Jewish Louisiana

The Jewish presence in northwest Louisiana predates the establishment of Shreveport in 1836. From the very beginning, Jews have been part of the city's civic, social, and mercantile life. Pioneer settlers began holding services in private homes in the 1840s, and by 1858 the community was sufficiently large enough to consecrate a Jewish cemetery and the first Jewish benevolent association, a forerunner of today's North Louisiana Jewish Federation. In 1859 the first congregation was founded.

Today there are two congregations in Shreveport and one in Monroe.

There is also a local Hadassah chapter, and the Fred Sklar Jewish War Veterans Post. The Federation's service areas and approximate Jewish population of each are: Shreveport/Bossier City metropolitan area: 400 Monroe/Ruston metropolitan area: 80

Congregations

Scholarships and Subsidies

We achieve our mission primarily through two means: Giving and Programming.

To apply for any of the scholarships or subsidies, please email or mail a letter of request to the Executive Director. There are four primary categories in which we prioritize our financial giving:

Allocations

The North Louisiana Jewish Federation provides allocations to organizations in Israel, the Jewish congregations in our area, and other Jewish organizations throughout the state, region, country, and world.

Community Assistance

The North Louisiana Jewish Federation provides assistance to local individuals and families in need, on a case by case basis. To apply for assistance, please email or mail a letter of request to the Federation. Requests will be reviewed by the Executive Board of the Federation with the utmost discretion.

Camp Scholarships

The Federation also provides scholarships for Camp Chai and regional Jewish Summer Camps with the following guidelines:

  • On a need basis
  • To students from pre-school through high school who reside in the area serviced by the Federation
  • Whose parents or guardians are contributing members of the Federation
  • With award amounts to be decided by the Executive Board of the Federation
Israel Trips

The Federation also subsidizes community trips to Israel with the following guidelines:

  • To contributing members of the Federation
  • With award amounts to be decided by the Executive Board of the Federation

Annual Programs