shalom Cemetery (Conservative) Jefferson Memorial Gardens 11316 River Rd. St. Rose, La. Contact: Sandy Lassen 504-782-7218 Touro Synagogue and Temple Sinai (Reform) Dispersed of Judah 4737 Canal St. at N. Anthony St. New Orleans, La. Contact: Herb Barton 504-861-3693

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5342 St Charles Ave New Orleans, La, 70115 504-897-0143 Fax 504-897-1380 Adrienne Shulman, M.Ed., Early Childhood Director email: Assistant Early Childhood Director: Marciann Marks email: Early Childhood Camp Director/ Enrichment Class Coordinator: Eli Woods email: About The JCC Nursery School and Pre-K enriches a child’s natural love of learning and encourages growth in social, emotional, cognitive and physical development. Our program offers a play based child centered curriculum for ages 13 months through 5 years of age. Families of all faiths are welcome. Our View Of The Child The child is viewed as a unique and complex individual, grounded in cultural heritage, and embodied with potential. To support these capable, curious thinkers, we provide a nurturing, engaging environment that will balance boundaries with freedom and discovery. Prospective Families The JCC Nursery School and Pre-K enriches a child’s natural love of learning and encourages growth in social, emotional, cognitive and physical development. Our program offers a play-based child centered curriculum for ages 13 months through 5 years of age. Families of all faiths are welcome. FUNERAL HOMES Our community embraces chilJacob Schoen & Sons dren through education, sports, and 3827 Canal St. family activities. Located in the New Orleans, La.70119 Uptown JCC, the JCC Nursery 504-482-2111 School has acted as a pillar of early childhood education in New Lake Lawn Funeral Home Orleans for over half-a-century. & Cemeteries Tour Our School 5100 Pontchartrain Blvd. For the safety of our students, New Orleans, La. 70124 in-person tours will not be available 504-486-6331 during the 2020-2021 school year. THE

Instead, prospective families are invited to register for a virtual meetand-greet with our Early Childhood Director Adrienne Shulman. Meet-and-greets are held each Tuesday at 10:00 AM from September 15, 2020 through April 27, 2021. Due to holiday closures, meetings will not be held December 22 or 29, February 16, or March 30. A Day at the Nursery School Nurturing teachers support child’s play by encouraging independence, creativity, inquiry, patience, and respect for others. A combination of hands-on learning experiences throughout the day that fosters the child’s inquisitive nature. A balance of child-initiated and teacher-directed experiences occur throughout the day that include individual, small group, and whole group interactions. Weekly music, movement, gardening and Jewish enrichment activities led by specialists to enhance the classroom curriculum. An environment infused with Jewish culture, values, and traditions. Jewish holidays and weekly Shabbat experiences are celebrated throughout the year. Large outside playground with equipment and materials to encourage physical motor play and ample space to explore and enjoy nature. Access to indoor gymnasium and tumbling equipment, giving children space to run and play regardless of the weather outside. What Makes Our Pre-K Unique Provides smooth transition from a familiar preschool setting to the increased expectations of a kindergarten curriculum, all the while balancing the child’s growing independence and developing social skills. Second-floor suite reserved exclusively for Pre-K students with classrooms, designated lunch area, and Kindergarten Readiness Room. Robust Kindergarten Readiness program, led by a reading specialist, that engages small groups of students in pre-reading, pre-writing, and math activities several times each week. Seasoned teachers who understand the expectations of the upcoming kindergarten year. They offer diverse, hands-on experiences to hone children’s developmental skills and prepare them for a future of successful learning. Student-led presentations throughout the year to demonstrate new knowledge. Previous units have included: Art Appreciation & Histo-

ry, Louisiana, and Author’s Tea. Sheva Framework Sheva is the JCC Movement’s early learning framework. Its seven core elements are firmly rooted in the latest research on child development. The number seven has extraordinary power in Jewish thought and practice. Because of its deep roots in Jewish tradition, the word Sheva, seven, was chosen as the name of our early childhood education initiative.

METAIRIE Louise Hayem Manheim Nursery School of Congregation Gates of Prayer Center for Early Childhood Education

4000 W Esplanade Ave. Metairie, La. 70002 504-885-4339 Fax 504-885-2603 Director: Jessica Sintes Email: Center for Early Childhood Education About Us Gates of Prayer Center for Early Childhood Education is a safe and nurturing school aimed at providing a stimulating and supportive learning environment where children can grow and develop emotionally, cognitively and physically. We prepare them to be well-rounded, self-confident children for future educational and life success. About Our Director Jessica grew up at Gates of Prayer and now has two children who currently attend the CECE (Center for early Childhood Educa-

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Community Resource Guide tion) , Jameson and Shira. She has devoted her entire 13-year career to working with children as a teacher in several schools and early learning centers. She has most recently served as the Youth and Camping Director at the Metairie Jewish Community Center. Jessica is passionate about serving the Jewish community and is excited to begin this new chapter in her life. She is looking forward to the opportunity to grow our school by creating more natural learning environments and expanding teacher continuing education and support. History Inspiring Hearts and Minds Since 1975 Congregation Gates of Prayer is one of the oldest, most distinguished Reform temples in New Orleans. The congregation was established in 1850 and moved to its present location in 1975. In 1975, the Louise Manheim Center for Early Childhood Educator opened, serving New Orleans and the surrounding community. The preschool classrooms lead out to our newly remodeled playground, providing a state-ofthe-art facility in which children can learn and grow. Gates of Prayer Center for Early Childhood Education continues to serve families from

a variety of religious and cultural backgrounds. Philosophy Cultivating Self-Discovery As children learn how to make choices for themselves, they develop the capacity for independent learning. As they discover and create, guiding by nurturing and encouraging adults, children see their impact on the world around them and develop their own constructive, positive, and vibrant sense of self-identity. We also view our parents as our partners. We enroll the whole family, not just the child. We encourage parents to take an active role in their child’s preschool experience through classroom participation, parent/teacher conferences, special family activities and committee involvement. Our program holds as its fundamental and basic goal to provide quality education in an atmosphere of security and love. We believe in the competency of children. By providing a positive, engaging and secure setting, every child is given the opportunity to discover his or her whole self in relation to the world around them. Curriculum Gates of Prayer Preschool educates the whole child, emphasizing

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cognitive, physical, social and emotional growth and development. We respect and respond to each child's unique needs, and we embrace each other's differences. Our caring and nurturing teachers provide a developmentally appropriate and emotionally supportive learning environment. Our goals are to have thoughtful interactions with every child and a partnership with every parent. Discovery and exploration through play are essential components of our curriculum. The daily schedule provides a balance of active and quiet experiences. Our classrooms are designed so students are free to choose from a variety of open-ended experiences that foster discovery, learning, and exploration. Choices include art, sensory bins, dramatic play, block building, writing and literacy center, STEM and math activities such as puzzles and small manipulatives, and more. Each day, the children have the opportunity for large motor play and social interaction in our stateof-the-art playground and recreational area. Judaic Curriculum Jewish programming is introduced in a manner meaningful to young children and respectful to those of other faiths and traditions. Creative celebrations - many shared with our preschool families - help children recognize, appreciate, and enjoy their Jewish heritage. We celebrate Shabbat and all Jewish holidays through songs and festive events. We observe the ceremonies with our clergy, family, and community. Shabbat is celebrated each Friday, and the children will have the opportunity to participate in an age-appropriate Shabbat program led by Rabbi Gerber and cantorial soloist Tory May. The Shabbat celebration features prayers for the candles, wine, and challah and songs to welcome Shabbat - the Jewish day of rest and the new week. Gates of Prayer staff strives to provide opportunities for all children to: * Gain independence and decision-making skills * Socialization through cooperative play, problem-solving and negotiating * Develop phonemic awareness, rhyming and word sounds * Experiment and practice pre-writing skills and drawing * Develop language and literacy through listening to stories * Develop large and small motor development

Because of developmental differences not every child will master every goal by the end of the school year.

BATON ROUGE Alfred G. Rayner Learning Center

9111 Jefferson Hwy. Baton Rouge, LA 70809 Phone: 225-924-6772 Fax: 225-924-3697 Director: Bridget Connor-Feldbaum Email: About The Alfred G. Rayner Learning Center was founded in 1984 to provide daily care for infants and young children. From its fledgling origins, the school has evolved into a multi-level day care and learning center for pre-kindergarten children. The focus of our programming: * Emphasizes Judaism, its customs and culture * Builds language skills * Develops gross and fine motor skills * Fosters critical thinking * Encourages positive social interactions * Nurtures creativity and curiosity Our program also offers: * Music classes taught by a certified teacher * Mousercise, a floor-based gymnastics program * Annual speech, hearing and vision screenings * Visits from the fire department, zoo, library, dentist and others * Parent education nights * Daily reports and photos sent to your email or phone via Preschool2Me app The Alfred G. Rayner Learning Center provides a healthy functional physical environment, a structured, progressive, developmentally appropriate curriculum and skilled, knowledgeable teachers. From infancy to preschool your child will engage in exciting learning activities specifically designed to meet their needs and help them develop in all areas.

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Community Resource Guide Jewish Community Day School is located inside the Goldring Woldenberg Jewish Community Campus. 3747 West Esplanade Avenue Metairie, LA 70002 504.887.4091 Board President: Susan Green email: Head of School: Dr. Brad Philipson Director of Institutional Advancement: Tiffany Cotlar email: Business Manager: Janna Jackson email: Admissions Director: Serena Deutch email: Our History Years ago, when the New Orleans Jewish Day School opened its door s to twelve kindergarteners eager to learn their aleph bet and their ABCs, the moment was more than a milestone for these children; it represented a landmark event in the life of the New Orleans Jewish community. A small group of dedicated parents had brought to reality their vision of welcoming all members of the Jewish community, providing academic excellence in a nurturing environment, and bringing to life Jewish values for today’s world. • Inspiring Academics • Jewish Values • Community • Infants - 6th Grade The mission of Jewish Community Day School (JCDS) is to instill a love of learning invigorated by academic excellence. JCDS is grounded in Jewish tradition, fostering spirituality (emunah), dedication to repair our world (tikkun olam), and commitment to the entire Jewish people (k’lal Yisrael). JCDS is a nurturing school where families of all backgrounds are welcomed and children are prepared to be engaged compassionate leaders. At JCDS we ensure that: Students become inquiring, capable youth who are passionate lifelong learners. Teachers are dedicated to best educational practices. Families are engaged in their children’s academic achievement and holistic development. Ethics and morals of our students are nurtured through commitment to Jewish values. Positive connections to the lanTHE

guage, land, culture and people of the State of Israel are created. Children are primed for full participation in our global society. Preschool Green Preschool at JCDS is a play-based, ​Reggio-inspired​ program deeply rooted in Jewish values. We believe children should be active participants in their classrooms and learning. Their creativity, confidence, intelligence, and energy are celebrated, supported, and scaffolded. We care for the whole child and ensure that each individual is seen, heard, nurtured, and loved for exactly who they are.​​​ As the director of this amazing program, I am thrilled to work with a fantastic team which celebrates children’s strong, capable, and curious nature. Our passion is to ignite the child’s innate love of learning to last a lifetime. Day School 21st Century Education: The JCDS Way JCDS students are critical thinkers who become proficient in research and analysis, communication in two languages across all media, collaboration with others, and creative expression. A JCDS education ensures our graduates have the confidence, tools, strategies, knowledge, experiences, and foundation to succeed in middle school and beyond, well-prepared to thrive in the 21st Century. Thematic, Interdisciplinary Design Learning Jewish Community Day School’s inspiring approach to learning is interdisciplinary and thematic. The JCDS curriculum intentionally applies methodology, language, and skills development to examine a set of central themes. Student learning is connected through Essential Questions and Big Ideas, and these questions and ideas become increasingly sophisticated as children develop. Themes span and interlace the academic disciplines, giving context to grade-appropriate skills and concepts and ensuring learning that endures. Student learning is constantly assessed both informally and formally. Each spring, students in grades two to six participate in standardized testing. ​ Multi-Age Classrooms All Day School classes are comprised of two blended grades. With curriculum organized in a two-year cycle, JCDS teachers get to know each child individually and well. Faculty meet students where they are and challenge them to excel

along their own continuum. Multi-age classrooms allow teachers to create flexible student groups according to interests, current abilities, and learning styles. Research has confirmed that in their roles as mentors and mentees, students take enhanced responsibility for their own learning, leading to greater achievement. They learn to more effectively communicate and collaborate as they think creatively to build on each other’s ideas. Children form friendships in their own grade as well as in the grades above and below. In this way, JCDS students truly become a caring community of learners.

email: Youth Directors: Rabbi Zalman & Libby Groner email: email: Why Should I Enroll My Child At Slater Torah Academy? Slater Torah Academy is a great choice for any Jewish Child in the greater New Orleans area! Our teachers are known for their warmth, and connection to the students. The student to teacher ratio is well above state mandated requirements. The children learn a great deal through play, and are encouraged to flourish as individuals. SciSlater Torah Academy ence, math, literacy and the arts are 5210 W Esplanade Ave all experienced through play and Metairie LA 70006 experiential learning. And of 504.456.6429 office course, the child will experience hand on Jewish learning, which will lay a foundation for lifelong Rabbi Yochanan Rivkin, President interest and involvement! email: dbrisset@torahacadWill my family feel comfortable if we are not Orthodox? Head of School: Rabbi Yossi Slater Torah Academy is a warm Chesney and welcoming place where Jewish email: ychesney@torahacadchildren and parents from all grounds form lasting friendships. Director of Academic Studies: The school embraces a full spectrum Naomi Smith of student body, reflecting the varieemail: nsmith@torahacademyno- ty of the Jewish community, with families practicing Judaism in many Judiac Studies Department Head: different ways. The focus is on Chaya Ceitlin & Chanie Neme developing knowledge of Judaism email: and pride in our heritage. The fundaemail: cnemes@torahacadmental Torah lesson of respect for all people is taught and modeled Directors of Development: Rabbi here. Yossi Chesney & Rivkie Chesney Are you licensed? If yes, by what email: ychesney@torahacadagency? We are licensed by the Louisiana

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Community Resource Guide Departments of Education and Health. Additionally, both the DOE and DOH do regular inspections of our facility throughout the year. Is there a before-care and aftercare program? Both before care and after-care programs are available; please inquire for details. Will there be a summer program? Yes! Please contact us for more information.

Our Mission Educating the Whole Child – We believe education is more than imparting knowledge. To us, learning is a holistic experience that maximizes each child’s intellectual, social, emotional, and artistic capabilities. Our low student to teacher ratio allows our teachers to fully understand each student and nurture each one to reach their individual potential.

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Preparing Leaders of tomorrow – Our students are active participants in their education. A strong emphasis is placed on critical thinking, encouraging students to question and develop their own ideas. Our graduates are fully equipped with the skills to pursue the path of their choice in an ever-changing world. Inspired Jewish Living- Life’s journey brings with it questions and challenges. Our students are empowered with the proficiency to find answers and inspiration in 3000 years of Jewish wisdom directly from the original classical texts. We motivate a lifelong career of Jewish learning connecting our rich past with 21st century living in an education that touches the heart as well as the mind. Child-Centered Learning- We ensure that every child learns in the way that promotes individual success. Our multi-sensory lessons are driven by student interest which improves both engagement and retention. The Torah Academy Family – We provide a warm and safe environment, where children are treated with love and respect. Our diverse student population is a snapshot of the broad Jewish community. Our students learn from an early age to appreciate Jews across a wide spectrum in a celebration of our similarities being stronger than our differences. Our school community reaches parents as well as children. Instilling Values - We prepare our students to be exemplary world citizens by infusing lessons with moral development. A strong focus is placed on building midot tovot (good character) and derech eretz (respect). School-wide programs promote collaboration amongst students and stress the importance of communal responsibility.

doors. It serves the undergraduate population at Tulane, Loyola, LSU, and UNO. Chabad provides: Shabbat Dinners Every Friday Night is a cause for celebration when you join in the crowd at Chabad House for meaningful services, a full-course homecooked dinner, singing, and lots of fun. All this in a warm, relaxed atmosphere. Jewish Holidays You may be far from home, but our Chabad House ensures that the Jewish Holidays stay near and dear. Apples dipped in honey, Shofar blowing, Simchat Torah Dancing, Chanukah Menorahs, Purim Hamantashen, Hand-baked Pesach shmura matzah, we’ve got all that and more. Join us on the holidays and appreciate the Jewish calendar like never before. Classes Regardless of your previous background or knowledge, you can further your Jewish education and develop a deeper understanding of your heritage at Chabad House. We offer scheduled classes in subjects ranging from mysticism and philosophy to Jewish laws and customs. We also have various cooking and crafts programs for those who want to learn about Judaism in a handson way. In addition, we offer the option to set up your own personal learning program with Rabbi Yochanan or Sarah Rivkin. Social Events At Chabad, we know that Judaism can be fun. Therefore we provide a wide range of special events and activities for Jewish students in New Orleans to enjoy. From a midweek Felafel night to a Saturday Night Cafe, Chabad is the place to hang out and make new friends. Keep your eye on the campus kiosks for information on upcoming events.

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Where Every Jew is Family 7033 Freret Street • New Orleans, LA 70118 504-861-7578 Director: Rabbi Yochanan Rivkin Chabad Jewish Student Center The Chabad House Jewish Student Center is a Jewish student’s ‘home away from home’, which, like your house, never closes its

Tulane Hillel

Innovating Jewish Community The Goldie & Morris Mintz Center for Jewish Life 912 Broadway, New Orleans, LA 70118 Phone: 504.866.7060 Fax: 504.866.7021 Email: Executive Director: Ron Gubitz email: President: Mark Mintz email: Chief Operating & Programs Officer: Liza Sherman email: THE

Community Resource Guide Director of Development: Shelley Freed email: Operations Manager: Takasha Weaver email: Associate Director of Development & Communications: Arielle Schwartz email: Director of Jewish Life: Josh Hare email: About Tulane Hillel is a non-profit community center that fosters leadership and community engagement. A leader in entrepreneurial-based programming, Tulane Hillel serves as an incubator and platform for college students to engage in the community, focusing on key issues that need to be addressed. The Tulane Hillel team is a collection of voices, backgrounds, Hebrew School experiences, ambitions and identities. It is important that those who spend their time creating Jewish community are reflective of the broad and diverse demographic that comprise our co-creators.

Tulane University Jewish Studies Program

7031 Freret St. Tulane University New Orleans, La. 70118 504-865-5349 Fax 504-865-5348 Email: Jewish Studies Department Chairman: Dr. Michael Cohen email: Who We Are Tulane Jewish Studies began in the 1970s, offering a limited number of courses in Hebrew language and American Jewish literature. As the Soviet Jewry movement gained traction around the nation, Jewish Studies gained a more prominent place on campus, and its growth continued into the 1990s. The program was transformed in 2003 by a major gift from the Sizeler family, and in the ensuing decade, Tulane received significant gifts from generous donors and national foundations. We now feature some of the strongest enrollments in the nation, and in 2019, a major gift from Stuart and Suzanne Grant created the Grant Center for the American Jewish Experience. Here at Tulane, we are positioned THE

to achieve even greater heights. We are already home to a strong community of Jewish fraternities and sororities, a thriving Hillel, and a popular Chabad Student Center. Within this conducive environment, Tulane’s Department of Jewish Studies has prided itself on the fact that our classes have high attendance among both Jewish and non-Jewish students. Our impact reaches well beyond campus, as we provide our students with a critical liberal arts education foundation, including the tools to be leaders in medicine, law, technology, business and other competitive fields. What We Do Representing an interdisciplinary approach to thinking and learning, the field of Jewish Studies explores the evolution of Judaism, Jewish culture and Jewish nationalism from biblical times to the present. Through the specific study of the Jewish people from multiple perspectives, we offer insight into the universality of the human experience. We provide tools for individuals, Jewish and non-Jewish, to ground contemporary issues within their historical contexts. We emphasize skills of communication, inquiry, critical thinking and writing, equipping our graduates with the skills to be competitive and successful in myriad careers.

graduates and graduates. email: At Louisiana State University, Assistant Professor of Arabic and the Hillel is active and growing, Section Head: Mark Wagner gaining new members each year. email: Throughout the academic year, Professor of English and DirecHillel hosts several events with the tor of Graduate Studies: Sharon goal of both celebrating holidays Weltman and having fun. email: For nearly a century, Hillel’s net225-578-3082 work of dedicated student leaders, Fax: 225-578-4129 professionals and volunteers have encouraged generations of young jewish_life/index.php adults to celebrate Jewish learning About Us and living, pursue social justice Established in 1992, our mission (tikkun olam and tzedek) and con- is to serve as the intellectual heart nect to their peers and the global of Jewish Studies in Louisiana, culJewish people. tivating knowledge about Jewish cultures, religion, literature, history, Jewish Studies at LSU and identity both within the acade212-A Allen Hall my and within the community. JewLouisiana State University ish and non-Jewish students and Baton Rouge, LA70803 faculty at LSU want to know about Director, Jewish Studies Program: Judaism and Jewish contributions Joseph Kronick to civilization; this program works email: to satisfy that curiosity and to Associate Professor, Hebrew broaden understanding in the folLanguage and Jewish Studies: lowing ways: Charles Isbell Academic Enhancement: Jewish email: Studies is a Humanities program Associate Professor, Old Testahoused in the College of Humaniment and Israelite Religion: ties and Social Sciences. Its acaStuart Irvine demic goal is to promote an underYour Wedding Specialist Since 1969

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750 Martin Behrman 1415 N. Hwy. 190 Making a Difference in the ComMetairie, LA Covington, LA (504) 833-3716 (985) 809-9101 munity and Around the World Louisiana State University 122 Johnston Hall Baton Rouge, LA 70803 O (225) 3423725 C: (404) 6806730 Email: Facebook: Hillel at LSU Hillel is a Jewish student o rg a n i z a t i o n dedicated to b r i n g i n g Our Family Real Estate Team has the experience to help. Together we can guide you through buying, selling or investing in Real Estate all over the Metro New Orleans region. together Jewish Let us treat you like family! 877-409-1939 students and Lynda Nugent Smith, Lesha Nugent Freeland, Michael Freeland enriching stuKeller Williams Realty 455-0100, 3197 Richland Drive Metairie LA 70002, Each office independently owned and operated. dents' lives as both underCaption

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standing of Jewish civilizations (History, cultures, and religion) through course offerings, library holdings, programming, faculty resources, and by providing leadership for Jewish student organizations. Diversity and Interfaith Dialogue: The Jewish Studies Program enthusiastically promotes diversity, interfaith dialogue, and inter-cultural exchange. Interdisciplinary and Innovative Scholarship: The Jewish Studies Program brings together internationally known scholars already on campus from a variety of disciplines into a rubric that provides an exciting opportunity to cross-fertilize their research, to build the program's reputation, and to make an impact on Jewish Studies nationally. Program Information Jewish Studies at LSU is an interdisciplinary program with courses and faculty from a variety of humanities and social science disciplines. Currently at LSU you can earn a Minor in Jewish Studies. Minor Requirements To graduate with a minor in Jewish studies, students must complete 15 hours of electives, including a minimum of six hours at the 3000-

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level or above. Electives must be chosen from at least two disciplines, such as Religious Studies, English, Hebrew, History, or Anthropology.

KOSHER FOOD Casablanca Restaurant

Open Sunday to Friday 8am to 1pm Closed Saturday Phone: (504) 510-4900 Kosher Vegetarian Gourmet waffles. Whatever your craving is, sweet or savory???You will not be disappointed. Most of our products are available gluten-free! We understand how important a gluten-free diet is for some of our customers. We currently have a variety of gluten-free items on our menu. Gluten-free king cakes are also available for pre-order for the Mardi Gras season. On your next visit, ask us about our gluten-free options!

3030 Severn Ave Metairie, Louisiana 70002 504-888-2209 Casablanca, a gourmet restaurant and caterer that has been serving authentic Moroccan & Middle Eastern cuisine since 1995 in the Greater New Orleans area. Casablanca is famous for its original hand rolled Couscous and Lamb dishes. Kosher, non-dairy restaurant Open for lunch, dinner, MorocKOSHER CATERING can tea, and Turkish coffee. Our unique menu offers a variety Café Du Monde Coffee Stand of fresh and homemade dishes from across the Middle East! History The Original Cafe Du Monde Kosher Cajun Coffee Stand was established in Best New York Deli in New 1862 in the New Orleans French Orleans Market. The Cafe is open 24 hours 3519 Severn Avenue a day, seven days a week. It closes Metairie, LA 70002 only on Christmas Day and on the 504-888-2010 day an occasional Hurricane passes Email: too close to New Orleans. The Original Cafe Du Monde is a There's no place in town more traditional coffee shop. Its menu like a New York deli than this awe- consists of dark roasted Coffee and some Metairie nosh shop serving Chicory, Beignets, White and Choctraditional Jewish cuisine from olate Milk, and fresh squeezed matzo ball soup to corned beef on Orange Juice. The coffee is served rye with Dr. Brown's cream soda. Black or Au Lait. Au Lait means You will love their New Orleans that it is mixed half and half with favorites: Fried “kosher shrimp” hot milk. Beignets are square po-boy, chicken and sausage gumbo French -style doughnuts, lavishly or jambalaya and red beans and covered with powdered sugar. In Rice. There is Deli by the pound 1988 Iced Coffee was introduced to and domestic and imported kosher the cafe. Soft drinks also made their wines. debut that year. This upscale market has a variety There are a total of eight Cafe Du of over 1,000 kosher items with Monde Coffee Stands in the New everything you need for a mid- Orleans Metropolitan area. They week stay or Shabbat meal includ- are located in the French Market, ing New York baked challahs, rolls Esplanade Mall, The Riverwalk, and salads as well as, party platters Lakeside Mall, Oakwood Mall, for all of your catering needs. select Mandeville, Covington and 4600 portions of finely marbled and Veterans Boulevard. cured corned beef, pastrami and tongue; the best cuts of beef and Dvash Kosher Catering oven roasted, smoked or mexican Goldring-Woldenberg Jewish turkey, delicious salami, bologna Community Campus and, of course, chopped liver. Carthage Street Entrance Homemade coleslaw and fresh 3747 W. Esplanade potato salad, make the perfect addi- Metairie, La 70002 tions to their mouthwatering deli. 504-390-5560 Waffles on Maple Dvash Kosher Catering is owned * Sweet * Savory * Kosher and operated in New Orleans by Metairie Location Only Linda Waknin . 4650 W. Esplanade Growing up in a multi-generaMetairie, LA 70006 tional household of great cooks,


Community Resource Guide Linda soon learned that there is no substitute for fresh ingredients and careful preparation. I am passionate about Moroccan roots and cuisine and I love sharing my cooking and cultural heritage. I feel that cooking is a way to explore and connect different cultures and I love doing it by putting my own twist into classic dishes. I grew up in Nahariya, Israel and food was always the main focus in my family. My mother always filled our kitchen with Moroccan dishes and did her best to bring our culture to my siblings and I. I moved to New Orleans, La in 1980, only to realize that my interest in cooking was a real desire. In 1996 my desire led me to my career as a chef and the opening of Casablanca Restaurant. After 21 years of a successful restaurant and catering business I believed that I was ready to take a step back and retire. Well, I was wrong! Now two years later I am back with Dvash Kosher Catering with a fresh and creative new direction. It's Personal We will work with you to create a menu that fits your taste, budget and style. Signature Style Exquisite food, Expert coordination and Gracious service Our Commitment Locally sourced produce and the freshest ingredients means food that is exceptional in taste.

Rimon at Hillel’s Kitchen

The Goldie & Morris Mintz Center for Jewish Life 912 Broadway, New Orleans, LA 70118 504.866.7060 Fax: 504.866.7021 Email: About Rimon Rimon is a kosher, farm-to-table restaurant located inside the gorgeous Hillel building on Tulane’s campus. In Hebrew, Rimon means pomegranate, which symbolizes wisdom and knowledge in the Jewish tradition. With these values in mind, Chef Daniel Esses serves up seasonal, local, and delicious food to the Tulane community. Rimon’s eclectic menu features cuisine from all over the world, focusing on Israeli and Korean flavors. Dishes at Rimon are made using pasture-raised beef and lamb, responsibly raised poultry, local gulf fish, and freshly baked bread and pastries. To accommodate students, the kitchen will serve grab-and-go items as well as THE

prepared meals to go. Rimon is proud to source our meat from Grow & Behold, a high-quality purveyor of kosher, pasture-raised meat. Chef Daniel Esses (Chef & Owner) Chef Daniel Esses is a graduate of the Natural Gourmet Cookery School in New York. He combines his culinary spirit with more than 20 years of experience to create innovative, enticing dishes that are straightforward and simple, showcasing the natural flavors of hand-selected, high-quality ingredients. Esses has worked in the kitchens of some of the world’s most renowned restaurants and spas, including Canyon Ranch in Tucson, Arizona; Paris’ three Michelin-starred Le Grand Vefour; and renowned modern mecca, Buddakan, NYC. In New Orleans, Esses skills were honed in the kitchens of Chef Anne Kearney (Peristyle) and Chef John Besh (Restaurant August). He was the opening chef of The Bank Café, and Executive Chef at Marigny Brasserie, before partnering with Sophie Lee Lowry to open Three Muses in 2010. Dan’s menus reflect his passion for locally sourced products, thoughtfully and exquisitely prepared dishes, crossing a variety of cuisine styles and incorporating both traditional and contemporary techniques. Known for stunning, hand-made pasta and sauces, Dan launched Esses Foods, in 2009. His fresh pasta and sauces are featured in his own restaurants as well as a number of fine-dining restaurants around New Orleans, and they are also available retail at Louisiana Whole Foods Markets and Hollygrove Market. Laura Snape (General Manager) A native of Las Vegas, Laura has made her home in New Orleans for the past ten years. She fell in love with the vibrant culture and food scene. Her interest in food was kindled while living and traveling in Europe in her twenties – sampling fresh pasta, abundant local seafood, and regional specialties. In her career, Laura has been involved in all aspects of restaurant life, with an emphasis on catering and events. With a degree in fine arts, she brings a discerning eye to presentation and plating. She enjoys spending weekends with her husband Robin, and two young

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Tucker A Brief History of the Jews of Utica, Mississippi Utica, Mississippi never had a significant Jewish population until the founding of the Henry S. Jacobs Camp in 1970. A few Jewish merchants had stores in this rural town in southwestern Hinds County, but there was never a congregation or other community institutions. The roots of Jacobs Camp go back to the 1940s, when a group of parents in Mississippi began to work to create a Jewish social life for their children. Celeste Orkin


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Community Resource Guide created a temple youth group for Jackson’s only Jewish congregation. Orkin had connections to other congregations throughout the state and region through her involvement with sisterhood. By the early 1950s, she and other parents had created a statewide network of youth groups called Mississippi Temple Teens. Eventually, the group grew to encompass Memphis and Arkansas. By the 1960s, the group became a part of the Reform Jewish Movement’s National Federation of Temple Youth (NFTY), gaining the name SoFTY (Southern Federation of Temple Youth), and now included Louisiana as well. These community leaders like Orkin were closely involved in national Jewish organizations. They attended the national conventions of the Union of American Hebrew Congregations (UAHC), where they heard about the nascent camping program and the success of places like the first UAHC camp in Wisconsin. They were influenced by the growing Jewish camping movement, which saw a summer camp experience as a vital way to ensure Jewish pride and continuity. These issues were especially relevant in a region where Jews were a tiny minority,

and the culture was overwhelmingly Christian. In April of 1959, 26 people from Louisiana and Mississippi gathered in Monroe, Louisiana to discuss the creation of a Reform camp for the Deep South. Celeste Orkin was president of the fledgling organization, known as the Camp Association of Southern Temples, or CAST. Henry S. Jacobs, the administrator for Temple Sinai in New Orleans, was the secretary. They estimated that they would need to raise $175,000 to build a camp, and soon began to organize fundraising efforts. Members of SoFTY were a major factor in the camp effort. Each summer, there was a week-long SoFTY camp held at various rented facilities across the South. During their regional meetings, or conclaves, youth group kids would hold demonstrations in favor of the camp, chanting together "we want a camp" to convince the adults in the region. Youth groups also worked to raise money for the camp fund. The temple youth group of Cleveland, Mississippi sold specially made SoFTY stationary. Baton Rouge teenagers sold sweatshirts. Others held car washes. Vicksburg’s youth group had a very successful

effort selling cigarette lighters with "SoFTY" inscribed on them for $2 apiece. By June of 1965, temple youth groups had raised almost $3000 for the camp fund, which was 38% of all the money raised to that point. The plan was strongly backed by Rabbi Sol Kaplan, the head of the Union of American Hebrew Congregation’s regional office in Dallas. Kaplan was involved in these early planning meetings, and while he had his concerns about the viability of the camp in the Deep South, he supported CAST’s efforts. In a brochure entitled "The Key to a Living Judaism," CAST stressed the role of the camp in building a Jewish future: "From this camp will come young Jews proud of their faith and heritage, ready to go to college as committed Jewish youth. From this camp will come a new spirit of Jewish identification and a new hope for our futures." Despite these efforts, the camp campaign languished. CAST was run on a shoestring budget, and meetings were discontinued for a while to cut down on expenses. The early history of CAST is filled with these stops and starts, of big, successful meetings followed by months of inaction. By October of

1965, they had raised over $12,000 to purchase 155 acres in Utica, Mississippi which was centrally located between Memphis and New Orleans, the two largest cities in the camp’s region. They decided to change the name of the camp to the Henry S. Jacobs Camp, in honor of the early CAST leader who had recently died. Once they had purchased the land, work began in earnest to raise the money to build a camp, estimated in 1966 at $350,000. The idea was to assign to each Reform congregation in the region a quota of $50 per member family. Each congregation could decide how best to raise the money. When construction estimates were greater than expected, CAST increased the amount asked of each congregation. By the end, almost all of the congregations met their fair share, even the large temples in Memphis and New Orleans, which together constituted 50% of the expected quota. Temple Israel in Memphis even raised their donation to $100,000. In September of 1969, CAST was still short of their goal, but decided to borrow the last $125,000, and entered into a contract with a builder to construct the camp. By May of 1970, the camp was










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Community Resource Guide completed at a total cost of $398,000, and was turned over to the UAHC. Rabbi Sol Kaplan was the camp’s first director. He hired as his administrator recent college graduate Macy Hart, who had been raised in Winona, Mississippi, where he became very active in SoFTY and later served as national president of NFTY. By the second summer, Macy was named the director of the camp at age 23, a position he would hold for 29 more years. That first summer, 93 campers came to Utica, which was less than capacity but impressive considering the camp had no track record and was barely finished in time for the first session. By 1972, 296 campers attended Jacobs during the summer. It was never easy to fill the beds. The camp director and his assistants would fan out across the region, stopping in every small town where there were Jewish kids to convince them and their parents to come to the camp. Despite these challenges, the camp was almost always filled to capacity throughout its first decade. By 1980, there was a long waiting list, and they began to discuss building additional cabins. Over time, there was a shift in where the campers came from. In 1972, 38% came from Memphis and New Orleans, by far the largest two Jewish communities in the camp region. Thirty percent came from small communities. In all, campers came from 39 different communities, including such small towns as Marks, Mississippi, Dumas, Arkansas, and Alexandria, Louisiana. Already by 1975, almost half of the campers came from Memphis and New Orleans. Places like Meridian, Clarksdale, and Vicksburg, Mississippi saw sharp declines in the number of campers they sent to Jacobs. The early 70s was the last time these communities had large numbers of children. Since then, their congregations have shrunk as most of the kids raised there have moved to bigger cities in the South and beyond. The camp has had a significant impact on Jewish religious practice in the region. Jacobs Camp introduced these Reform Jews to such practices as Havdalah, singing the Birkat Hamozon after meals, and using more Hebrew prayers during Shabbat services. Campers were also exposed to things like kippot and tallit that THE

were foreign in many of their home congregations. According to Rabbi Lawrence Jackofsky, the longtime regional rabbi for the UAHC, many of these campers returned to their congregations and became dissatisfied with the classical reform style of worship, and as they grew older began to exert their influence on the liturgy and worship services of their congregations. The camp helped lead the way as many southern Reform congregations embraced more traditional elements in their worship. The camp sought to connect its campers to the history of Jews in the South. The camp was only about 30 miles from Port Gibson, home to the oldest synagogue in the state of Mississippi. At the time of the camp’s founding, the congregation Gemiluth Chassed was down to only four members. Older campers were sent to help refurbish its 1892 synagogue. In 1976, the camp celebrated Shabbat services at the old synagogue with the few remaining Jews in the community. They wrote a creative service that incorporated the congregation’s history into the liturgy. This was the enduring lesson of this Shabbat, that these young Jews should care about being Jewish, and continue the legacy of Jewish life in the deep South. In March of 1976, the Camp board adopted a new policy statement that made it part of the camp’s mission to foster a Jewish environment in the declining small communities of the region, and to "bring together the smaller congregations where only a few children remain." Jonathan "J.C." Cohen became the director in 2000 and served for 14 summers. His work with Jacobs Ladder brought Jacobs Camp to the national forefront for the impactful work done on behalf of Katrina victims. The Harold Grinspoon Foundation for Jewish Philanthropy (JCamp 180) awarded Jacobs Camp the Outstanding Achievement in Fundraising Award in large part to his efforts raising nearly three million dollars during the 40th Anniversary Capital Campaign. The result of this tremendous fundraising effort was that many capital improvements were made to Jacobs Camp during his tenure. In 2014 Anna Blumenfeld Herman was named the fourth Camp Director. Jacobs Camp now serves

Reform Jewish families from Alabama, Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Central & Western Tennessee, the Florida Panhandle, and beyond. The camp has to attract 25% of the eligible kids in the region to fill its beds. While this has always been a challenge, it also means that the camp has a significant effect on a quarter of the region’s young people. Thus the impact of Jacobs on the region is more direct and visible than other Jewish camps. Because the camp was built by every congregation, and not just a handful of major donors, most Reform Jews in the region feel a pride of ownership

and a strong sense of connection to it. For over 45 years, Jacobs Camp has served a region that does not have a single large Jewish community. Many of its campers come from small cities and towns. For them, Jacobs Camp is a Jewish oasis. It provides a Jewish world that just does not exist for most campers during the rest of the year. And as the Jewish communities in the camp region have evolved over the years, with several small congregations closing, Jacobs Camp has remained a center of Jewish life in the Deep South.

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on, banjo, tuba and drums). The original concept was to perform New Orleans Traditional Jazz and drop in an occasional number from the Caribbean or Eastern Europe. Before long, however, the musicians in the band gradually became more fascinated by Jewish klezmer, the Creole biguines of Martinique and folk music from the Balkans and Latin America, occasionally dropping in music by Jellyroll Morton, Louis Armstrong, Sidney Bechet or Fats Domino to remind listeners where the band is from. In 1997 they began playing Mardi Gras parades, a project which eventually grew into a separate marching outfit, the Panorama Brass Band. That group has been active primarily during Carnival time in New Orleans as the official brass band of the Krewe du Jieux and the St. Anthony Ramblers as well as marching in such parades as Krewe of Muses, Knights of Babylon, Krewe of Tucks, Krewe of Morpheus and Box of Wine. The brass band does also perform in New Orleans nightclubs as well as for weddings, funerals, private parties and other events. Discography Beginning in 2003, Panorama began producing and releasing CDs to sell at gigs. Their discography now includes seven albums plus dozens of digital-only singles released monthly online since May, 2014, through their Bandcamp subscription club, Good Music for You (Panoramaland).

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