About Us

JNOLA: Your Hub for Next Gen Jewish Life serves the Jewish Next Gen community in New Orleans (ages 21-45) through a variety of programming including social engagement, professional networking, cultural, educational and service opportunities, and development and philanthropy.

JNOLA was established by a joint collaboration of former programs: The Jewish Federation of Greater New Orleans’ Young Adult Division (YAD), Jewish Newcomers Program, J-Grad Student Retention Program, and the Jewish Community Center’s (JCC) Young Jews of the Crescent City (YJCC).

Our Mission

JNOLA seeks to attract and engage an active young professional Jewish community in the Greater New Orleans area and develop Jewish participants and leaders. We provide the next generation with opportunities for professional networking, community service, educational and social engagement while celebrating our Jewish identity, unique traditions, and the future of Jewish New Orleans.

Meet the JNOLA Staff

Tana Velen, NextGen & Programming Manager – tana@jewishnola.com | 504.780.5628


JNOLA is the NextGen program of the Jewish Federation of Greater New Orleans, and is generously sponsored by the Oscar J. Tolmas Charitable Trust