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Community Resource Guide 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 JEWISH AGENCIES accordance with Jewish tradition, to assure the continuity of the JewJewish Federation of Greater ish people in America, Israel and New Orleans throughout the Diaspora. 3747 W. Esplanade Avenue Goldring-Woldenberg Jewish Jnola: Your Hub For Next Community Campus Gen Jewish Life Metairie, LA 70002 Tana Velen, NextGen & 504-780-5600 Programming Manager – tana@ www.jewishnola.com jewishnola.com Chief Executive Officer: Arnie D. 504-780-5628 Fielkow Website: www.jnola.com arnie@jewishnola.com JNOLA serves the Jewish Next Chairman: Henry A. Miller Gen community in New Orleans Board Chair Designate Elect* (starting October 2019) Joshua S. (ages 21-45) through a variety of programming including social Force engagement, professional networkAbout Us ing, cultural, educational and serIn New Orleans and around the vice opportunities, and developworld, we’re making a real differ- ment and philanthropy. ence for real people. Together, we JNOLA was established by a care for those in need, rescue those joint collaboration of former pro-

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grams: The Jewish Federation of jef@jefno.org Greater New Orleans’ Young Adult www.jefno.org Division (YAD), Jewish Newcom- Executive Director: Bobby Garon ers Program, J-Grad Student RetenPresident: Andrea S. Lestelle tion Program, and the Jewish ComCreate a Jewish Legacy, Secure a munity Center’s (JCC) Young Jews Jewish Future of the Crescent City (YJCC). About Us Our Mission The Jewish Endowment FounJNOLA seeks to attract and dation Of Louisiana: engage an active young profesPreserves the past, supports the sional Jewish community in the present, and invests in the future of Greater New Orleans area and our Jewish community. develop Jewish participants and Since 1967, the Jewish Endowleaders. We provide the next gen- ment Foundation has served as a eration with opportunities for pro- repository of funds for planned givfessional networking, community ing, sustaining our Jewish commuservice, educational and social nity by assisting in emergencies engagement while celebrating our and encouraging new projects and Jewish identity, unique traditions, initiatives. JEF has an outstanding and the future of Jewish New reputation for responsible investing Orleans. and is trusted to steward charitable JNOLA is the NextGen program funds for many of our Jewish orgaof the Jewish Federation of Greater nizations and individuals. JEF’s New Orleans, and is generously General Fund played a vital role in sponsored by the Oscar J. Tolmas our Jewish community by contribCharitable Trust uting to the renewal effort following Hurricane Katrina.

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Mission In 1967, a group of leaders dreamed of an endowment for the Jewish community in New Orleans that would:

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you create your Jewish legacy you reflect what is most important and meaningful to you and help to ensure our community’s Jewish future will be bright.

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 www.jcrs.org Executive Director: Ned Goldberg, ACSW/LCSW Email: ned@jcrs.org Director of Client Services: Bonnie Lustig, LCSW President: Donald Meltzer

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 without 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 www.thejewishlight.org

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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 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, midSouth 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 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.

Jewish children in need! If you would like to receive a free informational CD about our history, you can call our office at (800) 729-5277 or (504) 828-6334.

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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 Who We Are region. This year, we anticipate a The New Orleans JCC is a statelarger than normal deficit in our of-the-art fitness center and pool, a budget due to increased requests for leader in New Orleans early childservices. hood education, a fun-filled summer day camp and so much more. It How We Are Different JCRS is a unique Jewish agency. is a place for adults to take an exerNowhere else in the United States cise class, an art class or dance can a family obtain under one roof class. A place for children and teens case management in the form of to experience learning through funding for a child with special enrichment classes, sports leagues, needs, substantially funded camp family activities, and summer and education scholarship assis- camps. The JCC is built on Jewish tance and Jewish outreach. Whether values, but is welcome to everyone. 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.


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

Community Resource Guide 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 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.

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 preschool education, physical education, public affairs, political forums, lectures, and, especially, Jewish education. Sports * Wellness * Fitness * Martial Arts * Aquatics * Nursery School * Camps * Youth Activities * Adult Activities * Jewish Culture * Community Events

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 www.jfsneworleans.org Executive Director: Roselle M. Ungar, CFRE roselle@jfsneworleans.org President: Betsy Threefoot Kaston

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.

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.

Building for the next generation A decade after Katrina, the JCC celebrated 160 years and launched its largest fundraising endeavor todate 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.

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.

Financial Resource Center The Jewish Family Service Financial Resource Center (JFSFRC) offers interest-free loans to Jewish individuals and families whose needs are urgent and who may not qualify through traditional financial resources. JFS-FRC loan programs change lives, working to promote self-sufficiency with dignity. To be eligible to apply for an interest-free loan, applicants must be Jewish, 25 or over, with a history of financial independence. Applicants must be residents of Greater New Orleans for at least 1 year prior to application. Net assets not to exceed

Jewish Community Services Passover In celebration of Passover, JFS organizes an annual Passover Food Basket event. Each year, dozens of eager JFS volunteers come together to sort food items, pack boxes of kosher food, and have a great time! Children and teens decorate bags and gift cards, while adults sort matzah boxes and jars of gefilte fish. This collaborative event is a very important part of Passover at JFS.

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the cost of transportation for members of the Jewish community who are 65 years of age or older. Participants receive discounted coupons for use with local taxi companies: Metry Cab Company, NOLA-MED Dispatch, Incognito Transportation Services, and United Cab. Clients use these coupons for transportation to everything from grocery shopping and doctors’ appointments to temple services or even to a friend’s home for a visit. The coupons provide much-needed assistance to older adults who are no longer driving their own cars. The coupons can be used along, or in combination with cash to help lower the cost of transportation. For $5, Jewish seniors receive a $20 book of taxi coupons, with a limit of 7 coupon books per quarter. The registration process is simple, with one short form to fill out and only one proof of age to submit. The coupons are only valid for Catch-a-Cab subscribers.

Homemaker Are you seeking help to accommodate your growing needs or those of an elderly family member? JFS offers assistance to people wanting to remain independent in their own homes for as long as possible. Since 1975, the JFS Homemakers have provided housekeeping and transportation on sliding-fee scale basis. The average fee is $30 per visit, but may run higher or lower depending upon household income. There are no age restrictions on this service. Our highly trained and experienced homemaker staff is sensitive to their client’s needs. Each client is paired with a specific homemaker staff member, guaranteeing continuity of care and peace of mind. The assured quality of the Homemaker program is reached through continuous supervision and ongoing training. Homemakers visit clients twice monthly for a period of 2.25 hours. Visits are set for a regular time. Homemaker services include: Cleaning the kitchen * Cleaning the bathroom * Mopping * Dusting * Transportation for errands * Grocery shopping * Meal preparation

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 Senior Care Planning Are you struggling to care for safety concern in or around your aging relatives and don’t know home. where to turn for resources and Why Choose Philips Lifeline? information? Our Senior Care Plan* 2 way voice contact with highners can provide you and your fam- ly trained professionals at a nationily personalized guidance and infor- wide Monitoring Center mation specific to the needs of your * Individual Care Plans allow loved one – helping you navigate you to select who will respond to through life transitions. act on your behalf



Community Resource Guide * 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

ally 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 How do I get started? send in your first signal and speak Call 504-831-8475 to begin the to the monitoring center. such things as explaining adoption changing resources and informaprocess. A Lifeline representative to their child, handling their child’s tion, saving you from needless frusPeace Of Mind will ask you a few questions to help You now have the ability to sum- questions about his or her biologi- tration and costly mistakes. Case determine the best service, develop mon help anytime day or night 24/7 cal parents, and to understand that management is available on a slida personal care plan for you and A reassuring voice assesses the both heredity and environment ing-fee scale. schedule an installation appoint- situation or help needed, as you work together to create a unique JFS Case Management ment. person. define it Referrals How much does it cost? Knowing that help is on the way Case Management * Living options * Homemaker The monthly costs are based on is comforting. The Lifeline associCase Management is the vital and sitter services * Lifeline emerthe type of service you select and ate will use your personal care plan link providing people not only con- gency response system * Home the level of technology. Monitoring to begin contacting the people you crete solutions, but also emotional repair and maintenance * Assisfees are month to month with no selected to assist support and peace of mind. JFS has tance with personal care * Alzheimlong term contracts. INDIVIDUALS & FAMILIES a professional case management er’s assessment and care * Family staff that is highly trained to meet counseling * Transportation servicTYPES OF SERVICE Adoption Home Studies the changing needs of older adults es * Meal services All service packages include an JFS is pleased to offer adoption and families with compassion and in home communicator unit and a home studies, pre-adoption counCounseling personal help button. All units seling and post-placement studies. objectivity. JFS counseling services are The JFS Case Management staff designed to provide guidance and require an active electric power The service educates families about connection. Lifeline can be installed the adoption process and the special has years of experience navigating psychotherapy for individuals, couthe complex mazes of available ples, families, and children of all with traditional landline or wireless issues that adoptive families face. options for various situations. We phone service. The state of Louisiana requires a keep up to date with constantly faiths. Our licensed professional Basic Service home study for any couple or indi* Provides in home coverage vidual who wants to adopt. If a “Your Helpful Hardware Man” * Help button may be worn on a family is planning to adopt internaneck pendant or wristband tionally, a home study is required * This system requires the client by the Immigration and Naturalizapush the help button anytime assis- tion Service as well. tance is needed A home study consists of 4-6 * High quality two-way voice interviews, one of which is a home Propane Gas • Ace Paints • Keys Made communication unit visit. An individual interview is Plumbing • Electrical • Garden Supplies held with each member of the adopAuto Alert Service Complete Hardware Supplies tive family to obtain biographical * Provides in home coverage Visa • MasterCard • American Express * This help button is available information. The main purpose of the home study, however, is to eduonly as a neck pendant Open Mon - Fri 8 AM - 5:30 PM * If a fall is detected, the Auto cate families about adoption and Sat 8 AM - 4 PM Alert feature will automatically the special issues that adoptive families face. 7043 Canal Blvd. generate a signal for help Adoptive parents must deal with * This button may also be manu-

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are typically in need of services including: safety assessments, securing school placement, counseling, legal support, and evaluation of caregiver. Free 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 jfsneworleans.org or (504) 8318475. This project was made possible with funding provided by the Covenant House.

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In Crisis? VIA LINK Cope Line: DIAL 211 (Call anytime 24/7) Crisis Teen Text Line: 504-777EASE (3273) (Text anytime 24/7) National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-TALK (8255) Suicide is currently the second leading cause of death for individuals between 10-24 years old. There is help if you or a loved one is experiencing depression or suicidal thoughts. Some signs to look out for are changes in behavior, eating/ sleeping habits, and drastic mood changes. JFS offers mental health counseling in a safe and comfortable atmoEDUCATION sphere, available to individuals, Behavioral Health Intern couples and families. Call (504) Training Center 831-8475 to schedule an appointJFS established the Behavioral ment. Health Intern Training Center to Workshops & Continuing offer counseling services at reduced Education rates to area residents of all faiths, JFS offers high quality continuwhile training Masters-level social work and counseling students. ing education seminars on relevant Graduate student interns receive and innovative topics for mental training and learn about various health professionals in the commuJFS programs, while serving a wide nity. These sessions are open to the range of individuals and families. general public, but are specifically Counseling services are available offered for the benefit of colleagues on a sliding-fee scale based on and peers who are required to household income. The Center fos- receive educational credit hours to ters the growth and education of stay appraised of current practices Louisiana’s future mental health and modalities. professionals.

We also offer: * Parenting Coordination, a structured program focusing on teaching parents positive co-parenting skills, to manage ongoing issues in high-conflict child custody cases * Psychoeducation for diversion clients referred by the courts, to teach new decision making skills * Prepare/Enrich relationship inventory and skills building program * Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) * Play therapy for children ages 5 and up JFS now accepts: Medicaid from Aetna Better Health, Louisiana Healthcare Connections, and United Healthcare. JFS also accepts Medicare, along with other insurance policies for Counseling Services: Aetna, United Healthcare, Blue Cross and Blue Shield, Blue Connect, Gilsbar, and Tricare. Counseling services are also available on sliding-fee scale based on household income, ranging from $18-$120 per hour. All clients are asked to bring in pay stubs, tax Teen Life Counts returns or other proof of income to TLC is a free, school-based suibe assessed on the sliding scale. cide prevention and education program for middle and high school Groups Among the many services offered students in the Greater New Orleans by JFS, are several therapeutic, area. What is Teen Life Counts? psychoeducational, social skills, For more than 30 years, Teen and support groups designed to help individuals and families cope Life Counts (TLC) has provided school-based suicide prevention with various life challenges. and awareness to students in the Refugee and Human Greater New Orleans community. Trafficking Assistance This psychoeducational prevention Post Release Service to Unac- curriculum utilizes professionally companied Minors trained staff and volunteers to Case Management for Unaccom- inform students about teen suicide panied Minors is available through statistics, the stigma associated funding from U.S. Committee for with mental illness, the warning Refugees and Immigrants (USCRI). signs of suicide, how to have a conThe USCRI program serves for- versation with peers and adults, and eign-born children who are fleeing where to get help. Additional edudangerous situations in their home cational programming is available countries and arrive in the United for school staff, parents, mental States as unaccompanied minors. health professionals and other GateClients are referred by USCRI, and keepers in the community. Thanks www.thejewishlight.org

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Distinction 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 comJEWISH prehensive infant security system. ORGANIZATIONS We are proud to be the birthing hospital of choice for generations American Friends of Magen of New Orleanians. Always growing In 2009, Touro and Children’s Hospital partnered to form LCMC Health, a non-profit, communitybased 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 hospitalbased home health agency of Touro


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The Community We Strive to Create We work to create a pluralistic Jewish community rooted in a shared commitment to promoting social and economic justice in our Avodah – The Jewish Corps communities and in America. We Sparking Jewish Leaders, strive for our community to be a safe and supportive space for all Igniting Social Change who join it, a space that embraces NEW ORLEANS OFFICE diverse expressions of religious Housed at Touro Synagogue practice, level of Jewish knowl4238 St. Charles Ave. edge, racial identity, gender identiNew Orleans, LA 70115 ty, and sexual orientation, and the Phone: (504) 861-1067 many facets that represent our Fax: (504) 861-2549 whole selves. And we commit ouravodahneworleans@avodah.net selves to updating this language as www.avodah.net the Avodah community continues Dani Levine: New Orleans to evolve. Director and Assistant Director of OUR VALUES National Programming Phone (504) 861-1068 Simcha/Joy Email: dlevine@avodah.net Though we consider antipoverty work an obligation, we strive to Who We Are We believe in the power of Jew- approach this work with a sense of ish leadership as a force for social joy. We hope to build a more joyful world in which all Americans are change. able to meet their physical, spiritual Mission and material needs. We’re commitAvodah strengthens the Jewish ted to making the journey towards community’s fight against the this vision a joyful experience. causes and effects of poverty in the Chevrutah/Collaboration United States. We do this by engagJewish tradition teaches that ing participants in service and compartners are critical to our ability munity building that inspires them to understand and act thoughtfulto become lifelong leaders for social change whose work for justice is ly. We cannot fulfill our mission rooted in and nourished by Jewish without partnership and collaborating. We seek to collaborate values. widely, engage all of our stakeOur Values holders, and establish new partEverything that we do is rooted nerships whenever possible. We in a rich relationship with Judaism must always seek out those whose – we draw inspiration from sacred input will make this endeavor text, and our spirits are nourished stronger.

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vice learning experiences. We aim to model the best practices in our field to lead the Jewish community to do high impact anti-poverty work that has a long-term positive effect, using our analyses of poverty and our understanding of Jewish values as a guide.

Areyvut/Mutual Responsibility We hold each other accountable to “walk our talk.” We are as invested in the success of others—within the Avodah community as well as in the broader Jewish social justice community—as we are in our own Tzedek/Justice success. We are communicative and “Tzedek, tzedek tirdof – justice, accountable to participants, alumni, justice shall you pursue. (Numbers stakeholders, funders, and col16:20)” Our tradition requires us to leagues. pursue justice. We do so by workYashrut/Integrity ing to address both the effects and Jewish tradition teaches that we root causes of poverty and injusare responsible regardless of whethtice. We also strive to create a just er an act is intentional or inadverenvironment for all Avodah staketent. Avodah strives to make prinholders, as we believe that the ways cipled decisions in all cases, from we pursue justice must themselves where we source our office supplies be just. to how we treat our stakeholders. Dugma/Excellence No act is too small to imbue with To maximize our impact combat- integrity and goodwill. We hold ing the causes and effects of pov- ourselves to high standards, expecterty, we must strive for excellence ing honest communication, assumin our work and in our outcomes. ing goodwill, and approaching one We aspire to be considered a role another and the world with genermodel for immersive Jewish ser- osity.

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Chabad-Lubavitch Of Louisiana

Ensuring a Jewish Tomorrow 7037 Freret Street New Orleans, LA 70118 504-302-1830 www.chabadneworleans.com Co-Director: Rabbi Zelig Rivkin

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 multifaceted 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 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 large THE

Community Resource Guide activity room. In 1990, Chabad of Louisiana opened a branch in Metairie, a suburb of New Orleans. The Gerson Katz Chabad Center of Metairie thus came to be designed and built as a cutting edge multi-functional facility. In August of 2014 Chabad of Southern Mississippi was founded in Biloxi serving the Gulf Coast region. In August of 2015 Chabad of Baton Rouge opened its doors to the Baton Rouge Jewish community and students of LSU.

tion 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 rabGoldring/Woldenberg Institute of Southern Jewish binical support to congregations Life & Museum of the without full-time clergy, so that in times of joy and sorrow, small-town Southern Jewish Experience Jews always have a rabbi upon 4915 I-55 North, Suite 100A whom they can call. Jackson, MS 39206 Everything we do is informed by Phone: (601) 362-6357 the expressed needs of the commuFax: (601) 366-6293 nities we serve. We will strive to Email: information@isjl.org continue to be as responsive as poswww.isjl.org sible to all of our partners as we Chief Executive Officer: Michele continue the ongoing journey of Schipper supporting, connecting, and celeThe Goldring/Woldenberg Insti- brating Jewish life in the south. tute of Southern Jewish Life (ISJL) Our History supports, connects, and celebrates We began as the Museum of the Jewish life in the South. Southern Jewish Experience in Our Mission 1986. The Museum, which is The ISJL delivers programs and launching as a new independent services directly to communities, entity in New Orleans in 2020, was no matter how small. The services formed as a response to an outcry we provide range from rabbinical from small-town southern Jews in visits to congregations with no rab- need of a repository for artifacts, bis of their own, to community sacred objects, historical docuengagement opportunities, histori- ments, and stories. The ISJL cal preservation and cultural pro- remains committed to supporting grams, and an education program the museum efforts, and ensuring that serves thousands of students. that the stories and impact of the Our territory: Alabama, Arkan- southern Jewish community will sas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, not be forgotten. Louisiana, Mississippi, North CaroBut the story of Southern Jewish lina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, life is not merely a story of shutterTennessee, Texas, and Virginia ing synagogues and diminishing numbers. It's also a story of growOur Vision The Goldring/Woldenberg Insti- ing communities, vibrant congregatute of Southern Jewish Life (ISJL) tions, and active Jewish communiprovides programs and services ties of all sizes. Thus, in 2000, we expanded our across the south. We offer resources mission and became the Goldring/ tailored to meet the needs of communities of all sizes. From the larg- Woldenberg Institute of Southern est congregations to the last-Jews- Jewish Life. In addition to preservin-town, we offer resources at every ing historical documents and artilevel. Throughout our thirteen-state facts, the ISJL works to provide region, we work with individuals, Judaic services and cultural procongregations, and organizations to grams to Jewish communities preserve the storied past of South- across the South. Our six departern Jewish life, while at the same ments (Community Engagement, time enriching the ongoing experi- Education, Heritage & Interpretaence of Jews in the contemporary tion, History, Programming, and Rabbinical Services) cover thirteen American south. All of the programs we offer are states: Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, designed to strengthen Jewish life. Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, MisOur comprehensive Jewish educa- sissippi, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, THE

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Community Resource Guide lisher 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 theground approach to end the deplorable conditions in pre-state Israel. Their original mission was Aruhat

Bat Ami: the Healing of the Daugh- sah still supports Youth Aliyah villages for at-risk children in Israel. ter of my People. Today, with 330,000 members, Practical Zionism Associates and supporters, HadasThe new organization's first act sah remains committed to Jewish was to collect money and send two continuity and building a better nurses to Palestine in 1913 to proworld through medicine and healthvide pasteurized milk to infants and care, advocacy, and communities of new mothers, and to eradicate trawomen. In 2012 Hadassah, the choma, an easily cured eye disease, Women’s Zionist Organization of that was robbing thousands of sight. America, celebrated its centennial From that beginning, Hadassah in Israel. Not long before her death, Medical Organization flourished when a sculptor was creating a bust over the next century into two of Henrietta Szold, she asked him world-class medical and research to “make my eyes look to the centers in Jerusalem. By 1918, future.” Henrietta Szold is testaHadassah had sent an entire mediment to what one person, one orgacal unit, comprised of 45 doctors, nization, and one vision, can nurses, dentists and sanitary workaccomplish. ers, to bring American-style mediAbout Hadassah cal care to the Middle East. Hadassah, the Women’s Zionist From these early efforts developed the beginning of the Israeli Organization of America, Inc., was healthcare system, which today founded over a century ago, before includes some of the world's lead- Israel was a state, and before women ing research and treatment hospi- could vote. Since that time, the tals, and schools of medicine and organization has remained unwavering in its commitment to women’s nursing. At the dawn of the Holocaust in health and well-being, to Israel, and Europe, in the 1930s, Henrietta to Jewish values and continuity. But Szold and a German colleague while Hadassah’s heritage and misorganized the rescue of thousands sion remain as strong as ever, the of Jewish children to safety in Pal- role of women and Jewish culture estine through Youth Aliyah. She here and in Israel, has evolved over met every boat as it arrived. Hadas- 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

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teens that support and push each other to be their best selves and form long lasting friendships. Israel Bonds JewCCY is to be used as a 3525 Piedmont Road resource for all local Jewish teens 6 Piedmont Center as a place they can go for fun, guidAtlanta GA 30305 Toll Free No: +1 (800) 752-5649 ance and a connection with Judaism. The group is entirely youth run Fax No: +1(404)949-9292 and youth executed. Every new Email: atlanta@israelbonds.com board is encouraged and expected www.israelbonds.com to take the group they are entrusted About with and build upon it to continue Development Corporation for to stay current and meet the needs Israel/Israel Bonds is a FINRA- of the Jewish youth community. All member broker dealer that under- JewCCY programming is built writes securities issued by the State upon the pillars of community, of Israel in the United States. The Judaism and having fun. Bonds enterprise, first launched in 1951, ranks among Israel’s most The Jewish Genealogical valued economic and strategic Society (JGS) of New Orleans resources, with a record of proven P.O. Box 7811 success. Praised for dependability and Metairie, LA 70010 cost-effectiveness, the Bonds orga- (504) 836-2720 nization has helped build every sec- FAX (504) 836-2722 www.jewishgen.org tor of Israel’s economy. Investment in Israel through the President: Jacob Karno Email: jkarno@karnovsky.com sale of Israel bonds is global in scope, with worldwide sales rapidly About approaching $40 billion. The Jewish Genealogical Society Proceeds from the sale of Israel (JGS) of New Orleans is a nonbonds have played a decisive role profit organization for those who in Israel’s rapid evolution into a desire to research their Jewish roots groundbreaking, global leader in in Louisiana and worldwide. Our high-tech, greentech and biotech. purpose is to bring members together to share information and ideas, Israeli Dance Group and to periodically present programs which will assist with such Elliott Raisen at 504.905.6249 research, providing members with a Email israelidance@cox.net. broad base of knowledge regarding About resources and research skills. Elliott Raisen has been teaching Israeli dancing for more than three Jewish War Veterans Ben decades in East Jefferson. Elliott is a native of the Bronx in New York Katz Post # 580 Commander: Judge Sol Gothard, City. He has lived in the New Orleans area since 1976. Elliott has retired, Post Commander compiled a collection of more than 504-887-3570•judgesol@cox.net Website: www.jwv.org 2,000 Israeli dances. He chooses at least 40 dances weekly for the class. About This year Israeli Dance Group The Jewish War Veterans of the celebrates its 34 Year Anniversary! United States of America (JWV) is


Sarah Bate: Community Director of Youth Engagement for the three Reform Synagogues of the Greater New Orleans area. jewccy@gmail.com 504- 885-2600 www.facebook.com/JewCCY/ About JewCCY is a Jewish youth group promoting leadership skills, community building and engaging programming. The youth group members draw three reform synagogues in the greater New Orleans area. The youth group is a community of THE

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

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Krewe du Jieux

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3201 D'Hemecourt St. • New Orleans, LA 70119 On the corner of Tulane & S. Lopez

Since 1978, Kindermusik is the world’s leading provider of musicbased education for children from birth through age seven. We use the power and joy of music-making to help children learn and grow during the years most critical to brain development. 504-717-1076 • 3900 General Taylor St. • New Orleans kmwithmadeline.kindermusik.com

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 for Chanukah and Purim, a Passover KreweSeder, a Rosh/Kippur Apology Party and the wonderfully irreverent “Running of the Jieuxs� second-line parade following our annual coronation of royalty.

LimmudFest New Orleans Email: info@limmudnola.org Web: www.limmudnola.org

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, text-study 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.


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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

4141 W Esplanade Ave Metairie, La. 70002 504-957-4986 Fax: 504-456-9770 Email:rabbi@louisianakosher. com www.louisianakosher.com Rabbinic Administrator: Rabbi Yossie Nemes Rabbinic Supervisor: Rabbi Mendy Shechter The Louisiana Kosher Committee – LKC - is a community service organization whose mission is the maintenance of a high level of quality Kosher supervision. It is composed of Rabbis and lay leaders, providing kosher certification and supervision for caterers, wholesale and retail food vendors and food production companies in Louisiana and the Gulf South. The LKC was founded in 2000 by a cross-section of kosher-observant people in the New Orleans area. Currently, the LKC supervises two local eating establishments, as well as many food and chemical production facilities. We have also supervised over eighty events at numerous local hotels and institutions. In addition, LKC Rabbis coordinate with international kosher agencies (such as the OU,OK, KofK, Star-K) to supervise most of the kosher food production in the Gulf South. * The placement of the LKC Kosher symbol or Kosher letter on a product insures the consumer that it was produced under the highest standards of kosher certification. Our services include: 1. Initial inspection of the plant THE


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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 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

www.moishehouse.org Moishe.house.nola@gmail.com Gabrielle Adler: Senior Southern Regional Manager gabrielle@moishehouse.org

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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!

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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 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.

National Council of Jewish Women Greater New Orleans Section

A Faith in the Future * A Belief in Action 6221 S. Claiborne, New Orleans 70125 THE

Community Resource Guide Phone (504) 861-7788 Fax (504) 861-0044 email:ncjwgno@gmail.com President: Susan Hess 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 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 fran@jfsneworleans.org 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 MemoTHE

rial 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 matters. Fox 8 Defenders -NCJW volunteers assist individuals with consumer problems by answering questions and finding solutions. A brochure of recommendations for common consumer issues has been developed and is available. 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 www.thejewishlight.org

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Community Resource Guide 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: suejern@ gmail.com 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 trishaward@mac. com 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 Resettlement- English as a Second Language, Starbright, and Dress for


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Our volunteers with the Fox 8 Defenders program assist individuals with Consumer problems by answering questions and finding solutions 504-485-6397 or 877-670-6397 1025 South Jefferson Davis Parkway New Orleans, La. 70125 NCJW celebrates 7 years with Fox8 Defenders Congratulations to our NCJW volunteers for celebrating their seventh year anniversary at Fox8! NCJW volunteers staff the FOX 8 Defenders consumer advocacy hot line. They tackle just about every kind of consumer concern you can imagine. The FOX 8 Defenders are a special volunteer service of FOX 8 & the National Council of Jewish Women (NCJW). Our volunteers have all the connections you need to have helped thousands of people solve seemingly hopeless problems. Each year the FOX 8 Defenders recover thousands of dollars for the people they help. What is the FOX 8 Defenders Service?

• A non-profit volunteer based telephone information, referral and action service. • A community service dedicated to resolving people's problems. What services do the FOX 8 Defenders provide? • FREE and confidential assistance to people who contact us with problems. • Experienced volunteer professionals, working from comprehensive, up-to-date resources direct each caller through appropriate steps. • Consumer education is an important component of this service. How does the FOX 8 Defenders program benefit consumers and businesses? • Acts as a buffer between the consumer and the company. • Acts as a non-judgmental gobetween in mediating disputes • Improves consumer relations. • Weeds out complaints that are not valid. • Exposes fly-by-night organizations. • Serves as a source of information about community problems. • Acts as a referral agency for people who have no where to turn.

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Community Resource Guide Who uses the FOX 8 Defenders? • Any individuals who have valid complaints or needs. • People who have not retained an attorney. How do I contact the FOX 8 Defenders? Call 1-877-670-6397 Email: fox8defenders@fox8live. com A brochure of recommendations for common consumer issues has been developed and is available. Visit www.ncjwneworleans.org for a free printable brochure.

NFTY/ Southern Region

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About NFTY is a movement that builds strong, welcoming, inspired communities through teen-powered engagement. Together, we pursue tikkun olam, personal growth, youth empowerment, and deep connections, all rooted in Reform Juda-

ism. NFTY’s Southern Region includes Louisiana, Mississippi, Arkansas, western Tennessee, Alabama (excluding Montgomery), and the Florida panhandle. NFTY is a Movement that builds strong, welcoming, inspired communities through teen-powered engagement. Together, we pursue tikkun olam, personal growth, youth empowerment, and deep connections, all rooted in Reform Judaism. We work in partnership with Union for Reform Judaism affiliated congregations to provide meaningful Jewish experiences for middle and high school students. We are part of the family of Union for Reform Judaism camps and youth programs. URJ Youth provides young people with immersive Jewish experiences in North America, and around the world, including camps, Israel trips and social action/service learning travel programs. Our Movement was founded as the youth arm of Reform Judaism in 1939 at the urging of Women of Reform Judaism (then known as the National Federation of Temple Sisterhoods). With over 900 congregations and

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Community Resource Guide About Anshe Sfard is a small but dynamic Orthodox synagogue in the heart 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 Email: office@bethisraelnola.com Administrator: Rabbi David Posternock Rabbi Josh Pernick Email: rabbijosh@bethisraelnola. com www.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-generational heritage and are building toward the future by fostering a larger sense of family among our long-time members and the more recent newcomers to our community. Beth Israel also continues to serve as a spiritual home-awayfrom-home for Jewish business travelers and tourists who visit our city. Finally, we strive to operate our new synagogue as a community center, providing educational, cultural and social opportunities open to our entire neighborhood community. Our services and programming at Beth Israel are guided by the following set of core values, inspired by the mission of Yeshivat Chovevei Torah Rabbinical School and the principles of the Orthodox Union. We are deeply committed to: Talmud Torah - Inspiring a passionate commitment to the study of Torah in all of its rich forms and the THE

scrupulous observance of Halacha. Ruchniyut - Cultivating spirituality - God-consciousness, soulful 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.

Executive Director: Bruce Yaillen Email: execdir@shirchadash.org Rabbi Deborah Silver Email: rabbids@shirchadash.org President: Julie Finger www.shirchadash.org 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


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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 REFORM children to our oldest adults. Our varied worship services are known METAIRIE for their warmth, joy and spirit in keeping with Jewish tradition. Congregation Gates of We invite you to come and learn Prayer all about our multiple opportunities 4000 West Esplanade Ave S. for spiritual growth and learning. Metairie, La 70002 Discover paths for learning and P: (504) 885-2600 how a synagogue can be the base F: (504) 885-2603 for repairing our world. Become an Email: office@gatesofprayer.org active part of the Gates of Prayer Administrator: Jack Schulman family. administrator@gatesofprayer.org Gates of Prayer is proud to be an Rabbi: Senior Rabbi David Gerber inclusive congregation. rabbi@gatesofprayer.org Our History President: Dr. Aaron M.Wolfson Congregation Gates of Prayer is Assistant Rabbi Alexis Erdheim the oldest ongoing congregation in lexi@gatesofprayer.org Rabbi Emeritus: Rabbi Robert H. Greater New Orleans, established on January 6, 1850. The founders Loewy of the congregation, some of whose www.gatesofprayer.org descendants are members of the Our Mission congregation to this day, were priCongregation Gates of Prayer is marily German Jews from the prova Jewish congregation, dedicated to inces of Alsace and Lorraine. They providing members with opportuni- were escaping from the terrible ties to find Kedusha (holiness with- conditions that existed during the in our lives) through participation Franco-Prussian Wars. in worship services, lifecycle At its first meeting, the 26 charevents, educational activities for all ter members agreed to rent space ages, and social action programs for meeting and shortly thereafter that reflect our enduring commit- purchased the ground for the Joseph ment to Torah (lifelong Jewish edu- Street Cemetery, actively in use to cation), Avodah (worship of God this day. Initially known as “Shaathrough prayer and observance), rei Tefiloh,” which means “Gates of and Gemilut Chasadim (the pursuit Prayer,” the synagogue followed of justice, peace, and deeds of lov- Orthodox ritual. Services were coning kindness). ducted by a Chazzan (Cantor), who In our efforts to realize this mis- also taught the children Hebrew sion, we are committed to the prin- and Torah. Congregants were supciples, programs, and ideals of portive of one another, nursing each Reform Judaism including: other during times of illness, buryTalmud Torah - Lifelong study ing the dead and caring for widows, of Torah for all. orphans and the poor. Bet Knesset - Active involveThe first permanent meeting ment in congregational life and place for the congregation was a leadership. house on the corner of St. Mary and Tikkun Olam – Perfecting God's Fulton Streets purchased in 1855. world through the pursuit of justice, In 1859 a lot on the corner of Jackand improved understanding son Ave. and Chippewa St. was between our neighbors and our- selected for building a new strucselves. ture. Members began collecting red Ahavat Yisrael - Supporting the bricks, eventually amassing State of Israel and the Jewish peo- 300,000. Construction began in ple wherever they live, beginning 1860, but was interrupted by the in our local community and extend- Civil War, including the need to ing throughout the world. hide the materials from Union forcMishpacha - Creating a warm es, lest they be confiscated. On supportive atmosphere that pro- June 21, 1865 the synagogue was motes spiritual fulfillment and the completed and dedicated. Still



Community Resource Guide 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. 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 purTHE

chased from the Archdiocese of New Orleans on the corner of West Esplanade and Richland Ave. Rabbi Share participated in the groundbreaking 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. 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 wor-

ship 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 multipurpose room and adult lounge. Most prominent were changes to the sanctuary designed by David Ascalon with a handicap accessible

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Community Resource Guide 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 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.

REFORM NEW ORLEANS Congregation Temple Sinai

6227 St. Charles Avenue New Orleans, Louisiana 70118 Telephone: (504) 861-3693 Fax: (504) 861- 3102 www.templesinainola.com Executive Director: Liz Yager lyager@templesinaino.org Rabbi Daniel Sherman rabbisherman@templesinaino.org President: Tracey Dodd

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Rabbi Emeritus: Rabbi Edward Paul Cohn Email: sinai@usa.net 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 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 www.tourosynagogue.com Executive Director: Kerry Tapia Rabbi: Katie Bauman Rabbi Emeritus: Rabbi Emeritus David Goldstein President: Lisa Herman

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. THE

Community Resource Guide 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 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. ShangaraiChasset (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 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, 2008-2019. 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

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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 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 www.northshorejewish.org President: Lena Liller Visiting Rabbi: Eugene Levy Email: rabbi@northshorejewish. org

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 furnishings, ark, ner tamid, lecterns and most importantly, the Torahs, were donated. THE

Community Resource Guide Today, the NJC has grown to more than 100 families. Volunteer musicians lead the congregation in prayer and song at most Shabbat and Holiday services. Past innovative programs include creative services that are popular with congregants of all ages, including "Blue Jeans Shabbat," "Pizza and Ice Cream Shabbat," "Chardonnay Shabbat," "Nature Walk Shabbat," as well as “Zoo-mobile and Canoe Havdalah” events. The NJC enables its members to develop a relationship with G-d through communal worship, study of Torah, religious education and assembly. The Religious School was chosen by the Institute of Southern Jewish Living to implement its pilot Religious School Curriculum. Each of the B’nai Mitzvah and Confirmation students completes a Tikkun Olam Project and the confirmands write and conduct their entire service. The NJC is truly a congregation of volunteers, who put in countless hours because of the love for Judaism and the desire for a strong Jewish community, committed to the values and conduct of the individual, the family and the society in which we live.

ability to expand its programs and activities. Chabad Jewish Center, hosts a wide range of educational and social service programs attracting diverse participation from across the New Orleans Jewish community. Our primary base of support is the hundreds of New Orleanians who contribute regularly to the Chabad Jewish Center and our programs.


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

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A Brief History In 1945, 19 families who envisioned a home for traditional Judaism in Baton Rouge established Liberal Synagogue. Our founding CHABAD families hoped to establish a Bet Tefillah, a house of worship, where Jews of varied backgrounds could METAIRIE find a spiritual home. A quarter of a century later, shortly after moving Chabad Jewish Center 4141 West Esplanade Avenue • into our current Jefferson Highway location, Liberal Synagogue adoptMetairie, LA 70002 ed a Hebrew name and became 504-454-2910 Beth Shalom, House of Peace. www.jewishlouisiana.com Since our founding, Beth Shalom Rabbi: Yossie Nemes E-mail: rabbi@jewishlouisiana. Synagogue has been committed to a substantive, learned and deeply com spiritual vision of Reform Judaism. Cell number: 504-957-4986 Program Director: Chanie Nemes For more than half a century, Beth E-mail: chanie@jewishlouisiana. Shalom has been committed to perpetuating our founders’ vision of a com “Reform Congregation that Honors Cell number: 504-957-4987 Tradition.” About About The Chabad Jewish Center of Beth Shalom Synagogue is a Metairie, located at 4141 W. EsplaReform congregation and a memnade Ave, was established as a ber of the Union for Reform Judabranch of Chabad Lubavitch of Louisiana in the summer of 1990 in ism (URJ). They are a “family style” shul response to development in suburban New Orleans. Directed by with a hamish, relaxed atmosphere. Rabbi Yossie and Chanie Nemes, Their joy in expressing Judaism is Chabad Center aptly serves the exponentially increased when needs of the suburban New Orleans shared with their congregational Jewish community. In the spring of family. The essence of the shul 1999 construction of the modern family is truly the sum of the facility, dedicated in memory of uniqueness and diversity of its Gerson Katz, was completed, members. Beth Shalom Synagogue strives enabling the center to enhance its to embody the meaning behind the THE

Hebrew word for synagogue, "beit knesset," or house of meeting. For many they are a home away from home, as much a place for meeting and getting to know one another as for learning and prayer. 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.

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Community Resource Guide 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 maintain 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: office@bnai-israel.com www.bnaibr.org Rabbi: Jordan Goldson President: Seth Kaplan About Congregation B'nai Israel in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, is one of the oldest Reform congregations in the United States and is located in the beautiful Garden District. They are an active and vibrant Reform Jewish congregation with a diverse membership and leadership that fully respects that diversity. They have a rich history and legacy, and a membership that looks towards a vibrant future. Congregation B'nai Israel has served 200 Jewish families over 150 years. For so many, the congregation is their Jewish Community Center because it offers a wide variety of religious, cultural, educational and social programs and activities. Although Jews make up a small percentage of the population of Baton Rouge, Congregation B'nai Israel is known for their activism in

city affairs, and many of their memFurther evidence that our congrebers are involved and influential in gation must have been established important areas of civic life. in 1858 is contained in a portfolio A Brief History of Our at the East Baton Rouge Parish Courthouse, which lists a sale of Congregation Over a century ago, a small group property in 1859 to the Hebrew formed the first Hebrew Congrega- Congregation Shaare Chesed, evition of Baton Rouge, today, called dently organized the year before. Congregation B'nai Israel. The size The 60-by-120-foot plot, on the of the original congregation is corner of Church (now Fourth) and unknown, but it must have been North Streets, was bought at aucsmall; in those days, Baton Rouge tion for $585. Other "items” sold at the auction, according to the portfowas little more than a village. Although there is no record of lio, were furniture, carriages and the original charter, evidence from slaves. Records of our congregation various sources points to 1858 as prior to 1877 are sketchy indeed. In our congregation's birth date. The the Archives at Hebrew Union Cololdest tombstone in The Jewish Cemetery is dated 1858, and con- lege, there is a letter from Isaac gregational documents confirm a Mayer Wise to Rabbi Levi in Baton recorded death in that year. (The Rouge. This letter is dated 1859. old death register provides interest- Isaac Mayer Wise, the prophet of ing reading. It lists the causes of American Reform Judaism, was death and indicates that yellow then just beginning his pioneering fever took a high toll during '58, the work in Cincinnati, and Reform year of the plague. Birthplaces, too, Judaism itself was still very young were recorded, and they varied when our congregation was formed. In the beginning, finding a site widely. Named are Bavaria, Austria, France, Alsace, England, for a House of Worship and fundPoland, Germany, and many Amer- raising to erect a Temple were this congregation's dominant problems. ican locations.) A Temple never was erected on the


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Community Resource Guide 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. Sometime between the acquisition of our first Temple and the disbandment of the Ladies' Hebrew Aid Association, the name of the Hebrew Congregation Shaare THE

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 fundraising 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 building 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. To Prospective Members Shalom! Welcome to Baton Rouge. Congregation B'nai Israel is located in the center of Baton Rouge in the beautiful Garden District. We know that finding a spiritual home for your family is important so let us introduce you to CBI. We are a Reform synagogue that has been serving 200 Jewish families for over 150 years. For so many of us, the congregation is our Jewish Community Center because it offers a wide variety of religious, cultural, educational and social programs and activities. Although Jews are a small minority of the population of Baton Rouge, our congregation is known


for being active in the affairs of our city and many of our members are involved and influential in important areas of civic life. Whatever your reason for joining a congregation, we will help you feel welcome as part of the B'nai Israel family. Religious School CBI is known for having one of the finest religious schools in the South! The goal of our Religious School Program is to instill in our children a love for Judaism and an appreciation of the values and ideals of our Jewish heritage. The Religious School meets on Sunday mornings from 9:30 to noon from September to May. Most of our teachers have been teaching for many years and are respected for their educational background and teaching experience. The faculty participates in continuing teacher education programs each year. Religious school commences with pre-school classes and continues up to 8th grade Hebrew and Judaic studies. Bar/Bat Mitzvah Classes - In addition to a group class, each student is given personal training by

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Community Resource Guide Rabbi Jordan. This includes a B'nai • Interfaith Couples Group Who we are… Mitzvah Family Seminar to prepare It is our goal to create a commu• Havdalah Lectures/Movie the entire family for their special Nights nity where all are welcome no matday. ter background or affiliation. • Summer Sundays Confirmation Class is a two year • A place where every Jew is fam• Trip to Israel program for 9th-10th graders taught ily. Social by Rabbi Jordan. • An organization in Baton Rouge Our social activities are an Mini-Mishpacha is a program that provides religious, educational, social, and recreational which introduces toddlers to the important part of the communal programming for the communiJewish Holidays and basic Jewish experience at CBI. Some of these ty, no matter what age. include: concepts. • A place where you can experi• Sha-Potluck Dinners Henry S. Jacobs Camp – A high ence a true Shabbat dinner in a percentage of our children attend • Jewish Comedy Night comfortable home-like setting summer camp at Jacobs Camp in • Rosh Hashana Oneg with great company, superb food Utica, MS. • Tashlich Picnic and stimulating discussions. • Sukkot under the Stars Adult Education • A forum where you can question your faith and not be afraid of B'nai Israel is committed to the • Chanukah Latke Dinner judgment. principle that education is a con• Purim Concert • A haven to which you can turn tinuous and life- long activity. Pro• Havdalah Movie Nights when you're stressed or lonely grams and courses of study have A number of other social events and need a true friend. We are been and continue to be developed are conducted by our affiliates. available 24/7 with open minds for our adult members. and wide hearts. ORTHODOX Our adult education program • A center for study, where you includes classes such as: can gain a deeper understanding and appreciation of your Jewish Chabad of Baton Rouge • Hebrew Reading heritage. • Adult B'nai Mitzvah 2811 Calanne Avenue • An environment where being Baton Rouge, La. 70820 • Mussar /Jewish Spirituality Jewish is fun. Office: 225.267.7047 • Torah Study • An organization that has gained Rabbi Peretz Kazen: Peretzkazen@ • Scholar–in-residence national prominence as one of gmail.com • Shmooze with the Rabbi the fastest growing and most Mushka Kazen: Mushkakazen@ vibrant, innovative and all• Florence Melton Adult mini- gmail.com inclusive organizations for JewSchool ish communities in this country. About Chabad • Introduction to Judaism Through all its growth and changes, Chabad's warmth and intimacy remain the same. At Chabad you will always find a friend. Vision Our vision for Chabad of Baton Rouge is to create a vibrant center that offers a compelling, rich and meaningful Jewish experience to all who come in contact with it, no matter your background or age.

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Philosophy The Chabad of Baton Rouge is based on the ideology of Chabad and fueled by the inspiration and teachings of the Lubavitcher Rebbe, Rabbi Menachem M. Schneerson of righteous memory, which have at their foundation the encompassing mitzvah “to love every Jew as one loves himself” and the mandate to concretize that love with Acts of Kindness and Mitzvahs. It's our belief that every individual Jew has


an indispensable contribution to make to the totality of the Jewish people. Chabad welcomes all Jews at their own pace and comfort level through innovative educational programs in all areas of Jewish life. What does Chabad do? Chabad provides Jewish men, women and children with an exciting, inclusive, joy filled community and non stop Jewish activity. Chabad serves the religious/spiritual/pastoral and educational needs of Jewish families as well as providing encouragement and support to those going through difficult times, such as hospital visitations and senior care. Chabad provides open hearts and listening ears as well as crisis intervention and referrals in time of need. Chabad makes Shabbat and Jewish holidays come alive and brings the programming to a level where Jewish celebration becomes the focus rather than a small detail on the stage of life. Do only religious people come to Chabad? Absolutely not! Chabad is a place for all Jews regardless of their affiliations or ties. Most of the families who come to Chabad are not “religious”, some come with more and some with a little less Jewish education, and others with none at all. One of the exciting things about Chabad is that there are so many different types of activities and so many different types of people that participate. Alright, but really, what kind of people come to Chabad? Liberals and Conservatives, Greeks and Geeks, Party Animals and Book Worms, Introverts and Extroverts, Sephardim and Ashkenazim Any Jew that moves! What happens if I don't know what to do at services or at a holiday celebration? Don't worry, everyone is learning and one has to start sometime, and what better place than at Chabad? There is always someone willing to help you. All this is great, but how do I join? Joining Chabad is simple! Just come on by. If you’re Jewish you already belong! So how much time do I have to dedicate to Chabad activities? As little or as much as you want, Chabad is like a big pool. Some people swim in the deep end, some in the shallow, some just want to stick their toes in and some want to sit pool side. Come to Shabbat dinTHE

Community Resource Guide ner or an event and stay as long as you want. Take it from there… If you wish to become very active and take on a volunteering role, boy can we give you opportunities! But wait!! How much does it cost? Nothing! Just bring yourself and lots of family and friends! What does Chabad mean? Chabad is a worldwide movement that spreads Jewish awareness to all Jews whether male or female, old or young. Its roots are in White Russia in a small town by the name of Lubavitch. The word Chabad is an acronym for Chachmah, Binah, Daas, which means wisdom, understanding, and knowledge. The idea is to turn intellect to action. Simply put, Chabad's message is "don't just think it, do it". This is exactly what Chabad does. Chabad Houses can be found in every part of the world such as, Tasmania, Russia, Hawaii, and Bangkok and in each one of those places Chabad is doing everything it can to help Jews be Jewish. No matter your background of affiliation, if you're curious about observing more mitzvot or simply seeking a better understanding of Jewish culture and tradition, we have the place for you. Created for the needs of the community, our programs meet all levels. All classes are presented at a comfortable pace and there's always something for everyone.

all faiths are welcome. org PROSPECTIVE FAMILIES www.gatesofprayercece.org Our community embraces chilCenter for Early Childhood dren through education, sports, and Education family activities. Located in the History Uptown JCC, the JCC Nursery Inspiring Hearts and Minds Since School has acted as a pillar of early 1975 childhood education in New Congregation Gates of Prayer is Orleans for over half-a-century. one of the oldest, most distinTour Our School guished Reform temples in New Tours are held every Tuesday at Orleans. The congregation was 9:30 AM from October 8 to April established in 1850 and moved to 28* its present location in 1975. In See firsthand classroom interac- 1975, the Louise Manheim Center tion, daily activities, and our facili- for Early Childhood Educator ties. Although children are always opened, serving New Orleans and welcome, you may find that it is the surrounding community. The easier to focus without them attend- preschool classrooms lead out to ing. Meet at the front entrance on our newly remodeled playground, St. Charles Avenue. No need to providing a state-of-the-art facility RSVP. in which children can learn and *Due to holiday closures, no grow. Gates of Prayer Center for tours on December 25, January 1, Early Childhood Education continand February 25 ues to serve families from a variety of religious and cultural backHow to Enroll 1. Attend a JCC Nursery School grounds.

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. METAIRIE Curriculum Gates of Prayer Preschool eduLouise Hayem Manheim Nursery School of cates the whole child, emphasizing cognitive, physical, social and emoCongregation Gates of tional growth and development. We Prayer respect and respond to each child's 4000 W Esplanade Ave. unique needs, and we embrace each Metairie, La. 70002 other's differences. Our caring and 504-885-4339 nurturing teachers provide a develFax 504-885-2603 opmentally appropriate and emoDirector: Melanie Blitz tionally supportive learning enviEmail: melanie@gatesofprayer. ronment. Our goals are to have

tour and complete short form to indicate interest in registering. 2. Returning JCC Nursery School families receive top priority for placement for the upcoming school year and will be contacted by the Early Childhood Director by January 1. New families will be offered space, based on availability, for the following August beginning in February. Contact Adrienne Shulman to check your status on the interest list. 3. JCC membership is required JEWISH EDUCATION upon your child's enrollment in Nursery School. Upon receiving an NURSERY SCHOOLS offer to attend Nursery School, the following action is required: NEW ORLEANS * Return paperwork and payment * Become a JCC Member Jewish Community Center Once you have been approved Nursery School for registration, it will be necessary to complete ALL paperwork and 5342 St Charles Ave secure your spot with a deposit. New Orleans, La, 70115 Due to the sometimes rapid change 504-897-0143 in availability and wait list process, Fax 504-897-1380 Adrienne Shulman, M.Ed., Early registration can only be secured with your deposit. Childhood Director www.nojcc.org 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. The JCC offers a range of attendance options based on age, three and five-day-a-week programs, and a half day option, as well. Families of THE


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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. Class Descriptions: I would like to include pics of teacher's interacting in the classroom 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 prewriting 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.

their curiosity to find out more. The curriculum incorporates language arts, math, science and social skills Alfred G. Rayner Learning in a developmentally appropriate, Center research-based manner. We use the Creative Curriculum 9111 Jefferson Hwy. Baton Rouge, throughout the center. LA 70809 Phone: 225-924-6772 Creative Curriculum for Fax: 225-924-3697 Infants, Toddlers and Twos Email: rayner@ Every child is different—it’s no bethshalomsynagogue.org surprise that they learn differently, Director: Bridget Connortoo. Feldbaum For nearly two decades, The CreAlfred G. Rayner Learning ative Curriculum® for Infants, TodCenter dlers & Twos has supported teach-


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.

ers and caregivers as they create responsive daily routines and meaningful learning experiences for the youngest learners. Our latest curriculum solution takes that support even further, combining The Foundation—made up of three comprehensive volumes that provide ‘Early Childhood 101’ and an overview of everything teachers and caregivers need to know to build a high-quality program—with a rich collection of resources, the Daily Resources, that help teachers put knowledge into practice and help them foster children’s learning and growth. Creative Curriculum for Preschool Early Childhood Curriculum Extends Whole-Child Approach to Kindergarten Teaching Strategies, the creator of The Creative Curriculum®, has developed a kindergarten course of study focused on child-driven science and social studies topics that integrate math and literacy skills through play, hands-on activities, and center-based work. We strive to seamlessly integrate Jewish learning with our Creative Curriculum studies. Our classroom environments are infused with Jewish music, artwork, toys and books. We learn Hebrew blessings and celebrate Jewish holidays. Our small class sizes enable our teachers to connect deeply with each child and encourage their growth and development.


METAIRIE Rayner Curriculum The Rayner Center uses the Creative Curriculum by Teaching Strat- Jewish Community Day egies. This curriculum focuses on School of Greater New hands-on learning and a project- Orleans based approach. In each monthJewish Community Day School long “study,” children are encouris located inside the Goldring aged to build upon their prior Woldenberg Jewish Community knowledge of a topic and pursue



Community Resource Guide Campus. 3747 West Esplanade Avenue Metairie, LA 70002 504.887.4091 office@jcdsnola.org Head of School: Dr. Brad Philipson bphilipson@jcdsnola.org www.jcdsnola.org Our History Years ago, when the New Orleans Jewish Day School opened its doors 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. Our Story Shalom and welcome to the Jewish Community Day School of Greater New Orleans. Founded and supported by community leaders who care deeply about the Jewish life of the city, we strive to balance research-based, challenging academics with an enriching and thought-provoking Jewish Studies program. In so doing, we’ve created a personally, intellectually, and spiritually stimulating environment that helps our students develop as scholars and as leaders. While our general studies programs will teach students what questions to ask and how to find answers, our Jewish studies program can help students discover why those questions

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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 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 is 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 hands-on 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 midTHE

Community Resource Guide week Felafel night to a Saturday jewish-studies Night Cafe, Chabad is the place to Who We Are hang out and make new friends. Tulane Jewish Studies began in Keep your eye on the campus kiosks the 1970s, offering a limited numfor information on upcoming ber of courses in Hebrew language events. and American Jewish literature. As the Soviet Jewry movement gained Tulane Hillel traction around the nation, Jewish Innovating Jewish Community Studies gained a more prominent The Goldie & Morris Mintz Cen- place on campus, and its growth ter for Jewish Life continued into the 1990s. The pro912 Broadway, New Orleans, LA gram was transformed in 2003 by a 70118 major gift from the Sizeler family, Phone: 504.866.7060 and in the ensuing decade, Tulane Fax: 504.866.7021 received significant gifts from genEmail: hillel@tulane.edu erous donors and national foundaExecutive Director: Jonah Schiller tions. We now feature some of the Email:yonah@tulane.edu strongest enrollments in the nation, www.tulanehillel.org and in 2019, a major gift from Stuart and Suzanne Grant created the About Tulane Hillel is a non-profit com- Grant Center for the American Jewmunity center that fosters leader- ish Experience. Here at Tulane, we are positioned ship and community engagement. A to achieve even greater heights. We leader in entrepreneurial-based programming, Tulane Hillel serves as are already home to a strong coman incubator and platform for col- munity of Jewish fraternities and lege students to engage in the com- sororities, a thriving Hillel, and a munity, focusing on key issues that popular Chabad Student Center. Within this conducive environment, need to be addressed. The Tulane Hillel team is a col- Tulane’s Department of Jewish lection of voices, backgrounds, Studies has prided itself on the fact Hebrew School experiences, ambi- that our classes have high attentions and identities. It is important dance among both Jewish and nonthat those who spend their time Jewish students. Our impact reachcreating Jewish community are es well beyond campus, as we reflective of the broad and diverse provide our students with a critical demographic that comprise our co- liberal arts education foundation, including the tools to be leaders in creators. medicine, law, technology, business Tulane University Jewish and other competitive fields.

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3863 Morrison Road Utica, Mississippi 39175 Phone: (601) 885-6042 Camp Director: Anna Blumenfeld Herman www.jacobscamp.org 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 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 weeklong 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 folTHE

Community Resource Guide lowed 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 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 THE

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 were foreign in many of their home congregations. According to Rabbi Lawrence Jackofsky, the longtime regional rabbi for the U A H C , 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

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