Staff Spotlight: Ella Israeli

Published Wednesday, October 2, 2019

Get to know Ella Israeli, the new city director of Big Easy BBYO

Describe yourself in three words. 
Hard-working. Passionate. Curious

How long have you been with the JCC?
Three months. I worked at our summer camp in June and July as the Israeli Fun Specialist, and I started my current role one month ago. 

Describe what you do at the JCC.
I am our Big Easy BBYO City Director. BBYO, which stands for B’nai B’rith Youth Organization, is an international Jewish youth movement. I oversee our Big Easy chapter, which is one of the main teen offerings at the JCC. 

What do you love most about your job?
I love working with and getting to know our teens, especially getting to see them together and knowing how important BBYO is to them. The best part is that I get to help facilitate their development and their Jewish journeys. 

If you could swap places with one other person at the JCC for a day, who would you pick and why?
Good question...honestly, I wish I could have been a camper at the JCC! 

Where did you grow up?
Long Island, New York 

Tell us something about yourself that would surprise us.
I originally studied film in college. Through that, I was given the opportunity to be a student speaker at the RFK Center for Human Rights annual gala, where I got to introduce one of their honorees - Robert De Niro!  

Where do you like to take out-of-town visitors?
Bacchanal and Audubon Park. 

If you were a crayon, what color would you be?
Some type of yellow. 

What tops your bucket list?
Living in a place where I have easy access to mountains, skiing, and hiking! 

What are you currently reading?
“Education of an Idealist” by Samantha Power

Dogs or cats?
Obviously dogs! 

What is a cause/charity you are passionate about and why?
Outside of work, I do a lot of volunteering with the Sunrise Movement, a national youth-led movement that is addressing the climate crisis. I’m passionate about climate work because it is incredibly pressing, is connected to all other justice issues, and because I want a livable future for my generation and for generations to come.   

My phone is filled with pictures of:
My dog, nature, and friends. 

Who is your dream dinner guest and why?
My great grandfather who I never met. I’ve heard incredible stories about his life as a Holocaust survivor and would love the opportunity to get to talk to him in person. 

EVENTS
NEWS
FITNESS CLASSES

Contribute to the JCC's Kindness Wall

Help us celebrate Random Acts of Kindness Day by contributing to our Kindness Wall with an uplifting picture or message. Plus, download printable kindness-themed coloring sheets!

...

LimmudFest New Orleans Reconvenes March 20-22

The last time LimmudFest assembled in New Orleans in 2018, nearly 400 people participated in the weekend festival of Big Tent Jewish learning, arts, culture and spirituality. 

...

Nursery School Celebrates Tu B’shvat

To celebrate Tu B’shvat, the “birthday” of trees, each nursery school classroom created a tree using loose parts.

...

New Orleans JCC Hosts Annual Meeting and Awards

Read about the 2020 Annual Meeting and recipients of the John N. Weinstock Memorial Leadership Award and the Maurice Feingerts Memorial Leadership Award.

...

More News

Today's Upcoming Classes