On Sunday, December 11, 2023, Jewish Children’s Regional Service (JCRS) hosted the return of its 8th annual community-wide Hanukkah party, “Latkes with a Twist” at Press Street Station at NOCCA in the Faubourg Marigny.

More than 200 party-goers attended the SOLD-OUT event that The Washington Post has listed as one of the Top 10 Hanukkah parties in the US!

Dan Stein of Stein’s Deli and Market and Chef Dan Esses of Rimon at Hillel of Tulane University fed the hungry guests Everything Latkes with smoked salmon and the fixings, Reuben Latkes with corned beef and sauerkraut, and Traditional Latkes with sour cream and apple sauce. Chef Orit Naghi of Mardi Gras Zone added to the dessert selections with an assortment of sufganiyot, jelly filled doughnuts.

Sher Garner Law Firm sponsored the Latke Bar and JNOLA was a Community Partner.

Libations were courtesy of Sazerac Brands and Zony Mash Beer Project.

Grammy-nominated drummer Joe Gelini (Cha Wa) and his trio provided the live music.

A terrific silent auction with courtside Pelicans tickets, restaurant gift cards (Rosedale, Ruth’s Chris, Saba, and Emeril’s), concert tickets (Rebirth Brass Band, Elle King, Louis Black and Preservation Hall), original artwork by Rob Steinberg, and lots more rounded out the evening.


Great photos from Where Y’at of the 6th Annual Latkes with a Twist and by The Times Picayune.

Washington Post declared Latkes with a Twist to be one of America’s most amazing Hanukkah Parties!

If you are interested in becoming a sponsor for next year’s Latkes with a Twist, please contact Mark Rubin at Mark@jcrs.org.

Jewish Children's Regional Service

We would like to thank our Latke Sponsors

Images from Latkes with a Twist