Jewish Culture & Community

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Our community values Jewish culture, practice and thought, and serves as an educational resource for JCC members and for all New Orleanians with an interest in Judaism. The JCC offers classes and sponsors community events, including family Shabbat dinners and festivals that celebrate the central role of books, food and history in Jewish life. Working with local groups and synagogues, we mark the seasons of the Jewish calendar and open our doors for occasions both festive and solemn.

Florence Melton School of Adult Jewish Learning

Join adults from all backgrounds for weekly, two-hour classes that take a non-denominational approach to Judaism. The Florence Melton School of Adult Jewish Learning encourages interactive discussion between teachers and fellow students. For two hours per week, affiliated and non-affiliated adult students can increase their Jewish education. The Jewish Federation of Greater New Orleans supports this program.

Click here to for current class schedules, descriptions and tuitions


Traditions on Wheels®

Explore your heritage through Traditions on Wheels®, a display cart stocked with educational materials about Judaism. Each month, the cart is replete with educational materials and displays for everyone to experience. Designed for all ages, the cart provides JCC visitors with suggestions for family activities during Jewish holidays and serves as a resource for anyone seeking to pass on Jewish heritage and customs.

Community Shaliach

The New Orleans community participates in The Young Volunteers Division of the Jewish Agency for Israel by hosting a Community Shaliach each year. The young Israeli volunteer moves to New Orleans for a minimum of one year to implement a variety of cultural, educational and social activities geared toward community members of all ages. The programs are designed to increase Jewish awareness, knowledge and pride, to bridge the gap between Jews of different backgrounds and Israel, and to promote an understanding of Israel and its ideals. The Community Shaliach serves within a variety of frameworks including informal community education, Jewish schools, the Jewish Federation, synagogues, youth movements, college campuses and more. This program is generously funded by the Jewish Endowment Foundation of Louisiana.

For more information contact Judy Yaillen, Jewish Family Life Director, at 504.897.0143 -


National Coloring Book Day

We love to celebrate here at the JCC, and we also look for any opportunity to be creative. Join us for a coloring break in The Nosh of the Uptown JCC for National Coloring Book Day on August 2. We’ll have a table with crayons and JCC-themed coloring sheets. Can’t make it to the JCC? Download and print our coloring sheets. We’d love to see your artwork, so be sure to tag us and use hashtag #nojcc on social media!


Finding Your Fit Foods

Creating a lifestyle, rather than a diet, will give you the flexibility to make healthy choices while still enjoying what you eat. Sometimes the hardest part about eating healthfully is simply knowing what will taste good without packing on the pounds. Check out some of the healthy recipes recommended by Metairie Wellness Director Alexis Boudreau to get started and get cooking!


Alon Shaya Lead 2018 Kindness March

New Orleans JCC campers kicked off summer 2018 by spreading kindness at the second annual Kindness March, held June 7 at the Uptown JCC. Famed chef Alon Shaya and his wife Emily, along with the New Creations Brass Band, led the march around the JCC’s historic building on St. Charles Avenue.


JCC Dedicates New Expansion

It was "A Sweet Celebration in Song" on May 24 as the JCC dedicated its new $9 million dollar expansion.  Featuring a performance by Azi Schwartz, the internationally recognized cantor from the Park Avenue Synagogue in New York City, the event brought the community together to celebrate the new addition to the Uptown JCC and recognized and honored the lead donors who made the expansion possible. 


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