An exhibit about Jewish women and their
impact on New Orleans.
L’dor V’dor is Hebrew for “from generation to generation,” the traditional Jewish
imperative to pass learning and values on to one’s progeny. The concept is central
to this exhibition in which we recognize the hard work and accomplishments of
multiple generations of Jewish women who imparted leadership skills and
community involvements to enrich their beloved city of New Orleans.
The exhibit runs from February 1st, 2018 – April 29th, 2018.
Jewish tradition stresses the concept of tikkun olam, literally, “repair the world.” New Orleans Jewish women applied this concept broadly in working to address the city’s educational needs. Although individual Jewish women arose independently as community leaders in such efforts, more often one generation of leaders under the auspices of the local section of the National Council of Jewish Women (NCJW), or other organizations, trained the next.
Answering the call of history defines social justice, a biblical Jewish imperative. This section of the exhibit demonstrates the way local Jewish women leaders responded to the significant global, national, and state issues affecting our city, including war, successive waves of immigration, the rise of virulent anti-Semitism, and civil and women’s rights.
In addition to supporting the arts through philanthropy and volunteer efforts, New Orleans Jewish women made major contributions as artists, writers, photographers, curators, art historians, and collectors. Traditionally, the arts served as acceptable fields for women, since such efforts fell under the rubric of caretaking. But women practitioners of the arts had to make their own way, often without the mentorship offered by earlier generations of such peers.
No matter how secular the work, the foundation of family and Jewish values buttressed the lives and actions of the city’s women. This portion of the exhibit demonstrates the leading roles and the far-reaching influence of Jewish women on the social, physical, and political landscape of the city.
The following supporters are
Cathy and Charles Glaser
Vivian and Richard Cahn
Holley Pavy DeBlois and John M. DeBlois Foundation
Edie and Paul Rosenblum
Rosalind Hinton/Tamara Kreinin
Dana and Louis Shepard
l’dor v’dor Advisory Committee
Sylvia Stahl Sterne
Nancy B. Timm
Carol B. Wise
Cathy Schatz Glaser
Katrina’s Jewish Voices, a program of the Jewish Women’s Archive and the Institute of
Southern Jewish Life, for interview footage.
l’dor v’dor Curators, Videographers, and Longue Vue Staff, especially Alexis Clark,
Lenora Costa, Rosalind F. Hinton, Bobbie Malone, and Susan Tucker
l’dor v’dor Exhibition Designers:
Vivian Chan and Maxx Sizeler