The Latest News and Updates from Jewish Children's Regional Service.

  • Jewish Roots: Past, Present and Future

    November 1st, 2016  

    Please join us on April 1, 2017 for our Jewish Roots: Past, Present & Future Gala at the Hyatt Regency New Orleans located at 601 Loyola Avenue.


    Patron tickets and reserved seating are now available.


    The gala will feature a cocktail reception and seated dinner, and will honor the many JCRS former Presidents and Scholarship Committee Chairpersons for their superb leadership of the organization. The evening will also feature moving testimonials from JCRS “Success Stories”, entertainment from the NOCCA Jazz Ensemble and a silent auction featuring once-in-a-lifetime vacations and more.

    This will be the 6th Jewish Roots event and we are proud that it has become the largest community-wide Jewish gathering in New Orleans with nearly 500 people from New Orleans and the surrounding 7 states we serve.

    Reserved tables and high profile sponsorships are available. Patron tickets start at $250 per person. To learn more about the event or to purchase tickets by phone, call the office at (504)828-6334.






  • Annual Oscar J. Tolmas Hanukkah Gift Program

    August 14th, 2016  

    September 25, 2016 at the Goldring/Woldenberg Campus from 9 AM to 4 PM.

    Call 504-828-6334 or email bonnie@jcrs.org for details.

  • Video and text from Marlene Trestman’s two presentations in New Orleans the weekend of March 5-6, 2016

    February 23rd, 2016  

    Marlene’s stirring address at the March 5 , JCRS Gala, at which she was honored. Marlene discusses how JCRS and other organizations in New Orleans played key roles in her childhood and the childhood of her brother, Bob.

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  • Hanukkah 2015

    September 28th, 2015  

    With the help of many volunteers and the Oscar J. Tolmas Charitable Trust,  over 200 Hanukkah gift bags (over 1,500 individual gifts) were wrapped and sent to children and adults throughout our region!


    Here is one thank you letter received already:


    Dear everyone: (Received November 23, 2015)

    The package of Hanukkah gifts arrived yesterday when my daughter happened to be home from school and she was so delighted. We are not going to open the (wrapped) gifts until Hanukkah, of course, but she was treated to the unwrapped stuffed animal and Maccabees board game. Please find her enclosed, colored thank-you (note.)
    The gifts and hand-written note are a special blessing when our family is under such challenging times. Thank you so much for sharing your light during this holiday season with us. I can see the light in my daughter’s eyes when she unwraps gifts every year from you.

    Thank you, thank you.
    Grateful Mother



    Photos from the  2015 Wrap-a-thon


  • Hanukkah Gift Program Receives Major Sponsor

    April 30th, 2015  
    Oscar J. Tolmas (1920-2013)

    Oscar J. Tolmas (1920-2013)

    For 2015, and beyond, the Hanukkah Gift Program of the Jewish Children’s Regional Service, which provides holiday gifts to the neediest and easiest overlooked Jewish children residing in the seven–state service district of the agency, will now have its major expenses underwritten by a generous grant from the Oscar J. Tolmas Charitable Trust.


    The Hanukkah Gift Program, which is entering its eighteenth year of operations, at the 160 year-old children’s agency, currently serves approximately 200 Jewish minors and residents of state institutions. Each recipient receives eight small gifts, one for each night of Hanukkah. Thousands of gifts are annually wrapped by hundreds of volunteers. Before Hanukkah, gift boxes are shipped to the homes of families and to state institutions, while other packages of gifts are delivered by volunteers or picked up at the JCRS offices.


    “We are quite pleased to be able to honor the memory and charitable interests of the late Oscar J. Tolmas by underwriting the costs of valuable programs such as this,” explained Trustees Vince Giardina and Lisa Romano. “Oscar Tolmas wanted his legacy to serve those with the greatest of needs, and these individuals, like our veterans, need to be remembered and served. ”


    OTcharitabletrustThe generous grant to the JCRS Hanukkah Gift Program was one of three grants made by the Tolmas Trust to the major programs to the agency, which is headquartered in New Orleans, and serves as the oldest Jewish children’s agency in the United States. New, permanent scholarship funds at JCRS have now been established in the name of Oscar J. Tolmas in the Special Needs Program and in the Education Program. The special needs program is a unique service, which underwrites the care and treatment of the most developmentally challenged and dependent Jewish youth in the region. The education program provides financial assistance to Jewish undergraduate college students from the region. In each of these programs, awards to youth are based on documented financial need.


    Oscar Judah Tolmas died December 2, 2013, at the age of 93. The New Orleans native served as a Naval Officer during World War II. Upon discharge, he pursued several career paths, including law, real estate development, and horse racing. He served for several years on the LA State Racing Commission and as Chairman for four years in the early 90s. In 2013, he was honored by the Louisiana Bar Association as a 70-year member, having graduated in 1943 from Tulane University Law School.


    The Jewish Children’s Regional Service is the only regional Jewish children’s agency in the United States. The organization was created in New Orleans in 1855, in response to the periodic, local yellow fever epidemics, and it served as the first home in the US for Jewish widows and orphans. For the last seventy years, JCRS has operated as a social service agency for Jewish children and youth, and it annually provides needs-based scholarships to over 500 Jewish youth for special needs, college aid, and the overnight camp experience. Through various outreach programs, including the Hanukkah Gift Program, JCRS serves another 1,000 Jewish youth annually.


    “If one sees the notes, emails and letters of gratitude that JCRS receives throughout the year, the reader would get a sense of the impact that JCRS makes on the lives of children and youth,” explained JCRS executive director, Ned Goldberg. “Many of the kids we serve have physical, educational, or emotional challenges, while others have families that have suffered through significant turmoil. The job of our staff is not only to help youth by providing guidance and scholarship opportunities, but it is also to provide the message to the parents and children that they are not forgotten by the Jewish community. These generous grants from the Oscar J. Tolmas Charitable Trust go a long way in transmitting that exact message, while fulfilling the ideals that Oscar stood for, “Goldberg added.


    If you are in need of service from JCRS; would like to learn more about its programs, client profiles , or success stories; or have an interest in honoring or memorializing a family member, please contact the office at 1-800-729-5277 or write to JCRS, P.O. Box 7368, Metairie , LA 70010.