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


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

at the Louisiana State Capitol ?

Click here for the May 4 Update


Let’s install our 2015-2016 Board

and say Merci to our 2014-2015 Board!

NCJW Closing Luncheon and Installation

Incoming NCJW New Orleans Board President, Susan Kierr

Featuring: Barri Bronston*

Author of "Walking New Orleans"

Sunday, June 7, 2015

11:30 — 1:30

The Flaming Torch Restaurant

737 Octavia St., NOLA 70115

$20/per person


RSVP by June 1 to:

NCJW, 6221 S. Claiborne, Ste. 208, NOLA, 70125

or online at paypal

Reservations June 2015 Closing Installation Lunch
*Barri Bronston, a long- time member of NCJW, spent over 30 years 

as a staff writer at The Times-Picayune (TP) in New Orleans before making the switch to 

public relations in 2012. During her time at the TP, Bronston won awards from the Associated Press,

the Louisiana Press Association and the New Orleans Press Club, and in 2006, 

she shared in the Pulitzer Prize for Public Service for coverage of Hurricane Katrina 

and its aftermath.  Currently, Bronston is assistant director of public relations

at Tulane University, where she writes for the daily online news magazine, 

New Wave, as well as Tulane Medicine magazine.  Her book “Walking New Orleans,”

(Wilderness Press, 2015), features 30 self-guided tours ranging from majestic 

St. Charles Avenue and funky Magazine Street to Bywater and Faubourg Marigny,

two of the city’s trendiest neighborhoods.


Jewish Women's Archive {  Sharing Stories
                                                        Inspiring Change    

10 Years Later: A Celebration of Community 

and Jewish Women's Leadership


During Hurricane Katrina and its aftermath, Jewish women in New Orleans played key leadership roles

in many communal institutions, marshaling their networks for disaster relief and recovery.

On June 16, 2015, join Jewish Women’s Archive Executive Director Judith Rosenbaum

and oral historian Rosalind Hinton for a lively conversation and panel discussion with Michelle Erenberg, Deena Gerber, Leanne Opotowsky Moses, Sarah Rivkin, and Roselle Ungar. They will explore the impact of women’s leadership during the hurricane and beyond, and assess the state of Jewish women’s leadership in New Orleans today.

The event is co-sponsored by JWA, Hadassah, and the National Council of Jewish Women

 in commemoration of the tenth anniversary of Hurricane Katrina.

There will be a screening of excerpts from the Jewish Women’s Archive’s Katrina’s Jewish Voices oral history collection.

The program is $10 per person. Please register by clicking here.

A Celebration of Community and Jewish Women's Leadership
Tuesday, June 16, 2015
5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
Touro Synagogue
4238 St. Charles Avenue, New Orleans, LA 70115
Registration: $10 per person
Dietary laws observed; light refreshments served


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.

May 19, 2015 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)

Mass Incarceration and Its Effects on Society

Thank you for all participants in this event.

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


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 ~ Diane and Alan Franco ~  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

                                                Moving the Ball Forward:
Addressing Reproductive Health, Policy and
Justice in Louisiana

Thank you to New Orleans' most dedicated advocates

for social justice for their presentation.

Our panel  included:
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


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



To read our latest bulletin please click below

December 2014 Bulletin

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

For more information visit


                        Moving the Ball Forward

                    Roots Causes and Answers for

                    Public Safety in New Orleans

Thank you to all who participated in Moving the Ball Forward -

 A new panel series celebrating
New Orleans' most dedicated advocates for social justice.

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

For more information,please contact Michelle Erenberg, VP Education

at  504-451-8489 or

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