History


Our Rich History


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 the members of the fashionable Harmony Club. A building was erected in 1895 on the corner of Clio Street and St. Charles Avenue and was used by all citizens of New Orleans for debates and musical activities. In 1939, a new building, to replace the original which was destroyed by fire, opened its doors on Clio Street as the Young Men’s and Young Women’s Hebrew Association. A second fire in 1947 destroyed that building. In 1948, the agency relocated in 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. In 1986 a satellite facility was established in Metairie to better serve the membership. The Center continues to serve the Metairie members with the new state-of-the-art facility which opened January 2003 at 3747 W. Esplanade. 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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Meet the Dogs of November Dog Yoga

Our second Dog Yoga event featured four furry friends: Bella, Charlie, Dillon, and Rock-Ski. Read a little more about the adoptable pups from Zeus' Rescues.

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CHOOSE KIND - World Kindness Day at the JCC

World Kindness Day is a day to promote being kind, to share random acts of kindness, and to educate those around us about the positive effects of kindness on our whole world. Learn some fun ways to spread kindness from Children's Program Manager Brigid MacArthur-Thompson.

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Take Your Workout to the Water

Now at the JCC, we offer pool workout classes every Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday. We added more times for current favorites like Aqua Fit and even expanded our offerings to include new aquatics classes.

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Thanksgiving-Week Workouts

Your JCC fitness team is here to help you earn and burn that extra helping of your favorite aunt’s sweet potato casserole. Join us at either location for our annual Turkey Earner and Turkey Burner workouts.

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