About

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. For more information about the congregations, click on these links:
B'nai Zion Congregation in Shreveport, Louisiana
Agudath Achim Synagogue in Shreveport, Louisiana
Temple B'nai Israel in Monroe, Louisiana

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

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

Scholarships and Subsidies

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:

1. 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.
2. 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.
3. 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
4. Israel Trips:
The Federation also subsidizes 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

Programs

Camp Chai:
For two weeks every summer, the Federation sponsors a Jewish day camp for children between the ages of 3 and 10. Older youth serve as counselors.
Hanukah Party:
The Federation sponsors an annual community-wide Hanukah party at which latkes are served. Attendees are encouraged to play the dreidel game and to display their menorahs.
Purim Carnival:
The Federation sponsors a community-wide Purim Carnival every year. All are encouraged to attend in costume. Lunch and hamentaschen are provided.
Holocaust Remembrance:
Since 1984, the Federation has sponsored an annual interfaith service in remembrance of the Holocaust, featuring an address by a keynote speaker or a musical presentation. The Federation also sponsors an annual Holocaust Literary Contest for Middle and High School students. Visit the website for more details.
Jewish Film Series:
In conjunction with the Robinson Film Center, the Federation sponsors a film festival in order to bring to the region films of Jewish interest that might not normally be shown here.
World Religion Day:
The Federation partners with B'nai Zion and Agudath Achim to staff the "Judaism" booth at the annual World Religion Day. Visit the website for more details.
Annual Meeting:
As a non-profit organization, the Federation holds an annual meeting. Outgoing Board members are thanked for their service, and new Board members are installed.