Past-Presidents Marc Beerman, Lisa Heller and Bruce Miller


Jewish Children’s Regional Service (JCRS) held its “Jewish Roots of Cabaret” gala on February 24 at the New Orleans Marriott where Ned Goldberg, JCRS Executive Director, was honored and celebrated for his 30 years of leadership of the social service agency.

Ned’s family was well-represented at the affair, as his son Adam acted as Emcee of the event while his daughter Jodie introduced her father, welcoming him to the stage to a standing ovation. Ned’s mother, Joyce, and brother, Brian, and his family attended from Cincinnati, along with many relatives and friends from coast to coast.

The Marriott chefs created a dinner that included braised beef short ribs with demi-glaze and fingerling potatoes, and a Baked Alaska with warm chocolate sauce.

Broadway actress and singer Leslie Castay, supported by a trio that included Jefferson Turner on piano, Gary Lehmann on bass and Bruce Miller on drums, gave a rousing cabaret set of classics from the Great American Songbook, including hits from Irving Berlin, Harold Arlen and George Gershwin.

More than 360 patrons attended the evening that was Co-Chaired by Melinda Mintz and Michael Goldman. Honorary Co-Chairs included Joan and Gerald Berenson along with Shirley and Ralph Seelig.

For 163 years, JCRS has provided needs-based scholarships, support and service to Jewish youth and families in the form of college aid, Jewish summer camp grants and assistance to children with special needs. Proceeds from the record-setting gala support vulnerable Jewish youth with scholarships and outreach programs within the JCRS seven-state service region.


Event at a Glance

What: “Jewish Roots Gala – An Evening of Cabaret,” benefiting Jewish Children’s Regional Service
When: Saturday, February 24
Where: New Orleans Marriott


A Long Legacy of Giving

David and Lisa Gurievsky with Heather and Past-President Leon Rittenberg III


A Long Legacy of Giving

Shirley and Ralph Seelig