Jewish Federation of Greater Baton Rouge

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Regional Work

The Federation works with many regional organizations that cater to the needs of the southern Jewish community.

Anti Defamation League (ADL)
Founded in 1913, the ADL is the oldest organization dedicated to combating Anti-Semitism and bigotry. The ADL monitors and combats individual manifestations of Anti-Semitism, especially serious crimes such as bombings, arson, and cemetery desecrations. It also monitors the activities of extremist groups, and educates the public and anti-Semitism, extremism, the Holocaust and the Arab Israel conflict. A national organization, there is a regional office in New Orleans.

Jewish Children's Regional Service (JCRS)
JCRS is a social work agency and charitable fund that serves Jewish children and young adults who live in seven southern states (Louisiana, Texas, Alabama, Mississippi, Arkansas, Oklahoma and Tennessee). It provides scholarships for overnight camp, college and special needs. It conducts adoptive home studies and consults on problems related to the development and needs of children. Also, provides gifts and cards to needy Jewish children during Jewish holidays. It is often the agency of last resort when it comes to providing funds needed by Jewish children.

Henry S. Jacobs Camp
Henry S. Jacobs camp is our region's Reform Jewish overnight camp located in Utica, MS serving the Deep South: Alabama, Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi and Western Tennessee. Since 1970, Jacobs Camp has been providing a caring Jewish community that builds young people. The opportunity to live as part of a close-knit community and develop new skills, assisted by dynamic and enthusiastic staff, coupled with Jewish values and the development of one's Jewish identity result in the experience of a lifetime.

Camp Dream Street
Dream Street is a camp that brings together disabled youth and Jewish teenage counselors for a week of fun at Henry S. Jacobs Camp. Dream Street was founded in 1975 with the mission that we believe all children, regardless of their abilities, must be offered the chance to have fun, make new friends, to achieve, to be accepted for who and what they are, and to learn from the challenges of group life. Both the children and the staff at Camp Dream Street benefit from the life-changing experiences the camp has to offer. Dream Street is a place where children with physical disabilities are given the chance to be children – not “special” children, not children with disabilities, but just children. This is the true magic of Camp Dream Street.

Temple Shalom, Lafayette & Gates of Prayer, New Iberia
The Federation provides funding for use in the Religious School.


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...

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