The local work of the Federation tends to the specific needs of our local Jewish community. The Federation serves as a center for Jewish resources for all stages and areas of life. This can most easily be used through our Community Resources page.
Holocaust & Tolerance Education Program
Every year, the Baton Rouge Jewish Film Festival (in association with the Jewish Federation of Greater Baton Rouge) underwrites Holocaust educational programs specifically for teachers in the region. We make it possible for deserving teachers to attend the Belfer National Conference for Educators in Washington, D.C., held at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in July of each year.
Funded by a grant from the Belfer Foundation, this conference is designed for middle and high school, community college and university educators with five or less years of experience teaching Holocaust education.
At the Belfer Conference, museum educators and scholars share rationales, strategies, and approaches for presenting the complex subject of the Holocaust to students. Participants hear survivor testimonies and have extensive time to view the Museum’s Permanent Exhibition, Remember the Children: Daniel’s Story, and other special exhibitions and to use the interactive computers in the Wexner Learning Center. Seminar sessions emphasize planning and implementing units of study for Holocaust education in middle and high schools. Teachers who complete the program receive a set of educational materials and a voucher worth $100 to purchase Holocaust-related resources in the Museum Shop. This conference is FREE and registration is on a first come, first served basis.
Congregation B'nai Israel and Beth Shalom Synagogue Religious School
The Federation provides funding for joint religious school events as well as for teacher development.