Jewish Federation of Greater Baton Rouge

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Mission Statement
The Jewish Federation of Greater Baton Rouge is the center of Jewish philanthropy and volunteerism in the Baton Rouge and surrounding area, the Jewish Federation of Greater Baton Rouge is a person-to-person, community-driven organization dedicated to the health, education, spiritual, and cultural identity of the Jewish people worldwide.

The Work of the Federation
It is not easy to concisely explain all the ways in which the Federation impacts our Jewish Community. The Federation works with all levels of our Jewish Community to create and sustain a strong Jewish present and future. The local work of the Federation tends to the specific needs of our local Jewish community. The Jewish Federation serves as a center for Jewish resources. In addition, the Federation works to strengthen Jewish identity through education with programs such as the Florence Melton Adult Mini-School.

The Jewish Federation of Greater Baton Rouge works closely with many regional partner organizations. These organizations connect us to the larger Southern Jewish community. Some of our regional work can be seen through scholarship assistance granted to many young people enabling them to attend Jacobs Camp, Kutz Leadership Camp, The NFTY National Convention, and to participate in Israel Trips.

The Federation also serves the greater good of our national and international Jewish communities. While there is much to be done here in Baton Rouge, the needs of Jews around the world, most especially in Israel, the former Soviet Union, and Ethiopia, remains great. Federation has maintained its level of funding to United Jewish Communities, our partner in providing aid to Jews throughout the world.

For more information on the work of the Federation, click here.

Our Partner Organizations
The Federation works to ensure a Jewish future by supporting partner organizations. As our services expand, Federation maintains its strong level of support to many local and regional Jewish organizations. Some of these organizations include:

  • Henry S. Jacobs Camp
  • Camp Dream Street
  • Religious schools at Beth Shalom Synagogue, Congregation B’nai Israel and Temple Shalom (Lafayette)
  • The Anti-Defamation League
  • Holocaust and Tolerance Education
  • The Institute of Southern Jewish Life

For more information about these organizations please see our Community Resources Page.


Who We Are

Board of Directors
Executive Board
Silvia Dewitt, President
Jack Issacs, Vice-President
Joe Alton, Treasurer
Diane Dean, Secretary

Board Members
Andy Blumberg
James Bullman
Ara Rubyan
Sue Freedman
Jill Roby Pike
Michael Tepper
Shelly Mullenix
Gail Sherman
Melissa Samuels
Hilary Shaw
Shelli Feist
Josh Burton

Synagogue Representatives
Lynn Kober
Jay Jalenak
Mushka Kazen

Rabbi Jordan Goldson
Rabbi Natan Trief
Rabbi Peretz Kazen


Our Staff
Executive Director
Ellen Sager
Phone: (225) 379-7393

Mailing Address:
4845 Jamestown Avenue, Ste 210
Baton Rouge, LA 70808
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Hours of Operation:
Mon, Tue, Thu & Fri: 9:00 am – 2:00 pm
Closed on Wednesdays
By Appointment Only


Holocaust Educators Scholarship Available

The Jewish Federation of Greater Baton Rouge and The Baton Rouge Jewish Film Festival would like to formally invite all secondary English and social studies teachers to apply for a fully funded scholarship to attend the Arthur and Rochelle Belfer National Conference for Educators hosted by the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. Read more...

Are you moving to Baton Rouge and looking for information on what Jewish life is like here. If so, visit our Community Resources section.