The Jewish Children’s Regional Service (JCRS) held its annual gala, “Jewish Roots of Celebration!” on March 5 at the Hyatt Regency New Orleans. The evening honored The Oscar J. Tomas Charitable Trust and Ms. Marlene Trestman for their dedication to Jewish children, the community and the mission of JCRS. Honorary Co-Chairs for the event were Betty Kohn and Sara Stone. Gala Chairs were Vivian Cahn, Shelia Gold, Esther Hendler, Ken Klein and Neil Kohlman.
More than 475 patrons enjoyed the evening that started with a lively cocktail reception and silent auction. Hors d’oeuvres and a family-style dinner were created by some of New Orleans finest Jewish chefs, whose personal offerings of dishes and tastes were inspired by their Jewish childhood memories. The gala’s talented chefs roster included Alon Shaya of Shaya and Domenica; David Slater of Emeril’s; Daniel Esses of Three Muses and Dryades Public Market; and Nathanial Zimet of Boucherie and Bourree. Commander’s Palace provided a double chocolate bread pudding for dessert and chef Eric Damidot of the Hyatt orchestrated the offerings.
The Panorama Jazz Band entertained the patrons throughout the night, and a culinary-themed silent auction included once-in-a-lifetime travel excursions to such places as Italy, France, Alaska and San Francisco. Bruce Katz, WVUE Meteorologist and former college aid recipient from JCRS, was the evening’s Master of Ceremonies.
JCRS dates back 161 years to 1855 and the Jewish Orphans Home in Uptown New Orleans, whose history includes the creation of Newman School. Today, JCRS provides needs-based scholarships to Jewish youth in the form of college aid, Jewish summer camp grants, and assistance to children with special needs. In 2015, JCRS reached more than 1,500 youth across seven mid-South states.
EVENT AT A GLANCE
What: “Jewish Roots of Celebration Gala,” benefiting Jewish Children’s Regional Service
When: Saturday, March 5
Where: Hyatt Regency