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Who We Are

The New Orleans JCC is a state-of-the-art fitness center and pool, a leader in New Orleans early childhood education, a fun-filled summer day camp and so much more. It is a place for adults to take an exercise class, an art class or dance class. A place for children and teens to experience learning through enrichment classes, sports leagues, family activities, and summer camps. The JCC is built on Jewish values, but is welcome to everyone.

MISSION

The mission of the Greater New Orleans Jewish Community Center is to promote and ensure the well-being of our Jewish community and to instill an understanding of Judaism and its heritage by providing a Center where all can enjoy, learn, experience and share in quality activities in a Jewish environment.

HISTORY

Deep Roots

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

In 1939, the Young Men’s and Young Women’s Hebrew Association opened a new building on Clio Street to replace the original, which was destroyed by fire. A second fire in 1947 destroyed that building. In 1948, the agency relocated to the Jewish Children’s Home at 5342 St. Charles Avenue and changed its name to the Jewish Community Center of New Orleans. The agency’s facility remained a part of the Jewish Children’s Home until 1966 when that building was replaced by the present facility. A $4 million renovation of the Uptown facility was completed in 1997.

Expanding to Metairie

In 1986, a satellite facility was established in Metairie to better serve the membership. The center continues to serve the Metairie members with the state-of-the-art facility, opened January 2003 at 3747 W. Esplanade.

On August 29, 2005, Hurricane Katrina changed the city of New Orleans forever.  The JCC's Metairie location was closed for several months as repairs were made but the Uptown facility only experienced minor flooding. Seven weeks after the storm, the doors of the Uptown fitness area were back open to the community and the front of the building became a base for FEMA. 

Building for the next generation

A decade after Katrina, the JCC celebrated 160 years and launched its largest fundraising endeavor to-date with a goal to build a JCC for the next generation. Construction began on a 14,000 square foot expansion 50 years after the current St. Charles structure was built. In 2018, as the city of New Orleans celebrated its tricentennial, the JCC celebrated a successful capital campaign and dedicated its new building. 

The New Orleans JCC of today

The Jewish Community Center continues to serve the entire New Orleans community with quality programming in the areas of pre-school education, physical education, public affairs, political forums, lectures, and, especially, Jewish education. 

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Fall Youth Programming Lineup

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Introducing Team NOLA 2019

Meet the local Jewish teens who will represent Team NOLA in the 2019 Maccabi Games & ArtsFest, hosted this year in Detroit. 

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30-Minute Medicine Ball Circuit

 

By using a tool like a medicine ball, you can save time by completing a full-body circuit without having to hop from one machine to another.  

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Metairie Summer Campers Get Creative

Artist Mandy Hernaez spends a week teaching Metairie campers all about art during the first week of Taglit.

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