Bev's Note

We are honored to present the JCRS’ “Jewish Roots of Fashion Gala” on our January cover! Special thanks go to Honoree Mrs. Betty Kohn, a special New Orleanian who supports the Jewish Children’s Regional Service through the establishment of the Betty and Ira Kohn Camp Scholarship Fund. Thanks also to cover models: Co-Chairs Loel Weil Samuel and Sue Singer, as well as JCRS President Neil Kohlman and Emcee and JCRS Governing Member Fred Herman. They are promising a wonderful evening on March 30th at the New Orleans Marriott Hotel on Canal Street, with a cocktail reception with hors d’oeuvres by Creole Cuisine Restaurant Concepts, followed by a seated dinner. In addition, there will be a fashion show presented by Dillard’s at Lakeside featuring Jewish designers, and JCRS “success stories” who have become civic and professional leaders. A raffle of a beautiful diamond and sapphire bracelet courtesy of Lee Michaels Fine Jewelry, along with a silent auction focused on boutique shopping, restaurants and once-in-a-lifetime vacations will round out the evening. Tickets are available at or by calling (800) 729-5277. You don’t want to miss any of their special events!

We have a lot of features this month but one of the most important is our Registry of Charitable Events: January-April 2019, so you can plan your calendar around the important fundraisers that make our city the best! If you have a nonprofit event during that time and you don’t see it on our calendar, make sure to fill out our nonprofit events form right away:

At some point, almost all of us will need to discuss assisted living options. This month we offer you a section on seven local residences’ amenities, so that you can make an informed decision.

Everyone turns over a new leaf in January, so check out health, beauty and wellness trends for the New Year from eight local experts in our “Renewal in the New Year” feature for ideas on where to start on your resolutions.

J. McLaughlin offers classic clothes with current relevance and prides itself on strong philanthropic ties to the community. Here,  they’ve chosen to give 15 percent of opening night sales to the New Orleans Town Gardeners who support such nonprofits as Grow Dat Youth Farm, Latter Library, the Edible Schoolyards and more. The new store at 3954-3956 Magazine St. offers a full assortment of men’s and women’s clothing and accessories. Definitely check it out!

We loved creating the Family Gatherings photo shoot and want to thank my sister and brother-in-law, Marianne and Alan Mumford for always creating an exciting and magical place for us to gather in Mississippi. Thanks to my sister Linda Reese Bjork for photographing all of my columns. These gatherings are all ages, from young children to grandparents, and it happens several times a year. There are always 20 to 30 family and extended family and friends with non-stop games like baseball, playing pool, basketball, tennis, ping pong, going on hikes, hay rides and seeing the cows. Family is so important! If you don’t have family near, create family with close friends that you can rely on!

Have a great new year!

Bev's Note

Beverly Reese Church

Bev's Note

Bev's Note

This year the New Orleans Ballet Association is kicking off its golden anniversary year with the “50th Anniversary Evening of Stars “on January 26th at the Mahalia Jackson Theatre at 6:30 p.m.

BRAVO President Stephanie Burks and Benefactor Dinner Co-Chairs Gregory Curtis and Charlotte Bollinger (top photo), along with Honorary Chairs Gov. John Bel Edwards and First Lady Donna Hutto Edwards (bottom photo) will honor Jackie Clarkson, Janee Tucker and Dr. Bernard Jaffe as lifetime NOBA Board Members.

The glittering event will begin with performances by artists from the American Ballet Theatre and the New York City Ballet, and will be followed by a seated event by 1718 Catering by the Hyatt Regency of New Orleans. Guests will dine on stage with the artists with gifts generously provided by Lee Michael’s Fine Jewelry, a silent auction, a champagne reception, music, dancing and more.

Call 522-0996 to purchase your tickets today.

Photos by Jeff Strout


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