Created by the Harold Grinspoon Foundation, PJ (for pajama) LIBRARY® provides a treasury of FREE Jewish books to children birth through eight years. For ages nine through 12, there is PJ Our Way. The books are specially selected by childhood experts. They are highly engaging, beautifully illustrated, and age-specific. Once you enroll, a free selection arrives in the mail every month for each child in your family to enjoy.
Jewish parents of children from birth to age eight in North Louisiana can sign up for PJ Library here (with our state partner, Jewish Children's Regional Service) and at PJ Our Way for ages nine to twelve.
The North Louisiana Jewish Federation is pleased to offer a Scholarship Program designed to promote attendance at overnight Jewish camp and Israel programs, which have been proven to support Jewish identity and continuity. The scholarships are made available through the generosity of several funds, including the Gilbert Fund and the Betsy and Michael Levy Fund for Henry S. Jacobs Camp. More information can be found here.
The Scholarship Program application can be found here.
In the Monroe area, funds are available for Jewish students at Louisiana Tech, ULM, and other undergraduate and graduate programs in Northeast Louisiana to attend events at B'nai Israel. Please call B'nai Israel at 318-387-0730 for more information.
In the Shreveport area, there are monthly Shabbat dinners for Jewish and Jewish-adjacent individuals ages 21 to 40(ish). Please call the Federation office at 318-868-1200 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
For Rosh Hashanah and Passover, the North Louisiana delivers holiday gift bags to Jewish individuals who are homebound or living in residential or memory facilities. If you know someone who is an appropriate recipient, please call the Federation office at 318-868-1200 or email email@example.com.
For individuals in the Shreveport area needing support services, we partner with Home Instead to provide in-home senior care services on a sliding scale. For more information, see our Assistance page.
For more information on our programs, contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Since 1982, the Federation has sponsored a day camp in Shreveport for children ages of 3 and older. Check the calendar for details for this coming summer!
We bring films of Jewish interest to our region that might not normally be shown here. In addition to film screenings, events will sometimes include panel discussions and lectures by individuals connected to the films.
Fun is an important component in our communities! Look for social events on the calendar - from weekly mah jong to bowling and outdoor activities, we aim to bring fun to all ages!
Holidays provide our community with the opportunity to come together to celebrate the rich traditions and customs of our Jewish heritage. Each of the Jewish holidays carries its own customs and traditions regarding the celebration of the event, and there is something to fit the different observances of any Jew wanting to celebrate a holiday in our community. It has been the tradition for many years for the Federation to host community-wide celebrations for Hanukah and Purim in Shreveport.
Religious Schools - The Federation supports the educational efforts of all three congregations. In Shreveport, there is a combined congregational school, and B’nai Israel in Monroe has its own school. One of the Federation’s regional partners is the ISJL, and sending clergy and teachers to attend the annual ISJL Conference has been a priority for many years.
Scholars in Residence and other Educational Events - We work with local, regional, and national partners to provide quality educational experiences for a variety of interests and age groups. Recent events have included authors, artists, comedians and academics.
Since 1984, a coalition of community partners in Northwest Louisiana have held a remembrance service for victims of the Holocaust. Through our remembering and active cooperation, we strive to obliterate injustice.
Throughout Caddo and Bossier schools, students are given the option to participate in the Holocaust Remembrance Literary and Arts Competition. Students learn about the Holocaust, and produce poems, stories, essays, or musical compositions.
For more information, please visit the Holocaust Remembrance website.