Note:For Fox8 Defenders questions and concerns,
 please contact us at 877-670-6397 only. Do not call our local office.


Learning to Lead: NCJW Way

Amazing Opportunity for Progressive Women's Leadership Training!

NCJW Way is a nationally recognized leadership training program for women interested in NCJW's brand of advocacy and community involvement.

6 women will be chosen from the New Orleans community to participate in this year-long program. Components include:

*Monthly seminars focusing on elements of NCJW's history, mission, and impact on the community

*A trip to Washington, DC for NCJW's Washington Institute, a fantastic policy conference March 13-15, 2016

*Opportunity to develop a service project or initiative to benefit the community

*Opportunity for service on NCJW's Board of Directors

Objective:  To inspire and inform future leaders of NCJW using a three pronged approach education, service and leadership training.
Qualifications for participants:
Current or new member of NCJW, Greater New Orleans Section
Interest in working to achieve mission of NCJW
Ability to work well with others
Commitment to stay in New Orleans area
Expectations for participants:
Attend local NCJW crash course (six seminars)
Attend two general meetings
Participate in a service project organized by the NCJW WAY group 
Attend Washington Institute March 13 to 15, 2016
Commit to a 2-year term of board service following participation in NCJW WAY

Application for Participation in NCJW WAY

Name: __________________________________________________________
Address: _________________________________________________________
Phone: __________________________________________________________
Email: ___________________________________________________________
Nominated By (Self Nominations Encouraged)____________________________
Current Member (yes or no):__________________________________________
Attach Bio or Reason For Recommendation on a separate page.  Not to exceed one page.

Return by July 20, 2015 to: Madalyn Schenk, 

600 Port of New Orleans Pl. #8G, New Orleans, LA 70130 



Join the Jewish Community for 
Katrina 10-Year-Commemoration Service Project

The Jewish community of Greater New Orleans is organizing a mitzvah day on Sunday, August 9

to commemorate ten years of rebuilding since Hurricane Katrina. 

This day, "TikkuNOLAm," will involve us working in partnership

with the St. Bernard Project to rebuild several houses in Orleans Parish.

We will work from 8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. and breakfast, lunch, water and snacks 

will be provided throughout the day. 
Want to sign up to volunteer?

Click here

Be sure to scroll down to the 'jewnola' sign up rather than the 48 hour build sign up at the top.
Questions? Contact Tana Velen at or at 504-780-5628. 


Want to know what's happening during the current legislative session 

at the Louisiana State Capitol ?

With just a couple weeks left this legislative session, 

find out about how our lawmakers are working for women and families and how they aren't.

Click here for the June 2015 Update

Click here for the May 4 Update


Congratulations to our 2015-2016 Board

led by new President Susan Kierr!

Thank you to our outgoing 2014-2015 Board!

Many thanks also to our dynamic speaker

 Barri Bronston

Author of "Walking New Orleans"

for her informative discussion.



Promoting a Fair Federal Judiciary


Urban League of Greater New Orleans, League of Women Voters of New Orleans, 

Greater New Orleans Chapter of the National Coalition of 100 Black Women,

and Total Community Action, Inc.
 presented the program 



Thank you to our
Guest Speakers:

Dale Ho

Director, Voting Rights Project

American Civil Liberties Union

Ellen Buchman

Vice President, Field Operations

Leadership Conference on Civil & Human Rights 

*Louisiana Courts Matter supporting organizations: American Association of University Women, Anti-Defamation League, Equality Louisiana, Forum for Equality, Independent Women’s Organization, Law Students for Reproductive Justice, League of Women Voters, Louisiana Progress, National Council of Jewish Women, National Organization for Women, New Orleans Abortion Fund, U U Voices for Reproductive Freedom.

Special thanks to the National Council of Jewish Women Benchmark 

for on-going support, leadership and resources.


Moving the Ball Forward 

(An ongoing series of discussions about social justice issues in our community)

                                                            Summary of 2014-15 Series

#1 Roots, Causes and Answers for Public Safety in New Orleans

Heather Kouts , President of the Females Association of NOPD officers
Denese Shervington , President of Institute of Women and Ethnic Studies
Tamara Jackson , Executive Director for Silence is Violence

With moderator Simone Levine,
Deputy Monitor at the Office of the Independent Police Monitor

#2 Addressing Reproductive Health, Policy and
Justice in Louisiana

Our panel:
Ellie Schilling, Attorney

Dr. Julie Finger, Physician of Adolescent Pediatrics

Elizabeth Wagner, President of Tulane Law Students of Reproductive Justice

with moderator Michelle Erenberg, NCJW Louisiana State Policy Advocacy Chair

#3 Mass Incarceration and Its Effects on Society

Our Panel:

Gina Womack, Executive Director, Families and Friends of Louisiana's Incarcerated Children
Adrienne Wheeler, Director of Law and Policy, Justice and Accountability Center of Louisiana
Mercedes Montagnes, Deputy Director, Promise of Justice Initiative

Thank you to all our dedicated advocates for social justice for their participation throughout the year!

For more information,please contact Michelle Erenberg, VP Education

at  504-451-8489 or


Fox 8 and NCJW Fox Defenders Win 2015 Murrow Award

NCJW's FOX 8 DEFENDERS and Shelley Brown have been awarded a Regional Edward R. Murrow Award for the ongoing series with the "Bad Buses" about corrupt car service companies.

The Radio Television Digital News Association has been honoring outstanding achievements in electronic journalism with the Edward R. Murrow Awards since 1971. Murrow’s pursuit of excellence in journalism embodies the spirit of the awards that carry his name. Murrow Award recipients demonstrate the excellence that Edward R. Murrow made a standard for the electronic news profession. Learn more about Edward R. Murrow from a CBS profile and read about his most famous speech.

Through Fox 8 Defenders, NCJW volunteers assist individuals with consumer problems by answering questions and finding solutions. A brochure of  recommendations for common consumer issues has been developed and is available. This award is a great honor for all the volunteers and for founder, Babs Isaacson, who led the Fox 8 Defender volunteers for many years and who passed away this year.



NCJW Greater New Orleans Section is pleased to have been a part of the second annual
community wide Greater New Orleans Foundations's GiveNOLA Day. The event was a huge success.

Thank you for your continued support of NCJW and our programs.


March Pre Legislative Session Newsletter

To view our Pre Legislative session newsletter, please click here.

For more information on our advocacy efforts,
please see our advocates website
click here


Our Annual Fundraiser

“Puttin' on the Glitz...

A Gem of a Party”


Joan S. Berenson, Celia Katz, Flo Schornstein, Sara Stone

Greater New Orleans Section’s Honorary Vice-Presidents

was a huge success!

Thank you to Co-chairs Betty Kohn and Loel Weil Samuel and
their fabulous committee for making it such a fun and meaningful event.

Special thanks to our Underwriters, Patrons and Auction Donors
For a full list of our auction donors, please see our Events page

 ◊ Betty and Ira Kohn Foundation ◊
◊ Linda and Richard Friedman ◊
◊ Joan and Dr. Gerald Berenson ◊
 ◊  First NBC ◊ Kim Glazer Goldberg/ Jerome S. Glazer Foundation ◊
Mr. and Mrs. Wilfred M. Kullman, Jr. ◊ Whitney Bank ◊

NCJW also wishes to thank…
Ambrose Garden ~  Linda and Richard Friedman ~ Hilton New Orleans Riverside and staff ~ Millie and Robert Kohn ~ Maple Street Patisserie ~ Michael Maples Photography
Honoree gifts created by Andrew Jackson Pollack


To find out how you can take action this month
with our activities for
Reproductive Justice,
please click here



NCJW congratulates
 Julie Schwam Harris
 Hannah G. Solomon Award Recipient for 2015!


To read our latest bulletin please click below
May 2015 Bulletin

December 2014 Bulletin

Advocacy Newsletter Election Edition
To open the special Election Edition Newsletter, click here

For more information visit


FOX 8 Defenders Program Offers Consumer Suggestions

It is with sadness that we mourn the recent passing of Babs Isaacson. Babs was a Past President of our Section, a recipient of both the Hannah Solomon Award and the Harold Salmon Award, and founder and  Chair of the Fox 8 Defenders program.  For a beautiful tribute to Babs prepared by Fox 8,
please click here

Our volunteers with the  Fox 8 Defenders program assist  individuals with
consumer problems by  answering questions and finding solutions.

A brochure of  recommendations for
common consumer issues  has been developed and is available.
To download a printable brochure, click here  


Our Advocacy Newsletter!

For previous issues, please see our advocacy page

Thank you to Education VP Michelle Erenberg for her work developing this newsletter.
To receive the newsletter by email, please contact Michelle at
(504) 451-8489


NCJW  Office Hours 

The new schedule for the NCJW office is Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. The hours will remain the same - 8am to 3:30pm. If you need to drop off something small that will slip under the door, you may do that at any time that the building is open, 8am to 5pm Monday through Friday.

If you  would like to make a donation to NCJW online 

through paypal please click donate below, 


The new 2014-17 NCJW Resolutions, approved at the NCJW Inc. Convention 

in March, are now available.

Please click here to see them