AVODAH The Jewish Service Corps - New Orleans

Avodah strengthens the Jewish community’s fight against the causes and effects of poverty in the United States. It does this by engaging participants in service and community building that inspires them to become lifelong leaders for social change and whose work for justice is rooted in and nourished by Jewish values.

Everything that Avodah does is rooted in a rich relationship with Judaism, drawing inspiration from sacred text, nourishing spirits by the power of Jewish celebration and community. Read about the Jewish values that guide Avodah's work.

For almost 20 years, its been inspiring Jewish leaders to commit to a life of social change, promoting a vision of Jewish life rooted in justice, and engaging the broader Jewish community in some of the most pressing issues facing our country at a local and national level. Here’s how they make it happen.


Jewish Community Center - New Orleans

The New Orleans Jewish Community Center is a state-of-the-art fitness center and pool, a pillar of New Orleans early childhood education, a fun-filled summer day camp and so much more. It is a place for adults to take an exercise class, an art class, or dance class. A place for children and teens to experience learning through enrichment classes, sports leagues, family activities, and summer camps. The JCC is a Jewish place, built on Jewish values.

Jewish Federation of Greater New Orleans

The Jewish Federation of Greater New Orleans serves as the central coordinating body for the Jewish community. Its purpose is to build and sustain a vibrant Jewish community in the Greater New Orleans area and, in accordance with Jewish tradition, to assure the continuity of the Jewish people in America, Israel, and throughout the Diaspora.

Jewish Children's Regional Services

JCRS is a social work agency and charitable fund that serves Jewish children and young adults living in seven southern states (Louisiana, Texas, Alabama, Mississippi, Arkansas, Oklahoma and Tennessee. It provides scholarships for overnight camp, college, and special needs. JCRS conducts adoptive home studies and consults on problems related to the development and needs of children. It also provides gifts and cards to needy Jewish children during Jewish holidays. LCRS often serves as the agency of last resort when it comes to providing funds needed by Jewish Children. 

Anti Defamation League (ADL) Overview

Founded in 1913, the ADL is the oldest organization dedicated to combating Anti- Semitism and bigotry. The ADL monitors and combats individual manifestations of anti-Semitism, especially serious crimes such as bombings, arson, and cemetery desecrations. It also monitors the activities of extremist groups and educates the public about anti-Semitism, extremism, the Holocaust and the Arab Israel conflict. Serving as a national organization, there is a regional office in New Orleans.

Institute of Southern Jewish Life Overview

The Goldring/Woldenberg Institute of Southern Jewish Life (ISJL) is a private, not-for-profit corporation. It is dedicated to providing educational and rabbinic services to isolated Jewish communities, documenting and preserving the rich history of the Southern Jewish experience, and promoting a Jewish cultural presence throughout a thirteen-state region.