About Us

The Jewish Federation of Greater Baton Rouge is the center of Jewish philanthropy and volunteerism in Baton Rouge and surrounding areas. The Jewish Federation of Greater Baton Rouge is a person-to-person, community-driven organization dedicated to the health, education, and spiritual and cultural identity of Jewish people worldwide.

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Partner Organizations

We work to ensure a Jewish future by supporting partner organizations. As our services expand, we maintain our strong level of support to many local and regional Jewish organizations. Some of these organizations include:

  • Henry S. Jacobs Camp
  • Camp Dream Street
  • Religious schools at Beth Shalom Synagogue, Congregation B’nai Israel and Temple Shalom (Lafayette)
  • Hillel at Louisiana State University
  • The Anti-Defamation League
  • The Jewish National Fund


Board of Directors

  • Silvia Dewitt, President
  • Jack Issacs, Vice-President
  • Joe Alton, Treasurer
  • Diane Dean, Secretary

Board Members

  • Andy Blumberg
  • James Bullman
  • Ara Rubyan
  • Sue Freedman
  • Jill Roby Pike
  • Michael Tepper
  • Shelly Mullenix
  • Gail Sherman
  • Melissa Samuels
  • Hilary Shaw
  • Shelli Feist
  • Josh Burton

Synagogue Representatives

  • Lynn Kober
  • Jay Jalenak
  • Mushka Kazen


  • Rabbi Jordan Goldson
  • Rabbi Natan Trief
  • Rabbi Peretz Kazen

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Our Staff

Executive Director

Ellen Sager

Phone: (225) 379-7393

Email: Ellen.Sager@jewishbr.org

Mailing Address

4845 Jamestown Avenue, Ste 210

Baton Rouge, LA 70808


Hours of Operation

Monday, Tuesday, Thursday & Friday: 9:00 am – 2:00 pm

Closed on Wednesdays

By Appointment Only