Interested in finding the best new places to meet young, professional Jews? Attend one of our Social events around the city to meet new people, enjoy a drink, and connect with your peers in a laid back and fun environment. Everyone is welcome, from singles to couples, those who are new to the area, or those who have been here their whole lives. JNOLA is here to bridge any gap in the Jewish community, no matter how many cocktails it takes!

If you have any questions or ideas for appropriate events, please email Tana Velen at

Past Events:

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Join JNOLA and Light It Up for a Chanukah party you won’t soon forget! Light it Up will be held at one of New Orleans’s most sought after new restaurants, Purloo, located in the revitalized OC Haley district (1504 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd). There will be delicious kosher-style hors d’oeuvres (including latkes with a southern twist!), options for those who keep strictly kosher, and signature drinks. The first drink is on us!

Additionally, we will be hosting a clothing drive for the Syrian refugee families who will be placed in New Orleans in the upcoming year. Everyone who brings in an item from the list below will get a second drink free!

Small appliances, new or gently used and clean bed and bath linens, bed pillows, dishes and kitchen items, new clothing, unused and new hygiene products like soap, shampoo, toothpaste , etc.

If you have any questions about the event or you would like to know more about how JNOLA is helping the Syrian refugees, please contact Tana Velen at



Kick off the (Jewish) New Year with JNOLA and join us on September 9 for our seventh annual Rosh Hashanah New Year’s Toast at Freret Street Publiq House (2528 Freret St.). Catch up with friends old and new over drinks and hor d’oeuvres, and help us honor and thank former JNOLA Co-Chairs, Ashley Merlin and Austin Marks for their leadership over the last two years!

Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and your first drink is on us!

Questions? Contact Melanie Waitzer at or call 504-780-5604



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Kickoff Summer with JNOLA at the Uptown JCC!

Not traveling to the beach for Labor Day? Splash into summer with JNOLA and the Jewish Community Center at our Saturday night poolside barbecue at the Uptown J (5342 St. Charles Ave.) on May 24 at 6:30 p.m. Don’t miss the opportunity to mix and mingle with your JNOLA friends over complimentary drinks and a kosher dinner.

There is no charge for this event.  


Enjoy mingling with singles and couples during JNOLA social events:


  • Annual Gala
  • Trivia Night012114jnola 079
  • Wine & Cheese Tasting
  • Roaming Happy Hours at local bars
  • Kicking for Kids Annual Kickball Tournament
  • Uptown Classic – 5K Run
  • Hornets games, Zephyrs games
  • Painting at Corks n Canvas
  • BBQ and After Hours Pool Parties
  • Rosh Hashanah New Year’s Toast
  • L’Chaim and Lo Mein: Chinese Food on Christmas Eve


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