Holiday & Community Events

Throughout the year, the JCC holds holiday celebrations and commemorative events that are open to the entire community.

ADLOYADAH PURIM CARNIVAL
The JCC celebrates Purim with a carnival called Adloyadah. Adloyadah celebrates Jewish survival and is similar to celebrations held in Israel. Open to the entire community, the JCC is transformed into a carnival complete with rides, music, Israeli food, hamantashen (special Purim treats), and New Orleans snowballs. Wear a costume, eat some delicious food, enjoy the music and have a blast!

In 2021, the JCC hosted a Drive-Thru Purim Celebration with costumes, bubbles, live music, and free hamantaschen. Learn more about this year's event on our blog

YOM HA'SHOAH
Local educators and Holocaust survivors come together to create a program and memorial service designed to educate the public about the horror of the Nazi regime and to teach the importance of tolerance. Holocaust survivors take a leading role in planning the Yom Ha'shoah Memorial Program and providing living testimony about their own experiences in an effort to ensure that such crimes are never repeated.

Join the New Orleans JCC on April 8 as we remember and honor the Holocaust survivors of New Orleans. This virtual Yom Ha'Shoah program will include survivors, family members of survivors, members of the New Orleans Holocaust Memorial Committee, and local Jewish leaders.

REGISTER

YOM HA'ATZMAUT
Celebrate Israel’s Birthday with music, folk dancing, and Israeli food. This JCC event, in cooperation with local synagogues and Jewish organizations, keeps growing and changing — just like Israel itself. In past years, activities have ranged from an Israeli version of Jeopardy to a symbolic tour of Israel that included Bedouin tents and a climbing wall topped by the mountain citadel of Massada. Yom Ha’Atzmaut gives the JCC the opportunity to celebrate Israel’s Independence Day with the entire community and educate the public on the Jewish Homeland.

CHANUKAH CELEBRATION
Our annual Chanukah Celebration always features a fun, family-friendly concert by a popular Jewish artist or musical group. Past events have featured musicians as varied as David Broza and Craig Taubman to cappella groups SIX13 and the Maccabeats.  All ages enjoy the festive celebration and delicious Chanukah treats.

In 2019, the JCC celebrated with a Dreidels & Doughnuts Drive-Thru Channukah Celebration with live music and a dozen Krispy Kremes for each vehicle. 

View All Events

EVENTS
NEWS
FITNESS CLASSES

2021 Commemoration and Celebration Events

The global Jewish community will come together in the coming days to commemorate lives lost during the Holocaust, remember fallen Israeli soldiers and victims of terrorism, and celebrate Israel’s independence. 

...

What's Changing at the JCC in Phase 3?

Following the city’s transition to a modified Phase 3, the New Orleans JCC will ease restrictions for fitness center users. We see this forward movement as a small step in getting back to normal; however, it is still our top priority to remain safe.

...

Staff Spotlight: Michelle Benson Huck

If you’re a member of the JCC, odds are that you’ve encountered the energetic and encouraging presence that is Michele Huck. As an instructor at the JCC for six years, Michele has done a little bit of everything from cycling, senior chair exercise, Barre, HIIT, and what she’s known most for these days –– LOTS of Aqua Fit. 

...

Staff Spotlight: Brittany Polaski Faul

Brittany P. Faul has been a Personal Trainer and instructor for many years at the JCC. Newly certified through the extensive 600 Hour Power Pilates program, Brittany now offers even more services to her clients. Learn more about Brittany, her history with the JCC, and her passion for pilates. 

...

More News

Today's Upcoming Classes