November 18, 2020

To celebrate our congregation's 60th anniversary, we're creating a video featuring the children of Shir Chadash that will be played during the virtual Gala on January 31. We would love all of you to participate!

It will look a bit like this, but instead of a paper ball, the object will be a marker:

Parents, we are asking you to film your children catching a marker (from the right side of the screen), which they will then pretend to use on a posterboard. Your child will have already created a poster saying something like "We love you, Shir Chadash!" or "Mazel tov!" in big, clear letters - so the marker is just a prop! They will then toss the marker up to the left side of the screen.

No dialogue is necessary - we will overlay music.

Questions? Contact me or Cait Gladow (

Saturday, November 21 at 10:30am in the Sukkah Garden

Join us at Shir Chadash for an hour-long, outdoor, socially distanced, masked-up Shabbat service for families. We have space for 8 family pods, so <<register NOW>> to ensure your spot!
Havdalah on the Bayou

Come join us for a socially distanced, outdoor havdalah service at Bayou St. John, on the grassy patch near the corner of Toulouse and N. Jefferson Davis Parkway at 6 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 5th. This program is great for families!

Havdalah will start at 6:00. You may want to bring your own blankets, folding chairs, flashlights, and snacks. If you have a havdalah candle and spice box, bring those too!

Registration link (for Covid tracing purposes) coming soon.

-Sunday, December 6 at 4pm:
Special Chanukah Program for Kids lead by our 2020-2021 ISJL Fellow, Paige Beame

-Sunday, December 13 at 4pm: Chanukah Musical Program for Young Children
with Meryl Zimmerman
Zoom links coming soon!
Jewish Summer Camp Grants
Jewish Endowment Foundation of Louisiana

Maximum grant amount $1,500!
To meet the criteria for JEF funding, children must be:
  • First-time campers at a non-profit Jewish sleepaway camp like those named below. If your child’s camp is not on the approved list, it must provide JEF with proof of its nonprofit status;
  • Currently in grades 1 through 9;
  • Residents of Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Arkansas or the Florida Panhandle.

NEW FOR 2021: Minimum $550 grant for up to ten campers!
Eligibility and Grant Guidelines:
  • One parent must be Jewish AND the child(ren) must identify as Jewish.
  • Residing full-time in Louisiana, outside of a major metropolitan area (including the Greater New Orleans and Greater Baton Rouge areas) for the past year.
  • Entering grades one through 12 (after camp).
  • Attending a nonprofit, Jewish sleepaway camp.
  • One application must be submitted for each child.
  • Child(ren) may re-apply every year he/she is eligible.
  • Funding is limited and available on a first-come, first-serve basis.
  • Applications will be reviewed by a small group, including JEF staff, Board, and a representative of the Brooks family.
  • Funds will be paid directly to the camp.

Deadline to apply for both grants is March 31st, 2021.
Please spread the word to anyone you know who might be interested!
Prayer Practice Video of the Week:
Oseh Shalom

Each week, I'll post a new video of one of the prayers included in our Family Shabbat services. This week's video is Oseh Shalom, which you can find on page 166 of Siddur Lev Shalem. Happy practicing!