Jewish Roots: Past, Present & Future

The Jewish Children’s Regional Service (JCRS) held its “Jewish Roots: Past, Present & Future” Gala on April 1, 2017 at the Hyatt Regency and carried its theme throughout the night’s festivities by highlighting New Orleans’s culinary institutions past and present by partnering with Creole Cuisine Restaurant Concepts. 

The Gala honored all of its former Presidents and Scholarship Committee Chairs for their leadership and dedication to bettering the lives of Jewish children throughout the South. New Orleans native, Amanda Abrams, Chief Program & Innovation Officer at the Marcus Jewish Community Center of Atlanta, and a JCRS past camp and college aid recipient, shared her personal journey to JCRS “success story” status during a brief program. Entertainment was provided by the NOCCA Jazz Ensemble. The Gala Chair was Sheila Gold along with Vice-Chairs Ellen Balkin, Tracey Dodd, Laura Glazer, Amy Gainsburgh Haspel, and Hallie Timm.

Creole Cuisine Restaurant Concepts (CCRC) presented the entire menu to the more than 350 attendees at the cocktail reception and throughout a three-course dinner from many of its upscale establishments – Broussard’s, The Bombay Club, Tommy’s Cuisine, Kingfish Kitchen and Cocktails, and special event venue, Marché. Dinner included Roasted Duck and Strawberry Salad, Creole Seared Amberjack, Braised Beef Brisket and a Chocolate Challah Bread Pudding.

Marv Ammari, CCRC CEO, said “We are thrilled to partner with such a fantastic organization as JCRS. Our family of restaurants, like JCRS and its Jewish Children’s Home, share in the history and future of the New Orleans community. We are continuing to grow and expand as JCRS also continues to add new programs and reach more and more of the communities in which we live.”

JCRS dates back to 1855 and the Jewish Orphans Home in Uptown New Orleans and whose history includes the creation of Newman School. Today, JCRS provides needs-based scholarships, support and services to Jewish youth in the form of college aid, Jewish summer camp grants, and assistance to children with special needs. In 2016, JCRS reached more than 1600 youth across seven mid-South states – a new service record!

If you would like to be part of

next year’s gala,

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Images from the Jewish Roots Annual Gala