Securing a Safer J

Since 1948, the New Orleans JCC has called the intersection of iconic St. Charles Avenue and Jefferson Avenue home. The front entrance, just steps off the historic streetcar line, remains the primary entry point for staff, members, visitors, and guests. Though the building has benefited from major expansions and renovations, the front entrance has not changed since erected in 1965.

In 2019, the New Orleans JCC embarks on a new fundraising initiative, “Securing a Safer J.” The campaign will raise funds to create a new storefront for the Uptown facility, which is estimated to cost approximately $500,000.  Funds will support the three campaign objectives of SECURITY, ACCESSIBILITY, and BEAUTIFICATION.


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Checks can be mailed to:

Securing a Safer J
c/o Leslie Fischman
5342 St. Charles Avenue
New Orleans, LA 70115



Our St. Charles entryway project is vital for protecting our 70,000 square feet of interior space, which houses critical programs for the community including early childhood education, Alzheimer’s respite care, cultural events, and recreational programs for all ages. A new entrance will feature a new storefront for our facility that utilizes protective glass and a vestibule to provide an added layer of protection from potential threats.


The JCC serves all populations, all ages, and all abilities. We are committed to providing accessible spaces for each and every individual who walks through our doors. A new entryway will feature wider doorways to accommodate wheelchairs and strollers. And, a longer, wider canopy leading to a vestibule will protect visitors from inclement weather, better accommodating our elderly members.


The New Orleans JCC is a jewel situated on one of America’s most iconic, historic avenues. This project will demonstrate the JCC's commitment to the neighborhood by enhancing the appearance of the building.


"When looking for early childhood programs and camp for my children, I considered safety and security a top priority. I am comforted knowing that the teachers and staff at the J are highly trained for all kinds of emergencies and unexpected situations. I am so grateful that the J continues to adapt and improve its security plan as well as technology that will help keep my children safe when they are in their care.  As the Director of the Special Olympics in New Orleans, I am also grateful to the J for prioritizing improvements that will make the facility more accessible for people."
~Gabe Feldman

"We joined the J to enroll my oldest child in nursery school, but it quickly became a home away from home for our entire family. We are proud to raise our children in the welcoming, diverse, open community that the JCC cultivates. ‘Securing a Safer J’ is critical to New Orleans, as the JCC provides important services not only for young families like mine but also to senior citizens. Supporting this campaign will help the J continue to offer these special services to New Orleanians of all ages and backgrounds."

~Cliff Mintz


$75,000 - Ferber Family Foundation of Houma
$75,000 - US Department of Homeland Security

Contact Executive Director Leslie Fischman for more information about supporting this project.



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