Member Programs



“The Mystique of Mah Jongg” Wednesday, April 28, 2021  7pm

The Mystique of Mah Jongg, the exotic game of tiles with bams, cracks, dots, dragons, winds, flowers, and the most coveted tile of all: the elusive joker, will be presented on Zoom by the National Council of Jewish Women (NCJW, GNO) on April 28, 7:00 pm.


Renee Zack, a member of NCJW, Greater New Orleans Section, for the past 44 years and a Mah Jongg teacher at the Uptown JCC, is the featured speaker.

According to NCJW Membership Vice President, Karen Sher, “This entertaining and educational program is designed to explain what it is about this more than two-centuries-old game first played in China that continues to fascinate and charm us.

“The plan is to engage Zoom participants in group discussion about their Mah Jongg experiences and to inform all on the joys and health benefits of Mah Jongg,”  Sher said. “Renee exudes warmth and friendliness.”

One of Zack’s students, NCJW member Patty Barnett, exclaimed enthusiastically, “Renee was a wonderful Mah Jongg teacher and she is the reason why I love Mah Jongg so much!”

Many Mah Jongg players are so committed to the game that they played together by Zoom during their Covid isolation.

Besides teaching Mah Jongg, Zack worked as a medical office manager for 35 years, and now has her own business called “Don’t Pay ‘til I Say.”



Dance/Yoga Zoom – An NCJW ‘Treat’ for Body and Soul

Dance therapy leaders, Rabbi Deborah Silver of Shir Chadash Conservative Congregation, a certified yoga instructor, and Susan Jane Kierr, board certified dance/movement therapist, provided a relaxing, uplifting Dance Therapy & Yoga Class via Zoom .

Rabbi Silver and Kierr  offered easy but exciting movement opportunities designed to lighten one’s load and send one’s spirits soaring! Thank you Rabbi Silver and Susan for a wonderful experience.



Zoom Pre-Passover Art Project for Grandmothers “Miriam’s Tambourine of Hope”

NCJW, Greater New Orleans Section, along with co-sponsors the Bubbe Club and the Jewish Community Day School (JCDS),  presented a pre-Passover creative art project via Zoom for grandparents and special friends.

Thank you to JCDS Art Teacher Abby Wetsman, who taught attendees how to create “Miriam’s Tambourine of Hope.” Wetsman explained how to adapt the project to different ages and skill levels.

The Bubbe Club was founded by Carol Newman and Cathy Bart to share resources with Jewish grandparents.