Thank you for helping us wrap over 1,500 gifts for the Oscar J. Tolmas Hanukkah Gift Program!!

Over 250 gifts packages will be shipped out in the coming weeks to children, families, and adults in residential facilities from across our service region.

Stay tuned, as there is more work to be done before we put a big bow on this year’s event.

Delivering Hanukkah Joy

Each year, 150-250 Jewish children and state hospital residents receive a package from JCRS that holds at least eight small gifts, one for each night of Hanukkah. The youths who receive these gifts are known to JCRS and, typically, are from lower-income families that are already enrolled in one or more of the JCRS scholarship programs. Some of the child recipients also have special needs, as do all of the Jewish adult state hospital residents who receive a package from JCRS.

Gift recipients live in all of the seven states served by JCRS.

TPlease contact Bonnie Lustig at 504-828-6334 for more information about the Hanukkah program, or email her at

Images from the Wrap-a-Thon